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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Positive Impressions
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Who We're Excited To See In The AFL
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 12, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 6, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 29, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 15, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 8, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 1, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 25, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 18, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Next year's 101 Candidates
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 5, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 27, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 20, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 13, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 6, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 31, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 23, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 9, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 2, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 25, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 18, 2016
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Impressive Starts
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Highest Ceilings Outside The 101
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Breakout Prospects
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Next Year's Risers
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: October 5, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: 2015 Surprises
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 8, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 31, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 24, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 17, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 10, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 3, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 27, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 20, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 13, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Candidates for the Top 101
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 29, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 22, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 15, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 8, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 1, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 26, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 18, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 11, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 4, 2015
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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 27, 2015
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Notes on Grant Holmes, Jeff Hoffman, and more.

Grant Holmes, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga)
The Dodgers’ first-rounder in 2014, Holmes picked a gnarly, damp night for his California League debut. That context may have contributed to a longer loosening than he’s used to, as he came out sitting 91-92 with his four-seam fastball and struggled to locate it in the first inning. He also hung a pair of curveballs at 82 and 83, costing himself a run. He quickly settled in, however, bumping up to 92-94 for the rest of his five innings and topping out at 95. The fastball has a tick of arm-side run and plenty of late life from his high-three-quarters slot thanks to premium arm speed. He worked in a two-seam complement at 87-90 mph with greater frequency as the outing wore on, and the pitch showed strong sinking action with greater arm-side run off the same plane. Holmes’ curveball wandered between 79-85 with consistent arm speed and action. He tunnels it well off his fastball, and the pitch shows 11-5 action with depth and hard break at the upper end of the velocity spectrum. He only threw a couple 86 mph changeups in this outing.


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A look at some of the high-ceiling talents who didn't show up on the BP Top 101.

Michael Clevinger, RHP, Indians
It’s hard to find a high-upside guy in the upper minors who isn’t in the Top 101; it’s just hard to stay off the radar if you’re throwing smoke and getting people out in Double-A. Cleveland’s development staff is doing pretty special stuff with their minor-league pitchers right now though, and perhaps their most impressive trick is turning Clevinger from a thrower into a pitcher with four usable offerings, three of which flash plus.

For Clevinger, his attack starts with the fastball. The right-hander comfortably sits in the 92-94 mph range, and he’s been clocked at 97. His slider is his second-best pitch, and when he’s on, it’s a late-breaking bender with sharp tumble. His 12-6 curve has good spin, and his best ones change a hitter’s eye-level. His changeup is firm and doesn’t feature the movement his other off-speed pitches have, although it isn’t a throwaway offering either, and it should at least keep lefties honest. There is risk in the profile: Clevinger has Tommy John on his resume, he’s already 25 years old, and he’s only dated the strike zone for about a year. Still, he could be a mid-rotation starter and he’s ready for big-league work right now. Not a bad return piece for a few innings of Vinnie Pestano. —Brendan Gawlowski


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10 prospects who will burst onto the prospect scene, or take a step towards a brighter future.

Desmond Lindsay, OF, New York Mets

“Team prospect lists are not that hard, tell him Wash.”

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Notes on ten prospects who could jump into the Top 101 for 2017, including Christian Arroyo, Wilkerman Garcia, Antonio Senzatela, and more.

As we continue to celebrate the release of the Top 101 Prospects, our ongoing coverage starts with a simple question: Who was not on this year’s list (or the just missed group we’ll dive into later this week) that you think will make the cut in 2017?

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October 5, 2015 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: October 5, 2015

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A look at 10 prospects who failed to meet expectations.

Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies (Double-A Reading)

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September 21, 2015 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: 2015 Surprises

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Matt Chapman, Lewis Brinson, Nick Williams, Victor Reyes and more surprised us (in a good way) in 2015

A.J. Reed, 1B, Houston Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi)
My first few looks at A.J. Reed gave me a modest impression. He showed raw power for days in BP and worked counts in games, but the bat speed wasn't anything special, there was some length in the swing, and he showed indecision at the dish. But his is an approach that takes some time to understand and appreciate, as is the surprising bat-to-ball skill for a man of his size and power. There's some swing-and-miss in his game, but after you watch him enough you realize his strikeouts are more often a by-product of working deep into counts than flailing away. He thinks along with pitchers, frequently gets himself into advantageous hitting situations, and works the whole field with authority when he does. At the same time, he's not passive and will jump a first-pitch fastball with the best of 'em. It's not often you see a guy with 70 raw power figure out how to bring the vast majority of it with him into games at such a young age. Perhaps most tellingly, he improved his ability to shoot pitches on the outer third to the opposite field and up the middle during his time in Lancaster. That qualifies as remarkable progress for any player's hit tool given the environment's extreme prejudice towards lifting the ball to right field. The numbers were nice this year, but more importantly the developmental progress was real. —Wilson Karaman


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September 8, 2015 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 8, 2015

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Notes on Lewis Brinson, Manuel Margot, Reese McGuire, and more.

Desmond Lindsay, OF, New York Mets (Short Season Brooklyn)

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August 31, 2015 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 31, 2015

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Notes on Alex Verdugo, Tito Polo, Wyatt Mathisen, and more.

Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga)

The Dodgers’ second-rounder last summer, Verdugo worked his way up to High-A this year at the tender age of 19 despite a slow start. He sports a fairly athletic frame and there’s physical projection remaining, with room to fill out his chest and arms. He carries himself with a quiet swagger, appearing almost passive at times when he’s not in the heat of the moment. His switch flips quickly, however, and he shows as a high-intensity player when engaged. He wasn’t shy about expressing frustration after what he deemed to be a sub-par round in the cage, and after a pop out in-game he spent the better part of the next half inning pantomiming his swing in between pitches in the outfield.

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August 24, 2015 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 24, 2015

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Notes on Bobby Bradley, Yeyson Yrizarri, and several 2015 early-round selections.

Gabriel Ynoa, RHP, New York Mets (Double-A Binghamton)
After spending time in Double-A to finish off last season, this year represented a chance for Ynoa to show that he could adjust to facing more advanced bats on a consistent basis over the long haul at the level and prove that things were trending in the right direction when it came to sticking as a starter. While the overall arsenal doesn’t have a pitch that screams, it’s a collection of offerings that the 22-year-old mixes and matches and throws for strikes.


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August 17, 2015 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 17, 2015

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Notes on Julio Urias, Alex Reyes, Roemon Fields and more.

Roemon Fields, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire)

At times, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing a prospect’s path from amateur ball to the big leagues is relatively standard; then we get snapped back to reality where every prospect’s path is wildly different. Enter, Roemon Fields. After first playing JUCO ball and then transferring to NAIA Bethany, where he ran track and played baseball, Fields was working for the Seattle Postal Service when the Blue Jays signed him out of an amateur exhibition series. Fields stands out for his lean body with fast-twitch athleticism, and his explosiveness on the field. An exceptional runner, Fields consistently got down the line in 4.01-4.08 seconds over the weekend, putting pressure on defenders every time the ball was in play, and he showed an ability to easily utilize his speed both on the bases and in center field. Fields is still raw at the plate, but he hung tough during at-bats, fouling off difficult pitches before finding one he could put in play; typically via a solid line drive or ground ball. At nearly 25 years old, Fields has a limited window to impress and reach the big leagues, and while his future likely resides on a major-league bench, if anywhere, he has some potential to develop into a top of the order, slap-hitting burner. While Fields has taken a unique path to Double-A since signing late in 2013, his journey becomes a nice secondary note after seeing him play for several games. – Mark Anderson

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August 10, 2015 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 10, 2015

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Notes on Anderson Espinoza, Francisco Mejia and a couple frustrated former first rounders...

Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Boston Red Sox (GCL Red Sox)
After starting his professional journey in the Dominican Summer League, the Red Sox saw enough from the 17-year-old to give him an aggressive bump to the Gulf Coast League and in the process begin the right-hander’s assimilation to life stateside, on an earlier than expected timeline. The intrigue with Espinoza goes well beyond the $1.8 million signing bonus inked by the youngster a little over a year ago, with tangible evidence this could be a special arm in the making. Though, the expectation on the timing of that type of potential payout is well down the developmental road.


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August 3, 2015 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 3, 2015

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A look at the recently traded Jimmy Cordero, recent receiver of a promotion Brandon Nimmo, and more.

Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Much has been made about Nimmo’s lack of bat speed, but that issue has been vastly overblown. No, it’s not elite, but he has more than enough to hang at the major-league level and square up fastballs. Additionally, while his passive approach sometimes leads to taking the best pitch in his at-bat, it also helps him get into more hitter-friendly counts, allowing him to jump on fastballs.

Nimmo’s ability to draw a walk will make up for any flaws in his hit tool, and he should get on base at a rate better than league average. The big question is what kind of power production he’s going to have. He’s built like a power hitter and shows above-average raw in batting practice, but his approach in games is more line-drive oriented. He can stick in center field for now, which limits his need to produce big time power numbers, but when he eventually shifts to a corner spot, he’ll need to hit for more power if he wants to stick as an every day player. –Jeff Moore


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