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Bryant Headlines Smokies Trio Featured In Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospects List

The prospect accolades continue to roll in for the Chicago Cubs, as well as former Smokies players, with Keith Law revealing his top 100 prospects list for the 2015 season. Three Smokies were recognized, including Kris Bryant as the top overall player, while Addison Russell (No. 4) and Jorge Soler (No. 14) were also among […]

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Keith Law Names Cubs Baseball’s Top Farm System

ESPN’s Keith Law revealed his rankings for all 30 clubs and their Minor League systems, with the Chicago Cubs coming out on top for the second consecutive season. The article, which is available only to those with an ESPN Insider subscription, can be found here. At least three of the Cubs’ top prospects are expected […]

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Kyle Schwarber was rated the third-best catching prospect in baseball by MLBPipeline.com. (Photo Credit: Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

Possible 2015 Smokie Schwarber Rated Third-Best Catching Prospect

MLBPipeline.com has begun their 2015 top ten position prospect breakdowns en route to announcing their top 100 overall prospects, revealing the top ten catching farmhands for this upcoming season. The entire list, as well as the top left-handed and right-handed pitching prospects can be viewed by clicking here. Checking in at number three is possible […]

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Former Smoky Rhee Signs With Japanese Club

According to a post from the Japan Times publication, 2012-14 Smokies pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee has signed a contract with the Japanese Pacific League’s Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team. Compensation is reportedly equivalent to $450,000 dollars per the Japan Times post, which can be read here. Over his three seasons with the Smokies, Rhee tallied a 19-13 […]

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2015 Smokies Field Staff Announced

The Chicago Cubs Wednesday announced their minor league coaching staff assignments for the upcoming 2015 campaign, with 2014 manager Buddy Bailey returning to the Tennessee Smokies, along with 2014 pitching coach Storm Davis, hitting coach Desi Wilson and trainer Shane Nelson. Guillermo Martinez also joins the Smokies’ 2015 field staff for his first season in […]

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2014 Smokies LHP Andrew McKirahan was selected by the Miami Marlins in the Major League portion of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. (Photo Credit: Roger C. Hoover)

McKirahan One Of Four Former Smokies Selected In Rule 5 Draft

Left-handed reliever Andrew McKirahan was one of four former Smokies players to be selected in this year’s Rule 5 Draft, which took place at the Winter Meetings on Thursday in San Diego. McKirahan was selected in the Major League portion of the draft by the Miami Marlins, while catcher Luis Flores (Astros), outfielder Brett Jackson […]

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2005-06 Smokies C Miguel Montero was one of two Smokies alums dealt Tuesday.

Former Smokies Samardzija, Montero On The Move

It was a busy day for Smokies alums, with two being traded on the same day in separate transactions. 2007-08 Smokies RHP Jeff Samardzija was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Oakland Athletics early on Tuesday, while 2005-06 C Miguel Montero was traded to the Chicago Cubs from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The trade […]

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Former Smokie Kevin Cash Named New Rays Manager

The Tampa Bay Rays named their new manager to replace Joe Maddon today, with the new face having a Tennessee Smokies tie. Kevin Cash will helm the 2015 edition of the Rays, his first Big League managerial position. Cash was a catcher on the 2002 Smokies squad. In 55 games with the Smokies, the catcher hit .277 […]

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Three Former Knoxville Blue Jays On 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

The 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has been unveiled, with three former Knoxville Blue Jays among those up for election. Infielders Jeff Kent and Fred McGriff are on the ballot for the second and sixth time, respectively, while infielder Carlos Delgado appears on the ticket for the first time. Delgado was named the […]

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Edwards Added To Cubs’ 40-Man Roster

The Chicago Cubs announced Thursday that 2014 Tennessee Smokies pitcher C.J. Edwards has been added to the Major League club’s 40-Man Roster. Thursday was the final day to protect players who were previously not on the 40-man roster from being selected in next month’s Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Edwards […]

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