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Costello found dead in New Zealand

Costello found dead in New Zealand

The cause of the untimely death of 23-year-old Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello was reconfirmed as natural causes Tuesday by Auckland Tautara team officials. Found dead in a New Zealand hotel room Monday morning, Costello was in the country getting ready to play in the Australian Baseball League. Costello split time between Fort Myers and […]

Contreras sees focus on defense pay off

Contreras sees focus on defense pay off

Mark Contreras learned at a young age the importance of defense. Coaches always reminded him that defense helps win games. His dad did the same. “My pops always told me if it’s not working with the bat today, you can always go out there and make a play and change the momentum,” Contreras said. Those […]

Studer announces plan to purchase Beloit Snappers

Studer announces plan to purchase Beloit Snappers

Ownership of a new team is on the horizon for Quint Studer. Already the majority owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, he has plans in place to acquire the Beloit Snappers, a Wisconsin-based team that is the Class A affiliate of the Oakland A’s.   Read the full […]

Cheshire finds new life pitching for Blue Wahoos

Cheshire finds new life pitching for Blue Wahoos

Jonathan Cheshire stepped out onto the mound last Monday night with the fans cheering and the excitement building inside Blue Wahoos Stadium. It was the ninth inning. Pensacola led the Jackson Generals 4-2 in a must-win game to keep its Southern League playoff hopes alive. Cheshire was in the game to close it out. He […]

Top pick of Twins embraces high expectations

Top pick of Twins embraces high expectations

Drafted No. 1 by the Minnesota Twins in 2017, Royce Lewis went into the pro ranks with high hopes and a $6.7 million signing bonus in the bank. Yet, he will tell you the pressure on his shoulders to live up to the hype isn’t weighing him down. He embraces the journey of life in […]

Blue Wahoos set franchise record for home runs

Blue Wahoos set franchise record for home runs

Somewhere in the bay behind the stadium wall there are baseballs still floating around from the record-setting home run tear the Pensacola Blue Wahoos have been on this summer. They rewrote the record book Thursday night, crushing four in a 13-0 win over Chattanooga, pushing the season total to 111, five more than the 2018 […]

De Jesus Jr. still riding roller coaster of baseball life

De Jesus Jr. still riding roller coaster of baseball life

Ivan De Jesus Jr. was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2005. That’s how long the 32-year-old infielder has been playing this game at the pro level. Recently promoted to the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, he played in 21 games with the Pensacola Blue […]

Larnach using Double-A ball as a learning experience

Larnach using Double-A ball as a learning experience

If the name Trevor Larnach sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the player from Oregon State who belted the go-ahead home run in Game 2 of the 2018 College World Series national championship series. He hit the two-run shot off former Navarre Raider Matt Cronin, the closer for Arkansas at the time and now with the […]

Bray thriving in role as reliever for Blue Wahoos

Bray thriving in role as reliever for Blue Wahoos

Adam Bray began his professional baseball career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Drafted in the 33rd round in 2015 out of South Dakota State, the 26-year-old righthander is in his fifth season of minor league baseball, including his first with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Bray got traded last spring. And not just to […]

Wahoos Stadium dealing with water issue

Wahoos Stadium dealing with water issue

Blue Wahoos Stadium has a reputation for having one of the best fields in minor league baseball. But the field looks more worn down than usual this season, in part because of the additional games played on the surface in the offseason.   Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarreto delivers clutch hit on emotional night

Navarreto delivers clutch hit on emotional night

His heart was heavy, his mind was somewhere else, but his bat was exactly where it needed to be Friday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Brian Navarreto delivered the biggest hit for Pensacola in its battle with Biloxi here on a warm summer evening in Northwest Florida. His double went screaming down the third-base line […]

Vizcaya taking advantage of pro ball opportunity

Vizcaya taking advantage of pro ball opportunity

Anthony Vizcaya faced seemingly impossible odds of ever finding his way back to minor league baseball in the United States. Cut by Cleveland in 2015, he then bounced around the world playing the game he loves. The 25-year-old reliever from Venezuela made stops in his own country. He also spent time in Spain and with […]

Kranson bounces back from slow start

Kranson bounces back from slow start

April was a tough month for Pensacola Blue Wahoos catcher Mitchell Kranson. He ended up with more strikeouts (8) than hits (6) in the first month of the Southern League season. Yet, in a game known for being one of failure, the ninth-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2016 never let the slow start […]

Davis fights through adversity to find success

Davis fights through adversity to find success

Jaylin Davis has faced more than his fair share of adversity during his pro baseball career. Drafted in the 24th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2015, Davis never had a chance to play that season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder during his junior season at Appalachian State. The 24-year-old outfielder has […]

Player development more than just crunching numbers

Player development more than just crunching numbers

Jeremy Zoll was a college baseball player at NCAA Division III Haverford outside of Philadelphia. But he had no plans to get into pro baseball. He became more intrigued with the opportunity over time, particularly with several alums having experience in the game from a front-office standpoint. “I didn’t know how easy or hard it […]

Silver Airways unveils Kazoo plane

Silver Airways unveils Kazoo plane

Silver Airways unveiled its first themed aircraft for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The plane, named after the team mascot, Kazoo, flew out of Orlando Thursday and landed at Pensacola International Airport. Silver Airways is the official airline of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Read the full article in the […]

Air Force Academy grad chasing his Olympic dream

Air Force Academy grad chasing his Olympic dream

Griffin Jax plays professional baseball for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. But that just scratches the surface for Jax, a starting pitcher for the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital […]