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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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April 18, 2014 6:10 am

Notes from the Field: A-Ball Notes

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CJ Wittmann and Tucker Blair

Notes on South Atlantic and Carolina League prospects, including Hunter Harvey and Lucas Giolito.

(CJ Wittmann)

RHP Hunter Harvey (Orioles)
6-foot-3 accurate; nice broad shoulders and beautiful frame to add good weight; great physical projection; very athletic; 3/4 arm slot; uses high kick to create good momentum toward the plate; stretch: 1.40 to 1.53 range; has slight crossfire; also can open early and land toward first-base side; front-side glove can get big, creating deception before throwing front side through; ball explodes out of his hand; hips and shoulders rotate in unison and arm comes through fast; easy release; low-effort delivery; stays over top of pitches well; uses tall frame to create plane; repeatable mechanics; presently more of a thrower than pitcher and needs work with pitchability; very good demeanor and killer mentality on the mound and I love it; also plus-plus hair flow.


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Reports on scads of Astros, plus other prospects.

(Chris Rodriguez)

RHP Chris Stratton (Giants)
Good body; athletic and lean; high 3/4 arm slot; easy mechanics; fastball 89–92, touched 93 once; touched 92 late in the game but mostly 90-91 throughout; pitch has some run to it; was able to control it in the strike zone, but command wasn't plus; fastball got touched up often; nine hits in five innings; slider was a plus offering; around 82 mph; pitch has good late bite; can be looked at as a slurve but it worked so who cares; kept it down; got Carlos Correa swinging on three straight at the knees; very confident in pitch; flirted with a changeup late in the game; didn't throw many but the few he broke off were effective and for strikes; mid-rotation or back-end guy for me; wasn't all that impressed with the fastball and fastball command.


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