Austin Bats

Trouble in Bat City

With nicknames of Bat City, Waterloo, City Of The Violet Crown to name a few, Austin might have a new nickname soon. Bad blood already boiling over for the Austin Bats and their new manager John Urick. Jose Nieto and Robinson Castaneda got into it over the past week as the Bats went 0 – 3 against the rebranded Liberty. Nieto was quoted as saying, “It’s his fault we’re losing ballgames. I was just trying to let him know that he (Castaneda) needs to play better, and he took offense to it.” Some other members of the Bats had to step in and calm down the situation but many of those in the clubhouse were puzzled as to what Nieto was talking about. Castaneda only pitched 0.1 of an inning giving up no runs while Nieto pitched 3.1 innings and gave up 4 runs only 1 bei...

Down on the Farm: Checking in on the Rest

For part three of our Down on the Farm series, we will be reviewing some of the elite seasons from rookie league to the A level, the Midwest League, the Arizona Summer League and the Florida State League. Part one covered the AAA level and can be read here, while part two covered the AA level and can be read here. Anibal Cardenas, Shortstop, San Diego Surf Dawgs Organization Originally signed out of Cuba in July of 2026, Anibal Cardenas has been a scouts favorite since. At 6’1, 170 pounds, his nickname “Chubby” seems odd, but he insists he was an incredibly fat baby and the nickname has just stuck. Cardenas began the season at the Low A level, where he put the league on notice that he was going to be a force in the future. In 50 games, the infielder hit .384/.421/.664 wit...

Down on the Farm: Checking in on AA

Today we continue our deeper look into this past minor league season by checking in on the AA level, the Southern League. Our first piece covered the AAA level, the Pacific Coast League, and can be read here. Art Wee-Bey, Catcher, Austin Bats Organization Originally signed as undrafted free agent out of the University of Louisville by Erie, Art Wee-Bey was traded as basically a throw-in along with Albert Perez to the Minneapolis Millers. Wee-Bey was then acquired by the Austin Bats from the Minneapolis Millers last June as part of the Alan Alexander, Jesus Arroyo trade. Wee-Bey is quickly emerging as one of the game’s best prospects, and scouts consider his make-up even more impressive than his talent. He projects as a future team captain, and his defensive ability should continue to...

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