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04-24

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The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-14

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The Call-Up: Jesse Winker
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-07

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The Call-Up: Kyle Freeland & Antonio Senzatela
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

04-07

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The Call-Up: Amir Garrett
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Eric Roseberry

03-02

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2017 Prospects: Organizational Rankings
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-27

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BP Job Postings: The BP Prospect Team Wants You
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Craig Goldstein, Bret Sayre and Jeffrey Paternostro

02-17

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The View From Behind The Backstop: Gabriel Ynoa Transaction Analysis
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Jeffrey Paternostro

02-13

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2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Prospects of 2017
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-13

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Transaction Analysis: Old Second Basemen Never Die
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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

02-10

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2017 Prospects: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-08

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2017 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-06

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2017 Prospects: Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-02

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2017 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Steve Givarz and BP Prospect Staff

01-31

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2017 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-27

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2017 Prospects: San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-25

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2017 Prospects: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-23

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2017 Prospects: San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-20

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2017 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-18

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2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-16

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2017 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-12

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2017 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-10

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2017 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 113: Statcast and Prospects
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George Bissell, Tim Finnegan and Jeffrey Paternostro

01-05

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2017 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-03

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2017 Prospects: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

12-22

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2017 Prospects: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

12-20

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2017 Prospects: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Kate Morrison and BP Prospect Staff

12-15

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2017 Prospects: Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Brendan Gawlowski and BP Prospect Staff

12-13

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2017 Prospects: Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

12-08

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2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: Boston's Bullpen Bet
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Matthew Kory, Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

12-06

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2017 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

12-02

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2017 Prospects: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Chicago's Miami Connection
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Jared Wyllys, Jeffrey Paternostro and Brendan Gawlowski

11-30

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2017 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-28

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2017 Prospects: New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-23

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2017 Prospects: Baltimore Orioles Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-21

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2017 Prospects: Miami Marlins Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-16

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2017 Prospects: Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-14

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2017 Prospects: New York Mets Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-10

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2017 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-08

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2017 Prospects: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: Slightly Left Of Center
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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

09-08

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The View From Behind The Backstop: The Next _____
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Jeffrey Paternostro

09-03

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BP Mets
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Jeffrey Paternostro

09-02

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The Call-Up: Raimel Tapia
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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

08-23

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The Call-Up: Robert Gsellman
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mike Gianella

08-10

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Transaction Analysis: Switch-Pitchers and Triple-Digit Heat
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Steve Givarz, Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

08-05

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The Call-Up: Jake Thompson
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

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April 24, 2017 10:48 am

The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

We promise we don't do a "Hu's on first" joke. We make no other promises.

The Situation: Rays long man Tommy Hunter has hit the DL after suffering a calf injury covering first base this past weekend. In his stead the Rays have called up pitching prospect Chih-Wei Hu to take over his role in their bullpen

The Background: Hu was signed out as an 18-year-old of Taiwan by the Minnesota Twins in 2012 for $220,000. He made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League the following season and proceeded level-by-level from there. Although he never posted big strikeout numbers in the minors, his performance was never anything less than stellar at any extended stop. So yeah, he was basically a Twins pitching prospect. Hu was dealt to the Rays in August 2015 as part of the Kevin Jepsen deal and continued to have success while posting average-ish K-rates. A strong Double-A campaign—that level was always going to be an important test of the profile—in 2016, along with flashes of better velocity, was enough to make him the sixth-best prospect on the 2017 Rays Top Ten list.

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April 22, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

The Good Face might need a better bat.

The Situation: Jorge Soler still isn’t healthy, and Paulo Orlando has a .333 OPS. Yes, OPS. So the Royals will turn to one of their best position player prospects—and apple of our minor league editor’s eye—Jorge Bonifacio to try and help jumpstart an offense averaging just a tick over three runs a game.

The Background: Bonifacio was signed for $135,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, and has been kicking around as a prospect for so long that he first showed up on a Royals team list during the Kevin Goldstein era. A strong 2013 campaign in which he hit .298/.372/.429 between the Carolina and Texas leagues brought him to national attention and he snuck onto the back of the 2014 BP 101. Bonifacio’s bat stagnated in Double-A however, and he would spend all of 2014 and 2015 at that level. He did slowly start to get more of his plus raw power into games—a hamate injury cost him some of 2013—and at the end of 2016 got some post-hype chatter after he set a career high in home runs with 19 for the Storm Chasers. Although he’s been around forever in prospect terms, he is still only 23, and the power is major-league-ready. We are about to find out about the rest of the profile.

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April 14, 2017 3:19 pm

The Call-Up: Jesse Winker

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

The first-place Reds (it still sounds weird to us too) are adding a top prospect.

The Situation: The Reds have jumped out to first place in the NL Central and…

Wait, is that right?

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April 7, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Kyle Freeland & Antonio Senzatela

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

Breaking down the back end of the Rockies rotation.

The Situation: Coors Field is an unceasing, Kakfaesque nightmare for pitchers. It has the same gravitational resistance to big flies as the surface of Ganymede. You might as well be trying to grip a snooker ball when you break off a curve. But somebody has to take two-fifths of these starts.

The Background: Freeland was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of the University of Evansville, and used his advanced four-pitch repertoire to move quickly through the minors despite missing time in 2015 shoulder fatigue and bone chips in his elbow. Freeland wasn’t as dominant in the minors as you’d expect a pitching prospect of his pedigree, but he also didn’t encounter any real bumps in the road—on the field at least.

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April 7, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Amir Garrett

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Eric Roseberry

From the Red Storm to the Red Legs.

The Situation: The Reds found themselves without Homer Bailey and Anthony Desclafani, the former due to bone chips, the latter to an elbow sprain. Cincinnati decided to press some of their young prospect arms into service, and Amir Garrett—their top pitching prospect—will get the ball every fifth day at the back of the Redlegs rotation.

The Background: The Reds drafted Garrett in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft, but gave him a cool million bucks as part of a two-sport deal that also allowed him to play basketball at St. John’s. As you’d expect, he moved rather slowly through the Cincinnati system, not getting an extended full-season ball assignment until 2014, while playing 20+ minutes a game as a swingman for the Red Storm in the offseason. Since he started focusing fully on baseball, Garrett’s stuff and performance ticked up and posted sub-3.00 ERAs the last two years, striking out nearly a batter an inning. He will turn 25 in a month, but there may be more improvements yet to come considering how late he came to baseball full-time.

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March 2, 2017 6:00 am

2017 Prospects: Organizational Rankings

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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

Golden Globes aren't the only thing Atlanta won this year.

N.B. These will vary a bit from the rankings in the 2017 Annual. Some of that is due to trades that happened after we went to press, but some of it is also due to my just not liking those rankings anymore. I guess I am taking the whole “snapshot in time” thing very literally. As with last year’s, we have organized them into tiers, described—unsurprisingly—with lyrics from noted singer-songwriter, author, and Cubs fan, John Darnielle.

“But you cannot run / And you cannot hide / From the wreck we've made of our house / From the mess inside”

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You love that which you can lose, yourself, a woman, a prospect.

Or 63 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance

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Ranking baseball's best prospects, from 1 to 101.

Previous Rankings: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

While it's entirely likely you'll skip right ahead to the rankings, we wanted to provide some context for the list. As always, prospect lists are a snapshot in time—in this case January 1, when the list was compiled. It's possible a prospect's situation has changed since then, or that our evaluator's feelings on a prospect have changed, due to new information. Within a week of the list being submitted, Jeffrey Paternostro told me there were only seven rankings he hated already. I'm guessing that number has risen as time's gone on. We hope you enjoy reading and debating the list as much as we enjoyed putting it together. —Craig Goldstein

1. Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
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2. Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves
Scouting Report: LINK



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February 13, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Old Second Basemen Never Die

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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

Brandon Phillips finally accepts a trade, Chase Utley returns to the Dodgers on the cheap, and the Cubs and Royals make a minor swap.

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'Cause it's one thing to start with a positive jam, and it's another to see it all through. And we couldn't of done this if it wasn't for you.

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One year later we'd still be around if we had known what we know now. One year later we'd still be around, around, around.

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