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November 24, 2014 6:00 am

The 40-Man Additions

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Tucker Blair and Jeff Moore

Top prospects, organizational depth, and others added to 40-man rosters in anticipation of the Rule 5 Draft.

Late last week, teams faced a deadline to add minor leaguers—or, at least, those who meet minimum professional experience requirements—to the 40-man roster or risk losing them in the Rule 5 draft in San Diego next month. The deadline forces teams to make decisions on which players are most likely to be taken, and which would hurt the most to lose. Some of the most significant additions:

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"When at his best, he is spotting the fastball, cutter and sinker around the outside portions of each quadrant while mixing in the curveball."

Brandon McCarthy

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"Martinez is currently one of the best designated hitters in baseball, with an adept approach and an elite hit tool."

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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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Scouting and fantasy takes on this week's second-tier, but still intriguing, call-ups.

We’ve devoted full articles to the most promising prospects promoted to the majors late this season, but we're offering scouting and fantasy takes on the best of the rest here.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP, Phillies
Scouting Take:
The Cuban import entered 2014 having not thrown a competitive pitch since he left his home country. Gonzalez’s medicals revealed some injury concerns that prompted the Phillies to rework his deal and turn him into a reliever this year. He worked in the low 90s as a starter but can work in the mid-90s as a reliever. He also has a splitter and a spotty breaking ball. The Phillies still have plans to convert him back into a starter next year but he’ll have to tighten up the command and work on the breaking ball. —Mauricio Rubio


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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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Eyes on Gary Sanchez, Branden Kline, Dylan Baker, Jacob Lindgren, Reynaldo Lopez, Mason Williams, and Tyler Austin. Lopez stands out.

Branden Kline

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August 11, 2014 12:15 am

The Call-Up: Michael Taylor

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Tucker Blair and J.P. Breen

The Nationals bring up the power/speed prospect to patch up an injured outfield.

The Situation: The Nationals are running low on healthy outfielders, and Michael Taylor continues to rake in the upper minors.

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Eyes on Ivan Hernandez, Gerardo Reyes, Rafael Bautista, Josh Bell, Stetson Allie, Alen Hanson, and Michael Yastrzemski.

Ivan Hernandez

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The Red Sox trade one of the top lefty relievers for a preseason top-100 prospect.

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Tucker puts eyes on Nigel Nootbar, Jake Johansen, Hunter Harvey, Lucas Giolito, Josh Hart, and Drew Ward.

Nigel Nootbaar

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June 20, 2014 6:00 am

Behind the Curtain: Lucas Giolito

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CJ Wittmann and Tucker Blair

Two BP writers who've spent time watching Giolito face off about his future.

Debate topic: Lucas Giolito, RHP, National (Low-A Hagerstown)
Participants: Tucker Blair and CJ Wittmann

You have both put eyes on Lucas Giolito this season. Please describe your thoughts after seeing him, complete with scouting grades and projections.


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