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12-07

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Transaction Analysis: For Sale: Red Sox Prospects
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Ben Carsley, Adam McInturff, Jarrett Seidler, George Bissell and Wilson Karaman

11-30

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Stolen Base Over/Underachievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Career-Years and Old Upside
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Jeff Quinton, Wilson Karaman and Bret Sayre

11-22

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The ERA Over/Underperformers
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Wilson Karaman

11-15

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Minor League Update: Games of November 14th
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Wilson Karaman

11-15

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Home Runs: The Over/Under Achievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-08

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Minor League Update: Games of November 7th
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Wilson Karaman

11-04

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Cheese in the Kitchen
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Wilson Karaman

11-01

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Minor League Update: Games of October 31st
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Wilson Karaman

10-25

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Minor League Update: Games of October 24th
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Wilson Karaman

10-24

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Prospect Profile: Yusniel Diaz
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Wilson Karaman

10-18

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Minor League Update: Games of October 17th
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Wilson Karaman

10-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: An Avoid Retrospective
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Wilson Karaman

10-12

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

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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Fantasy Freestyle: A Target Retrospective
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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

10-10

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Prospectus Feature: AFL Preview: Scottsdale Scorpions
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Jarrett Seidler, Wilson Karaman and Steve Givarz

10-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 106: Wilson Karaman
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George Bissell and Wilson Karaman

10-05

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Notes from the Field: Cal League Wrap: The Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Short-Season Hitters to Watch
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Wilson Karaman

09-27

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Notes from the Field: Cal League Wrap: The Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: What I Learned This Year
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Wilson Karaman

09-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 13th
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Wilson Karaman

09-07

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 6th
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Wilson Karaman

09-06

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The Call-Up: Jharel Cotton
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

09-02

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The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez
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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

09-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Low-Minors Prospects I Like
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Wilson Karaman

08-31

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 30th
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Wilson Karaman

08-29

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Transaction Analysis: Heart, Soul, and Marginal Upgrades
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

08-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: DRA Do-Gooders
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Wilson Karaman

08-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 23rd
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Wilson Karaman

08-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution
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Wilson Karaman

08-17

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 16th
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Wilson Karaman

08-17

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The Call-Up: Dansby Swanson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-12

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Notes from the Field: Cape Cod League
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Wilson Karaman

08-11

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 10th
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Wilson Karaman

08-05

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 4th
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Wilson Karaman

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early Returns on the 2016 Draft Class
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Wilson Karaman

08-03

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 2nd
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Wilson Karaman

08-02

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The Call-Up: Andrew Benintendi
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Richer Get Rich
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Sam Miller, Christopher Crawford, Patrick Dubuque, Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Twins, Angels Make Seller-To-Seller Swap
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Aaron Gleeman, Meg Rowley, Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Life of Miley
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Dustin Palmateer, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Reliever Swap, Starring Storen and Benoit
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

07-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 22nd
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Wilson Karaman

07-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop
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Wilson Karaman

07-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 11th
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Wilson Karaman

07-12

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Notes from the Field: The Futures Game: US Roster
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Wilson Karaman

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Dave Dombrowski swings for the fences, landing White Sox ace Chris Sale for a substantial prospect package headlined by Yoan Moncada.

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November 30, 2016 12:10 pm

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Stolen Base Over/Underachievers

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Speed kills, and it's hard to project, too.

Yesterday George Bissell laid out the speed landscape, which last year continued to appear significantly less densely populated than it had in years (and especially decades) past. Go forth and acquire speed, young bloods, for it is an asset in demand. Let’s take a look at some of the players who over- and under-performed relative to pre-season expectations in 2016, before diving a little deeper into the category later this week.

Overachievers

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Hold the turkey! Arizona and Seattle made a big pre-Thanksgiving swap.

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November 22, 2016 8:06 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The ERA Over/Underperformers

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Who surprised last year and what does that mean for 2017?

Yesterday, George Bissell gave a rousing introduction to our bloated American landscape of low innings totals, high earned run averages, and higher ace valuations in turn. With managers increasingly inclined to limit third-time looks, workhorse starters are becoming as rare as split-ticket voters, and an old-world strategic play of bulking up rotation back-ends with average innings-eaters may just be gone forever by the wayside. Before we get too lost in nostalgia, let’s take a look at a few guys who either over- or under-performed in the category of ERA.

Over-Performers

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November 15, 2016 9:05 am

Minor League Update: Games of November 14th

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Notes on Brandon Dixon, Spencer Turnbull, Anthony Alford, Jorge Bonifacio, and more.

Hitter of the Day

Brandon Dixon, INF, Cincinnati Reds (AFL Peoria Javelinas): 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, RBI, K, E. One of the pieces Cincy got back in the Todd Frazier three-teamer, Dixon flashes some interesting offensive traits. He’s crushed the ball in Arizona to the tune of a 1.002 OPS that currently sits fourth in the league. Unfortunately, that “E” you see up there in his box score? That’s his fifth one of those, in just 14 games. He’s jumped around the dirt to every position but short for Peoria, after playing six different positions at Double-A.

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November 15, 2016 8:27 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Home Runs: The Over/Under Achievers

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Wilson Karaman

The swings in swings that landed over the fence.

Yesterday George Bissell went deep into our brave new world of long-ball dominance, touching on all the pretty figures and shady conspiracy theories as to why big leaguers in 2016 hit more homeruns than any season in baseball history that didn’t end with Antonio Alfonseca leading the majors in Saves. Today we’ll look at some of the over- and under-achievers in the category, and what drove their production (or lack thereof).

The Over-Achievers

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November 8, 2016 8:22 am

Minor League Update: Games of November 7th

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Notes on Cody Bellinger, Andrew Stevenson, Ian Happ, Brett Phillips, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Andrew Stevenson, OF, Washington Nationals (AFL Glendale Desert Dogs): 5-6, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, CS. Glendale hung a 15-spot on Peoria, and Stevenson was right in the middle of it leading off. He has torn it up in the AFL, with hits in his last nine games en route to a .999 OPS that rates fourth-best in the league. His hit tool has long been a question mark on account of an unorthodox swing with limited loft, and his production stalled after a second-half promotion to Double-A. The speed-and-defense profile gives him a nice floor, and there’s potential for a starting role down the line if the bat plays in full.

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November 4, 2016 6:00 am

Cheese in the Kitchen

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Wilson Karaman

What to look for when looking at a pitcher.

Scouting a pitcher for the first time, like most one-game endeavors of evaluation, is a hard thing to do. You can almost always get a pretty good read on what the raw stuff is about, though even there you’ll run into some misrepresentations of a breaking ball’s bite or fail to pick up on a guy’s feel for the change if he’s just having one of those nights. But unless the player is injured or battling flu-like symptoms, you’ll be able to see what his current velocity and movement trajectories look like. And once you see how big he is and how he moves, you can usually extrapolate out a most-likely projection for his physical development.

But pitching is a science. There are countless, subtle manipulations of the body that a pitcher must undertake in particular sequence in order to get the ball to go where he wants it to go. Figuring out how consistently a pitcher is likely to execute his delivery over, and over, and over again…that can be awfully tough to ascertain in a limited sample. The slightest kink in the progression of a given wind-up—particularly early on—can set off a negative chain of events that throws off timing and compromises the pitcher’s command of the baseball. Maybe on the day you happen to see a guy for the first time he’s having some trouble breathing out of his left eyelid. Maybe he walks six guys in three innings. Or gives up six extra-base hits. Or all of those things. It happens.

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November 1, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of October 31st

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Notes on Yoan Moncada, Brett Phillips, Kyle McGrath, Francis Martes, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Brett Phillips, CF, Milwaukee Brewers (AFL Salt River Rafters): 3-4, 2 BB, 3 R, 2B, 3 RBI, SB. Salt River put up 17 yesterday, and Phillips was right in the middle of it from the two-hole. His .229 average this season stole the headlines for statline scouters, but he drew walks at a 13 percent clip, and his .278 True Average was comfortably above average for the Southern League. He also continued to display an interesting power-and-speed toolset while young for Double-A. He’s continued to put together extremely patient at-bats during his time in the desert, logging 12 walks in 11 games, and profiles well as a solid top-of-the-order hitter.

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October 25, 2016 8:42 am

Minor League Update: Games of October 24th

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Notes on Anthony Alford, Brent Honeywell, Nick Gordon, Lew Ford (!?) and, yes, Tim Tebow.

Hitter of the Day:

Anthony Alford, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (AFL Mesa Solar Sox): 2-3, BB, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI. Alford’s tantalizing tools were stuck in the garage for big chunks of this season, but he’s built quite the foundation in Arizona thus far. Seventy-grade speed and potentially plus defense in center set a nice floor for his profile, and his advanced approach for a player who is still relatively baseball-raw is encouraging given the physical gifts. He has the talent to emerge as one of the breakout stars of this year’s AFL if he can keep up anything close to his early pace.

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October 24, 2016 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Yusniel Diaz

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Wilson Karaman

This is what progress looks like.

It’s been about eleven months since the Dodgers plunked eight figures into Diaz’s then-19-year-old lap, and by season’s end things were really starting to come together for the kid. That signing bonus represented the third-largest ever given to a Cuban player subject to pool restrictions, and it paired him with right-hander Yadier Alvarez as the faces of Los Angeles’ massive international outlay during the 2015 signing period. Come spring time, the club made an aggressive decision to assign him to High-A after the briefest of cameos in Arizona. He spent the entire remainder of the season as the second-youngest regular in the California League.

That’s a lot to handle for any young player, let alone a kid coming to America for the first time and trying to learn a brand new language and set of cultural norms. The challenges he’d face certainly weren’t lost on those in the organization charged with helping him navigate them. “Baseball is all interconnected,” philosophizes Drew Saylor, Diaz’s precocious first-year manager at Rancho Cucamonga. “What we do off the field affects what we do on the field, and vice-a-versa. The primary growth opportunity at the beginning of the season was for him to get to be comfortable inside and out of the clubhouse.”

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October 18, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of October 17th

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Notes on Bradley Zimmer, Ryan McBroom, Austin Voth, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Ryan McBroom, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays (Mesa Solar Sox): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, K. More like Ryan Mc-Boom, amiright? Eh? Eh? Eh. McBroom was one of just three hitters to cross the 20-homer threshold in the notoriously stingy Florida State League this year. That production’s a good and necessary thing for his big-league aspirations, as his well-below-average speed and outfield instincts leave him pinned to first, where his questionable hit tool makes him a fringier prospect.

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