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Prospect Profile: Yusniel Diaz
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Wilson Karaman

09-12

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Prospect Profile: Austin Riley
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David Lee

09-02

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Prospect Profile: Spencer Turnbull
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Jessica Quiroli

08-28

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Prospect Profile: James Reeves
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Jessica Quiroli

08-19

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Prospect Profile: Magneuris Sierra
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Ryan Davis

07-08

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Prospect Profile: Amed Rosario
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Jessica Quiroli

06-29

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Prospect Profile: Judge Respects Due Process
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George Bissell

04-19

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Prospect Profile: The Education of Brent Honeywell
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Jessica Quiroli

10-02

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Prospect Profile: A Song of Ice and Dirt
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David Lee

09-04

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Prospect Profile: Kevin Newman
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David Lee

08-13

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Prospect Profile: Brent Honeywell
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Jeff Moore

07-24

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Prospect Profile: Kyle Zimmer
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David Lee

06-29

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Prospect Profile: Yoan Moncada
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David Lee

05-19

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Prospect Profile: The Reevaluation of Dominic Smith
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Jeff Moore

05-12

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Prospect Profile: Byron Buxton: 'So far, so good'
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David Lee

05-09

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Prospect Profile: Ceiling vs. Command
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Jeff Moore

05-05

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Prospect Profile: Carlos Tocci
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David Lee

05-01

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Prospect Profile: Austin Meadows
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Jeff Moore

09-10

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Prospect Profile: Francisco Mejia
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Chris Mellen

02-14

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Prospect Profile: Domonic Brown
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Hudson Belinsky

02-07

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Prospect Profile: Joe Benson
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Hudson Belinsky

01-25

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Prospect Profile: Jersey Boys
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Hudson Belinsky

01-10

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Prospect Profile: Tyler Beede
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Hudson Belinsky

01-03

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Prospect Profile: Three Late-Inning Relievers
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Hudson Belinsky

12-21

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Prospect Profile: Josh Vitters and Tim Beckham
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Hudson Belinsky

11-14

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Prospect Profile: Kyle Kaminska
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Kristy Robinson

11-08

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Prospect Profile: Gary Brown
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Hudson Belinsky

10-25

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Prospect Profile: Dan Straily
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Hudson Belinsky

10-18

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Prospect Profile: Avisail Garcia
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Hudson Belinsky

10-12

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Prospect Profile: Maikel Franco
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Hudson Belinsky

10-04

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Prospect Profile: International Focus
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Hudson Belinsky

09-27

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Prospect Profile: Kaleb Cowart
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Hudson Belinsky

09-20

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Prospect Profile: Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco
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Hudson Belinsky

09-14

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Prospect Profile: Austin Hedges
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Hudson Belinsky

09-06

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Prospect Profile: Brian Flynn
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Hudson Belinsky

08-30

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Prospect Profile: Dylan Bundy
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Hudson Belinsky

08-23

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Prospect Profile: Bruce Rondon
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Hudson Belinsky

08-16

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Prospect Profile: Michael Ynoa
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Hudson Belinsky

03-15

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Prospect Profile: Yasmani Grandal
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David Laurila

03-11

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Prospect Profile: Grant Green
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David Laurila

03-04

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Prospect Profile: Brett Jackson
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David Laurila

02-14

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Prospect Profile: Anthony Gose
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David Laurila

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October 24, 2016 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Yusniel Diaz

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Wilson Karaman

This is what progress looks like.

It’s been about eleven months since the Dodgers plunked eight figures into Diaz’s then-19-year-old lap, and by season’s end things were really starting to come together for the kid. That signing bonus represented the third-largest ever given to a Cuban player subject to pool restrictions, and it paired him with right-hander Yadier Alvarez as the faces of Los Angeles’ massive international outlay during the 2015 signing period. Come spring time, the club made an aggressive decision to assign him to High-A after the briefest of cameos in Arizona. He spent the entire remainder of the season as the second-youngest regular in the California League.

That’s a lot to handle for any young player, let alone a kid coming to America for the first time and trying to learn a brand new language and set of cultural norms. The challenges he’d face certainly weren’t lost on those in the organization charged with helping him navigate them. “Baseball is all interconnected,” philosophizes Drew Saylor, Diaz’s precocious first-year manager at Rancho Cucamonga. “What we do off the field affects what we do on the field, and vice-a-versa. The primary growth opportunity at the beginning of the season was for him to get to be comfortable inside and out of the clubhouse.”

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September 12, 2016 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Austin Riley

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David Lee

It hasn't been the easiest year but Austin Riley has shown the ability to adjust, and that's important.

Austin Riley doesn’t shy away from the talk that occasionally surrounds his bat.

There were high strikeout totals early in his first full season as he got beat inside by average velocity. Most of his production came from barreling off-speed away to right-center, a skill he was taught by his father at an early age that has carried into professional baseball.

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September 2, 2016 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Spencer Turnbull

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Jessica Quiroli

The Tigers prospect reflects on a challenging season.

Spencer Turnbull laughed a little when he reflected on his time rehabbing in the GCL.

He paused, contemplating what he’d learned on the difficult road back from rehab appearances, designed to help him recover from a shoulder injury that kept him out for the first three months of the season. He then spent another three weeks laid up with an oblique injury.

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How a lesser known Yankees prospect is helping himself stand out.

James Reeves stepped on the field in Tampa to accept an honor from his current team, the Tampa Yankees. Reeves was named Pitcher of the Month, just a week after holding down the Florida State League honor for Pitcher of the Week.

The day the lefty received the monthly award, he was preparing to take the mound for his 12th start of the 2016. He was upbeat and humorous in the early part of the day, but, later, as the game got closer, he was quieter, an unwavering focus showed on his face as he walked toward his locker. That mix of concentration and lightheartedness has served him well. In June, the Yankees switched the script and decided to make Reeves a full-time starter.

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Magneuris Sierra got the call every prospect dreads last year. The last year has been about attitude, adjustments, and reclaiming his path to the majors.

Last year, Magneuris Sierra got dropped from Peoria midseason, the rare case of a good prospect moving backward. It stalled what had been an encouraging rise for the slender center fielder, who is back in Peoria with the St. Louis Cardinals Low-A affiliate this season. The Cardinals signed Sierra out of the Dominican Republic back in 2012 for just $105,000, and he quickly found favor with evaluators and prospect writers. But leaping from the rookie league to Peoria in 2015 may have been too much too fast for the 19-year-old.

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July 8, 2016 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Amed Rosario

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Jessica Quiroli

Rosario, a 20-year-old Mets shortstop prospect, is stepping up in the spotlight.

Tampa, FL - New York Mets fans are weathering heavy storms and there seems to be no sign of them letting up.

In the midst of news that Jose Reyes was returning to the fold, after a charge of domestic violence while with the Colorado Rockies, the team’s pitching problems suddenly got worse. The team announced that Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard have bone spurs, shuffling an already uncertain deck. Reyes' return certainly doesn’t quell the concern about the Mets' future. The Matz and Syndergaard news only added to the list of questions. The natural reaction for any team’s fans is to turn their hopeless gaze to the farm. And while there isn’t a ton of promise on the prospect front either, there are the glimmers, as there always are; those players in even the most tepid system that emerge in unexpected ways or rise to lofty expectations. File Amed Rosario under both categories.

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June 29, 2016 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Judge Respects Due Process

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George Bissell

His name is Judge.

The last New York Yankee to wear number 99 was outfielder Charlie Keller in 1952. Only 14 major leaguers—some more notable than others—have ever worn it. Yet, in a sport where numbers carry more historical significance than any other and player personnel decisions are made by Ivy League educated GM’s using statistical analysis in tandem with traditional scouting, it’s clear that Aaron Judge doesn’t pay much attention to numbers, especially when it comes to the one on the back of his jersey.

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April 19, 2016 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: The Education of Brent Honeywell

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Jessica Quiroli

The maturation of baseball's screwball scholar.

Brent Honeywell would ask himself many questions after a difficult outing.

He’d think about the game, what went wrong and what he could do better next time around. He thought a lot, perhaps too much, about his first two starts in the Florida State League in 2015. He got hung up on it. Back then, he said he asked himself why guys were hitting him so hard. He’d done well up to that point. He hadn’t struggled much in Rookie League Princeton or in Short-Season A-Ball in Hudson Valley. This was a new challenge to the Tampa Rays 2014 second round pick out of Walters State Community College.  

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October 2, 2015 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: A Song of Ice and Dirt

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David Lee

White Sox prospect Eddy Alvarez is a rare breed of two-sport athlete.

Eddy Alvarez’s career plans may seem chaotic, but it’s all part of a grand design that he continues to draw with precision.

In an era of specialization that sees children focus on one sport, sometimes as soon as they first pick it up, multi-sport athletes who carry that torch into their 20s are becoming increasingly rare. Alvarez takes it to even greater heights by through a pairing of two sports that seems almost unimaginable.

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September 4, 2015 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Kevin Newman

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David Lee

Hello, Newman

The small world of professional baseball takes on special meaning for players straight out of the draft, with the ink still fresh on their first pro contracts.

For some, it’s their first extended amount of time away from home, and their first taste of taking care of themselves. They have new experiences each day. They must learn new routines and take in plenty in a short amount of time. It can be a challenge for a teenager just out of high school or a 20-plus-year-old who finished his final college season just weeks prior.

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August 13, 2015 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Brent Honeywell

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Jeff Moore

You know what they say... you strike out more prospects with Honey.

In scouting, it’s a rare occurrence that we get to see something we haven’t seen before. Then again, it’s also a rare occurrence to see a pitcher throwing a legitimate screwball, and throwing it well.

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July 24, 2015 6:00 am

Prospect Profile: Kyle Zimmer

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David Lee

The former first round pick is rounding into form thanks to a positive attitude.

For all that Kyle Zimmer has been through in a such a short amount of time, he has grown to appreciate the simple things baseball players sometimes take for granted.

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