Former Reagan star Anthony Vasquez’s odyssey through the minors brings him back to San Antonio

Former Reagan High School and Texas A&M pitcher Anthony Vasquez is now with the Reno Aces, the Triple-A farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former Reagan High School and Texas A&M pitcher Anthony Vasquez is now with the Reno Aces, the Triple-A farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks. – photo by Joe Alexander
Anthony Vasquez has traveled a lot of miles since his days as a pitcher and outfielder at Reagan High School in San Antonio.

After earning all-state honors as a senior outfielder at Reagan in 2005, Vasquez played his college ball first at Texas A&M, then at Southern Cal. He has been pitching in the minors since 2009, including four stints in the Mexican winter league.

The 6-foot, left-hander is now with the Reno Aces, the Triple-A farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Vasquez and the Aces are currently in San Antonio for a four-game series with the San Antonio Missions.

This season in the Pacific Coast League, Vasquez has a 3-4 record with a 6.23 ERA. He has appeared in 13 games including seven starts.

Vasquez pitched two innings in relief on Sunday against the Missions. He also pinch-hit in Saturday night’s 12-inning game at Wolff Stadium.

Miami Marlins prospect and New Orleans Baby Cakes infielder Isan Diaz

New Orleans Baby Cakes second baseman Isan Diaz playing against the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
New Orleans Baby Cakes second baseman Isan Diaz playing against the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
Isan Diaz is one of four players the Miami Marlins received from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Christian Yelich trade.

Diaz is hitting .220 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 32 games for the New Orleans Baby Cakes – the Marlins’ Triple-A club.

The second baseman from Puerto Rico split last season between New Orleans and Double-A Jacksonville. He hit .245 with 20 home runs in 83 games in Jacksonville and .204 with three home runs in 36 games with New Orleans.

He was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014. He went from Arizona to Miami in a trade prior to the 2016 season.

  • Marlins next second baseman is ready – from MarlinManiac.com

  • Dodgers prospect and OKC infielder Edwin Rios at Wolff Stadium

    Oklahoma City Dodgers infielder Edwin Rios playing against the San Antonio Missions on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Oklahoma City Dodgers infielder Edwin Rios playing against the San Antonio Missions on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Edwin Rios is one of those baseball players trying to make it to the majors by working at his skills at multiple positions.

    Rios, an infielder with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, played a game at both first base and third base in Thursday’s doubleheader against the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium. Rios played first base in the first game. He walked and scored a run in the second inning. He played third base in the second game.

    The 25-year-old from Puerto Rico hit .304 with 10 home runs last season in 88 games with Oklahoma City.

    Baseball America lists Rios as one of the top 30 prospects in the Dodgers’ organization. He is listed as a third baseball, hitting left-handed and throwing right-handed.

    OKC continues a five-game series with the Missions on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

  • Edwin Rios bio – milb.com
  • Dodgers 2018 prospects – truebluela.com
  • Oklahoma City’s top prospects – newsOK.com

  • Dodgers prospect and OKC catcher Will Smith at Wolff Stadium

    Oklahoma City Dodgers catcher Will Smith playing against the San Antonio Missions on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Oklahoma City Dodgers catcher Will Smith playing against the San Antonio Missions on Thursday at Wolff Stadium. – photo by Joe Alexander
    A wave of future Los Angeles Dodgers stars came through San Antonio from 1977 to 2000 when the organization’s Double-A farm club played at V.J. Keefe Field.

    More future Los Angeles Dodgers are in town this weekend in the form of the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.

    Oklahoma City catcher Will Smith might be one of those who have a future in the big leagues.

    Smith is hitting .288 with three home runs in 15 games this season. Last season Smith split time between Double-A and Triple-A and hit .233 with 20 home runs.

    OKC continues a five-game series with the Missions tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Wolff Stadium. The series continues Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

  • Will Smith stat page – milb.com
  • Smith latest catcher climbing Dodgers’ ladder

  • St. Louis Cardinals prospect Lane Thomas

    St. Louis Cardinals prospect and Memphis Redbirds outfielder Lane Thomas playing against the San Antonio Missions in April. - photo by Joe Alexander
    St. Louis Cardinals prospect and Memphis Redbirds outfielder Lane Thomas playing against the San Antonio Missions in April. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Lane Thomas might look familiar to fans who followed the San Antonio Missions last year in the Texas League.

    Thomas hit 21 home runs in 100 games for Double-A Springfield in 2018. He also spent 32 games with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds and hit seven more homers. He also finished the summer with 17 stolen bases.

    Baseball America lists Thomas as the No. 7 prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor-league organization. He is a member of the Cardinals’ 40-man roster. Thomas was originally drafted out of high school (Knoxville, Tenn.) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

    Thomas and the Redbirds are currently in San Antonio and conclude a three-games series with the Missions tonight at 7:05 at Wolff Stadium.

  • Lane Thomas bio at milb.com
  • Lane Thomas bio on baseball-reference.com
  • Why Cardinals’ Lane Thomas is an intriguing outfield prospect: stltoday.com


  • St. Louis Cardinals prospect Andrew Knizner

    St. Louis Cardinals prospect and Memphis Redbirds catcher Andrew Knizner playing against the Missions at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. - photo by Joe Alexander
    St. Louis Cardinals prospect and Memphis Redbirds catcher Andrew Knizner playing against the Missions at Wolff Stadium on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Memphis Redbirds catcher Andrew Knizner is the No. 3 prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league organization, according to a recent story on mlb.com.

    The Redbirds are currently playing a three-game series with the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium. The series continues tonight and Thursday with games scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (Central) both days.

    Last season, Kninzer batted a combined .313 with seven home runs at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis.

    Knizner played in college at North Carolina State. He was part of a Virginia high school state championship team at Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Va.

  • Knizner profile on milb.com
  • Knizner profile on baseball-reference.com
  • Knizner profile on wikipedia.org
  • Cardinals’ top prospects on mlb.com


  • Missions announce tentative opening day roster

    The San Antonio Missions baseball team opens its season Thursday.

    The team released its tentative opening day roster on Monday.

    Missions opening day roster

    Pitchers (14) B-T HT WT DOB Birthplace Acquired 2018 Team(s)
    34 Tristan Archer R-R 6-2 200 10/18/90 Garden City, MI Signed as FA – 2013 Colorado Springs (AAA), Biloxi (AA)
    33 Zack Brown R-R 6-1 180 12/15/94 Seymour, IN 2016 MLB Draft (5th Rd) Biloxi (AA), AZL Brewers (ROK)
    11 Bubba Derby L-R 5-11 185 2/24/94 Arcadia, CA Trade with OAK, 2016 Colorado Springs (AAA)
    25 Josh Fields R-R 6-0 191 8/19/85 Athens, GA Signed as FA – 2019 LAD (MLB), Oklahoma City (AAA), AZL Dodgers (ROK)
    50 Deolis Guerra R-R 6-5 245 4/17/89 San Felix, Venezuela Signed as FA – 2018 Round Rock (AAA)
    12 Adrian Houser R-R 6-4 235 2/2/93 Tahlequah, OK Trade with HOU, 2015 Milwaukee (MLB), Colorado Springs (AAA), Biloxi (AA)
    38 Jay Jackson R-R 6-1 195 10/27/87 Greenville, SC Signed as FA – 2019 Hiroshima (Japan)
    22 Brad Kuntz L-L 6-0 180 5/14/92 Cincinnati, OH Signed as FA – 2015 Biloxi (AA)
    20 Jon Olczak R-R 6-0 180 11/14/93 Fayetteville, NC 2015 MLB Draft (21st Rd) Biloxi (AA), Carolina (A+)
    55 Jake Petricka R-R 6-5 220 6/5/88 Northfield, MN Signed as FA – 2019 Toronto (MLB), Buffalo (AAA)
    45 Miguel Sanchez R-R 6-3 190 12/31/93 Bonao, Dominican Republic Signed as FA – 2016 Colorado Springs (AAA), Biloxi (AA), Carolina (A+)
    30 Burch Smith R-R 6-4 225 4/12/90 San Antonio, TX Signed as FA – 2019 Kansas City (MLB)
    32 Michael Tonkin R-R 6-7 220 11/19/89 Glendale, CA Signed as FA – 2019 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham (Japan)
    40 Aaron Wilkerson R-R 6-3 190 5/24/89 Fort Worth, TX Trade with BOS, 2016 Milwaukee (MLB), Colorado Springs (AAA)

    Catchers (3) B-T HT WT DOB Birthplace Acquired 2018 Team(s)
    47 Skyler Ewing R-R 6-1 225 8/22/92 Arlington, TX Signed as FA – 2019 Jacksonville (AA), Jupiter (A+), Florence (Ind.)
    3 Tuffy Gosewisch R-R 5-11 200 8/17/83 Freeport, IL Signed as FA – 2018 Syracuse (AAA)
    27 Jacob Nottingham R-R 6-2 230 4/3/95 Redlands, CA Trade with OAK, 2016 Milwaukee (MLB), Colorado Springs (AAA)

    Infielders (7) B-T HT WT DOB Birthplace Acquired 2018 Team(s)
    1 Mauricio Dubon R-R 6-0 160 7/19/95 San Pedro Sula, Honduras Trade with BOS, 2016 Colorado Springs (AAA)
    17 Lucas Erceg L-R 6-3 210 5/1/95 San Jose, CA 2016 MLB Draft (2nd Rd) Biloxi (AA)
    2 Jake Hager R-R 6-1 170 3/4/93 Henderson, NV Signed as FA – 2018 Colorado Springs (AAA), Biloxi (AA)
    18 Keston Hiura R-R 5-11 190 8/2/96 Valencia, CA 2017 MLB Draft (1st Rd) Biloxi (AA), Carolina (A+)
    6 Nate Orf R-R 5-9 180 2/1/90 Wentzville, MO Signed as FA – 2013 Milwaukee (MLB), Colorado Springs (AAA)
    13 Tyler Saladino R-R 6-0 200 7/20/89 San Diego, CA Trade with CWS, 2018 Milwaukee (MLB), CWS (MLB), Colorado Springs (AAA), Wisconsin (A)
    5 Cory Spangenberg L-R 6-0 195 3/16/91 Clarks Summit, PA Signed as FA – 2019 San Diego (MLB), El Paso (AAA)

    Outfielders (3) B-T HT WT DOB Birthplace Acquired 2018 Team(s)
    9 Corey Ray L-L 6-0 195 9/22/94 Chicago, IL 2016 MLB Draft (1st Rd) Biloxi (AA)
    8 Troy Stokes Jr. R-R 5-8 182 2/2/96 Baltimore, MD 2014 MLB Draft (4th Rd) Biloxi (AA)
    15 Tyrone Taylor R-R 6-0 185 1/22/94 Torrance, CA 2012 MLB Draft (2nd Rd) Colorado Springs (AAA