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05-27

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The Call-Up: Julio Urias
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Wilson Karaman and Ben Carsley

05-18

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The Call-Up: Colin Moran
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Kit House and J.P. Breen

05-18

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The Call-Up: Mike Clevinger
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Will Haines and Scooter Hotz

05-17

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The Call-Up: Alen Hanson
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Will Haines and Ben Carsley

05-13

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The Call-Up: Gary Sanchez
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Christopher Crawford and Greg Wellemeyer

04-29

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The Call-Up: Michael Fulmer
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Grant Jones and J.P. Breen

04-29

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The Call-Up: Sean Manaea
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Grant Jones and George Bissell

04-26

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The Call-Up: Jose Berrios
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Will Haines and Mike Gianella

04-25

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The Call-Up: Aaron Blair
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

04-22

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The Call-Up: Blake Snell
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Steve Givarz and J.P. Breen

04-11

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The Call-Up: Mallex Smith
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

04-11

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The Call-Up: Max Kepler
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

04-11

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The Call-Up: Nomar Mazara
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

04-07

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The Call-Up: Robert Stephenson
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

10-27

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The Call-Up: Raul A. Mondesi
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Craig Goldstein and Ben Carsley

09-09

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The Call-Up: The September Crash Course
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BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff

09-04

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The Call-Up: Corey Seager
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

08-24

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The Call-Up: Trea Turner
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

08-14

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The Call-Up: John Lamb
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-13

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The Call-Up: Greg Bird
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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

08-12

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The Call-Up: Colin Rea
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

08-10

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The Call-Up: Jose Peraza
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-03

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The Call-Up: Jon Gray
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Brendan Gawlowski and J.P. Breen

08-03

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The Call-Up: Luis Severino
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

08-03

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The Call-Up: Henry Owens
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

08-03

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The Call-Up: Richie Shaffer
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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The Call-Up: Ketel Marte
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

07-27

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The Call-Up: Zach Lee
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Brendan Gawlowski and Wilson Karaman

07-24

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The Call-Up: Michael Conforto
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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

07-21

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The Call-Up: Stephen Piscotty
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

07-20

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The Call-Up: Aaron Nola
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

07-17

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The Call-Up: Frankie Montas
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Mauricio Rubio and George Bissell

07-13

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The Call-Up: Brian Johnson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

07-08

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The Call-Up: Gleyber Torres
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-02

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The Call-Up: Manny Banuelos
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David Lee and Wilson Karaman

07-02

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The Call-Up: Miguel Sano
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

06-26

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The Call-Up: Alex Meyer
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Mark Anderson and Greg Wellemeyer

06-26

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The Call-Up: Steven Matz
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Jeff Moore and George Bissell

06-22

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The Call-Up: Justin Nicolino
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Brendan Gawlowski and George Bissell

06-19

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The Call-Up: Matt Wisler
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David Lee and J.J. Jansons

06-16

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The Call-Up: Kyle Schwarber
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

06-15

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The Call-Up: Francisco Lindor
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

06-15

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The Call-Up: Byron Buxton
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-09

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The Call-Up: Vincent Velasquez
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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

06-08

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The Call-Up: Carlos Correa
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

06-08

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The Call-Up: Joe Ross
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Tucker Blair and Mike Gianella

06-02

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The Call-Up: Joey Gallo
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Kate Morrison and Bret Sayre

06-01

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The Call-Up: Chi Chi Gonzalez
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

06-01

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The Call-Up: Michael Feliz
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Wilson Karaman

05-28

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The Call-Up: Eduardo Rodriguez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

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May 27, 2016 2:14 am

The Call-Up: Julio Urias

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Wilson Karaman and Ben Carsley

And so begins the greatest round of "I feel so, so, so old" we've ever seen.

The Situation: The Dodgers’ thin rotation took at least a brief hit with the announcement that, fresh off a 13-strikeout performance in his last start, Alex Wood would have his turn skipped on Friday on account of ominous “triceps tendinitis.” He’s been bumped to Monday for now, and with Ross Stripling procedurally demoted to Oklahoma City in the wake of The 17-Inning Game the Dodgers have elected to turn the ball over to a teenager for the first time since Fernando Valenzuela in 1980. Urias will make his big-league debut riding a streak of 27 innings since allowing his last earned run.

Background: Signed as part of a package deal by the Dodgers on a scouting trip through Mexico in the summer of 2012, Urias is…unique. There just isn’t much in the way of valuable precedent for what he has managed to accomplish at such tender ages in his career to date. He has rung up five and a half strikeouts for every walk this season at Triple-A while pitching eight (that’s right eight) years younger than his average league-mate. His ERA, WHIP, and batting average-against all pace the circuit.

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May 18, 2016 6:07 am

The Call-Up: Colin Moran

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Kit House and J.P. Breen

The former sixth-overall pick is set to make his debut.

The Situation: The universal favorites to win the division discovered that the universe had other plans. After a slow start that is crippling postseason hopes, the Houston Astros are shaking up the roster by sending a small wave of players to the farm or DL, most notably Carlos Gomez. The newest deck chair on the Titanic is Colin Moran. The old deck chairs were Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez. Obviously the hot corner deck chairs were not a selling point in the travel brochures when this ship launched in April.

Background: A nephew of B.J. Surhoff, Moran was the ACC player of the year at UNC in 2013 before being selected sixth-overall by the Miami Marlins. After coming to the Astros in the Jarred Cosart deal, the Astros have kept him at Double-A Corpus Christi for the last two seasons and Triple-A Fresno for the beginning of 2016. Although his numbers this year have dropped off slightly, his good average/modest power production has otherwise been remarkably consistent across seasons and levels.

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May 18, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Mike Clevinger

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Will Haines and Scooter Hotz

Here comes dat boi.

The Situation: With the White Sox barreling ahead and the Royals hot on their heels, the Indians have called up Mike Clevinger to patch a hole in the bottom of their rotation. Cody Anderson, the former fifth starter, has been optioned back to Triple-A Columbus after opposing batters hit .359/.391/.627 against him thus far. Clevinger will slide into Anderson’s spot in the rotation, and attempt to post a better ERA than the 7.99 rate of his predecessor.

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May 17, 2016 3:00 am

The Call-Up: Alen Hanson

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Will Haines and Ben Carsley

If Only Pittsburgh could Give A Little time to Hanson, we'd know whether he can bridge the Great Divide between Triple-A and the majors.

The Situation: With Starling Marte relishing the joys of fatherhood and a few days on the paternity list, the Pirates braintrust has turned to Alen Hanson. With capable bench bats Matt Joyce and Sean Rodríguez vying for starts, it’s unclear exactly what role Hanson will play in the short term, but it’s certainly possible that Hanson will get significant playing time against the struggling Braves.

Background: In 2009, Pittsburgh signed Hanson out of La Romana, a town in the Dominican Republic made famous by its coral beaches and the famous shipwreck of fellow pirate William Kidd. Hanson quickly built a reputation as a promising young shortstop, boasting a developing hit tool and plus speed. Like many a shortstop prospect before him, Hanson made a splash in Low-A in his 2012 stint, where he slashed .309/.381/.528 with 35 steals as a 19 year-old. While buzz quickly arose in prospect circles, Hanson failed to make similar strides defensively, revealing an ineffective arm and committing 40 errors. The rosy luster faded away as he climbed through the minors; the power never truly reappeared, the strikeouts continued to climb, and the walk rate plummeted. A move to second base in late 2014 felt inevitable, and some opined that it came too late. Hanson handled the keystone well in his 2015 campaign, and it appears to be his long-term position.

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May 13, 2016 10:52 am

The Call-Up: Gary Sanchez

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Christopher Crawford and Greg Wellemeyer

The man who has made out Yankees Top 10 lists since 2011 has finally made the majors.

The Situation: The Yankees rank near the bottom of essentially every offensive category in the American League, which is bad. They're about to face Jose Quintana and Chris Sale, who are good. New York will call on Sanchez to hopefully help the icky situation described above.

Background: Sanchez was one of the highest-profile players of the 2009 international class, and the Yankees rewarded him with a $3 million dollar contract during that July's signing period. The Yankees were relatively aggressive with him--particularly for a young catcher--and after two solid seasons in the lower levels, he was touted by many as the best catching prospect in baseball. Things took a turn for a worse over the next two years, as Sanchez put up pedestrian numbers and saw his stock drop in turn. He appeared to turn a corner late last season, and he was among the most impressive players in the Arizona Fall League. He's been on a tear over the past two weeks, and the Yankees obviously saw enough to give him a promotion to the show.

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April 29, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Michael Fulmer

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Grant Jones and J.P. Breen

The 2015-trade acquisition will have to impress to retain his role.

The Situation: The Tigers attempted to address their rotation need in the offseason by signing front-end starter Jordan Zimmermann. Unfortunately the injury bug has struck the back-end of the rotation early, with Shane Greene expected to miss two starts, of which the Tigers have committed at least one to Fulmer. In part due to a matchup, Brad Ausmus said, Fulmer was picked over Matt Boyd, which should put some pressure on with another major-league ready arm available in Toledo.

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April 29, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Sean Manaea

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Grant Jones and George Bissell

A Jess Hahn blister has opened the door for Oakland's top pitching prospect.

The Situation: Following the demotion of Eric Surkamp, the A’s were reportedly considering promoting either Jesse Hahn or Sean Manaea. A blister issue for Hahn helped force their hand, as they’ve called up the top-50 prospect, Manaea. Manager Bob Melvin has already indicated that Manaea should be with the team for “the long haul,” so this should not be viewed in a similar light to the recent promotion/demotion of Rays’ prospect Blake Snell.

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The cavalry has arrived for an ailing Twins staff...is it too late?

The Situation: With the wheels falling off the proverbial bus that is the Twins’ rotation, Minnesota has turned to their prized arm, Jose Berrios, to save the day. After a back issue derailed Ervin Santana, Tyler Duffey, called up to replace him, caught a comebacker on the shoulder and is day-to-day. The 21-year-old Berrios will likely slide into this spot in the rotation for now, but struggling pitchers Tommy Milone and Kyle Gibson appear to be the likely candidates to be bumped once Santana returns. Berrios’ call-up coincides nicely with a shuffle of young talent between Triple-A and the majors and the passing of his service-time issues, but there is apparent need for reinforcements as the Twins attempt to turn around their horrid start to the season.

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He hasn't received as much hype as other prospects, but he could make an immediate impact.

The Situation: Amazingly, Aaron Blair became ready to become a part of the Atlanta rotation a couple of days after the service-time issues passed. What a fortunate coincidence for the Braves to have everything align in such a miraculous fashion.

Background: Blair’s stock fluctuated throughout his junior season at Marshall, but the Diamondbacks saw enough in the right-hander to take him with the 36th pick of the 2013 draft. After two solid —if unspectacular—seasons in the Arizona system, Blair turned a corner in 2015; posting a 2.92 ERA in stops at Double- and Triple-A. Despite looking like one of the future cogs to the Diamondbacks future, Arizona instead chose to trade him, Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte in a (controversial) move to acquire Shelby Miller. He dominated in three starts at Triple-A Gwinnett, and he’ll now get a chance to show that stuff at the big-league level.

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April 22, 2016 5:04 pm

The Call-Up: Blake Snell

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Steve Givarz and J.P. Breen

After a breakout 2015 season, the Rays' top prospect gets at least a spot start.

Background
The Rays drafted Snell with the seventh of their 10 first-round picks that year, as a supplemental pick for the loss of Brad Hawpe. He will be the third member of that class to make it to the bigs (Mikie Mahtook and Tyler Goeddel being the other two). Snell didn’t get off to the greatest start in his pro career, as he struggled to throw strikes and prior to 2015 had a walk rate of 4.9 in 287 innings. But he did showcase a premium arsenal with a strikeout rate of 9.5. Things finally clicked for the tall lefty in 2015, as he lowered his walk rate to 3.6, improved his strikeout rate to 10.9, posted an ERA of 1.41, and finished with a masterful nine starts in Triple-A. All of this made Blake Snell our Top Prospect for the Rays for 2016, as well as 21st in our top 101

Scouting Report
When he was drafted Snell was a raw, inconsistent lefty out of the Seattle area, flashing feel for pitching as well as a long projectable body to dream on. It took a while for the command and pitches to take a step forward, but he firmly blew down the door in 2015. His fastball is 92-94 and will touch 96 when he needs it, but the pitch plays to double-plus with plus movement that generates a lot of weak contact and awkward movement. His primary off-speed pitch is a slider with really hard downward tilt, and he is comfortable throwing away to LHH. (He's also comfortable burying the hopes and dreams of RHH.) His changeup flashes plus because of his arm speed and the offering's late drop, though the pitch is behind his others in terms of overall command as he struggles to leave the pitch up. He always had a feel to pitch but the numbers finally backed it up, as he showcases above-average control and average command of his arsenal. His long-term outlook has top-of-the-rotation stuff, but pitching in the big leagues is hard and it needs to be seen how his strike-throwing ways will do against big-league hitters.



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April 11, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Mallex Smith

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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

Mallex mis mreally mfast.

The Situation: The Braves will be without Ender Inciarte for a couple weeks due to a strained hamstring, and so they’ve called up speed demon Mallex Smith in his place.

Background: Smith was a fifth-round selection by the Padres in 2012 out of Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida and, after stealing 152 combined bases in 2013-14, he was beginning to move up the San Diego prospect rankings. He was then shipped off to Atlanta in the deal that saw Justin Upton leave, and more success followed, as he hit a combined .303 with 56 stolen bases in stops at Mississippi and Gwinnett.

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Another notch in the belt of german engineering.

The Situation: Last year the Twins were the upstart team of the AL. This year, not so much. With Danny Santana heading to the disabled list, Minnesota will call on Kepler to (hopefully) provide some offensive punch.

Background: The Twins signed Kepler out of Germany (for $800,000) as a player who was equal parts raw goo and toolsy prospect six years ago, hoping that someday that goo would translate into something solid. For the first few years, that seemed very unlikely while he was being derailed by injuries, but something clicked in 2013, and he’s shown marked improvement every year since. It really came together last year, as he hit .318/410/.520 in Double-A Chattanooga, earning a trip to the Futures Game and a (very) small cup of coffee at the end of the 2015 major-league season.

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