Southern League

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 […]

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. […]

Okey never gives less than his best effort

Okey never gives less than his best effort

Pensacola Blue Wahoos catcher Chris Okey has never been one to give less than 100 percent. “That all came from growing up and my parents driving to travel ball tournaments. If they were going to make those two hour-plus trips, they wanted to see me play hard, and that’s something that has stayed with me,” […]

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 […]

Blue Wahoos receive warm welcome back to town

Blue Wahoos receive warm welcome back to town

Fans stood holding signs and taking photos as players from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos walked off the plane and into the terminal at Pensacola International Airport Sunday afternoon. The flight the team was aboard touched down in Northwest Florida just after 4 p.m. on Easter. The Blue Wahoos were flying in from spring training in […]

Picture Perfect: Blue Wahoos punctuate season with first title in franchise history

Picture Perfect: Blue Wahoos punctuate season with first title in franchise history

On a picture-perfect fall-like afternoon, on a day splashed in sunshine, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos scripted a memorable ending to a remarkable season. They held off Jacksonville 5-4 in 12 innings in Game 3 of a Southern League divisional playoff series here at Blue Wahoos Stadium, and they did it in typical Blue Wahoos fashion. […]

Impressive start to playoffs for Blue Wahoos

Impressive start to playoffs for Blue Wahoos

Deck McGuire was downright dominant, Josh VanMeter was clutch and Zack Weiss was money when it mattered as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos took down Jacksonville 2-0 in the opening game of their Southern League best-of-five playoff series Thursday night in Pensacola. McGuire struck out a career-best 13 batters in eight innings of work and allowed […]

McGuire continues to chase his Major League dream

McGuire continues to chase his Major League dream

Deck McGuire is the definition of perseverance. Without it, he wouldn’t still be playing baseball. Over the last seven seasons the former No. 1 pick of the Toronto Blue Jays has been on quite a journey, pitching in nearly 200 games and playing for four different Major League organizations, the latest being the Cincinnati Reds. […]

Long stays course as he adjusts to Double-A baseball

Long stays course as he adjusts to Double-A baseball

Shed Long dominated at the plate in the first half of the season while playing in the Florida State League. He hit better than .300 and smashed 13 home runs, a continuation of what he accomplished in 2016 when he crushed 15 homers in 132 games with Dayton and Daytona. Long is now in Pensacola, […]

Former Red Sox prospect settles into new role with Reds organization

Former Red Sox prospect settles into new role with Reds organization

Before Nick Longhi did an interview with the media after a game earlier this month, he politely asked that no one bring up the trade that sent the talented minor leaguer from Boston to Cincinnati. It was understandable. Yes, he grew up in Florida, moving to the Sunshine State before his first birthday, but he […]

Three-time World Series champion manager returns to Southern League roots during all-star break

Three-time World Series champion manager returns to Southern League roots during all-star break

Tony La Russa got his start as a manager in the Southern League, spending half of the 1978 season managing Knoxville, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. No one knew it at the time, but it was the beginning of a remarkable career for a manager who went on to become one of […]

Castillo’s focus fuels his success on the mound

Castillo’s focus fuels his success on the mound

Luis Castillo speaks through an interpreter during a post-game interview to express his thoughts about the performance he turned in against the Mississippi Braves last Monday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. While the Dominican Republic native’s thoughts can only be shared through the help of someone who can break the language barrier, no one needs […]

Goeddel working hard to get back to the Majors

Goeddel working hard to get back to the Majors

Tyler Goeddel has already been to the place every minor league baseball player hopes to be one day in his career. A year ago at this time, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos leftfielder was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies. He appeared in 92 games and hit .192 while belting out four home runs and driving in […]

Blue Wahoos Daily: Updates on the Double-A affiliate of the Reds

Blue Wahoos Daily: Updates on the Double-A affiliate of the Reds

Welcome to Blue Wahoos Daily where a recap will be provided each day about the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This will be in addition to the features that run on the team each week in the Navarre Press. Jacksonville 5, Pensacola 2 Pensacola’s slim hopes for a fifth consecutive Southern League South Division championship faded Thursday […]

Blue Wahoos break out of slump in win over Barons

Blue Wahoos break out of slump in win over Barons

Caught in the grip of a five-game losing streak and having lost nine of their last 10 overall, the Blue Wahoo came to life in a 6-2 victory over the Birmingham Barons in front of a crowd of 3,467 Monday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Joe Hudson, mired in his own personal struggles – he […]

Ross dominates Biloxi as Blue Wahoos snap four-game losing streak

Ross dominates Biloxi as Blue Wahoos snap four-game losing streak

Austin Ross made his performance against Biloxi look almost effortless Monday night, locking into a zone and never leaving it. Locked into a zone, he struck out a career-high nine and helped the Pensacola Blue Wahoos snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win in front of a crowd of 3,459 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The […]

Blue Wahoos utilize great pitching and defense to top Jumbo Shrimp

Blue Wahoos utilize great pitching and defense to top Jumbo Shrimp

Tyler Mahle shook off a tough start and was nearly perfect the rest of the way. The bullpen was lights out. Brian O’Grady hit a home run that brought the relatively quiet Monday night crowd to its feet and Aristedes Aquino made a catch that didn’t look like one at all. Those great performances added […]

Jagielo ready to thrive in second go-round with Blue Wahoos

Jagielo ready to thrive in second go-round with Blue Wahoos

Eric Jagielo was doing a little work around the house a few days after Christmas when the caller ID on his cellphone screen flashed a New York number. A minor leaguer in the New York Yankees organization at the time, Jagielo ignored the call with no idea that it was one that would change the […]

Blue Wahoos cash in on power and pitching in latest win

Blue Wahoos cash in on power and pitching in latest win

Brandon Dixon broke out of his slump, Chad Wallach put his power on display and Jackson Stephens nailed down his first win in a month as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos topped the Mississippi Braves 5-1 Tuesday night. It was the second consecutive win for Pensacola, which is 60-48 overall, including a 19-19 mark in the […]