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July 1, 2014

BP Top 50

Hunter Harvey vs. Kohl Stewart

by Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and Jordan Gorosh

Links to Other BP Top 50 Debates
Tim Anderson vs. J.P. Crawford | Daniel Norris vs. Jose Berrios |
Albert Almore vs. Stephen Piscotty | Austin Hedges vs. Blake Swihart vs. Jorge Alfaro

The Rules
Rather than re-printing the BP Prospect Staff Midseason Top 50 debates—much of which involves discussion of multiple players at the same time—we thought it would be interesting to call out some of the more interesting pairings of players in consideration for the #BPTop50 and allow an advocate for each to make his case as to why that player should be ranked ahead of the other.

In each case, the BP Prospect Staff member advocating on behalf of a prospect may or may not ultimately prefer that prospect, but in any event has agreed to argue that prospect’s case for the purpose of this series. It’s a good reminder that the differences in value between players in these rankings is sometimes quite small, and in most cases a strong case can be made for ranking players in any number of combinations.

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i want to see david dahl vs raimel tapia

Jul 01, 2014 07:05 AM
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or raimel tapia vs nick williams

Jul 01, 2014 07:05 AM
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i just want all of the info you have on raimel tilapia because he is my favorite player ever in baseball

Jul 01, 2014 07:05 AM
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Tilapia? What a fish.

Jul 02, 2014 21:46 PM
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I think that Stewart is the better prospect. From what I have read he is not throwing hardly any sliders and is mostly focusing on the changeup with two strikes. Once the Twins allow him to unleash his full arsenal his K/9 will jump dramatically.

Jul 01, 2014 07:16 AM
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It may, but that only happens if he develops the feel pitch. Othwerwise, Major League hitters will have a field day with a SP with two pitches regardless of how good the slider is.

Jul 01, 2014 07:19 AM
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Thanks, as always, to the BP team for reminding the world that pitching stats in the minors take a back seat to development.

It's probably the most frustrating conversation to have with people who don't watch minor league games regularly.

Jul 01, 2014 07:17 AM
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Are there potential drawbacks to telling Stewart not to throw the slider?

Jul 01, 2014 07:53 AM
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BP staff member Jordan Gorosh
BP staff

I doubt it. It's a tough pitch on a young arm.

Jul 01, 2014 08:40 AM

Baltimore doesn't develop pitchers, the pitchers develop themselves and the organization finds ways to hinder it.

Jul 01, 2014 10:18 AM
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