The Bradenton Marauders Offense – Is it the park or the players?

As we head into the final week of minor league baseball, the Bradenton Marauders hitters are comfortably leading the Florida State League in both batting average and OPS. They are also leading the league in runs scored and 3rd in homers. What I’m wondering though is if McKechnie Field is assisting in this offensive outburst or if the Marauders just have a great group of talented hitters.

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Robbie Grossman, Elevys Gonzalez Named Post Season All-Stars

The Bradenton Marauders will have two players on the Florida State League Post-Season All-Star team for the second straight year, as Robbie Grossman and Elevyz Gonzalez have been named to the team for the 2011 season. Grossman has really stepped up this year in high-A, with good all around numbers, including his lead over all of baseball in runs and all of Minor League Baseball in walks with 123 and 102 respectively.  He is also first...

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Bradenton Marauders Game Recap 8/28/11

When I arrived at McKechnie Field for the Bradenton Marauders vs. St. Lucie Mets game this evening, I noted this could be a very high scoring game due to the strong wind blowing straight out to center field. I was correct that the game ended up being high scoring, and it was in large part due to several home runs. However, the wind had very little, if anything, to do with those homers. Tyler Waldron started the game for the Marauders...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Elevys Gonzalez

Elevys Gonzalez broke on to the prospect scene last year after just two years as a pro.  Gonzalez was signed out of Venezuela in 2008, and made his debut in the VSL that year, with a .311/.367/.384 line in 151 at-bats.  He made the jump to the US in 2009, but didn’t have the same success, struggling in a brief appearance in State College.  Then, in 2010, Gonzalez had a sort of breakout season.  He was on a team with top...

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Bradenton Marauders Game Report: 4/15/11

Déjà vu. In the first Marauders game that I attended in April 2010 against the Fort Myers Miracle, a tall, right-handed pitcher acquired in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal with the Mariners threw a bunch of flat, 89-91 MPH fastballs and got hit around pretty good. In the first Marauders game that I attended in April 2011 against the Fort Myers Miracle, a tall, right-handed pitcher acquired in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal with the...

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