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

08-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 22nd
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Mark Anderson

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of August 19-21
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Christopher Crawford

08-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 19th
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Mark Anderson

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 17th
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Christopher Crawford

08-17

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

08-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 15th
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Christopher Crawford

08-15

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Minor League Update: Games of August 12-14
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Christopher Crawford

08-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 11th
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Mark Anderson

08-11

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

08-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 9th
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Christopher Crawford

08-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 8th
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Christopher Crawford

08-08

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Minor League Update: Games of August 5-7
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Christopher Crawford

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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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 3rd
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Christopher Crawford

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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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 1st
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Christopher Crawford

08-01

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Minor League Update: Games of July 29-31
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Christopher Crawford

07-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 28th
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Mark Anderson

07-28

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 27th
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Christopher Crawford

07-27

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 26th
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Mark Anderson

07-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 25th
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Christopher Crawford

07-25

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Minor League Update: Games of July 22-24
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Christopher Crawford

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

07-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 20th
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 19th
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Mark Anderson

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 18th
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Games of July 15-17
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Game of Thursday, July 14th
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Mark Anderson

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 13th
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 12th
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Christopher Crawford

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

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Minor League Update: Games of July 8-10
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Christopher Crawford

07-08

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 7th
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Mark Anderson

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 6th
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 5th
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Wilson Karaman

07-05

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Minor League Update: Games of July 1-4
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, June 30th
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Mark Anderson

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 29th
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 28th
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Wilson Karaman

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, June 27th
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Christopher Crawford

06-27

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Minor League Update: Games of June 24-26
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Christopher Crawford

06-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, June 23rd
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Wilson Karaman

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 22nd
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 21st
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Mark Anderson

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, June 20th
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Christopher Crawford

06-20

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Minor League Update: Games of June 17-19
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, June 16th
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Mark Anderson

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 15th
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Christopher Crawford

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 14th
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Wilson Karaman

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August 8, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 5-7

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out this weekend, including T.J. Friedl, Nick Senzel, Francis Martes, and Justus Sheffield.

Prospect of the Weekend: T.J. Friedl, OF, Cincinnati Reds (Short-season Billings): 3-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR
The Friedl story is a fascinating one. He went undrafted out of Nevada (for reasons that aren’t totally clear) as a redshirt sophomore, and then after an invite to Team USA, he quickly established himself as one of the best outfield prospects for the 2017 draft. But… Cincinnati decided nuts to that, and signed him to the biggest NDFA bonus ever. He’s a plus-plus runner who has a chance to hit for average and a bit of power—don’t expect too many of these multi-homer games—and he’s a quality defender in center field. You haven’t heard of him unless you’re a Reds fan or follow me on Twitter (thank you), but he’s immediately one of the best outfield prospects in the Cincinnati system. Not bad for a guy who got passed over 1,203 times.

Others of Note


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August 5, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 4th

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Dylan Cozens, Tyler Beede, Sean Newcomb, and Eric Jenkins.

Prospect of the Day:

Dylan Cozens, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-4, BB, 3 R, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI.
So nice, let’s do it twice. If you can explain the physiological click that happens sometimes to set hitters off on rampages like Cozens’ current run, well, you’re probably better at science than I am. After leaving the yard thrice on Wednesday, he hit two more dingers yesterday, mixing in a triple for good measure. That’ll do, yeah. Scouts remain skeptical it translates, and my one live look revealed can-see-it holes in the swing. But all I really know is that homeboy has legit power and he really, really likes hitting in Reading.


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August 4, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 3rd

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Dylan Cozens, Kolby Allard, Jake Junis, and Micker Adolfo.

Prospect of the Day:

Dylan Cozens, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 4-for-5, 4 R, 3B, 3 HR, SB.
What a difference a (couple of) year(s) makes. Cozens has gone from a guy who many believed was a non-prospect to—and this isn’t a universal opinion, but I’ve heard it—a legit middle-of-the-order option. Keep in mind that Cozens was a big-time football prospect, so he didn’t have the prototypical developmental path you see. There’s a ton of swing-and-miss here, but there’s also a chance for plus-plus power, and he’s made progress with the glove. At the very least, Cozens is interesting, and that’s not something we could say not all that long ago.


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August 3, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 2nd

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Francis Martes, Lewis Brinson, Ben Lively, and Luke Weaver.

Prospect of the Day: Francis Martes, RHP, Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 12 K.
Martes was cruising along into the seventh before yielding a two-run shot to Josh Van Meter, his final batter of the night. Since the end of May, he’s whiffed 76, walked 20, and allowed just 48 hits across 63 2/3 innings. The fastball-curve combo is one of the best in the minors, and it’s important to remember that he’s doing all of this as the only qualifying 20-year-old starting pitcher at the Double-A level. And you were worried about him after the first six weeks of the season…

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August 2, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 1st

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Rob Zastryzny, Taylor Clarke, Kyle Farmer, and Josh Lowe.

Prospect of the Day:

Rob Zastryzny, LHP, Chicago Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.
Zastryzny was on a strict pitch count for the night, so no, no chance for the no-no (or in this case perfecto). The Cubs second-round pick in 2013 has struggled with command issues, but he’s also shown three above-average pitches (fastball, cutter, change) and will show a 45-grade curveball as well. If he’s going to start, the command is going to have to get better, but if it can, he could become a fourth starter.


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August 1, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 29-31

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Eloy Jimenez, Willi Castro, Ian Anderson, and Chance Adams.

Prospect of the Weekend: Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago Cubs (Low-A South Bend): 4-for-5, 4 R, 2 2B, HR, K.
With Gleyber Torres now a member of the New York Yankees, is Jimenez now the best prospect in Chicago? Ian Happ might have something to say about that, but Jimenez certainly has the highest ceiling of any Cubs hitter. He can hit for average, he can hit for power, and he’s gonna be a good-enough defender in an outfield corner to let you play him every day. If you’re sick of hearing about the young talent in the Chicago system, you might wanna look away, because Eloy could be the next great one.

Others of Note


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July 29, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 28th

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Luiz Gohara, Luke Weaver, Aristides Aquino, and Ismael Guillon.

Prospect of the Day: Luiz Gohara, LHP, Mariners (Low-A Clinton): 6 IP, 4 H, R/ER, BB, 10 K.
It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was in Arizona, bouncing around from game to game on the back fields, following every rumor we heard to try to be in the right place, at the right time, to see Gohara throw in his first spring after signing with the Mariners. It was like we were chasing a ghost. Some of our crew caught him in limited action that spring, and it was easy to see the raw talent. That talent is obvious at this point, particularly when he turns in outings like this. There’s still a lot of development remaining, but the Mariners appear on track to make good on their investment in Gohara.


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July 28, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 27th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Jorge Alfaro, Anthony Alford, Francis Martes, and Jake Woodford.

Prospect of the Day: Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies (Double-A Reading): 4-for-5, 3 RBI
I included the RBI because it’s just weird to have the prospect of the day without any other stats, but the fact that Alfaro didn’t have any doubles or homers is kinda the point. This was once a player who was all-power, no-hit-tool, and he has hit .287 in Double-A while still showing the plus power. Is he going to hit for that high of average at the big-league level? Probably not, but he no longer has to hit for power to become a regular; the defense and hit tool have reached a level where above-average power will suffice. I’d bet on it at this point.

Others of Note


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July 27, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 26th

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Ranger Suarez, Conner Greene, Ian Happ, and Scott Schebler.

Prospect of the Day: Ranger Suarez, LHP, Phillies (Short-Season Williamsport): 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 5 K
After two years in the now-defunct Venezuelan Summer League, followed by a dominating showing with a 0.65 ERA in 15 appearances in the GCL in 2015, Suarez has continued pitching well as a 20-year old in the NYPL. A quick-armed lefty with an average fastball, two secondary pitches with potential, and a strong command profile, Suarez fired this seven-inning no-hitter while flashing all of these traits. Most scouts view Suarez as a potential back-end starter or lefty reliever down the line.


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July 26, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 25th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Peter Lambert, Anthony Garcia, Austin Gomber, and Travis Blankenhorn.

Prospect of the Day: Peter Lambert, RHP, Colorado Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.
Lambert’s ERA by month: 3.20, 2.05, 1.96, 12.18. One of these things is not like the other; one of these things is July. Much of that damage was done in a start where he gave up 10 runs and didn’t make it out of the second inning, which always puts a damper on the ERA. My point is, Lambert has been great for most of the year, and his overall ERA of 4.43 doesn’t come close to telling the story of how impressive he’s been for the bulk of 2016. It’s a good stat, but it’s a flawed one. Lambert is one of the best pitching prospects in a loaded Colorado system.

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July 25, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 22-24

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Isan Diaz, Josh Staumont, Patrick Weigel, and Aristides Aquino.

Prospect of the Weekend: Isan Diaz, IF, Milwaukee Brewers (Single-A Wisconsin): 3-for-4, 2 R, 3B, 2 HR, BB, K
We generally try to spread out the prospect of the day/weekend, but I’m pretty sure this is the second or third time Diaz has won it, and for good reason. He’s torn the cover off the baseball for the month of July, hitting .333/.417/.726 with seven homers. That’s good. Whether it’s at shortstop, second base, or whatever position he plays, Diaz can be a regular there. The offensive upside is that high.

Others of Note


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July 22, 2016 11:08 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 22nd

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Chih-Wei Hu, Jordan Patterson, Jeff Brigham, and Hoy Jun Park.

Prospect of the Day: Chih-Wei Hu, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 7 IP, 2 H, B, 6 K.
Hu was one of the most impressive arms I saw climb the hill at the Futures Game, sitting mid-90s (touching 97) and complimenting it with a devastating palm ball that moved like a splitter with fade at 89-90. There’s some deception to his release, which helps the fastball play up despite a fairly straight path, and it makes the slide-piece tougher to pick up as well. He’s still learning how to sequence and miss bats consistently, but the stuff is there for a quality no. 4 starter, and he’s got a frame you can hang all of the innings on.

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