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Triple-A team surges ahead with new brand

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Meet the Wichita Wind Surge, who’ll begin play in 2020.

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WICHITA — Miami’s top affiliate is spreading its wings.

Following months of teasers, the new Triple-A team name and logo brand was unveiled Wednesday evening via the Wichita Baseball 2020 Facebook page. Formerly the New Orleans Baby Cakes, several of Miami’s top prospects are set to don the unis of the Wichita Wind Surge for 2020 and the foreseeable future.

The Surge, owned by Lou Schwechheimer, are set to move into a brand new baseball stadium for 2020, currently under construction in downtown Wichita.

Marlins prospects Justin Twine, Robert Dugger, Stone Garrett and Eddy Alvarez were at Wednesday’s event in Wichita to debut the team’s new look, including alternate navy blue and red uniforms.

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“Tonight we launch a new era of professional baseball in Wichita, Kansas,” Cookie Rojas, master of ceremonies for Wednesday’s event, said.

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The team will remain in the Pacific Coast League.

The move to Wichita will make it the first time since 2008 that Miami’s Triple-A affiliate has not been stationed in New Orleans (previously the New Orleans Zephyrs before the Babycakes). It also marks the first time Wichita has had affiliated baseball since 2007 when the Wichita Wranglers moved to Springfield, Arkansas.

Wind Surge merch is already available online. Their official in-person merchandise shop opens Thursday at 9 a.m. CT, located at 608 West Texas Avenue in Wichita.