Minor League Baseball On Facebook: Midwest League

AllFacebook’s look at the Facebook pages of Minor League Baseball teams continues with the class-A Midwest League.

Class A is the lowest level in the minor-league system, where the least advanced prospects start out, but full-season class-A leagues are made up of more advanced prospects than short-season leagues.

Following is a look at the Facebook pages of the 16 Midwest League teams, in order of likes.

Lansing Lugnuts

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lansinglugnuts

Likes: 32,049

Major League affiliation: Toronto Blue Jays

Notable features: Fans can sign up for Lugnuts Alerts via text message. The team is also holding a contest where fans who visit Fifth Third Bank branches and take photos with Big Lug can win four tickets to a Lugnuts game.

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tincaps

Likes: 25,512

Major League affiliation: San Diego Padres

Notable features: Tickets can be purchased directly via the ball club’s Facebook page. The TinCaps’ YouTube videos are available under a tab powered by Involver.

West Michigan Whitecaps

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wmwcaps

Likes: 21.363

Major League affiliation: Detroit Tigers

Notable features: Tickets can be purchased directly via the Whitecaps’ Facebook page. The club also offers a Whitecaps Rewards program, allowing fans to earn points toward prizes.

Dayton Dragons

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dragonsbaseball

Likes: 18,927

Major League affiliation: Cincinnati Reds

Notable features: The Dragons’ Facebook page contains tabs that link to its videos and to its Instagram feed, with the latter powered by Statigram.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinTimberRattlers

Likes: 14,311

Major League affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers

Notable features: Tickets can be purchased directly via the ball club’s page. The Timber Rattlers also feature the team’s Top Fans.

Great Lakes Loons

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glloons

Likes: 13,994

Major League affiliation: Los Angeles Dodgers

Notable features: Tickets can be purchased directly via the Loons’ Facebook page. The ball club is also making a push for Outfielder Yasiel Puig of its parent club to be voted into the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Bowling Green Hot Rods

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bghotrods

Likes: 13,787

Major League affiliation: Tampa Bay Rays

Notable features: Tickets can be purchased directly via the team’s page. The Hot Rods are also holding a contest tied to reaching 15,000 likes, with one fan winning an iPod Touch, 10 tickets to the fireworks game Aug. 24, a Corey Hart bobblehead, and a Hot Rods T-shirt.

Peoria Chiefs

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaChiefsFanPage

Likes: 12,233

Major League affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals

Notable features: Tickets can be purchased directly via the Chiefs’ Facebook page. The ball club is also conducting a poll, which is only open to Facebook users who have liked its page.

Lake County Captains

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/captainsbaseball

Likes: 10,483

Major League affiliation: Cleveland Indians

Notable features: Tickets can be purchased directly via the Captains’ page. The ball club also recognizes its social media team.

Kane County Cougars

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kanecountycougars

Likes: 10,358

Major League affiliation: Chicago Cubs

Notable features: The Cougars select a fan of the week, and the team’s videos are hosted under a tab.

Quad Cities River Bandits

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/riverbandits

Likes: 9,732

Major League affiliation: Houston Astros

Notable features: The team uses its Facebook page to plug its Instagram and Pinterest content.

Cedar Rapids Kernels

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CedarRapidsKernels

Likes: 6,479

Major League affiliation: Minnesota Twins

Notable features: The Kernels run a Free Money Wednesday promotion, giving away up to $1,000, with a top prize of $100.

South Bend Silver Hawks

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SouthBendSilverHawks

Likes: 6,417

Major League affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks

Notable features: Tickets can be purchased directly via the Silver Hawks’ Facebook page. The ball club is also holding a Stache Bash Contest.

Beloit Snappers

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Snappersbaseball

Likes: 5,274

Major League affiliation: Oakland A’s

Notable features: The ball club is promoting a July 13 visit by ZooperStars.

Burlington Bees

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BurlingtonBees

Likes: 5,257

Major League affiliation: Los Angeles Angels

Notable features: The Bees are celebrating Christmas in July.

Clinton LumberKings

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clinton-LumberKings-Baseball-Club/148201258173

Likes: 4,206

Major League affiliation: Seattle Mariners

Notable features: The Boat Drunks and The Fry Daddies will perform in concert at Ashford University Field Friday.

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