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New York adds a third baseman and two high-end bullpen arms, and limits Boston's options in the process.

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Washington's mess of a bullpen gets major help in form of right-hander Ryan Madson and left-hander Sean Doolittle.

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Jose Quintana goes from the South Side to Wrigleyville, as the Cubs pay a premium for a frontline starter under contract through 2020.

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July 7, 2017 6:00 am

2017 Prospects: Midseason Top 50: Floor or Upside?

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Greg Goldstein

A look at recent lists and whether floor or upside wins out.

What’s better, a high floor or high upside? It’s a discussion we have with ourselves in almost every aspect of life. Do you invest in that safe stock or the promising startup with big potential? Do you choose buy the property that will maintain its value over the next ten years or find a redone house with room to grow? Do I take the steady paycheck or put my resources into this new app I think might blow up? Heck, will I go to that new Mexican place or just stick to the consistency of Chipotle?

While these situations have varying degrees of importance, the answer to the risk vs. reward debate is one that’s not definitive. This is also true when evaluating prospects.

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April 12, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, April 12

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Steve Givarz and Greg Goldstein

Notes on Nick Storz, Marty Costes, and more.

Steve Givarz
Nick Storz, RHP, Poly Prep Country Day (NY)
Seen in a 4 IP start on 3/22; also saw at ECP last summer. Definitely a big boy; have to worry about body as he gets into pro ball. More athletic than he appears. Pitches from a full windup with a full arm circle and some slight stiffness but above-average arm speed; three-quarters slot. Short-strider. FB 91-93 (T94); velo dropped to 88-90 after three innings; still building up arm strength; lacked movement; could locate to both sides but was more comfortable arm-side. CB 76-78; somewhat slurvy; lacked consistent shape; had good depth and action; could locate for strikes; struggled to finish hitters with it; often left up; potential above-average offering. CH 81-84; only threw three in-game; got on side of ball; clear third offering. Did make a fielding E1 as he struggled to get off mound. See as a back of the rotation pitcher; or set-up.



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April 11, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: April 11, 2017

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Wilson Karaman and Greg Goldstein

Notes on the lower levels of the Diamondbacks and Rockies system, including Forrest Wall, Riley Pint, and more.

Wilson Karaman
Peter Lambert, RHP, Colorado Rockies (High-A Lancaster)


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April 5, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, April 5

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Notes on Logan Allen, Kevin Smith and more.

Steve Givarz
Logan Allen, LHP, University HS
Seen in a 6 IP start on 3/28; also saw at ECP last summer. Lean, developed body; lacks remaining projection. Pitches from a full windup with a clean, smooth arm action; above-average arm speed; three-quarters slot; has crossfire in delivery with little effort; pitches with a quick pace. FB 90-91 (T93); held velo through game; popped a 92 in the sixth; has good, explosive life that hitters struggle to square up; good control with developing command to both sides. CB 76-78; 1/7 shape with quality depth and action; can finish to both sides in dirt; consistent throughout game; potential plus offering. CH 80; can turn it over but lacks feel and arm speed at this stage; wasn't part of arsenal on this night; project to average given how often he went to it as well as potential for development. Smaller player but has quality stuff; worried somewhat about size and durability; see as a middle of the rotation starter with a backup in the bullpen as a late-relief option.



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