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04-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 20, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-20

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Minor League Update: Games of April 17-19, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-17

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-15

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 13, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-13

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Minor League Update: Games of April 10-12, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-02

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Spring Training Notebook
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Jeff Moore

03-27

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League Preview Series
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Jeff Moore

03-26

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Spring Training Notebook: Grapefruit League
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Jeff Moore and Chris King

03-24

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Every Team's Moneyball: Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB's Apple Watch
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Jeff Moore

03-19

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Spring Training Notebook: Grapefruit League
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Jeff Moore

03-16

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Notes from the Field: A First Look: Yoan Moncada
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Jeff Moore

03-13

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Prospectus Feature: Scouting With Plate Discipline
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Jeff Moore and Andrew Koo

03-09

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Kershaw Day
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Jeff Moore

02-17

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2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational Rankings
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Mark Anderson, Jeff Moore and BP Prospect Staff

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Astros Get Evan
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jordan Gorosh and Jeff Moore

12-31

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Minor League Update: Puerto Rican Winter League Pitchers
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Jeff Moore

12-30

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Minor League Update: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers
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Jeff Moore

12-29

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Minor League Update: Dominican Winter League Pitchers
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Jeff Moore

12-24

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Minor League Update: Puerto Rican Winter League Games to Date
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Jeff Moore

12-22

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Minor League Update: Winter League Games to Date
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Jeff Moore

12-22

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Minor League Update: Venezuelan Winter League Games to Date
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Jeff Moore

12-20

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Wish Upton a Star
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R.J. Anderson, Wilson Karaman, Bret Sayre, Jordan Gorosh, Jeff Moore and Ethan Purser

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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Jeff Moore

10-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, October 20th
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Jeff Moore

10-20

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

10-17

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, October 17th
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Jeff Moore

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

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March 27, 2015 6:00 am

League Preview Series

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Jeff Moore

We continue our league preview series with a breakdown of every team in the Florida State League.

It was a down year for the Florida State League last year, at least in terms of big name prospects. Even most of the well-known prospects that saw action in the complex-based, sunshine-drenched conference received promotions midseason and were not replaced with as much vigor by their Low-A counterparts.

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Notes from Arizona on Wilmer Difo, Anthony Alford, and more.

Throughout March, the BP Prospect Team is invading both Arizona and Florida to get some fresh looks at players as they prepare for their 2015 assignments. Between now and the start of the minor league season, they’ll be providing updates (and videos) on the prospects you know and love—and quite a few that you may not.

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How the Pirates jump first into new markets but don't over-invest.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the market-understanding Pirates and Mariners.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Yankees | Mets

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Eyes on Manuel Margot, Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, and others from the Red Sox and Mets systems.

Throughout March, the BP Prospect Team is invading both Arizona and Florida to get some fresh looks at players as they prepare for their 2015 assignments. Between now and the start of the minor league season, they’ll be providing updates (and videos) on the prospects you know and love—and quite a few that you may not.

Amed Rosario, SS, Mets
Known for his glove, and rightly so, Rosario remains as smooth as ever in the field and more than capable of remaining at shortstop for the duration of his career. His long strides lead to plus range, and a quick easy release and strong arm should make him a plus defender at a premium position. There is plenty of time for his bat to catch up to his glove, given that he’s barely dipped a toe into the full-season waters, but it’s going to take major strides in overhauling his swing. Its current iteration involves far too much movement and a significant weight shift that will give him issues against the better breaking balls he has yet to see. Lastly, at just 19, it’s unsurprising that he’ll need to add weight to ever drive the baseball with any authority, but his frame isn’t one that’s built to support a significant weight gain. He can get stronger, but he’s likely to always be thin.


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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: A First Look: Yoan Moncada

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Jeff Moore

Even a limited look at the Cuban super prospect makes it clear why he's garnered so much attention.

Yoan Moncada’s journey from Cuba to Fort Myers has simultaneously been well documented and, as with so many Cuban defectors, shrouded in mystery. I, on the other hand, had only to forego a Friday night of debauchery*, respond to a 5 a.m. alarm clock, and make the cross-state trip through Alligator Alley in order to see the Red Sox newest acquisition in action for the first time.

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Understanding the relationship between plate discipline in the minors and future big-league success.

Not long ago, in the empty hours that fill scouts’ time between batting practice and the first pitch, I was speaking with (read: listening intently to) to an experienced scouting director. The topic of plate discipline came up. As anyone who closely follows the BP prospect team has figured out, I fall at the “extremely important” end of the spectrum when it comes to using plate discipline to evaluate prospects and predict their future success. Because of that, it didn’t take much prodding to get me to rave about a prospect I had recently seen from this scouting director’s system. The prospect, along with many strong skills, had a fantastic eye.

The scouting director’s response surprised me. He informed me his organization values plate discipline extremely highly, to the point of actually considering it a sixth tool (something we’ve seen the old-school camp dismiss in the past). I love the concept, but was stupefied because the organization in question is not one we typically think of as sabermetrically friendly. I assumed I was at a more extreme end of the spectrum on this topic, but here my views were accepted with arms open wider than I had anticipated.

Plate discipline, of course, is not a new concept in scouting. The way we view player value has brought about the current on-base renaissance within the big-league game, and that has had a trickle-down effect into the scouting world. With a better understanding of the value of on-base ability, we have changed how we evaluate prospects in some regards, at times excusing larger holes in a hit tool, for example, so long as it comes with strong on-base skills. The ability to avoid outs with better plate discipline can make up for some flaws in one’s ability to hit his way on base.

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March 9, 2015 5:00 am

Kershaw Day

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Jeff Moore

Growing up in the shadow of greatness.

It's a treacherous path one travels from teenaged prospect to Cy Young winner to Hall of Famer, further than the journey from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, or from Highland Park to Los Angeles, or even from Culiacan, Mexico to Los Angeles. To be a left-handed pitcher in the fabled Dodgers organization, the path is more treacherous still, thanks to the landmines of expectations that history has laid down.

That’s what lies ahead of Julio Urias. The 18-year-old lefty, from a Mexican city best known for its association with a famous drug cartel, must develop in the ever-present shadow of greatness past and present. No franchise in baseball boasts a better 1-2 punch than the Los Angeles Dodgers do with left-hander legends Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax.

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Every farm system in baseball, ordered from best to worst.

1. Chicago Cubs
Farm System Ranking in 2014: 2
2015 Top Ten Prospects: Link
Top Prospect: Addison Russell (2)
Prospects on the BP 101: 7
State of the System: Despite graduating infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez, and mildly uninspiring years from former Top 10 prospects like C.J. Edwards and Christian Villanueva, the Cubs are the proud owner of the game’s top system. With the 2014 arrival of shortstop Addison Russell via trade, the explosive emergence of third baseman Kris Bryant, and the selection of a hit-first prospect like Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs remain absolutely loaded with impact talent. The arrival and emergence of those players doesn’t even begin to touch on the continued presence of outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora, as well as quality depth of high ceiling players like Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Carson Sands, and Mark Zagunis. The Cubs’ system is loaded to the gills with talent that could help their roster continue to improve internally, or via trade.
Must-See Affiliate: Triple-A Iowa
Prospects to See There: Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Pierce Johnson








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January 15, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Astros Get Evan

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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jordan Gorosh and Jeff Moore

The Astros get Evan Gattis from the Braves for three prospects.

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December 31, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Puerto Rican Winter League Pitchers

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Jeff Moore

A look at the arms who've stood out in Puerto Rico to date.

Miguel Chalas, RHP, White Sox (Cangrejeros de Santurce): 18 IP, 17 H, 16 K/8 BB, 3.50 ERA.
Chalas came over from the Orioles in the Alejendro De Aza deal, though by that time the minor-league season had come to an end. He’s an undersized, max-effort reliever who struggles with his in-the-zone command. Chalas has a good arm and achieves low-to-mid 90s velocity, but he profiles as a middle reliever.

Joe Jimenez, RHP, Tigers (Gigantes de Carolina): 12 2/3 IP, 3 H, 15 K/1 BB, 0.00 ERA.
Jimenez has taken his upper-90s fastball to his native country this winter and has been even more dominant than he was in his New York-Penn League stint this summer. His fastball/slider combination has yet to be challenged, and even though he’s likely destined for a relief role, he could be an impact ‘pen arm.



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December 30, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Venezuelan Winter League Pitchers

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A look at four arms who've stood out in Venezuela.

Adys Portillo, RHP, Padres (Aguilas del Zulia): 17 IP, 16 H, 13 K/15 BB, 7.94 ERA.
Winter league numbers require context due to the small sample sizes, different hitting environments in different leagues, ends of long seasons, etc. At no point in the baseball universe, however, is it a good thing to walk more batters than you strike out. Extreme control issues have plagued Portillo since he signed for $2 million in 2008, and they don’t appear to be getting any better, even after he switched to a relief role this season.

J.C. Sulbaran, RHP, Royals (Tiburones de La Guaira): 4 GS, 17 IP, 18 H, 13 K/5 BB, 5.82 ERA. Best known as the player the Royals got in return for Jonathan Broxton at the 2012 trade deadline, Sulbaran stagnated at Double-A in 2013 but bounced back with a solid season in 2014. Upon their acquisition of Sulbaran, the Royals moved him into the bullpen, but the right-hander never took to the change. He returned to the Double-A rotation this season and once again found mild success. There’s not a lot of upside with Sulbaran, but having just turned 25 and with a solid foundation of innings built up throughout his minor-league career, he should serve as rotation depth for the Royals as early as this season and could settle in as a spot-starter/long man.


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December 29, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Dominican Winter League Pitchers

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Jeff Moore

A look at the arms who've stood out in DWL action.

Last week, I recapped all three winter leagues, but if you were paying careful attention, you noticed that all of the players mentioned were position players. That actually wasn’t on purpose so much as the amount of hitting prospects greatly outweighs the number of pitching prospects playing in winter leagues. With the concern about innings totals and the abuse of young arms, this isn’t terribly surprising.

Still, while perhaps not of the prospect variety, there are still a number of notable arms active in winter league action. That’s where this Update comes in.

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