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08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of August 17
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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

04-25

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The Call-Up: Christian Arroyo
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

04-24

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Player Profile: Tyler Skaggs
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Wilson Karaman

04-21

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Minor League Update: Games of April 20th
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Wilson Karaman

04-14

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Minor League Update: Games of April 13th
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Wilson Karaman

04-14

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Cheese in the Kitchen: On Bat Speed and the Prospects Who Have It
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Wilson Karaman

04-11

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Notes from the Field: April 11, 2017
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Wilson Karaman and Greg Goldstein

04-07

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Minor League Update: Games of April 6
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Wilson Karaman

04-07

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The Call-Up: Kyle Freeland & Antonio Senzatela
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

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Go out on your collective shield or give a boost to the inevitable rebuilding process?

Kansas City is 47-47 and within two games of both first place in the AL Central and a Wild Card spot. But with BP pegging their playoff odds around 17 percent and much of their championship core set to become free agents after the season, the Royals have a tough decision to make before the trade deadline. Our roundtable debates the pros and cons of each side.

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The Diamondbacks add another big bat to the lineup, snagging J.D. Martinez from the Tigers for a trio of prospects.

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July 14, 2017 8:46 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 13

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Notes on Ronald Acuna, Chris Flexen, Touki Toussaint, Wander Javier, Ryan Mountcastle, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 3-5, BB, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Fresh off the bus from Mississippi, 19-year-old Acuna went oppo tank in his first Triple-A at-bat en route to reaching base four times in his Triple-A debut. Numbers are in no ways all, of course, but Acuna, who by the way is 19, has now posted a composite .317/.366/.516 line across three levels this year. Incredibly, he is just 19 years old.


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Bellinger once looked like a solid regular, but now looks like a potential superstar.

Fire up the sad-face emojis and pour another glass of warm beer for a-cryin’ into: I was wrong. Well, at least so far, it looks like I was wrong. Cody Bellinger, you see, is some of the hottest hot butter on anyone’s breakfast toast these days. The already-two-time National League Player of the Week is currently sitting on a .332 career TAv through his first 70 big-league games, a figure that rates as the seventh-best compiled in this season’s first half (minimum 200 plate appearances).

Not two years ago, I had him as a 45-hit/50-power guy headed for a nifty career as a versatile bench piece with regular potential. Whoops? Maybe?

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July 7, 2017 9:11 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 6

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Notes on Amed Rosario, Adonis Medina, Renato Nunez, Lucas Sims, Wander Javier, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas): 4-5, 2 R, 2 SB
Amed must’ve heard Sandy Alderson talking about how he wasn’t quite ready yet at our Citi Field event, because after scuffling through most of June he’s really started to tear cover from ball this month to the tune of 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats. Soon come.


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July 1, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Clint Frazier

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The Ginger God has risen.

The Situation: All of the stuff I wrote on Thursday about the Yankees using their vaunted prospect depth to cover position player injuries from Dustin Fowler’s Call-Up is still true. Throw on top of it that Fowler himself tore his patella tendon in his MLB debut, and the Yankees are now firing their last big hitting bullet from the farm, top outfield prospect Clint Frazier.

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June 28, 2017 7:48 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 27

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Notes on Brett Phillips, Brady Aiken, Dan Vogelbach, Bobby Bradley, Shawn Morimando, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians (Double-A Akron): 3-5, 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI
As appears to be his wont, Bradley got off to a slow start this season before rounding into form in May and destroying the moon and the stars this month. After posting an absurd 48-percent Three True Outcome rate last year, he’s pushing 40 percent again this season. With nothing else going for him in the tools department, his bat will take him wherever he ends up – which at this rate might just be the middle of Cleveland’s order in about three years.


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June 23, 2017 9:34 am

Cheese in the Kitchen: California Dreamin'

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The first-half All-Stars from the Single-A California League.

With the California League’s All-Star game in the books, the season’s first half has shuffled off this mortal coil. After a down year for top-end talent last year, the league has been defined thus far by significantly more “wow” talent, mostly concentrated among the top rungs of pitching staffs far and wide. Below you’ll find the complete All-Star rosters for reference, and then we’ll get into the league’s best and most interesting fantasy prospects.

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June 23, 2017 8:16 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 22

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Notes on Willie Calhoun, Chance Adams, Trent Clark, Shane Bieber, Kaleb Cowart, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Kaleb Cowart, IF, Anaheim Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake City): 6-6, 5 R, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI
Yes, the 25-year-old’s career big-league line of .176/.210/.267 has come across two more at-bats than allowed for a position player to retain technical prospect eligibility, and writing about prospects is kind of the point of this column. But…I mean, that box score’s one for the refrigerator, man.


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June 21, 2017 8:24 pm

The Call-Up: Andrew Moore

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If you're going to be a right-handed pitcher with no particular out-pitch, it's best to be one in Seattle.

The Situation: Despite being among the best and most advanced arms in the Mariners’ system, Andrew Moore was a bit of a surprise call-up today. Most notably, the Mariners needed to DFA Tyler Cloyd to add Moore to the 40-man roster. Moore is expected to start for the Mariners; Christian Bergman was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, presumably to create space in the Mariners rotation. Felix Hernandez is also expected back this Friday, so it remains to be seen whether Moore, or Sam Gaviglio get sent back down this weekend.

The Background: Moore was selected in Competitive Balance Round B in the 2015 draft, 72nd overall, out of Oregon State. Moore has been very successful through almost two full years in the minors, with an impressive composite ERA of 2.59. He was recognized as the Mariners minor league pitcher of the year in 2016. Perhaps most noteworthy, Moore has registered a 1.58 BB/9 throughout his minor league career.

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When they go low, we go high.

There are plenty of theories out there as to the nature of the home run spike lately, and I've got another one to pull on your coat about. Juiced ball notwithstanding, there’s also a legitimate evolution in batter approach and swing plane at play today that’s at least helping do some of the heavy lifting.

The dance between pitchers and hitters, we know, is a complex, ever-evolving relationship of adjustments and counter-adjustments. As the dawn of Big Data increasingly began to confirm that ground balls are the bee’s knees for limiting damage, pitchers quite naturally began to adjust by trying to coax as many of those suckers as possible. They’ve done so by increasingly attacking the lower portions of the zone (and beyond) over the past decade, attempting to sneak under barrels with plane and by manipulating the ball to put north-south action on it.

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June 16, 2017 9:21 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 15

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Notes on Bo Bichette, Shawn Morimando, Rafael Devers, Stephen Gonsalves, Sandy Alcantara, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 7-8, BB, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, K, SB
Well, that’s one way to navigate a doubleheader. Bichette has been laying waste to Midwest League pitching this season, with yesterday’s outburst lifting him to .400 for the season. The approach stands out, and the bat speed ain’t bad either. With High-A looming, Bichette has a chance to evolve into one of the premier offensive prospects in the minors by years end if he can continue his assault at the next level.


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