Minor League Baseball

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 […]

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. […]

Rortvedt plays key role in wild comeback win

Rortvedt plays key role in wild comeback win

Ben Rortvedt has been one of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ better hitters since being promoted to Double-A in late April. But lately, he’s been in cool-off mode, having tallied just two hits in the previous four games entering last Wednesday night’s showdown with the Mississippi Braves at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The 21-year-old catcher and highly […]

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 […]

Baseball right choice for Blankenhorn

Baseball right choice for Blankenhorn

Travis Blankenhorn was a pretty good high school athlete in Pennsylvania. He was a star on the football field, playing both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He was also a 1,000-point scorer in basketball. In fact, he finished his prep hoops career ranked second all-time in school history. But he knew […]

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 […]

Kerrigan goes from long shot to having a shot in pro ball

Kerrigan goes from long shot to having a shot in pro ball

Jimmy Kerrigan was playing independent baseball in 2017. Pro ball seemed out of reach while in Missouri playing for the Frontier League’s River City Rascals. Until one day in July when he walked into the stadium and discovered his name was scratched off the lineup card. The Minnesota Twins purchased his rights, earning him a […]

Baseball secondary to the Blue Wahoos experience

Baseball secondary to the Blue Wahoos experience

Quint Studer is in his downtown office on a fall afternoon talking about the Double-A baseball franchise he owns. This isn’t a conversation about the Pensacola Blue Wahoos revolving entirely around the great players who have come through here in the first seven years of the team’s existence. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

LaValley helps keep Blue Wahoos in playoff mix

LaValley helps keep Blue Wahoos in playoff mix

Gavin LaValley has gone through the ups and downs of a baseball season. He’s had stretches where the hits have been hard to come by, like in late July and early August when he managed only five hits in 13 games. Since then, he’s been back on track. The 2014 fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati […]

Powers finds new life with Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Powers finds new life with Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Alex Powers was playing Independent League Baseball in 2015. Cut in March of that year by the Great Falls Voyagers, the rookie league team of the Chicago White Sox, his options were limited and his future was cloudy. It was either take the rugged road less traveled or give up on his baseball dream. The […]

Short memory, confidence ticket to success for Long

Short memory, confidence ticket to success for Long

Shed Long had managed to come up with just three hits in his last six games heading into a Friday night battle with Montgomery at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola. Yet the second baseman who is brimming over with confidence and swagger, didn’t let the rough stretch get the best of him. He did something […]

Too close for comfort? No problem for the Blue Wahoos

Too close for comfort? No problem for the Blue Wahoos

He put on his Georgia SEC Championship hat  — Jody Davis wanted to show off his Bulldog pride in front of the camera– and in his usual casual manner, the first-year manager of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos started talking about the escape from defeat act his team pulled off against the Montgomery Biscuits Friday night. […]

Varner always focused on the next pitch

Varner always focused on the next pitch

Nearly seven innings into a game against Mobile during the first half of the Southern League season, Seth Varner gives up a home run that erases a scoreless tie. It could have been a debilitating blow to the confidence of the 2014 10th-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds. It wasn’t. Varner kept pitching and struck […]

Faith carries McElroy through ups and downs of baseball

Faith carries McElroy through ups and downs of baseball

C.J. McElroy waits for his turn to hit during batting practice on an almost unbearably hot afternoon in Pensacola. When he finally gets his shot, he makes the opportunities count, consistently knocking balls into the outfield. Afterward, sweat already starting to roll down his forehead, McElroy is stopped by bench coach Lenny Harris, who played […]

Devereaux helping future Reds make climb to MLB

Devereaux helping future Reds make climb to MLB

He was Cincinnati’s worst nightmare in 1995. Mike Devereaux delivered two big blows to the World Series hopes of the Reds that year. His clutch run-scoring hit in the 11th inning of Game One of the National League Championship Series lifted Atlanta to a 2-1 win. Three games later, Devereaux crushed a three-run homer in […]