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09-30

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Some Projection Left: No Projection Left
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Christopher Crawford

09-28

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Some Projection Left: 7 Make-or-Break Seasons for 2017
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Christopher Crawford

09-22

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The Call-Up: A Triplet of Padres
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Christopher Crawford, Mauricio Rubio and Greg Wellemeyer

09-19

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Minor League Update: Games of September 16-18
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Christopher Crawford

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 14th
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Christopher Crawford

09-13

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 12th
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Christopher Crawford

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of September 9-11, 2016
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Christopher Crawford

09-09

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Some Projection Left: Ask The Industry: The Ones Who Got Away
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Christopher Crawford

09-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 8th
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Christopher Crawford

09-08

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 7th
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Christopher Crawford

09-06

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Minor League Update: Games of September 2-5
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Christopher Crawford

09-01

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 31st
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Christopher Crawford

08-30

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 29th
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Christopher Crawford

08-29

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Minor League Update: Games of August 26-28
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Christopher Crawford

08-25

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 24th
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Christopher Crawford

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of August 19-21
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Christopher Crawford

08-18

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Some Projection Left: Finding The Next Edwin Diaz
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Christopher Crawford

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 17th
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Christopher Crawford

08-17

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Add Iglesias Insurance
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Bryan Grosnick and Christopher Crawford

08-17

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The Call-Up: Chad Pinder
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-17

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The Call-Up: Dansby Swanson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 15th
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Christopher Crawford

08-15

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Minor League Update: Games of August 12-14
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Christopher Crawford

08-10

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The Call-Up: Luke Weaver
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 9th
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Christopher Crawford

08-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 8th
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Christopher Crawford

08-09

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The Call-Up: Alex Reyes
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-08

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Minor League Update: Games of August 5-7
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Christopher Crawford

08-04

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 3rd
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Christopher Crawford

08-02

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The Call-Up: Orlando Arcia
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

08-02

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 1st
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Christopher Crawford

08-02

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The Call-Up: Andrew Benintendi
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Carlos Beltran's Deadline Deja Vu
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Kenny Ducey, Christopher Crawford, David Lee, Jarrett Seidler and Ben Carsley

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Richer Get Rich
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Sam Miller, Christopher Crawford, Patrick Dubuque, Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: In Charm City, Is Third Time a...
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Dustin Palmateer, Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Twins, Angels Make Seller-To-Seller Swap
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Aaron Gleeman, Meg Rowley, Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Indians Get Their Guy(er)
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Christopher Crawford and Dustin Palmateer

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Life of Miley
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Dustin Palmateer, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

08-01

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Minor League Update: Games of July 29-31
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Christopher Crawford

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Andrew Miller Joins the Tribe
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Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford, Jarrett Seidler, Kenny Ducey and Adam McInturff

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Nats Pay for the Pitcher, Not the Velo
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Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Add Duke to Bullpen
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James Fegan and Christopher Crawford

07-28

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 27th
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Christopher Crawford

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Aroldis Chapman Takes The 105 To Wrigley
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Christopher Crawford, Mike Gianella, Rian Watt, Adam McInturff and Nicolas Stellini

07-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 25th
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Christopher Crawford

07-25

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The Call-Up: David Dahl
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

07-25

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The Call-Up: Braden Shipley
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

07-25

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The Call-Up: Alex Bregman
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-25

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Minor League Update: Games of July 22-24
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Christopher Crawford

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Legend of Vogelbach, Now In Seattle
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Christopher Crawford, Rian Watt and Brendan Gawlowski

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So, you want to be a prospect writer?

About a month ago, I received an email from someone who was interested in beginning a “career” of writing about prospects. I have been asked this question before, but I really didn’t know how to respond. I’m going to try and respond.

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September 28, 2016 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: 7 Make-or-Break Seasons for 2017

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Christopher Crawford

A look at seven prospects who need to step it up in 2017.

The 2016 “prospect” season was a fun one. It may not have been as star-studded as the bumper crop of 2015, but we saw plenty of high-end guys make an impact at the big-league level, and we saw quite a few players show the upside that suggests they could be the next Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant or Carlos Rodon.

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September 22, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: A Triplet of Padres

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Christopher Crawford, Mauricio Rubio and Greg Wellemeyer

A breakdown of Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, and Carlos Asuaje.

The Situation: With El Paso wrapping up a championship season, the Padres have called up three of their top prospects to get a taste of the majors.

Hunter Renfroe
Scouting Report: Renfroe was the Padres first-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2013, and though there have been some peaks and valleys, for the most part he's looked the part of one of the best corner outfield prospects in baseball. The weakest tool at his disposal is likely the hit: he's an aggressive hitter with some length to his swing, and you can mark him down for some 100-plus strikeout seasons if he's a regular. That being said, he does have quality bat speed, and he will go the other way, so a 50—or possibly even a tick above—grade isn't out of the question. There's no question about his power, as there's natural loft in his right-handed stroke, and he is strong enough to take the ball out to any part of the park. Even in Petco Park, 25-30 homer seasons are not out of the realm of possibility, if he sees enough quality pitches to allow that to happen.


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September 19, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of September 16-18

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Brett Martin, Max Fried, Alex Verdugo, and Alex Jackson.

Prospect of the Weekend:

Brett Martin, LHP, Texas Rangers (High-A High Desert): 7 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 15 K
Well, this wasn’t too hard. If you throw seven no-hit innings in the Cal League, you don’t just deserve Prospect of The Weekend, you deserve... I dunno... some sort of delicious dessert. Martin doesn’t have the type of stuff that suggests missing bats like this at the big-league level, but he does have an above-average fastball/curveball combination, and he’ll mix in a change that flashes a tick below that range. There’s also still some projection left in his left arm, so if more velocity comes—and it just might—he could really see a rise in status in 2016. As is, he’s a perfectly competent back-end starter prospect, but this was a heck of a night.


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September 15, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 14th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Sam Pastrone, Carlos Asuaje, Francisco Mejia, and Chris Ellis.

Prospect of the Day:

Sam Pastrone, RHP, Los Angeles Angels (Short-Season Orem): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
The Angels took Pastrone in the 17th round of the 2015 draft, and while there’s a long way to go, it does appear he was quite the coup that late. Despite a smallish frame, he’ll touch the high 90s with his fastball, and his curveball has considerable progress. The change also has its moments, and when he stays on top of the delivery, there’s some fade to it; it’ll be a solid big-league offering. There aren’t any red flags in the delivery, but he’s still learning the “finer” points of pitching, so the command comes and goes. If it can come more often than it goes, Pastrone has a chance to pitch in the big leagues someday in the not-so-distant future.


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September 13, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 12th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Tyler O'Neill,

Prospect of the Day:

Tyler O’Neill, OF, Seattle Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B
This was a slow day, so it was fortunate that one of the best performers in minor-league baseball had a good day. O’Neill still has his share of doubters, but even they have to be impressed with what he’s done this year. The approach has taken a huge step forward, the power is plus (maybe even a tick above), and he’s just good enough with the glove to give him a chance to play in right every day. The Mariners corner outfield situation is not very good. Tyler O’Neill might change that in the middle of 2017.


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September 12, 2016 12:41 pm

Minor League Update: Games of September 9-11, 2016

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Jorge Alfaro, Chris Ellis, Kyle Tucker, and Franklin Barreto.

Prospect of the Weekend:

Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies (Double-A Reading): 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 HR
There were rumors that Alfaro was on his way to the big leagues a couple of months ago. Selfishly, it would have been fun to see him face that level of competition, but it was the right call to leave him in Double-A. You could argue that every tool but the power and arm improved (okay, so you can argue that three of his five tools have improved), but those other two tools were already plus-plus. The Phillies got a handful of interesting pieces in return for Cole Hamels, and I think Alfaro has the highest upside of them. That’s saying quite a bit.


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Scouts answer who the best players baseball lost to football were.

Early Thursday morning, Adam Schefter broke the news that Tim Tebow has signed a contract to play baseball for the New York Mets. You all know who Tebow is, you all saw the workout, and if you’re curious what the general consensus was, it adds up to: Impressive for a guy who hasn’t played baseball competitively for a very long time, very unlikely to make an impact on an MLB roster.

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September 9, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 8th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Brent Honeywell, Ryan O'Hearn, Zack Littell, and Victor Robles.

Prospect of the Day:

Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
If this is Honeywell’s last start of the year, he ended it on a positive note. For most of 2016, the right-hander has shown three plus pitches, and his screwball has flashed plus-plus. He’s also a strike-thrower whose command isn’t far behind the control, so, long story short, this is a guy who has a chance to be a third starter, maybe even a no. 2 if everything breaks right. Expect to see him in Tampa Bay at some point next summer.


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September 8, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 7th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Andrew Moore, Jordan Montgomery, Yandy Diaz, and Corey Toups.

Playoffs! Playoffs?

Prospect of the Day:

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September 6, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of September 2-5

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the holiday weekend, including Sean Newcomb, Matt Chapman, Brandon Woodruff, and Josh Staumont.

Prospect of the Weekend:

Sean Newcomb, LHP, Atlanta Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Expectations for Newcomb were sky-high after coming over in the deal for Andrelton Simmons, and the results have been decidedly mixed. When he’s been at his best—as he was on Friday—Newcomb still shows ridiculously good stuff; a plus-plus fastball, a breaking-ball that flashes in that range but is mostly plus, and a good=enough change. It’s just a matter of showing all three pitches on a consistent basis, and throwing them for strikes. When he does like he did that night, he looks like a future no. 3 starter. It’s up for debate whether or not he can do it consistently enough to reach that level.


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September 1, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 31st

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Jose Berrios, Erick Fedde, Jorge Alfaro, and Austin Riley.

Prospect of the Day:

Jose Berrios, RHP, Minnesota Twins (Triple-A Rochester): 8 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 14 K
I believe that Berrios no longer technically qualifies as a prospect. For him and a line this good, we’ll make an exception. Yes, he’s struggled tremendously at the big-league level. It’s been terribly frustrating to see him struggle to locate anything while pitching in Minnesota. This is still one of the most talented young right-handers in baseball, however, and games like this help illustrate that fact. He’ll be fine. I think.


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