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May 5, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

May 5, 2014

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


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Ben Lively, RHP, Reds (High-A Bakersfield)
Selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, Lively is making a name for himself in his first full season of professional ball, shoving it in a league where pitchers are often unable to shove it; so far in 36 innings in the hitter-friendly confines of the California League, the 22-year-old righty has missed 48 bats while allowing only two walks and 19 total hits. You read that correctly: Two walks. What Lively lacks in well above-average stuff he makes up for with his pitchability and zone-pounding consistency, using a deceptive short-arm action and a deep four-pitch mix that he can add to and subtract from and locate in all four quadrants of the strike-zone. With a 90-92 mph fastball (that can tick up to 93-94 when he needs it) with good riding action, Lively is very effective at getting ahead in counts and punishing the zone, using a sweepy slider, playable curveball, and changeup to keep hitters off balance, change sight-lines, and force poor swings.

The ceiling isn’t crazy, but the feel for craft and strike-throwing ability give him a realistic outcome as a no. 4 starter at the major-league level. In light of his early results, Lively could find his way to Double-A at some point this summer and perhaps pitch his way to the big leagues at some point in 2015. It’s still early, but this looks like a nice scouting and player developmental win for the Reds organization. –Jason Parks

Victor Reyes, OF, Braves (Low-A Rome)
We were quite aggressive on Reyes when we published our Braves prospect list this off-season, as we were the only national publication to place the 19-year-old in the top 10, a risk at the time given his limited professional record and general unknown status. But the reports coming out of short-season ball in 2013 were very strong, just as they continue to be now that Reyes has moved to the full-season level. A switch-hitter with a projectable body, Reyes has a sweet swing that is short to the ball with a good feel for the barrel. He lacks elite bat speed or prototypical over-the-fence lift, but he can really square up the baseball and spray it in the gaps, and several sources think he should develop more game power as he continues to add strength to his frame.

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Nojsztat

Always great to read reports on the "new" prospects, in addition to the updates on some of our "older" favorites.

May 05, 2014 04:52 AM
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Scot
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Seriously? Sponsored articles? I could (maybe) see the free access articles having sponsors, but it rubs me the wrong way as a paying subscriber to have to pay to have access to a sponsored article.

May 05, 2014 08:44 AM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
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We bring on sponsors so that we can continue to provide a high quality product and not raise prices. Since BP became a subscription based site, we have NEVER raised the price of our Premium subscription. In the end, we are doing this to keep the cost down for our readers. Thanks for understanding.

May 05, 2014 10:00 AM
 
Matthew W

I'd rather article sponsoring (like this), than seeing draftstreet every-other-tweet. Its gotten to the point that it's not worth following your individual authors anymore, since they just retweet eachothers Draftstreet promos.

May 05, 2014 10:52 AM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
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I'd argue it's not nearly as much as you're suggesting since I follow all our guys quite religiously, but your point is taken. We'll continue to try to find a fair balance. Thank you.

May 05, 2014 11:34 AM
 
Matthew W

I'm exaggerating, without doubt, and I can choose not to follow people, So I'm not crying bloody murder here...

That being said, here's my twitter feed, from the last 3 hours, unedited. (granted, I only follow like 12 people, but still.)

http://imgur.com/6XBruBd

May 05, 2014 12:53 PM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
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Ok, understood. We need to get you to follow more guys! :)

May 05, 2014 13:18 PM
 
Matthew W

Touche!

May 05, 2014 14:30 PM
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BP staff member Ron Shah
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I've never tweeted out a sponsor tweet, and have never seen any of the BP prospect guys I am following do it either.

May 05, 2014 15:11 PM
 
amazin_mess

And that would be obvious to 99% of us. Thank you for keeping costs down, BP!

May 05, 2014 15:18 PM
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Benjamin Harris

I can honestly say I would not have even noticed this article was sponsored without your comment.

May 05, 2014 13:34 PM
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jsdspud

If sponsors help to keep the excellent content I am all for it. I didn't even notice the sponsorship until I read the comments.

May 05, 2014 09:32 AM
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gweedoh565

Not to mention it's about as mild and unobtrusive a promo as it gets.

May 05, 2014 11:34 AM
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danrnelson

Jeff, thanks for the write up on Polanco. Did you get a chance to see his play in the field? How is he handling 2B right now?

May 05, 2014 09:59 AM
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