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09-10

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Prospect Profile: Francisco Mejia
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Chris Mellen

09-03

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19

What's Next
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Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

07-23

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 23, 2014
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Chris Mellen

07-01

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and Jordan Gorosh

06-27

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BP Top 50
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Jason Parks, Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and CJ Wittmann

06-26

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BP Top 50
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Chris Mellen, Jeff Moore and Nick J. Faleris

06-02

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Notes from the Field: Studying Aaron Sanchez
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Chris Mellen

12-17

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Jacoby Ellsbury
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Chris Mellen

10-04

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Advance Scouting Series: Josh Donaldson
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Chris Mellen

09-13

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Notes from the Field: In Person: Miguel Sano vs. Maikel Franco
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Chris Mellen

09-03

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Transaction Analysis: Breaking Down August's Buzzer-Beating Trades
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Ben Lindbergh, Jason Cole, Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

08-19

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The Call-Up: Xander Bogaerts
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Chris Mellen and Paul Sporer

08-13

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The Call-Up: Matt Davidson
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Chris Mellen and Bret Sayre

04-11

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Notes from the Field: Eastern League Prospects to Follow
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Chris Mellen

04-01

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The Call-Up: Jackie Bradley, Jr.
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Chris Mellen and Bret Sayre

03-28

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Notes from the Field: Four Prospects with Work to Do
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Chris Mellen

11-06

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BP Unfiltered: Prospect Ranking Regrets and the Importance of Instinct in Scouting
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Chris Mellen

10-04

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Fall Instructional League Report
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Chris Mellen

10-02

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Fall Instructional League Report
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Chris Mellen

09-21

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BP Unfiltered: The Call-Up: Jake Odorizzi
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Chris Mellen

09-10

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Most Memorable Prospect Debuts
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Jason Parks, Bradley Ankrom, Hudson Belinsky and Chris Mellen

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September 10, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Francisco Mejia

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Chris Mellen

Cleveland catching prospect Francisco Mejia is still a tiny baby, but there could be something special brewing.

When I see a player for the first time I like to go in as cold as possible because it is important to put aside any preconceived opinions that can influence the initial assessment and, ultimately, the report. These days, that's easier said than done, but I do try to keep it to a minimum. Over the course of the season I target players on my “must see” list for various reasons. The goal is to cover the teams I see from top to bottom, leaving no stone unturned, but there’s also due diligence needed on certain players because of reports passed along from contacts or as follow-up from prior looks.

Cleveland Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia was one of the top players I had circled this year. He caught my eye during our Top 10 discussions last offseason and his likely assignment to the New York-Penn League was going to provide me with the chance to sit on him for the first time. If you read my scouting report, you know I came away impressed and put high marks on Mejia's tools and potential, but there’s a lot more about why I liked him that goes beyond the framework of the reports.

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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

What's Next

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Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

The new co-directors of the BP Prospect team talk about their plan for coverage.

During any journey, change is inevitable, with the success of the trip often hinging upon a traveler’s ability to adapt to that change without losing his heading. When Nick and I first started outlining a plan for life after Jason Parks, our initial thoughts (after few deep breaths) gravitated to the trove of in-house talent Parks had assembled during his two seasons at the helm of the prospect team, and it quickly became apparent our ability to adapt would be more about tweaking and tightening what we have than undergoing any major overhaul.

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Eyes on Tyler Duffey, Daniel Norris, Henry Owens, Michael Papi, Blake Swihart, and Dalton Pompey.

Tyler Duffey

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July 1, 2014 8:15 am

BP Top 50

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Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and Jordan Gorosh

A showdown between two highly touted 2013 draftees.

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



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June 27, 2014 11:43 am

BP Top 50

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Jason Parks, Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and CJ Wittmann

Three of our writers debate three catchers that we have touted aggressively in the past.

Links to Other BP Top 50 Debates

Tim Anderson vs. J.P. Crawford | Daniel Norris vs. Jose Berrios | Albert Almore vs. Stephen Piscotty

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June 26, 2014 12:15 pm

BP Top 50

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Chris Mellen, Jeff Moore and Nick J. Faleris

Two of our experts debate two very different outfield prospects from the NL Central.

Links to Other BP Top 50 Debates

Tim Anderson vs. J.P. Crawford | Daniel Norris vs. Jose Berrios

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June 2, 2014 6:04 am

Notes from the Field: Studying Aaron Sanchez

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Chris Mellen

With three looks at the Blue Jays pitching prospect this year, Chris is able to draw some lines.

Over the course of a season, I like to get multiple looks at a starting pitcher prospect as a baseline for establishing developmental trends and gauging progression. Similar to when sitting on a position player prospect for a series or stretch of games, there can be variability from look to look in regards to what you see. It’s possible, for instance, that in an isolated appearance a pitcher is working on one particular pitch or certain aspect of his game that doesn’t reveal the full scope of his arsenal. Or, the arm just doesn’t have it, for whatever reason, on a given night. It’s important when building the book to be able to reference reports from various points in time to compare, contrast, and look for clues that assist with making projections.

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December 17, 2013 6:05 am

Hot Stove Scouting Report: Jacoby Ellsbury

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Chris Mellen

"While his overall game and impact are dependent on speed, don’t expect a decline to come soon."

See our introduction to the Hot Stove Scouting Report series here.

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October 4, 2013 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Josh Donaldson

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Chris Mellen

Facing a very smart hitter.

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September 13, 2013 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: In Person: Miguel Sano vs. Maikel Franco

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Chris Mellen

A late-season series provides a chance to compare and contrast two of the game's best third-base prospects.

When going through the schedule each week and figuring out which games I am going to attend, I typically first look through the projected pitching rotations to see which arms I can line up. Due to the nature and timing of pitching, there’s a smaller window of opportunity to catch everything you need to see. The position players then usually fall into place from there. The final series of the season between Reading and New Britain was different, however. My main objective was to get my eyes on two prospects: Miguel Sano and Maikel Franco.

I’ve seen quite a bit of Sano since he signed with Minnesota, but it’s been in spring training and fall Instructs against low-minors competition. One of the big things I’ve been waiting to see is how his progressing hitting skills match up against more advanced arms. The reports on Franco have been intriguing, and it was my first opportunity to take a long look at the 21-year-old. With the chance to see both third base prospects on the field at the same time, it presented a chance to do some comparing and contrasting.

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Reviewing all the moves, as baseball's second trade deadline saw bubble teams gearing up for September and sure things looking toward October.

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August 19, 2013 6:51 am

The Call-Up: Xander Bogaerts

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Chris Mellen and Paul Sporer

The Red Sox summon their top prospect for the stretch run.

The Situation: With the Red Sox 3-7 in their last 10 games and playing only .500 baseball since the All-Star break, the club has decided to call up top prospect Xander Bogaerts, who ranked no. 3 on our Mid-Season Top 50. Bogaerts is likely to spell Stephen Drew during the stretch run, especially against left-handed pitching, and can also spend some time at third base when Will Middlebrooks needs time off. Look for the infield prospect to play both positions as needed during the Red Sox’ push to the postseason.

Background: Bogaerts was signed as an international free agent out of Aruba in 2009. Since coming stateside, the infield prospect’s stock has skyrocketed in parallel with his rapid ascension up the rungs of Boston’s system. Bogaerts was a standout at the Fall Instructional League in 2010, with his talent and potential clearly on display. As an 18-year-old in the South Atlantic League during his 2011 campaign, the right-handed hitter slammed 16 home runs in 72 games and began to turn heads with the way the ball jumped off his bat. The following season saw the now 20-year-old breeze through the Carolina League, showing both power and the ability to hit for average while beginning to prove that the bat was more than ready for the upper minors in a 23-game taste of Double-A. This season, the infielder has continued to take the upper minors by storm, posting a .299/.389/.481 between Portland and Pawtucket at the time of his promotion.


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