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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 24)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
2 .238 0 0 0 0 .254 0.0
Birth Date11-10-1989
Height6' 0"
Weight215 lbs
Age24 years, 11 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
0.12013
-1.12014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2013 OAK 23 9 19 18 2 5 1 0 0 6 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .316 .333 .294 0.7 0.1 0.1
2014 TEX 24 86 280 253 20 46 6 1 9 81 21 69 3 3 0 36 1 0 .182 .250 .320 .216 -10.2 0.3 -1.1
Career9529927122517198722753303610.188.254.321.221-9.60.3-1.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2010 VAN A- 27 121 .355 .246 .326 .359 .260 .423 97 12.8 3.6 0.3 0.2 -1.7 12.9 1.4 12.9 1.4
2010 ATH Rk 3 9 .237 .259 .329 .374 .267 .000 92 -0.2 0.3 0 -0.0 -0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2011 STO A+ 118 542 .316 .271 .345 .423 .274 .336 98 34.2 16.2 -0.5 -4.3 -0.4 45.3 4.1 45.3 4.1
2012 MID AA 91 402 .282 .254 .321 .386 .262 .352 99 9.3 11.1 0.5 -7.9 1.7 19.5 1.2 19.5 1.2
2013 OAK MLB 9 19 .294 .270 .327 .462 .290 .417 90 0.6 0.5 -0.2 0.1 -0.0 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2013 SAC AAA 132 600 .303 .281 .349 .439 .275 .358 96 28.1 17.2 -2.9 -7.1 -4.9 36.5 3.0 36.5 3.0
2014 TEX MLB 86 280 .216 .249 .310 .378 .258 .208 100 -11.6 7.2 -2.2 0.3 -1.5 -10.2 -1.1 -10.2 -1.1
2014 ROU AAA 43 182 .284 .270 .335 .423 .264 .333 100 4.9 5.5 -1.7 -0.2 2.4 9.7 1.0 9.7 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 VAN A- 121 20 29 10 2 7 26 15 43 6 1 .284 .392 .627 .343 .355 12.9 0.2 1.4
2010 ATH Rk 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 .000 .222 .000 .000 .237 0.1 -0.0 0.0
2011 STO A+ 542 79 133 28 1 30 82 61 134 9 5 .285 .376 .542 .257 .316 45.3 -4.3 4.1
2012 MID AA 402 59 103 15 2 10 58 33 88 5 1 .287 .356 .423 .136 .282 19.5 -7.9 1.2
2013 SAC AAA 600 90 154 29 1 14 89 69 115 1 2 .302 .390 .445 .143 .303 36.5 -7.1 3.0
2013 OAK MLB 19 2 5 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 .278 .316 .333 .056 .294 0.7 0.1 0.1
2014 ROU AAA 182 25 40 8 0 7 31 23 47 2 1 .267 .379 .460 .193 .284 9.7 -0.2 1.0
2014 TEX MLB 280 20 46 6 1 9 36 21 69 1 0 .182 .250 .320 .138 .216 -10.2 0.3 -1.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2013 70 0.5286 0.4143 0.6552 0.5135 0.3030 0.8421 0.3000 0.3448
2014 1078 0.5111 0.4174 0.7800 0.5445 0.2846 0.8567 0.6267 0.2200
Career11480.51220.41720.77240.54260.28570.85580.60680.2276

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-15 2014-09-29 DTD 14 13 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-06-01 2014-06-03 DTD 2 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin -
2012-07-22 2012-09-05 Minors 45 41 Left Thumb Fracture HBP - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TEX $502,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2011Current$502,000
1 yrTotal$502,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 29 dFranklin-Frye Sports1 year/$0.502M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.502M (2014). Re-signed by Texas 2/17/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract selected by Oakland 9/1/13. Acquired by Texas in trade from Oakland 12/3/13.
  • Drafted by Oakland 2010 (1-10) (Texas-Arlington). $2M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 315 41 82 14 1 11 42 31 70 1 1 .297 .373 .484 .305 19.7 LF -6 1.5
80o 293 36 74 13 1 10 37 27 67 1 1 .281 .356 .458 .291 14.3 LF -6 0.9
70o 277 33 66 11 1 9 34 25 65 1 0 .270 .343 .439 .280 10.8 LF -5 0.6
60o 263 31 62 11 1 8 31 23 63 1 0 .261 .332 .424 .272 8.0 LF -5 0.3
50o 250 28 58 10 1 8 29 21 61 1 0 .252 .322 .409 .263 5.7 LF -5 0.1
40o 237 26 51 9 0 7 27 20 58 1 0 .244 .312 .395 .255 3.5 LF -5 -0.1
30o 223 24 46 8 0 6 25 18 56 1 0 .234 .302 .379 .246 1.4 LF -4 -0.3
20o 207 21 42 7 0 6 22 16 53 1 0 .224 .289 .361 .236 -0.7 LF -4 -0.5
10o 185 18 35 6 0 5 19 13 48 1 0 .209 .272 .337 .222 -3.2 LF -4 -0.7
Weighted Mean2562959101830226210.256.327.416.2676.8LF -50.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 15% 11% 15% 36%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201525436551001801452371092.257.326.411.2710.412.2-1.1-1.810.54.6-8.6
201626633791432611974581572.254.330.405.2690.416.2-1.4-2.814.95.5-12.5
201727607771382611973531462.256.328.413.2710.617.2-1.5-2.814.96.6-12.0
201828616791412612075551492.256.331.416.2730.618.0-1.5-3.114.97.6-12.1
201929620771402511871581461.254.330.400.2680.314.8-1.5-3.314.94.6-12.2
202030611781382411973581360.255.333.408.2720.517.0-1.6-3.414.97.0-12.0
202131635801472511974601350.260.335.406.2720.416.5-1.7-3.714.96.9-12.5
202232622781422501872591330.258.334.402.2700.315.5-1.7-3.814.96.0-12.3
202333607761402311768571290.258.333.396.2680.214.2-1.6-3.914.94.8-12.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
6.71.24.922.62.817.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 94 Eric Thames 2011 .263
2 92 Khris Davis 2012 .000 DNP
3 90 Todd Frazier 2010 .000 DNP
4 90 Michael Taylor 2010 .000 DNP
5 89 Marvin Lowrance 2009 .000 DNP
6 89 Thomas Neal 2012 .169
7 88 Marc Krauss 2012 .000 DNP
8 87 John Tolisano 2013 .000 DNP
9 86 Brandon Jones 2008 .248
10 86 Chad Huffman 2009 .000 DNP
11 86 Daniel Dorn 2009 .000 DNP
12 86 Jared Keel 2009 .000 DNP
13 86 Kyle Jensen 2012 .000 DNP
14 85 Corey Dickerson 2013 .269
15 85 Cody Haerther 2008 .000 DNP
16 84 Chris Lubanski 2009 .000 DNP
17 84 Fernando Martinez 2013 .186
18 84 J.D. Martinez 2012 .238
19 84 Justin Huber 2007 .070
20 83 Trayvon Robinson 2012 .259
21 83 Michael Burgess 2013 .000 DNP
22 83 John Bowker 2008 .248
23 82 Quincy Latimore 2013 .000 DNP
24 82 Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2012 .256
25 82 Donald Lutz 2013 .196
26 82 Brian Fletcher 2013 .000 DNP
27 82 Chun-Hsiu Chen 2013 .000 DNP
28 82 Casper Wells 2009 .000 DNP
29 82 Aaron Luna 2011 .000 DNP
30 82 Shane Peterson 2012 .000 DNP
31 82 Nick Akins 2012 .000 DNP
32 82 Bryan Petersen 2010 .088
33 82 Kole Calhoun 2012 .183
34 81 Nick Weglarz 2012 .000 DNP
35 81 Brandon Moss 2008 .252
36 81 Steven Souza 2013 .000 DNP
37 81 Johermyn Chavez 2013 .000 DNP
38 81 Tim Wheeler 2012 .000 DNP
39 81 Brock Peterson 2008 .000 DNP
40 81 Cory Vaughn 2013 .000 DNP
41 81 Nolan Reimold 2008 .000 DNP
42 81 Chris Garcia 2012 .000 DNP
43 80 Ronnie Welty 2012 .000 DNP
44 80 Alex Hassan 2012 .000 DNP
45 80 Cole Gillespie 2008 .000 DNP
46 80 Kody Hinze 2012 .000 DNP
47 80 Chris Epps 2013 .000 DNP
48 80 Zoilo Almonte 2013 .223
49 79 Kellen Kulbacki 2010 .000 DNP
50 79 Adam Duvall 2013 .000 DNP
51 79 Kevin Keyes 2013 .000 DNP
52 79 Thomas Pham 2012 .000 DNP
53 79 Allen Craig 2009 .000 DNP
54 79 Mark Canha 2013 .000 DNP
55 79 Aaron Bates 2008 .000 DNP
56 79 Rene Tosoni 2011 .229
57 79 Kyeong Kang 2012 .000 DNP
58 79 Moises Sierra 2013 .308
59 79 Jedd Gyorko 2013 .264
60 79 Reese Havens 2011 .000 DNP
61 79 Ryan Strieby 2010 .000 DNP
62 79 Lars Anderson 2012 .103
63 79 Brian Pellegrini 2009 .000 DNP
64 79 Jeff Fiorentino 2007 .000 DNP
65 79 Ryan Kalish 2012 .199
66 79 Matt Curry 2013 .000 DNP
67 79 Koby Clemens 2011 .000 DNP
68 79 Wladimir Balentien 2009 .249
69 78 Jerry Sands 2012 .160
70 78 James Darnell 2011 .196
71 78 Brandon Short 2013 .000 DNP
72 78 Sergio Pedroza 2008 .000 DNP
73 78 Aaron Cunningham 2010 .274
74 78 T.J. Mittelstaedt 2012 .000 DNP
75 78 Dan Brewer 2012 .000 DNP
76 78 Brett Wallace 2011 .246
77 78 Jason Kipnis 2011 .291
78 78 Andy Wilkins 2013 .000 DNP
79 78 Cody Decker 2011 .000 DNP
80 78 Matt LaPorta 2009 .257
81 78 Caleb Gindl 2013 .278
82 78 Brady Shoemaker 2011 .000 DNP
83 78 Devin Mesoraco 2012 .236
84 78 Joe Benson 2012 .000 DNP
85 78 Bryce Brentz 2013 .000 DNP
86 78 Andrew Lambo 2013 .253
87 78 Mitch Moreland 2010 .284
88 78 Mike Zuanich 2011 .000 DNP
89 78 Nick Hundley 2008 .240
90 77 Vinnie Catricala 2013 .000 DNP
91 77 Anthony Norman 2009 .000 DNP
92 77 Jon Gaston 2011 .000 DNP
93 77 Brandon Snyder 2011 .270
94 77 Blake Smith 2012 .000 DNP
95 77 Joey Votto 2008 .296
96 77 Josh Whitaker 2013 .000 DNP
97 77 Michael Bianucci 2010 .000 DNP
98 77 Nick Evans 2010 .274
99 77 Chih-Hsien Chiang 2012 .000 DNP
100 77 Kevin Rivers 2013 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .250 .333 .250 .327
11 vs R (Multi) .300 .300 .400 .247
18 Split (Multi) .050 -.033 .150 -.080
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .250 .333 .250 .327
31 vs R (2013) .300 .300 .400 .247
38 Split (2013) .050 -.033 .150 -.080
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 After a torrid 2011 campaign that culminated with his thrashing of the Arizona Fall League, Choice entered 2012 rated as the top bat in the system. The former top-10 pick with game-ready power was on the fast track to Oakland, aiming to make an impact as soon as 2013. Then his power mysteriously disappeared somewhere in Midland, and just when Choice started to right the ship midsummer, a fractured hand shelved him for the last six weeks of the minor-league season. It was his first professional encounter with adversity, and how he responds to disappointment could determine whether he can be the Choice of a new generation of Athletics baseball.
2012 Selected with the tenth overall pick in the 2010 draft, power-hitting outfielder Michael Choice destroyed the California League in his first-full year of minor league action, showing the patience and the pop that made him such a highly coveted amateur. The 22-year-old Texas native has a big swing and will probably always feature high strikeout totals in his game. But he also draws a lot of walks, and when he does connect, his power grade rests near the top of the scouting scale, with some scouts going as far to throw 80-grades on his power potential. Choice will move to Double-A in 2012, a big test for any hitter, especially one with some exploitable aspects to his game.
2011 The A's were surprised to see Choice still on the board when they found themselves on the clock with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft. While he didn't face the stiffest of competition at the University of Texas-Arlington, Choice certainly surpassed any statistical benchmarks, hitting .383/.568/.704 with 16 home runs and 76 walks in 60 games for the Mavericks, and some scouts saw him as the best college position player in the draft. He carries a solid tool box, sporting big-time raw power and enough speed to stick in center for now, although right field will likely be his final destination. Thus far, Choice has proved to be good as advertised, launching seven taters in 102 at-bats while making his pro debut in a pitcher's paradise, but the 43 whiffs were a glaring concern. He's not going to move as fast as most of Oakland's recent college picks, but Choice arguably has a higher ceiling than any of them.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any prospects that have surprised you (in a good way) in the majors this season?
(Bill from New York)
Stroman. Wow, that dude's a monster. I never saw him as a minor leaguer, so that probably leads to some of the surprise. Either way, that's a special arm and a fun guy to watch.

On the negative side, I expected a lot more out of Michael Choice heading into the season and am still a fan of the overall profile despite the negative results this season. (Ethan Purser)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Michael Choice had a pretty horrendous year in the majors and now is hitting again in AAA (PCL). Was he just rushed because of the cacophony of Rangers injuries or has he taken a step back in scouts' eyes?
(Pat from FL)
A bit of both? Choice definitely has some holes in his game, his swing specifically, but could be a second division OF, and contribute to a good team. He's gotten really long, and gave away a lot of ABs. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)I don't know much you've seen Michael Choice, but I have a theory that his noisy front leg is causing him all sorts of problems including a visible loss of balance when he swings at pitches on the outer third. Thoughts? Can a guy with his profile contribute even league average plate production with that kind of timing mechanism?
(Jay from PHX)
I don't like it but you don't know if you take away that stride if he falls off a cliff even harder. That would be a change for the offseason. Physical gifts are there. (Ryan Parker)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect delivers a Puig-like explosion this season? Willing to stash till mid June if there is some bang for my patience in the second half. Top targets are Baez Taveras Springer Polanco and perhaps Buxton but he seems a year away.
(Travis Fryman's Mitt from Pontiac, MI)
I really love Springer, but I think he could be up in May. Taveras has to get healthy first. However, Puig was 79th on the BP 101 last year, so if you're looking for someone deeper, lemme throw Wilmer Flores and Michael Choice out there as potential breakouts. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Moustakas .... primed for an Alex Gordon-like emergence or more of the same frustration? Do you like Michael Choice in the Texas OF picture?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Moustakas was so so bad last season. How do you look at his stats and expect him to be an above average player? The Royals can't (and won't) give up on him yet, so that's a good thing in that we get to find out the answer to this novel, but wow yuck.

As for Choice, Texas is a great place to hit, but where's he going to play? Rios, Choo, and Martin in the outfield doesn't leave much room. He can't platoon with Rios because they're both right-handed and you don't give the money to Choo that the Rangers did and then platoon him. So, fourth outfielder? Depth is good though. It's a long season. (Matthew Kory)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)It feels like nearly everything clicked for the A's the last two years. They've made a lot of moves this offseason, but it doesn't feel like they've improved. Kazmir in, Colon out. Sign Punto to be what, a utility infielder? Johnson in, Balfour out. Gentry in, Smith out (and Michael Choice traded). And of course, the Rangers have gotten a lot better. Do you see the A's contending for the division again?
(Jon from San Francisco)
I do think the A's will still contend. They have a good roster and they'll piece together a competitive club that will hang around. (Mark Anderson)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you predict any prospects getting trades this winter?
(Chris from Phoenix)
Yes. Michael Choice. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which do you think will have the best career? Marcell Ozuna, Jake Marisnick, Michael Choice, Khris Davis? And can you rank the 4 for career? Thanks!
(TheKernel from Pasadena)
I would take Marisnick.

Marisnick, Choice, Ozuna, Davis (Jason Parks)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)do yo think Michael Choice is good enough to be a winning piece in Arlington this season?
(liltroy17 from ag-town)
I'm not sure what a winning piece looks like, but if it means he develops into a starter, I will agree. He might not make a lot of contact, but he can hit for power, has some on-base ability, and can handle LF. I liked the trade for the Rangers. Smart move. (Jason Parks)
2013-10-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Michael Choice can crack the opening day roster for the A's? If so, what kind of season could you see him having? Thanks Matt!
(Mike from The Couch)
I think he could. It depends on whether or not there's an open spot in the outfield. How long is Josh Reddick out? Do the A's pick up Coco Crisp's option? Do they trade Cespedes and if so do they get an outfielder in return? (Matthew Kory)
2013-10-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Oakland, who stays and goes for 2014? Some choices are obvious -- Chris Young and Kurt Suzuki are gone. Grant Balfour and Bartolo Colon are probably not affordable. Brett Anderson, Seth Smith, and Josh Reddick are all non-tender candidates, though Smith and Reddick could be back because it doesn't look like Michael Choice is ready. How do they fix the middle of the infield? Jed Lowrie isn't going to put up this type of offense to make up for that poor of a glove and Eric Sogard and Albert Callaspo -- just, no. The Coliseum hides the total mediocre state of the A's rotation.
(Dave from Chicago)
Great question. Agree on Young and Suzuki. Balfour will probably price himself out of Oakland, a team that has no problem with a revolving door of closers. I think that Reddick sticks around, unless his homer counts exorbitantly drive up the price in his first year of arbitration. It will be interesting to see what Colon wants contractually, and the A's could easily bow out if he wants a multi-year deal. There is no way that the A's pay $8 million for Anderson next year, so his option will be declined, but it will be interesting to see if he re-signs on a one-year deal to re-establish his value. Coco Crisp will probably be taken up on his $7.5 million option, given his somewhat unique blend of speed and power in CF (as well as his clubhouse appeal). The A's like the power that Lowrie offers in the middle of the diamond, and their backup options are less than inspiring (Nakajima has turned out to be a waste of $6.5 million).

The A's pitching succeeds in many ways that are tough to see. Yes, the Coliseum and its immense foul territory certainly help, but the A's have an excellent system in place for pitcher development. They emphasize balance, posture, and pitch repetition - and they eschew the slide step! So they earn the benefit of the doubt when it comes to developing pitchers from within and identifying which arms to bring into the system.


On the jukebox: Aerosmith, "Ragdoll" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have the Vimeo plus account or just the regular one?
(Hank from Rochester)
Plus. If any of you haven't seen my Vimeo page before, check it out: https://vimeo.com/user3214266/videos

Tons of prospect videos going back a few years (I upgraded to a much better camera prior to spring training 2012). Sometimes I like going back and looking at the older videos, like Michael Choice hitting a double off Hoby Milner in college: https://vimeo.com/11097416 (Jason Cole)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you are trading major league talent for prospects do you want bulk or elite. As example (from A's): Addison Russell or Sonny Gray, Michael Choice, Grant Green and Jemile Weeks.
(hknova from Hong Kong)
I wouldn't trade for Grant Green. Give me the high ceiling guys; players with impact potential. You don't fly flags because of fringy talent. Impact players make impact teams. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Over/under: Michael Choice makes two All-Star games?
(JoshuaGB from Chicago)
I was thisclose to saying over then I started flipping around B-Ref pages and noticed that Carlos Pena made one AS team, Adam Dunn made two, and Pat Burrell made zero. Do three-true outcome guys get underrated in AS voting? Is it the streaky thing? These are unanswered questions that force me into saying under. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your take on Michael Choice's roller coaster season last year? Is ready for a MLB role?
(Matt from Chicago)
Not ready yet; has major league potential (Jason Parks)
2012-10-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)The A's outfield has fewer future openings than I expected, but will Michael Choice force his way into the discussion despite the injury setback?
(myshkin from Santa Clara)
Yes, Coco Crisp's contract expires after next year (though the A's do hold a team option) and I would expect to see Cespedes shift to center field and Choice slide into left when the latter is ready for the big leagues. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Looking forward to my prospect draft next season. Taijuan Walker v. Archie Bradley. Xander Bogaerts v. Javier Baez, Michael Choice v. Rymer Liriano. Who'd you take in those matchups?
(Joe from Bellvue)
Bradley, Bogaerts, Liriano. Walker is the wildcard for me because he could be the very good version of Edwin Jackson we saw a few years ago or the one that has been around most other seasons. (Jason Collette)


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