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06-22

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Minor League Update: Games of June 21st
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Steve Givarz

06-21

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Minor League Update: Games of June 20
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Steve Givarz

06-20

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Minor League Update: Games of June 19th
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Steve Givarz

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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Steve Givarz

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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Steve Givarz

05-31

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Minor League Update: Games of May 30
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Steve Givarz

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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Steve Givarz

05-18

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Minor League Update: Games of May 17
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Steve Givarz

05-17

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Minor League Update: Games of May 16
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Steve Givarz

05-11

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Minor League Update: Games of May 10th
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Steve Givarz

05-10

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Minor League Update: Games of May 9th
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Steve Givarz

05-09

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Minor League Update: Games of May 8th
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Steve Givarz

05-05

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, May 4
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Steve Givarz

05-04

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Minor League Update: Games of May 3
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Steve Givarz

05-03

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Minor League Update: Games of May 2
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05-02

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Minor League Update: Games of May 1
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04-27

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Minor League Update: Games of April 26
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Steve Givarz

04-26

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Minor League Update: Games of April 25
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04-25

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Minor League Update: Games of April 24
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Steve Givarz

04-20

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Minor League Update: Games of April 19th
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Steve Givarz

04-19

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Minor League Update: Games of April 18th
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Steve Givarz

04-18

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Minor League Update: Games of April 17
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Steve Givarz

04-13

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Minor League Update: Games of April 12th
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Steve Givarz

04-12

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, April 12
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Steve Givarz and Greg Goldstein

04-12

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Minor League Update: Games of April 11th
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Steve Givarz

04-11

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Minor League Update: Games of April 10th
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Steve Givarz

04-05

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, April 5
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Steve Givarz and Greg Goldstein

03-30

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 30
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Wilson Karaman and Steve Givarz

03-22

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 22
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Steve Givarz

03-15

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 15
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Steve Givarz and Wilson Karaman

03-09

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 9
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Steve Givarz

03-01

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 1
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Wilson Karaman and Steve Givarz

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

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Reds Cash In Straily
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Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz

10-28

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Notes from the Field: WWBA Championships
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Steve Givarz

10-12

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Peoria Javelinas
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Steve Givarz, Brendan Gawlowski and Wilson Karaman

10-12

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Glendale Desert Dogs
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Steve Givarz, Mauricio Rubio and Jarrett Seidler

10-11

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Surprise Saguaros
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Steve Givarz, Kate Morrison, Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

10-11

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Salt River Rafters
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Brendan Gawlowski, Steve Givarz, Mark Anderson and Wilson Karaman

10-10

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Glendale Desert Dogs
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Wilson Karaman, Steve Givarz and Mauricio Rubio

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June 22, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 21st

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Steve Givarz

A pair of Dodgers headline yesterday's action.

Hitter of the Day:

Jacob Scavuzzo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (Double-A, Tulsa): 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI, K

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June 21, 2017 6:54 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 20

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Notes on Franklin Barreto, Kyle Tucker, Dominic Smith, Dillon Tate, Monte Harrison, Sandy Baez, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Monte Harrison, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (Low-A, Wisconsin): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
If it wasn’t for injuries, Harrison would be in a much higher level. But now that he is healthy, Harrison is showing off what made him so special. Plus runner, plus (to better) raw power, an arguably 80 arm, and a plus defender. He just needs more time at the plate and to stay healthy for it all to come together.


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June 20, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 19th

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Steve Givarz

A pair of Phillies prospects headline yesterday's action.

Hitter of the Day:

Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies (Triple-A, Lehigh Valley): 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB

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June 15, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 14

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Notes on Mickey Moniak, A.J. Puk, Zach Granite, Kyle Funkhouser, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Grayson Greiner, C, Detroit Tigers (Double-A, Erie): 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Drafted in the 3rd round in 2014 from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Grayson is a unicorn as he is a 6’6” catcher who can stick behind the plate. A broken hamate bone in 2015 set his development back as he is still looking to regain some power that he has in his body.


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June 14, 2017 8:29 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 13

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Notes on Zack Collins, Luis Castillo, Jahmai Jones, Jose Miguel Fernandez, Jorge Alfaro, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Zack Collins, C, Chicago White Sox (High-A, Winston-Salem): 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB, K
Drafted in the first round in 2016 from the University of Miami (FL). Collins has hit a roadblock in High-A, working deep counts, but striking out a lot, making a detriment of his patience at times. He still has an OBP of over .380, and is slugging over .440. Reports on his catching seem mixed as he can struggle with receiving and lacks overall athleticism behind the plate.


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June 14, 2017 6:00 am

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

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As the draft rolls on, more and more of the selections will be someone that scouts just had a gut feeling on.

While scouts can’t always explain the reasoning behind their “gut-feel” guys, something stood out about them. Athleticism, size, power, makeup, rawness. Some will admit that they don’t even get long looks at some of these players. The signing scout behind Trevor Rosenthal only saw him throw one inning.

“The Cardinals gave each scout three “gut feel” stickers to use, and those would help guide late-round decisions. Aaron Looper pressed one of his onto Rosenthal’s magnet and spoke passionately about what he saw in that one inning. Rosenthal featured a fastball that sizzled in the 90s, and he also displayed indicators the Cardinals valued: athletic ability, agility from his past as a shortstop, obvious arm strength and a low-mileage arm.”

With that said, here are my gut-feel guys for the 2017 draft.

Evan Marquardt, RHP, R-So., Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
Marquardt, who I profiled here in March, has a lot going for him, but he has a lot going against him as well. Let’s start with the positives. His fastball could be a plus offering, he shows quality feel for a breaking ball with hard action and depth, and he has good size (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) with good athleticism for his size. There are a fair amount of negatives though. He doesn’t have a collegiate track record (threw 59 IP this year, 13 IP the year prior), doesn’t throw a lot of strikes, and, while he started strong in my viewing, he wore down as the season progressed and finished with 40 walks. But hitters didn’t hit him that hard, allowing only 11 XBH in an offensive league (and home park). There are warts, but there are good building blocks to work with.

Trent Autry, RHP, R-Fr. Florence-Darlington Tech (Florence, SC) (JUCO)
I first saw Autry, not surprisingly, while going to see someone else. I drove to Palatka, FL to see Pearson McMahan (profiled here) and noticed they were playing Florence-Darlington Tech. I knew one of their coaches from a prior event and called him, as well as their head coach to discuss their squad. The first player he mentioned to me was Autry, a player who transferred over from another JUCO, who would take the bump in their first game. Suffice to say, Autry has been put on notice. He finished the year with 115 strikeouts in 75 innings (10th in the nation) and led Florence to the JUCO World Series. While not an ideal size (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) his fastball could be an above-average offering which features cut life, and a hard SL in the 84-85 range. It was a trip well worth taking, and while he could go back for another season at JUCO, he could be a flier on Day 3.

Raudy Martinez, OF, So., Polk State College (Lakeland, FL) (JUCO)
While somewhat of a reach, the main thing I am banking on is size, athleticism, and raw power. The concern with Martinez is that there is a lot of swing and miss, in what is a poor pitching league. But I am reminded of a player the Reds have in their organization, Narciso Crook. A 21st rounder in 2013 out of JUCO, he had the tools, but lacked feel for the game and had a lot of swing and miss. While it hasn’t panned out for Crook yet (he is still only 21, and shows all those tools), Raudy is a similar play. He has plus raw power, athleticism, size (6-foot-4, 225 pounds), and is an above-average runner. While he might not be able to play CF on a daily basis in pro ball, he can handle either OF corner. I have him as a pure lottery ticket, one that, if he hits, he looks like an everyday regular.




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June 13, 2017 8:27 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 12

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Steve Givarz

Notes on Michael Chavis, Corbin Burnes, Colton Welker, Hudson Potts, Cal Quantrill, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Michael Chavis, 3B, Boston Red Sox (High-A, Salem): 3-3, 3 R, 3 H, HR, RBI
Drafted in the 1st round, in the 2014 MLB Draft from Sprayberry HS in Marietta GA, Chavis big raw power has showcased itself into more game power than ever before. He has already surpassed his prior career high (16) and while the K’s are high, if he is slugging .694, I think we can overlook it.


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June 13, 2017 6:00 am

Prospectus Feature: MLB Draft Day 2: Quality Seniors

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Steve Givarz

Some potential senior signs that could go on Day 2 of the draft.

Quality seniors.

Every draft is full of them, last year, the significance of quality seniors was higher than ever as draft bonuses soared, giving teams more money to work with for higher upside players. While this left the seniors with little leverage, their importance has dominated the later stages of Day 2 in the draft.

Baseball America described Logan Ratledge process during the 2015 draft as such.

“(They) said they’d be able to give me a $100,000 bonus,” Ratledge said, “but I’d have to tell teams not to draft me the rest of the day.” So Ratledge called to ask the club offering $20,000—let’s call it Team B—not to select him.

Team B wasn’t happy; it had to find a new senior to save money, but the area scout had a plan in place and found one. Ratledge, though, had to wait a nervous night until the next day. The 11th round came and went, and the third team didn’t draft him. The same thing happened in the 12th; still no pick, and no $100,000 bonus. Ratledge says his nerves were shot. He was ready to just get it over with.

“I 100 percent believed they were going to take me, but they kept passing and passing,” he said. “I was expecting it wouldn’t be easy, and I know it’s a business, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so cutthroat.”

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June 8, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 7th

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Steve Givarz

Frankie Mejia, Brent Honeywell, Dakota Hudson and more on today's MLU.

Hitter of the Day:

Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians (Double-A, Akron): 4-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, BB (DH)
As we have talked about many, many times here, it is hard evaluating catchers. Success can exist in two spectrums. You could be the all-star caliber defender and just hope to hit enough (ex. Reese McGuire), or you could be the all-star caliber hitter and just hope to be a capable enough defender (ex. Jorge Alfaro). Mejia has a chance to be both, which is frightening.


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June 7, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 6th

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Steve Givarz

Dane Dunning's changeup continues to help him dominate the lower-minors.

Minor League Update, June 6th

Hitter of the Day:

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June 6, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 5, 2017

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Steve Givarz

Lucas Giolito seems to be getting back on track.

Minor League Update, June 5th

Hitter of the Day:

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June 1, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 31

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Steve Givarz

Ronald Acuna, Bo Bichette, Andy Ibanez, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Andy Ibanez, 2B, Texas Rangers (Double-A, Frisco): 4-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR 6 RBI, BB

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