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04-26

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The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta
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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

04-26

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The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

04-25

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The Call-Up: Christian Arroyo
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

04-24

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The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-14

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The Call-Up: Jesse Winker
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-07

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The Call-Up: Kyle Freeland & Antonio Senzatela
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

04-07

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The Call-Up: Amir Garrett
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Eric Roseberry

04-06

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The Call-Up: Rookie Davis
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Eric Roseberry

04-03

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The Call-Up: Yandy Diaz
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Craig Goldstein and Mark Barry

09-22

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The Call-Up: A Triplet of Padres
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Christopher Crawford, Mauricio Rubio and Greg Wellemeyer

09-13

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The Call-Up: September Call-Ups 2016
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BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff

09-06

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The Call-Up: Jharel Cotton
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

09-06

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The Call-Up: Gavin Cecchini
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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

09-03

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The Call-Up: Jose De Leon
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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

09-02

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The Call-Up: Raimel Tapia
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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

09-02

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The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez
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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

09-01

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The Call-Up: Yoan Moncada
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

08-31

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The Call-Up: JaCoby Jones
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Mark Anderson and Scooter Hotz

08-26

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The Call-Up: Jorge Alfaro
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

08-23

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The Call-Up: Robert Gsellman
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mike Gianella

08-20

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The Call-Up: Jeff Hoffman
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James Fisher and Scooter Hotz

08-17

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The Call-Up: Chad Pinder
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-17

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The Call-Up: Dansby Swanson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-15

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The Call-Up: Aaron Judge
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Steve Givarz and Mike Gianella

08-10

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The Call-Up: Luke Weaver
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-09

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The Call-Up: Alex Reyes
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-05

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The Call-Up: Jake Thompson
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

08-02

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The Call-Up: Orlando Arcia
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

08-02

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The Call-Up: Andrew Benintendi
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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The Call-Up: Joe Musgrove
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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

07-25

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The Call-Up: David Dahl
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

07-25

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The Call-Up: Braden Shipley
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

07-25

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The Call-Up: Alex Bregman
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-18

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The Call-Up: Reynaldo Lopez
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Christopher Crawford, Adam McInturff and Scooter Hotz

07-18

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The Call-Up: Ryon Healy
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

07-15

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The Call-Up: Carson Fulmer
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

07-08

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The Call-Up: Josh Bell
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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

07-08

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The Call-Up: Andrew Toles
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Wilson Karaman

07-07

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The Call-Up: Tyler Glasnow
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Grant Jones and Ben Carsley

07-03

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The Call-Up: Jeimer Candelario
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Will Haines and George Bissell

06-28

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The Call-Up: Lucas Giolito
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

06-27

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The Call-Up: Brandon Nimmo
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

06-27

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The Call-Up: A.J. Reed
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-25

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The Call-Up: Dillon Overton
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

06-25

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The Call-Up: Chad Kuhl
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

06-20

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The Call-Up: Cody Reed
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Kourage Kundahl and George Bissell

06-17

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The Call-Up: Willson Contreras
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Brendan Gawlowski and George Bissell

06-13

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The Call-Up: Zach Eflin
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

06-11

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The Call-Up: Daniel Mengden
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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

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September 6, 2016 11:13 am

The Call-Up: Jharel Cotton

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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

We're not even sure Jor-El Cotton could save the A's.

The Situation: It’s September, and the Athletics’ rotation looks like Ivan Drago in the fourteenth round, so they will hand the ball to one of their top pitching prospects for what will likely be several turns in the rotation.

The Background: Cotton is a former 20th-round selection by the Dodgers out of the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2012, and he’ll be the second man from his native land to toe a big-league rubber. He showed some promise in a handful of appearances in the Pioneer League after signing, and posted solid numbers again to start his full-season debut in 2013. The Dodgers saw fast-track potential and jumped him into the Double-A bullpen, but he struggled with the assignment and returned to High-A, where he spent all of 2014 and piled up the second-most strikeouts in the California League. After injury forced a late start to his 2015 campaign, he went on to post an excellent season largely at Double-A, before continuing to pitch effectively in the rough-and-tumble PCL. He was traded to the Athletics as part of the return package for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick in July.

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September 6, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Gavin Cecchini

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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

So no one told you Walker would be hurt this way (clap x4) / Your options suck, you bluff, you look to Triple-A...

The Situation: The resurgent Mets have closed the gap in the National League Wild Card standings to a mere game. Their bench isn’t very good, and second baseman Neil Walker is out for the year with a back injury. Gavin Cecchini has to go on the 40-man roster after the season, the Mets have some open 40-man spots due to injury, and calling him up now doesn’t burn an option, so here he is.

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September 3, 2016 12:40 pm

The Call-Up: Jose De Leon

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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

After avoiding placing him on the 40-man roster all season, The Dodgers finally turn to De Leon to address a hole in the rotation.

The Situation: Nobody’s pitching staff has endured more injuries than Los Angeles’s has in 2016. Only Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir have made 20 starts, and the Dodgers have had to send 14 different starting pitchers to the hill. In addition to a certain left-handed Cy Young winner, they’ve used a guy you forgot was in the organization, a guy you never realized was in the organization, and a guy you forgot about when he left the organization; a major league journeyman and a minor league journeyman; internal injury-prone hurlers and imported injury-prone hurlers; a teenage phenom and at least one guy you probably hadn’t heard of until you saw him in a box score. Now the Dodgers turn to Jose De Leon, their top pitching prospect, as they push for the division in September.

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September 2, 2016 5:39 pm

The Call-Up: Raimel Tapia

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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

Just what Colorado needed: Another outfielder.

The Situation: The Rockies don't really need another outfielder on the roster. Their best outfield prospect, David Dahl, is already up and raking, and Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez have acquitted themselves well for the purple and black in 2016. But the calendar has turned to September, and the Rockies don't even merit a spot “in the hunt” on wild card race graphics, so why not give Raimel Tapia and his quirky swing a look-see.

The Background: A low-six figure signing for the Rockies out of the Dominican in 2010, Tapia quite literally has hit his way to the majors. Once stateside he never hit lower than .305 at any minor-league stop and has been a mainstay on BP prospect lists since Jason Parks first laid his lusty eyes on him on the backfields. The main question around the prospect was if his hyper-aggressive approach and unorthodox swing mechanics would succeed against better pitching. The returns from his stints in Hartford and Albuquerque are encouraging and have earned the 22-year-old a big-league cup of coffee

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September 2, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez

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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

Right-hander, Left-hander, Yohander. As long as they get outs.

The Situation: It’s September. Yohander Mendez got called up. This is a September call up.

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You wanna third baseman? Yoan a third baseman.

The Situation: Waking up on September 1st, the Red Sox sit two games out of the AL East lead and are atop a perilous seven-teams-within-six-games scramble for the two AL Wild Card spots. There’s one lineup spot that could be obviously upgraded, third base, where Travis Shaw has struggled mightily of late, and Aaron Hill hasn’t hit a lick since being acquired from Milwaukee. Yoan Moncada is one of the two best prospects in baseball. Hey, he can play third, right?

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August 31, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: JaCoby Jones

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Mark Anderson and Scooter Hotz

Nick Castellanos is dealing with a broken hand, so the Tigers turn to their farm system for help.

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August 26, 2016 3:27 pm

The Call-Up: Jorge Alfaro

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El Oso gets to hunt in Philly for a bit.

The Situation: The Phillies dealt Carlos Ruiz, one of the last vestiges of the 2008 World Series champions, to the Dodgers. They did get erstwhile Clayton Kershaw personal catcher A.J. Ellis back in the deal, but he’s not expected to report until Saturday or Sunday. Therefore, Jorge Alfaro gets at least a day in the majors—and wins the lifetime healthcare coverage lottery—by virtue of being the only other catcher on the 40-man roster.

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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Robert Gsellman

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mike Gianella

Robert Gs... Gsell...Gonna pitch out the bullpen so it doesn't really matter.

The Situation: The Mets face what amounts to a do-or-die three-game set with St. Louis, the second wild card leaders, this week. One of those games will be started by Jacob deGrom. That is good. The other two are scheduled to be started by Jon Niese and Seth Lugo. And now that Steven Matz is headed to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, it isn't a huge surprise that they called up their best upper-level starting pitching prospect to...uh...well...pitch out of the bullpen?

The Background: Robert Gsellman was the Mets 13th-round pick in 2011 out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles. A multi-sport athlete, he was also only 17 when drafted and proceeded through the system slowly, spending a Summer at each of the organization's three short-season affiliates. He's been on prospect radars for a while but only cracked the Mets top ten for the first time this past offseason off a strong campaign between St. Lucie and Binghamton. Gsellman struggled to miss bats in his first taste of Double-A, but the addition of a slider this Spring has helped him find more success in the upper minors in 2016.

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August 20, 2016 12:09 am

The Call-Up: Jeff Hoffman

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James Fisher and Scooter Hotz

A new Hoff has appeared.

The Situation: Tyler Chatwood has gone on the disabled list with a lower back strain and the Rockies are calling up another big-time arm, Jeff Hoffman, to fill the void.

Background: Originally from upstate New York, Hoffman went undrafted out of high school because teams were scared away by a commitment to East Carolina and large bonus demands. His first two years on campus were unspectacular but he ventured to the Cape the summer before his Junior year and took a major step forward, striking out 33 in just 24 1/3 innings for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Hoffman continued to improve during his draft year (2014) showing big-time velocity and feel for the breaking ball before succumbing to forearm tightness and eventually Tommy John in May. Teams continued to salivate over his potential and despite being on the shelf, the Toronto Blue Jays took him with their first of two picks in the first round. Almost exactly a year later, Hoffman made his debut in the Florida State League and was quickly promoted to Double-A. The Blue Jays then included him in the Troy Tulowitzki deal and Hoffman got to take his talents to the Rockies. Fast forward to 2016, fresh off a Futures Game appearance and in the midst of striking out 124 in 118 innings Hoffman gets the call and his first assignment is the Chicago Cubs.

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August 17, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Chad Pinder

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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

He should fill in for the injured Jed Lowrie.

The Situation: The A’s are not a good baseball team. When you’re not good, you often get a good look at young prospects. Chad Pinder is a young(ish) prospect. He’s going to play for the A’s now.

Background: Pinder came to Virginia Tech without much fanfare—he went undrafted his senior year of high school—but he was an immediate contributor for the Hokies, ranking among the league leaders in several categories in the ACC. After hitting .321/.404/.483 in his junior campaign, there was talk of being a day-one draft pick, and Oakland snatched him up in the second-round of the 2013 draft. He struggled in his first professional taste to the tune of a .579 OPS, but Oakland was so confident in his abilities that they had him skip Low-A entirely. He rewarded their confidence with a .288/.336/.489 line in the California League, and he followed that up with an .847 OPS in Double-A Midland the next year. He wasn’t nearly as good this year in Triple-A Nashville, but he does have 40 extra-base hits, and at 24 years of age, it’s time to see what exactly the Athletics have.

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The top triangle on his pyramid of greatness is hair. So are most of the other triangles.

The Situation: Shelby Miller has an ERA north of 7 and is currently pitching in Reno. The guy the Diamondbacks traded Miller for, Dansby Swanson, is coming up to play shortstop for the Atlanta Braves. Whoops.

Background: Swanson wasn’t a household name coming out of Marietta High School in Georgia, and his strong commitment to Vanderbilt saw him slide to the 38th round of the 2012 draft, where he (obviously) didn’t sign. He didn’t play much his freshman season, but after earning the starting job at second base as as sophomore, he quickly established himself as one of the best players in the SEC. He made a seamless transition to shortstop the following year, and he went from being a potential top-10 pick to the overwhelming favorite to be the first-overall pick, which is exactly where Arizona took him. After a strong season in the Northwest League, Swanson was inexplicably dealt to Atlanta that winter in the Miller deal. After dominating at HIgh-A Carolina, Swanson more than held his own at Double-A Mississippi; earning a spot in the 2016 Futures Game, and now a trip to Atlanta to finish the 2016 season.

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