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08-17

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Minor League Update: Games of August 16
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Steve Givarz

08-16

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Minor League Update: Games of August 15
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08-15

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Minor League Update: Games of August 14
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Steve Givarz

08-11

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Notes from the Field: East Coast Pro
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Javier Barragan and Steve Givarz

08-10

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Minor League Update: Games of August 9
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Steve Givarz

08-09

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Minor League Update: Games of August 8
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08-08

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Minor League Update: Games of August 7
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08-03

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Minor League Update: Games of August 2
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08-02

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Minor League Update: Games of August 1
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08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Sonny in New York: Yankees Go Gray
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Stacey Gotsulias, Jarrett Seidler, Javier Barragan and Steve Givarz

07-27

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Prospectus Feature: A Series Look: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
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Steve Givarz

07-27

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Minor League Update: Games of July 26th
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Steve Givarz

07-26

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Minor League Update: Games of July 25
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Steve Givarz

07-25

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Minor League Update: Games of July 24
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07-20

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Transaction Analysis: First We Take Manhattan
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Bryan Grosnick, Greg Goldstein, Steve Givarz, Ryan Schultz, Mike Gianella and George Bissell

07-20

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Minor League Update: Games of July 19
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Steve Givarz

07-19

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Prospectus Feature: A Series Look: Bo Bichette
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Steve Givarz

07-19

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Minor League Update: Games of July 18
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Steve Givarz

07-18

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Minor League Update: Games of July 16
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Steve Givarz

07-13

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Minor League Update: Games of July 12th
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Steve Givarz

07-12

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Minor League Update: Games of July 11
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07-11

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Minor League Update: Games of July 10th
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Steve Givarz

07-06

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Minor League Update: Games of July 5
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Steve Givarz

07-05

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Minor League Update: Games of July 4
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07-04

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Minor League Update: Games of July 3
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06-30

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Minor League Update: Games of June 29th
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06-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Florida Glove Exchange
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Bryan Grosnick, Steve Givarz, Jeffrey Paternostro and Jarrett Seidler

06-29

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Minor League Update: Games of June 28
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Steve Givarz

06-27

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Minor League Update: Games of June 26
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Steve Givarz

06-22

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Minor League Update: Games of June 21st
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06-21

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Minor League Update: Games of June 20
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06-20

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Minor League Update: Games of June 19th
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06-15

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Minor League Update: Games of June 14
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Steve Givarz

06-14

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Minor League Update: Games of June 13
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06-14

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Prospectus Feature: MLB Draft Day 3: Gut-Feel Guys
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Steve Givarz

06-13

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Minor League Update: Games of June 12
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Steve Givarz

06-13

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Prospectus Feature: MLB Draft Day 2: Quality Seniors
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Steve Givarz

06-08

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Minor League Update: Games of June 7th
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Steve Givarz

06-07

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Minor League Update: Games of June 6th
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Steve Givarz

06-06

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Minor League Update: Games of June 5, 2017
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Steve Givarz

06-01

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Minor League Update: Games of May 31
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05-31

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Minor League Update: Games of May 30
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05-25

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Minor League Update: Games of May 24th
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Steve Givarz

05-24

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Minor League Update: Games of May 23rd
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Steve Givarz

05-23

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Minor League Update: Games of May 22nd
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Steve Givarz

05-19

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Minor League Update: Games of May 18
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05-18

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Minor League Update: Games of May 17
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05-17

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Minor League Update: Games of May 16
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05-11

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Minor League Update: Games of May 10th
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05-10

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Minor League Update: Games of May 9th
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August 17, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 16

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Steve Givarz

Notes on Alec Hansen, Joey Wentz, Gavin Lux, Yordan Alvarez, Patrick Mazeika, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Patrick Mazeika, C/1B, New York Mets (Double-A, Binghamton): 3-6, 2 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, K
Mazeika has shown an ability to hit, it could be a plus tool for him. But the rest of the profile is tough; he has a below-average arm and doesn’t catch well, limiting him behind the plate. He doesn’t have a lot of over-the-fence power either, which makes first base a tougher profile than catcher. Hitters find a way, though.


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August 16, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 15

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Notes on Stephen Gonsalves, Dakota Hudson, Brock Stewart, Eric Skoglund, Brian Miller, Brock Burke, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Brian Miller, OF, Miami Marlins (Low-A, Greensboro): 4-4, 3 R, 4 2B, 4 RBI, BB
Chosen 36th overall in the 2017 draft, Miller looks like an everyday player in center field, which would be big for the team. While the only tool that stands out is plus speed, he has a knack for making contact, getting balls in the outfield, and getting on base.


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August 15, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 14

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Steve Givarz

Notes on Nick Gordon, Kyle Cody, Triston McKenzie, Alex Lange, Harrison Bader, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins (Double-A, Chattanooga): 5-6, 3 R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, K
While some evaluators could make a case for Royce Lewis ahead of Gordon for top Twins prospect, I wouldn’t go there quite yet. The interesting thing is that Gordon has added more power this year, while drawing more walks, and becoming a more efficient base stealer. While he is moonlighting every now and then at 2B, he still looks like an everyday SS defensively.


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August 11, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: East Coast Pro

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Javier Barragan and Steve Givarz

A look at ten players who stood out from the East Coast Pro showcase.

Javier Barragan
Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsyth Central HS, Cumming, GA
Arguably the best arm at East Coast Pro, Hankins had a performance that you simply do not forget. The kind of performance that is seared into memory for life, or as one scout put, the kind of a performance of a “Top-10 pick shit.” He was so overpowering, his three innings were quick, striking out his first six batters with a mix of a 70 fastball (97-94), a breaking ball with above-average movement at 78-79, and a promising changeup at 86-88, all from a three-quarters slot. Hankins showed command, a feel for pitching and athleticism in a six-foot-six, 210 frame.



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August 10, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 9

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Notes on Austin Hays, Corbin Martin, Rookie Davis, Daniel Tillo, Dylan Cozens, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Austin Hays, OF, Baltimore Orioles (Double-A, Bowie): 2-5, 2 R, 3B, HR, 5 RBI
Hays can show you all five tools. While his best tool is a plus arm, his raw power could make a case for that distinction. He’s now slugging over .600 for the season and is forcing us to make a tough decision on if him or Chance Sisco will be the top Orioles prospect next season.


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August 9, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 8

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Notes on Brent Honeywell, Eloy Jimenez, Daz Cameron, Isaac Paredes, Seth Romero, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Isaac Paredes, SS, Detroit Tigers (Low-A, West Michigan): 4-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Just acquired from the Cubs in the Justin Wilson trade, Paredes seems to be adjusting quickly. While on the smaller side, Paredes does have good raw power, which has been playing this year with a lot of extra base hits. While he might not be a SS long term, he profiles at either 2B or 3B.


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August 8, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 7

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Steve Givarz

Notes on MacKenzie Gore, Fernando Tatis Jr., Pedro Gonzalez, Michel Baez, Chance Sisco, Francisco Mejia, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Pedro Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies (Rookie, Grand Juncton): 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Signed for $1.3M in 2014 out of the Dominican, Gonzalez is one of the most polarizing players in the system. While he has an extremely high ceiling, he offers plus speed, arm strength, and raw power, he has been prone to chase in Rookie ball. While still young (will be 20 in November), and with a long way to go, I wouldn’t exactly be rushing to pick him up in your fantasy leagues.


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August 3, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 2

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Notes on Travis Demeritte, Garrett Williams, Jason Groome, Kevin Merrell, Mitchell White, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Travis Demeritte, 2B, Atlanta Braves (Double-A, Mississippi): 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB
While it seems like Demeritte is blocked for the forseeable future because of Albies and Swanson; you never know what can happen, but they will find a way. Demeritte’s plus power will find a place in the big leagues, whether it is at 2B or even 3B.


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August 2, 2017 8:42 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 1

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Notes on Monte Harrison, Tyler Mahle, Dillon Peters, Tanner Houck, Ronald Acuna, Brent Rooker, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Monte Harrison, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (High-A, Carolina): 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
Don’t worry if you have forgotten about Harrison these past couple years, he has been injured a lot. Don’t fret though, Craig Goldstein, myself, and many others have left seats on the bandwagon for you. One of the best athletes in the system, Harrison’s tools could rival that of Lewis Brinson’s, the only difference being that Brinson is two years older and in the majors.


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Oakland sends Sonny Gray to New York for a trio of prospects, as the Yankees load up for a playoff run.



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July 27, 2017 6:00 am

Prospectus Feature: A Series Look: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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Steve Givarz

An at-bat by at-bat look at Vladito over a three-game series.

Unlike Bo Bichette, I don’t have a personal history with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. I was unable to see him during Extended Spring Training in 2016, and instead of an assignment to the Gulf Coast League; he was sent to the Appalachian League. Our first mention of him was back in 2015 by Christopher Crawford, but since then we have not had many in-person looks before this season. One of them was by Emmett Rosenbaum in a Ten Pack, as well as various updates from myself, Mark Anderson, and Wilson Karaman in the Minor League Ten Pack. Then we ranked him No. 13 in the Midseason Top 50.

Game 1 v. Tampa 7/12

First AB: Erik Swanson, RHP
Guerrero takes a first pitch fastball from Swanson at 95 for a called strike. I already notice that he isn’t nearly as aggressive a hitter as Bichette. He likes to get comfortable with his at-bats and see what a pitcher has to offer instead of swinging out of his shoes at the first pitch. The next pitch is a fastball that he fouls off. He seems comfortable now, but his swings are also quite violent. Swanson brings a third straight fastball, and Guerrero fouls it off again. It seems like Guerrero can use the whole field and was just working with what the pitcher was giving him, which was high heat. On 0-2 again, Swanson tries a slider at 86: no luck, and called a ball. On 1-2, Swanson fires a 96 mph fastball. Guerrero swings and misses. Our hero is 0-1 in High-A.

Second AB: Erik Swanson, RHP
Like he did in his first at-bat, Guerrero takes a first called strike. I’ve watched enough low-level baseball to learn that most of the time, you could just stand there and you will eventually find yourself at first base. Once you get to High-A, that strategy ceases to work and you have to start thinking like a pitcher. “How will they attack me? What are they most comfortable with? When do they fall into patterns? Where are they likely to throw certain pitches? Why are they throwing this pitch?” On 0-1, Guerrero sees another fastball up in the zone and he pops it up for a weak out to the second basemen. Our hero is 0-2.

Third AB: Andrew Schwaab, RHP
Schwaab is a different look for Guerrero. Unlike Swanson, who had a big fastball with a high slot, Schwaab is a side-armer who throws a lot of sliders and relies more on deception and location. Like he has done before, Guerrero takes the first pitch, this time a slider at 83 for a called strike. The next offering is another slider; swing and miss. This is probably the best pitch I have seen Schwaab throw all year—it flashed above-average with late depth, fooling Guerrero. On 0-2, Schwaab goes to another slider, and Guerrero takes it for strike three. I am sure Guerrero was expecting a slider, but that it would be one out of the zone for a chase pitch, not one that would paint the corner. Through three at-bats, I have not seen him put one ball in play.

Fourth AB: Jose Pena, RHP
Like Schwaab, Pena is here to fill a role. Mainly his role is to eat innings and provide depth to the bullpen. Also like Schwaab, he is a side-armer. Pena is fairly generic; he is 88-89 with sink, and a true sweeping slider at 75-78. He has had success this year, and has even made a brief cameo in Double-A, which is a far cry from rookie ball, which was where he had spent the majority of the past 6 seasons.





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July 27, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 26th

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A big night for minor league pitching...especially White Sox prospects.

Minor League Update, July 26th

Hitter of the Day:

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