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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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August 13, 2013 8:56 am

The Call-Up: Matt Davidson

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Chris Mellen and Bret Sayre

Reeling from injuries and falling behind in the standings, the Diamondbacks turn to a powerful third-base prospect for help.

The Situation: With Eric Chavez hitting the disabled list due to knee and hip soreness, Arizona has called up third baseman Matt Davidson from the Reno Aces. Martin Prado was expected to see the bulk of the playing time at the hot corner during Chavez’s absence, with Davidson in reserve, but with Cody Ross now out with a dislocated hip, it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old right-handed hitter is pressed into more consistent action.

Background: The Diamondbacks selected Davidson as a sandwich pick in 2009 out of Yucaipa High School (Yucaipa, CA). The third baseman immediately began to flash the power he had been touted for, belting 18 home runs in his first full professional season between A-Ball and High-A in 2010. After posting a .277/.348/.464 line in the California League with Visalia in 2011, Davidson was tasked with the challenge of Double-A and proving he wasn’t the product of a hitter-friendly league in 2012. He did not disappoint. Davidson put up a .836 OPS and launched 23 bombs with Mobile to begin solidifying himself as a prospect on the rise. The 22-year-old continued to prove the bat is trending in the right direction this year in Triple-A, and was named MVP of this year’s Futures Game after his go-ahead home run. Davidson entered the year ranked fourth on Baseball Prospectus’ Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects list.

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April 11, 2013 5:00 am

Notes from the Field: Eastern League Prospects to Follow

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Chris Mellen

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts headlines this batch of six intriguing minor leaguers.

It has been fun putting together prospect lists, organizational rankings, and the like this offseason, but I absolutely love getting out onto the field. There’s something about dissecting a handful of players on a given night, watching for certain trends over a series of games, or just deciding to put the isolated camera on one player.

Spring training served as a warm-up to sharpen the eyes, while getting in general scouting on a large group of players. Now, with the season underway, it’s time to start peeling back the onion on prospects, tracking their development, and getting down to business. I’ll cover multiple leagues this season and should get a chance to scout a wide array of players. So, expect some different flavors in these reports over the course of the year. Today’s article highlights some initial impressions on a handful of prospects in the Eastern League that I feel will be themes to continue to check back on during the season. 

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The young Red Sox center fielder shows up earlier than expected, but is he ready to contribute right now?

The Situation: With an injury to David Ortiz creating room on the roster, outfielder Jackie Bradley has officially made the Red Sox Opening Day roster after much buzz during spring training. The initial expectation was that the 22-year-old would start the season in the minors, with a potential call to the Show in the cards later in the season. However, Bradley showed such a high level of polish and maturity in camp that the organization deemed him capable of making the jump from Double-A to fill in while Ortiz mends, granting him a spot in the lineup and in left field.

Background: A standout at South Carolina in his first two seasons, Bradley entered his junior year as a projected mid-first round pick. A wrist injury ended up cutting his year short, and the outfielder fell to Boston in the supplemental round. Since entering the professional ranks, he hasn’t stopped hitting. Bradley received an accelerated placement to start 2012 in the Carolina League and took the competition by storm. A .359/.480/.526 line in 67 games with Salem offered a clue that he was trending ahead of the curve, with personal scouting looks revealing that he was in need of a greater challenge. Bradley got the mid-season bump to Double-A and continued to acquit himself well both offensively and defensively (with the scouting reports to match the stats) in the Eastern League. The 22-year-old entered 2013 the second-ranked prospect in the Red Sox farm system and 27th overall, according to Baseball Prospectus. 

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