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09-13

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Minor League Update: Games of September 12th
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Wilson Karaman

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of September 11
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Wilson Karaman

09-12

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Notes from the Field: September 12, 2017
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Wilson Karaman and Nathan Graham

09-08

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Minor League Update: Games of September 7
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Wilson Karaman

09-01

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 148: September Call-Ups
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George Bissell, Mark Barry and Wilson Karaman

09-01

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Minor League Update: Games of August 31
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Wilson Karaman

09-01

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The Call-Up: Jack Flaherty
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

08-25

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Minor League Update: Games of August 24
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Wilson Karaman

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of August 17
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Wilson Karaman

08-11

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Minor League Update: Games of August 10
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Wilson Karaman

08-08

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Transaction Analysis: Two Years in Four Acts
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Wilson Karaman, Bryan Grosnick, Jeffrey Paternostro and Greg Goldstein

08-04

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Minor League Update: Games of August 3
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Wilson Karaman

08-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Trade Deadline
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Wilson Karaman

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Liriano Learning on the Fly
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Matthew Trueblood, Wilson Karaman and Gideon Turk

08-01

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The Call-Up: Amed Rosario
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

07-28

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Minor League Update: Games of July 27
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Wilson Karaman

07-28

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The Call-Up: Erick Fedde
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

07-27

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The Call-Up: Chris Flexen
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

07-25

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Advance Scouting Series: Jaime Garcia
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Wilson Karaman

07-21

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Minor League Update: Games of July 20
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Wilson Karaman

07-21

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Prospectus Roundtable: Should the Royals Buy or Sell?
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Rob Mains, Ben Diamond, Craig Goldstein, Wilson Karaman, Matthew Trueblood and Zach Crizer

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: JD to AZ
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Wilson Karaman, Stacey Gotsulias, Mark Anderson and George Bissell

07-14

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Minor League Update: Games of July 13
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Wilson Karaman

07-13

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Cheese in the Kitchen: Cody Bellinger is Beating Expectations
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Wilson Karaman

07-07

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Minor League Update: Games of July 6
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Wilson Karaman

07-01

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The Call-Up: Clint Frazier
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

06-28

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Minor League Update: Games of June 27
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Wilson Karaman

06-23

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Cheese in the Kitchen: California Dreamin'
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Wilson Karaman

06-23

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Minor League Update: Games of June 22
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Wilson Karaman

06-21

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The Call-Up: Andrew Moore
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JH Schroeder and Wilson Karaman

06-16

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Cheese in the Kitchen: High to Low, and There It Goes
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Wilson Karaman

06-16

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Minor League Update: Games of June 15
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Wilson Karaman

06-15

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The Call-Up: Matt Chapman
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Wilson Karaman

06-09

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Minor League Update: June 9, 2017
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Wilson Karaman

06-08

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The Call-Up: Francis Martes
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

06-07

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The Call-Up: Brett Phillips
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Wilson Karaman

06-02

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Minor League Update: Games of June 1
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Wilson Karaman

06-01

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Updating the Tiers: Third Base
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Wilson Karaman

06-01

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Eyewitness Accounts: June 1, 2017
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Wilson Karaman and Javier Barragan

05-29

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The Call-Up: Franchy Cordero
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

05-26

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Minor League Update: Games of May 25
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Wilson Karaman

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: So About That Nick Castellanos Breakout
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Wilson Karaman

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: Big City, Georgia
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

05-19

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Player Profile: Joe Biagini
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Wilson Karaman

05-16

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Minor League Update: Games of May 15
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Wilson Karaman

05-12

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Minor League Update: Games of May 11
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Wilson Karaman

05-11

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Player Profile: Aaron Altherr
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Wilson Karaman

05-05

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Minor League Update: Games of May 4
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Wilson Karaman

05-04

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Cheese in the Kitchen: A Darwinian Critique of Starting-Pitcher Height
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Wilson Karaman

04-28

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Minor League Update: Games of April 27
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Wilson Karaman

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September 13, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of September 12th

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Willy Adames, Yusniel Diaz, Brendan McKay, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Alex Call, CF, Chicago White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, RBI.
Last year’s third-rounder for the Pale Hose has scuffled at times during his first full pro season, raising questions about whether his less-than-fluid stroke will play against more advanced pitching. He’s got a nice batch of tools out of the box and on the grass, though, with plenty of arm to handle all three outfield spots. If the stick takes a step forward next year it’d go a long way towards solidifying a fourth-outfielder trajectory.


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September 12, 2017 9:12 am

Minor League Update: Games of September 11

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Notes on Hudson Potts, Michel Baez, Nate Pearson, Jesus Luzardo, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Hudson Potts, 3B, San Diego Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 K
We’re getting down to the dregs here in terms of still-happening playoff series providing options here, but Potts had himself yet another nice night at the dish. Heck, we might as well rename this site Hudson Potts Prospectus, what with all the hot Potts #content we’ve been churning out lately. You want some notes from the field? Boom. Or maybe you’re a longer-form fella or gal? Boom. There’s a bunch of youthful impatience underlying his present approach, but he just hit his 20th dinger as an 18-year-old in full-season ball, so perhaps some patience is warranted here.


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September 12, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: September 12, 2017

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Notes on Rockies, Dodgers, Cubs, Reds, and Indians prospects.

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Brendan Rodgers, SS, Colorado Rockies (High-A Lancaster)
Sent back to High-A after missing most of August with strained quad; timing has been off at the plate since return, beaten consistently in zone by velo, earlier-season aggressiveness has heightened, in three looks over past week has swung at 11 of 13 first pitches, struggling to stay off right-right spin down; looks tired, still favoring quad, 4.43 on ostensible dig after consistent average-or-better run times earleir in season.

Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga)



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September 8, 2017 8:14 am

Minor League Update: Games of September 7

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Notes on Mitch Keller, Kyle Lewis, Thairo Estrada, Yonny Chirinos, Pavin Smith, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Thairo Estrada, MI, New York Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 4-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI
Estrada dropped the third cycle in Trenton history on Binghamton to tie their playoff series at one. He’s got some fans here on the Prospect Team as an underrated utility player with excellent defensive actions and solid bat-to-ball skills.


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George Bissell and Mark Barry recorded before the late-night Justin Verlander trade, but discussed the Angels unexpected deal for Justin Upton before bringing on Wilson Karaman of the BP prospect team to analyze notable September call-ups including Luke Weaver, Jack Flaherty, Alex Verdugo, Wilmer Font, Ryan McMahon, Walker Buehler and Tyler Glasnow.

George Bissell and Mark Barry recorded before the late-night Justin Verlander trade, but discussed the Angels unexpected deal for Justin Upton (2:00) before bringing on Wilson Karaman of the BP prospect team to analyze notable September call-ups including Luke Weaver (4:00), Jack Flaherty (9:00), Alex Verdugo (14:00), Wilmer Font (24:00), Ryan McMahon (26:30), Walker Buehler (28:00) and Tyler Glasnow (30:00).

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September 1, 2017 8:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 31

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Notes on A.J. Puk, Willy Adames, Ronald Acuna, Triston McKenzie, Eric Lauer, Kevin Smith, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Kevin Smith, SS, Toronto Blue Jays (Rookie Bluefield): 3-5, 2 R, HR, 6 RBI, K

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September 1, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Jack Flaherty

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Mike Leake's rotation replacement has improved his stock considerably.

The Situation: The Cardinals have fallen back to .500, 5.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. While they’re not totally throwing in the towel for 2017, they did salary dump part of Mike Leake’s contract on the Mariners. That opens a rotation spot for their most MLB-ready starting pitching prospect, right-hander Jack Flaherty.

Background: Flaherty burst onto the national scene as a high school sophomore in 2012, rounding out a pitching staff at the prestigious Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that included Lucas Giolito and Max Fried. Two years later, the Cardinals made him the 34th overall pick in the draft and signed him for a cool $2 million. After stout years at both full-season A-ball levels, he sliced and diced the upper minors this year, posting a 2.18 ERA and 147/35 K/BB ratio. Flaherty has ranked as high as second in the Cardinals' organization on our pre-2016 rankings, and just missed making the midseason top 50 this year.

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August 25, 2017 8:04 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 24

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Notes on Jake Burger, A.J. Alexy, Max Fried, Dylan Cozens, Logan Shore, Monte Harrison, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Jake Burger, 3B, Chicago White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 5-5, BB, R, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI
That he only scored one run despite reaching base safely in six plate appearances defies a few laws of physics, but it’s neither here nor there. What is here, or at least has returned after a modest slump, is Burger’s notable game power, which should mature comfortably into above-average range at least in the bigs one day. My colleague Greg Goldstein described him in our Slack as having “a big body with a compact power stroke,” and I’m like…yep.


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August 18, 2017 8:28 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 17

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Notes on Franklin Barreto, Forrest Whitley, Ronald Acuna, Mitch Keller, Kyle Wright, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Franklin Barreto, MI, Oakland Athletics (Triple-A Nashville): 4-5, 3 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, K
After a few inconsistent months in the middle of the season, Barreto has finally settled into a decent groove over the past few weeks. Amid the struggles at both Triple A and in his brief big-league introduction it’s worth a friendly reminder that he is still 21 years old, and enthusiasm for his long-term offensive projection should in no way have dampened this summer.


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August 11, 2017 9:45 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 10

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Notes on Royce Lewis, Nick Senzel, Nick Kingham, Rowdy Tellez, Kolby Allard, Yordan Alvarez, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds (Double-A Pensacola): 3-4, BB, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, SB, K
Senzel has done pretty much exactly what scouts predicted he’d do at every stage of his development thus far. He’s a really good hitter, and the pop has really started to translate from the doubles kind to the over-the-fence kind since he elevated beyond the Florida State League.


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Sean Rodriguez returns to Pittsburgh in style, J.D. Davis arrives in Houston, and Baltimore sells off more international spending room.

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August 4, 2017 10:24 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 3

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Notes on Brent Honeywell, Cody Thomas, A.J. Puk, Michael Chavis, Michael Chavis, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Cody Thomas, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI, K
Thomas played very little actual baseball as an amateur, with the lion’s share of his athletic attention spent on backup quarterbacking the Oklahoma Sooners. He turned heads in his Pioneer League debut last year, though, with raw tools and athleticism aplenty. The realities of professional baseball have beset upon him a bit this year in full-season, but yesterday’s outburst wasn’t particularly out of line for a plus-powered masher. It’s a long term project, but you know what they say…never bet against an elite athlete.


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