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03-23

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League Preview Series
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Mark Anderson

02-17

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

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Rangers Get Durable
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson and J.P. Breen

11-17

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Trade For Jeremy Hellickson
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-13

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Justin Masterson
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Mark Anderson

10-30

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Nelson Cruz
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Mark Anderson

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

09-02

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The Call-Up: Daniel Norris
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Craig Goldstein and Mark Anderson

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

09-02

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The Call-Up: Maikel Franco
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-30

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 30, 2014
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Mark Anderson

07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-02

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Mark Anderson and Jeff Moore

06-30

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The Call-Up: Mookie Betts
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

06-17

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The Call-Up: Andrew Heaney
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-05

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The Call-Up: Eugenio Suarez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

05-29

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The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

05-13

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The Call-Up: Rafael Montero
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

05-01

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The Call-Up: Robbie Ray
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-29

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The Call-Up: Randal Grichuk
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

03-19

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/19
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Jason Parks and Mark Anderson

03-05

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Top Tools: Best Slider/Changeup/Command
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

03-04

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Top Tools: Best Fastball/Curveball
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

03-03

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Top Tools: Best Catcher Defense/Catcher Arm
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-28

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Top Tools: Best Outfield Defense/Outfield Arm
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-25

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Top Tools: Best Infield Defense/Infield Arm
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-20

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Top Tools: Best Speed/Makeup
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-19

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Top Tools: Best Hit/Power
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

10-04

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Advance Scouting Series: Prince Fielder
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Mark Anderson

10-04

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Advance Scouting Series: Miguel Cabrera
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Mark Anderson

09-18

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Transaction Analysis: McDonald's Grimace
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Mark Anderson and R.J. Anderson

09-13

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Covering the Call-Ups, Part Two
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Mark Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jason Cole, Craig Goldstein, Jeff Moore and Bret Sayre

09-13

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 13, 2013
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Mark Anderson and Zach Mortimer

09-04

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The Call-Up: Chris Owings
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

09-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Schoop
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

09-03

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The Call-Up: Nick Castellanos
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

08-22

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Youth Movement: New York-Penn League All-Star Game Scouting Notes: Part 2
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Mark Anderson

08-21

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Youth Movement: New York-Penn League All-Star Game Scouting Notes: Part 1
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Mark Anderson

08-19

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The Call-Up: Travis d'Arnaud
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

08-07

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Flores
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: The Tigers Fortify Their Bullpen
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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: Altuve, All the Time
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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

07-08

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Transaction Analysis: One Less Marlin, and a New National
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Mark Anderson, R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh

06-18

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The Call-Up: Zack Wheeler
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-11

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The Call-Up: Gerrit Cole
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Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

05-30

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The Call-Up: Alex Colome
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

05-28

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The Call-Up: Nate Karns
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

05-28

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The Call-Up: Nick Franklin
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

05-24

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The Call-Up: Sean Nolin
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

05-04

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The Call-Up: Carlos Martinez
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

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March 23, 2015 6:00 am

League Preview Series

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Mark Anderson

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

Known for the high-octane offensive environment that surrounds the bulk of the league, the California League should have several impact offensive talents moving through the ranks this summer. Highlighted by prospects like David Dahl, Raimel Tapia, and others, offense should not be an issue during the first half of the season. Many of these top-flight offensive talents will be heading to Double-A around the All-Star break, leaving many lineups a little less potent, though new hitters are sure to emerge as the season moves along. While many clubs have begun to keep top pitching prospects away from the challenging pitching conditions in the Cal League, there should still be some intriguing arms toeing the rubber from time to time. Prospects like Edwin Diaz, Michael Feliz, Kyle Freeland, and Keury Mella should all log significant innings for their clubs this summer. All told, the California League is likely to see its fair share of highly ranked prospects throughout the season, but fans should expect the talent to taper off in the second half as the upper echelon of prospects are promoted to Double-A; meaning the goal in the Cal League should be to get to the park early and often to catch the best talent.

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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 20, 2015 12:03 am

Transaction Analysis: The Rangers Get Durable

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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson and J.P. Breen

A season after injuries destroyed everything, Texas adds Yovani Gallardo, who makes 30 starts like a lazy editor makes bad metaphors.



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A.J. Burnett makes things right with Pittsburgh, and the Rays get a couple nifty prospects for their no. 4 starter.

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"Experienced somewhat mysterious drop in velocity in 2014 and if only temporary could result in a strong resurgence during the coming season."

Justin Masterson

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"Near-elite raw power"

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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Debate: Steven Moya's Feast or Famine

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Jeff Moore, Mark Anderson and Tucker Blair

In Steven Moya's first big test, he showed massive raw power and a terrifying K:BB ratio. Which indicator will win out?

Some prospects inspire a strong consensus among scouts. The tools and projection are easy to see; we know a player is going to be good, so it’s only a matter of how good. With other prospects, however, there can be a much wider range of opinions. Two scouts can see the same thing from the same player and come up with two totally different sets of opinions. It happens in the seats behind the plate, in meeting rooms before the draft, and in many of the discussions behind the scenes here at BP. To me, this is one of the best parts about scouting. Sometimes there are no right or wrong answers, or at least not ones we’ll know for a few years.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Daniel Norris

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Craig Goldstein and Mark Anderson

The Blue Jays call up a top pitching prospect for the third time this season.

The Situation: With the postseason all but out of reach, the Blue Jays are promoting yet another of their top pitching prospects. Following the promotion of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez earlier this year, left-hander Daniel Norris will cap off his season in the big leagues.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone

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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

The Astros fire their manager, the A's trade for Adam Dunn, Kelly Johnson becomes a pretty crazy trivia answer, and more.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Maikel Franco

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Phillies call up the slugging corner infielder, who has recovered from a terrible start to his season.

The Situation: Despite the shine of a Labor Day no-hitter, the Phillies season has quickly slipped away, so as a result it is time to see what the kids can do. Ranked as the Phillies top prospect entering the season, Franco has overcome a miserable start to the season and is now hitting .257 with 16 home runs and 32 doubles.

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Mark Anderson puts eyes on Tyler Ybarra, Ryan Schimpf, Steven Moya, Devon Travis, and Dixon Machado.

Tyler Ybarra

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez

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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

The Blue Jays stud has arrived. What does it mean?

The Situation: As the Blue Jays strive to hang around the playoff race, their bullpen needed support and the club opted to look for that in the form of their top prospect. Sanchez will arrive in Toronto to fill a relief role in the middle innings.

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