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12-15

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Rule 5 Draft Recap
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Jeff Moore

11-24

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The 40-Man Additions
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Tucker Blair and Jeff Moore

11-24

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The 40-Man Additions
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Craig Goldstein, Mauricio Rubio and Jeff Moore

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: Heyward Movement
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Sam Miller, Jeff Moore, Ben Carsley and Wilson Karaman

10-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, October 28th
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Jeff Moore

10-28

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Jon Lester
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Jeff Moore

10-28

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, October 27th
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Jeff Moore

10-27

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Minor League Update: Games of October 24th-25th, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, October 23rd
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Jeff Moore

10-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, October 22nd
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Jeff Moore

10-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, October 21st
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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, October 20th
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10-20

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Minor League Update: Games of October 17-18, 2014
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10-17

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, October 17th
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10-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, October 15th
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Jeff Moore

10-15

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Minor League Update: Games of October 14th, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, October 13th
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Jeff Moore

10-13

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Minor League Update: Games of October 10-11, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-10

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Minor League Update: Arizona Fall League Games of October 9th, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-09

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Minor League Update: Arizona Fall League Games of October 8th, 2014
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Jeff Moore

10-08

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Prospectus Feature: Aaron Judge and the Question of Long-Armed Hitting Prospects
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Jeff Moore

10-08

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Minor League Update: Arizona Fall League Games of October 7th, 2014
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Jeff Moore

09-23

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Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
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Jeff Moore

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of September 12-14
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Jeff Moore

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 11
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 10
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Jeff Moore

09-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 9
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 8
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of September 5-7
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Jeff Moore

09-05

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Prospect Debate: Steven Moya's Feast or Famine
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Jeff Moore, Mark Anderson and Tucker Blair

09-05

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 4th
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Jeff Moore

09-04

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 3rd
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Jeff Moore

09-04

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The Call-Up: The Others
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Mauricio Rubio, Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Craig Goldstein, Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre and Jeff Moore

09-03

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Notes from the Field: Two Cubans Walk Onto A Field...
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Jeff Moore

09-03

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The Call-Up: Dalton Pompey
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Jeff Moore and Ben Carsley

09-02

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Minor League Update: Games of August 29-September 1
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Jeff Moore

08-29

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The Call-Up: Dilson Herrera
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Jeff Moore and Craig Goldstein

08-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 28th
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Jeff Moore

08-28

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 27th
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Jeff Moore

08-27

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AFL 2014
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Jeff Moore

08-27

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 26th
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Jeff Moore

08-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 25th
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Jeff Moore

08-25

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Minor League Update: Games of August 22-24
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Jeff Moore

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 21
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Jeff Moore

08-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 20
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Jeff Moore

08-20

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 19
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Jeff Moore

08-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 18
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Jeff Moore

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of August 15-17
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Jeff Moore

08-15

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 14
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Jeff Moore

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 13
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December 15, 2014 12:01 am

Rule 5 Draft Recap

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Jeff Moore

Intel on the 13 players selected on Thursday.

Rule 5 draftees are not the high-end prospects we know and love, but they’re not without their merits. The hope for each team that drafts a player is that he has one skill that is good enough to justify a roster spot on a major-league club for the entire 2014 season. If not, the player is returned to his original team. Because of this, many clubs elect to pass on selecting a player.

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November 24, 2014 6:00 am

The 40-Man Additions

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Tucker Blair and Jeff Moore

Top prospects, organizational depth, and others added to 40-man rosters in anticipation of the Rule 5 Draft.

Late last week, teams faced a deadline to add minor leaguers—or, at least, those who meet minimum professional experience requirements—to the 40-man roster or risk losing them in the Rule 5 draft in San Diego next month. The deadline forces teams to make decisions on which players are most likely to be taken, and which would hurt the most to lose. Some of the most significant additions:

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November 24, 2014 6:00 am

The 40-Man Additions

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Craig Goldstein, Mauricio Rubio and Jeff Moore

Top prospects, organizational depth, and others added to 40-man rosters in anticipation of the Rule 5 Draft.

Late last week, teams faced a deadline to add minor leaguers—or, at least, those who meet minimum professional experience requirements—to the 40-man roster or risk losing them in the Rule 5 draft in San Diego next month. The deadline forces teams to make decisions on which players are most likely to be taken, and which would hurt the most to lose. Some of the most significant additions:

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Atlanta Braves
Biggest Surprise: Yean Carlos Gil
Potential Impact: Kyle Kubitza



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November 18, 2014 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: Heyward Movement

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Sam Miller, Jeff Moore, Ben Carsley and Wilson Karaman

The Cardinals get one of the best young stars in the game, while the Braves add club-controlled pitching.

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Tim Anderson and Hunter Renfroe.

Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox (Glendale, AFL): 3-4, R, 2B. Amateur scouts still rave about Anderson’s tools, and if you look at him under that microscope, he stands out on a minor-league field, even when compared to his professional contemporaries. He’s still extremely raw as a baseball player, so his success to this point is a testament to his athletic ability, but concerns remain about his future. The White Sox have pushed him aggressively, as they’ve been known to do with top prospects, but it isn’t exactly giving him the time he’ll need to develop. Despite being in Double-A, he still has a long way to go before he’s ready to produce anything at the major-league level.

Miguel Almonte, RHP, Royals (Peoria, AFL): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K. It’s a good sign for Almonte that he’s still going strong at this point in the season, despite missing a start in June with elbow inflammation. He’s still short of his innings mark from last season, and his strikeout rate dropped this year, though scouts still rave about his arm. His offspeed arsenal still needs work, specifically his change-up, but at 21, there’s still time for that development to take place.

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'Good enough to anchor just about any rotation in the majors.'

Jon Lester

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Steven Moya and Roman Quinn.

Steven Moya, OF, Tigers (Glendale, AFL): 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR. It’s hard to argue with production, but that’s what scouts are paid to do. Moya continues to impress on the field, no matter what competition level the Tigers throw at him, producing power at every turn without sacrificing too much batting average. Scouts, however, have major questions about how long he’ll be able to get away with his approach at the plate, or lack thereof. His career minor-league K:BB ratio is well over 5-to-1, which would be higher than that of any current major leaguer and does not bode well for his success at the next level. Still, he’s handled every challenge thrown his way, including the AFL this month.

Jesse Winker, OF, Reds (Surprise, AFL): 2-5, R, HR, K. Winker doesn’t offer the physically imposing presence of Moya or the overwhelming power production, but he’s by far a better all-around hitter. He should have enough power to put forth a high level of production as a corner outfielder in the majors, and his approach should lead to high on-base percentages as well. Winker is having a strong fall to help ease concerns about his struggles after a midseason promotion to Double-A, some of which also could have stemmed from lingering injuries from a car accident. He suffered a wrist injury in the accident that likely sapped some of his power, but he’s back to full strength and driving the ball this fall.

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Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Tyler Glasnow and a trio of Yankees bats.

Friday, October 24th

Sam Selman, LHP, Royals (Peoria): 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. A high pick by the Royals, this college left-hander was expected to move quickly. Sound familiar? Selman has been passed by the likes of Brandon Finnegan, but he’s far from a lost cause. He still misses bats like the high-end pitcher he was drafted to be, but he needs to throw more strikes. The Royals began using him as a reliever in July, which could be a sign of things to come.

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Kaleb Cowart and Jace Peterson.

Wei-Chung Wang, LHP, Brewers (Glendale, AFL): 4 IP, 3 H, R (0 BB), BB, 2 K. Wang had no business being in the majors last year, but he was forced to stay there for an extended period of time due to his Rule Five status. The Brewers liked him enough that they spent a portion of the year with a short bullpen in an attempt to retain his rights.

Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Angels (Mesa, AFL): 2-3, R, 3B, BB. One of the few guys thought to have major-league tools in what has become the weakest farm system in baseball, Cowart has disappointed in back-to-back seasons while repeating Double-A. There is a reason why the upper minors are considered the hardest jump to make on the developmental ladder, and Cowart’s lack of patience and power outside the California League has been exposed the past two seasons in the Texas League.

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Max Kepler and Darnell Sweeney.

Darnell Sweeney, 2B, Dodgers (Glendale, AFL): 4-5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR. Expectations were tempered entering the season because scouts weren’t crazy about any of Sweeney’s tools outside of his speed, and because his breakout 2013 season came in the California League. Then, he spent the entire 2014 campaign excelling in Double-A, greatly increasing his walk rate and backing up his power production. For a plus runner, he’s not an effective base-stealer, which negates some of his value, but he made better contact while also making the toughest jump along the developmental process. After spending most of his time at shortstop last year, Sweeney played more second base this year and saw some time in center field. His speed and versatility could be something the Dodgers can use in the future, especially if his plate discipline remains intact.

Garabez Rosa, LF, Orioles (Glendale, AFL): 3-4, 2 R, HR. Rosa swings at virtually everything, to little effect. The Orioles continue to give him opportunities because there is some pop in his bat and he can play virtually ever non-catcher position on the diamond (including shortstop), but a career minor league K:BB ratio of over 10-to-1 (yes, you read that right) is borderline criminal and will be enough to keep him from ever hitting effectively. (h/t to @tuckerblairON)

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Daniel Robertson and Deven Marrero.

Daniel Robertson, SS, Oakland (Mesa): 3-5, 2 R, HR. As a hitting prospect, Robertson struggles with very little. He hits for good power (great power for a shortstop), average, and has plus plate discipline. The California League helped this year and the AFL won’t be much different, but even with his stats returning to a more normal environment, Robertson looks to be a major part of the A’s future and one of the best hitting prospects in a depleted farm system. The question is whether or not he will be able to remain at shortstop; most doubt that he will, but the A’s haven’t given up on it yet.

Cal Towey, OF, Angels (Mesa): 3-4, 2 R, HR, BB, K. Towey was a 17th-round pick out of Baylor in 2013, but he handled a jump straight to the California League this season after just a short-season stint last year, which, in the Angels system, makes him something of a prospect. He was a senior sign, however, which means he was old when he got to pro ball and he’ll be 25 before next season begins. There’s virtually nothing blocking anyone who performs in the Angels system, so there’s room for Towey to move quickly, and he should start next season in Double-A. If he can show that his left-handed pop will translate against better pitching and in a more neutral hitting environment, he could end up being a useful piece.

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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Francisco Lindor and Mark Appel.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (Peoria): 3-4, R, 2B. I’m not breaking any new ground by saying that Lindor is among the best, if not the best, shortstop prospect in the game, but he’s also perhaps the surest bet of any prospect at any position around whom you could build your team. There is no doubt that he is prepared to step in and provide defensive value in the majors today if necessary, as has been the case for some time. What will separate him from the pack, however, will be his ability to drive the ball for extra bases. He has just enough pop to keep pitchers honest and punish them when they leave the ball over the plate, something pitchers don’t fear with Lindor’s most frequent comp, Elvis Andrus. If Lindor can consistently get into the 30-double/10-home-run range (well within reach), the rest of his skill set should make him one of the best players in the American League.

Mark Appel, RHP, Astros (Salt River): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. It’s safe to say that Appel has rebounded from his bizarre struggles at the start of the season, and Monday night’s start was the best of three strong outings thus far in the desert. These performances make his struggles early this season even more bizarre, as they were at least partially contributed to the unforgiving hitting environments of the California League, something not unlike what he’s handling quite well this October. Assuming he finishes the month as strong as he has started it, Appel is giving the Astros hope that he could get to the big leagues by some point next season, which seemed almost impossible earlier this year.

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