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Minor League Update: Games of September 16-18
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Christopher Crawford

09-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 15th
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Mark Anderson

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 14th
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Christopher Crawford

09-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 13th
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Wilson Karaman

09-13

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 12th
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Christopher Crawford

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of September 9-11, 2016
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Christopher Crawford

09-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 8th
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Christopher Crawford

09-08

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 7th
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Christopher Crawford

09-07

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 6th
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Wilson Karaman

09-06

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Minor League Update: Games of September 2-5
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Christopher Crawford

09-02

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 1st
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Mark Anderson

09-01

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 31st
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Christopher Crawford

08-31

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 30th
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Wilson Karaman

08-30

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 29th
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Christopher Crawford

08-29

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Minor League Update: Games of August 26-28
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Christopher Crawford

08-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 25th
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Mark Anderson

08-25

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 24th
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Christopher Crawford

08-24

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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

07-22

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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

07-20

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

07-19

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

07-18

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

07-15

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

07-14

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

07-13

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

07-12

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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

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August 31, 2016 1:29 pm

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 30th

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Mitch Keller, Ian Happ, Jordan Stephens, and Logan Shore.

Prospect of the Day:

Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 6 IP, 5 H, BB, 7 K
Making his High-A debut, Keller missed not a beat in running to five his streak of starts without allowing an earned run – a span of 29 innings (and counting). His heavy fastball runs up to 95, and he pairs it with a nasty hook that’ll flash plus when he’s able to land it consistently. With last year’s arm issue hopefully in his rearview at this point, he looks the part of Pittsburgh’s next best pitching prospect.


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August 30, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 29th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Nick Gordon, Cody Bellinger, Tyler Beede, and Miguel Diaz.

Prospect of the Day:

Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 5-for-5, 2 R, 3B
After a so-so—and that might be putting it nicely—2015 season, Gordon has shown why so many were so high on him in the 2014 draft this year. The hit tool is probably closer to above average than plus, but that will certainly play, especially when you combine it with his above-average speed and 55-grade glove. A superstar he will not be, but a solid regular at a premium position is a very valuable thing. Gordon can reach that level relatively easily.


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August 29, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 26-28

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Jose De Leon, Jeimer Candelario, Nick Torres, and Carson Fulmer.

Prospect of the Weekend:

Jose De Leon, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K
On July 25th, De Leon gave up seven runs on eight hits while getting four outs. Since that start, De Leon has given up six runs in 41 innings. In his last three starts, he’s struck out 33 hitters in 21 innings while allowing just four runs. Long story shorter, Jose De Leon is on fire, and by all accounts, he’s ready to pitch for the Dodgers.


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August 26, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 25th

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Alberto Tirado, Lewis Brinson, Roman Quinn, and Fernando Romero.

Prospect of the Day:

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August 25, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 24th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Michael Kopech, Chance Adams, Arvicent Perez, and Colton Welker.

Prospect of the Day:

Michael Kopech, RHP, Boston Red Sox (High-A Salem): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
This is becoming commonplace. Kopech’s stuff is just too advanced for hitters in the Carolina League to stand a chance; as seen in all of the strikeouts and the .144 batting average against. The command still needs work, but he’s just 20, and he’s made some progress there in 2016. The upside here competes with that of any right-handed pitcher in the lower levels.


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August 24, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 23rd

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Allen Cordoba, Zack Collins, Trevor Clifton, and Ricardo Sanchez.

Prospect of the Day:

Allen Cordoba, SS, St. Louis Cardinals (Rookie Johnson City): 6-8, BB, 5 R, 2B, 3B, RBI, SB, CS.
Evidently Cordoba is a fan of my work, as he keeps smoking line drives all over the place and forcing his way into this column on the nights I’m running it. Yesterday’s outburst in a doubleheader included a walk-off in the first game, and came on the heels of a four-hit night the day before. He’s hitting .500 now over his last 10 games with six walks and just two whiffs, and may just be ready for a new challenge.


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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 22nd

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Jose De Leon, Lucas Erceg, Jesus Sanchez, and Tyler Wells.

Prospect of the Day:

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August 22, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 19-21

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Alec Hansen, Mike Soroka, Josh Hader, and Jaycob Brugman.

Prospect of the Weekend:

Alec Hansen, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Short-Season Great Falls): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 13 K. Yes it’s in Short-Season ball, but my goodness has Hansen been impressive. Keep in mind this was one of the favorites to be the first pick of the 2016 draft coming into February, and he’s finally starting to show that stuff. There are reasons to be concerned about the command, but Hansen has legit swing-and-miss stuff, and the upside here is massive. Also, imagine this guy, Chris Sale, Carlos Rodon, and Carson Fulmer in a rotation. Unlikely? Perhaps. Scary for the AL Central? Yer gosh damn right.

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August 19, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 19th

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Michael Kopech, Brendan Rodgers, Ronald Dominguez, and Dan Vogelbach.

Prospect of the Day:

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August 18, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 17th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Antonio Santillan, Christian Walker, Ryan O'Hearn, and Tyler Beede.

Prospect of the Day:

Antonio Santillan, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (Low-A Dayton): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
The Reds took Santillian with the 49th pick of last year’s draft, and despite the high ERA in Dayton (6.41 coming into the game), he’s been very impressive. The fastball touches 98, and he complements that 70-grade heater with a hammer curve that flashes plus. He’s also shown some improvement with the change, and that pitch should be good enough to allow him to start when he’s ready. When exactly he’s ready will depend on when/if the command improves (drastically), but Santillan has the type of stuff to pitch in the middle of a rotation, or potentially dominate as a reliever.


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August 17, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 16th

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Yadier Alvarez, J.D. Davis, Brendan Rodgers, and Patrick Weigel.

Prospect of the Day:

Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 5 IP, 3 BB, 8 K.
Alvarez responded to giving up three runs in a start for the first time as a professional by bouncing back with five no-hit innings in this turn. He’s allowed just 19 hits in 26 2/3 Midwest League innings, while punching out 42, and as a totally unbiased observer of the California League I can say with abject certainty that it’s probably time for him to jump up to the next level in spite of some notable inconsistencies repeating and getting downhill consistently.


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August 16, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 15th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Amir Garrett, Dawel Lugo, Jake Cosart, and Corey Zangari.

Prospect of the Day:

Amir Garrett, LHP, Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Cody Reed was terrible upon his call-up, and I’ve heard from some Reds fans that they’re concerned that Garrett shouldn’t get a call-up based on what Reed did. That, my friends, is nonsense. The command isn’t great, but the stuff is legit, and he can get big-league hitters out right now. If they keep him down for various reasons, so be it, but because of how Cody Reed pitched? That’s not a legit reason to keep a guy from pitching on the big-kid team.


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