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May 20, 2015 5:12 am

The Call-Up: Wilmer Difo

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CJ Wittmann and Bret Sayre

The Nationals surprise with their latest call-up.

The Situation: When Jayson Werth went on the disabled list this week, the Nationals made an unconventional choice to replace the slugging outfielder: They brought up an infielder with 56 plate appearances higher than High-A. Difo, though, offers flexibility that will help a Nationals lineup still missing third baseman Anthony Rendon.

Background: Difo, signed as an international free agent in 2010, broke out in the second half last year. He has never made a BP Top 100 but cracked the Nationals' Top 10 this winter. He burst into real prospect conversations this year, hitting .315/.367/.520 in 139 plate appearances split between High-A and Double-A.

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Welcome! CJ Wins The Raffle Emails Shaun - Tools vs Big Picture The Reynaldo Lopez of 2015 Explain The Scouting Scale Why Is It So Hard To Jump To Double-A? Shortstops Top 10 Rankings Goodbye!

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The BP Prospect team talks about players they have seen and some current baseball events.

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Eyes on Dylan Bundy, Derrick Bleeker, Justin Twine, Jonah Heim, and Wilmer Difo.

Dylan Bundy

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Eyes on Tyler Kolek, Jose Adames, Brian Gonzalez, Jomar Reyes, Casey Soltis, and Isael Soto.

Tyler Kolek

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"His whole pitch arsenal is a strength."

Max Scherzer

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Brandon Finnegan

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Craig Goldstein and CJ Wittmann

The Royals bring up the first major leaguer from the 2014 draft.

The situation: Right in the middle of the AL playoff race, the Royals find themselves looking for another left-handed arm out the bullpen. Insert 2014 first round pick Brandon Finnegan.

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The Royals buy low on a veteran with a history of success, the Twins get a nice return, Jerome Williams is on the move again, and other moves.

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The Yankees' rebuild of the infield is complete with the additions of Stephen Drew and Martin Prado.



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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 24, 2014 6:00 am

BP Top 50

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Jason Parks, CJ Wittmann and Nick J. Faleris

Jason Parks and CJ Wittman debate the merits of two top shortstop prospects.

The Rules
Rather than re-printing the BP Prospect Team 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 among players in consideration for the #BPTop50 and allow an advocate for each to make his case for why that player should be ranked ahead of the other.


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June 20, 2014 6:00 am

Behind the Curtain: Lucas Giolito

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CJ Wittmann and Tucker Blair

Two BP writers who've spent time watching Giolito face off about his future.

Debate topic: Lucas Giolito, RHP, National (Low-A Hagerstown)
Participants: Tucker Blair and CJ Wittmann

You have both put eyes on Lucas Giolito this season. Please describe your thoughts after seeing him, complete with scouting grades and projections.


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