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If Anthony Rizzo fails to fulfill expectations, an excess of media attention will be partly to blame.

As one who ordinarily dislikes slack moments, I tend to plan things down to the second. It's a practice that often leaves little margin for error and sometimes results in small mishaps. Because as much as you try, you can't fully allow for externalities. One of those is the Chicago Transit Authority, not a sturdy peg on which to hang a daily calendar. The online tracker for the trains is very accurate, but you want to leave a buffer, because the CTA has its externalities as well.

The day of Anthony Rizzo's Cubs debut, I did not leave enough of a buffer. I know that it takes me about six minutes at a steady pace to walk to the Argyle Station, and the tracker told me I had eight minutes. Nevertheless, there it was pulling into the station just as I approached the entrance. I sprinted up the stairs only to find the doors sliding shut and an unforgiving train operator at the helm.

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A July conversation with baseball's best prospect from the preseason on Oriole arms, the duties of a catcher, and more.

Widely regarded as the game's best prospect coming into the season, Matt Wieters hasn't yet put up the numbers anticipated of him, but given that many of those expectations sat somewhere between Johnny Bench and a pinball machine, that shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Called up by the Orioles on May 30, to no small amount of hype, the 23-year-old switch-hitter out of Georgia Tech is certainly holding his own, both at the plate and behind the dish. He simply hasn't yet been the monster that scouts-or PECOTA-have projected, but it's still seen as just a matter of time. Matt Wieters has a very bright future.

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April 1, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL West

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Kevin Goldstein

The high-level system overviews conclude with a look at the NL West.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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March 26, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL East

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Kevin Goldstein

If a trade deadline acquisition is needed to win the division, the Braves and Phillies will have the edge over the Mets.

Atlanta Braves

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March 25, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

A few premier prospects aren't enough to save the generally barren systems of the NL Central.

Chicago Cubs

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March 23, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL West

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Kevin Goldstein

Baseball's short stack offers some very different blends, but four prospect-laden systems.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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With so many top prospects--and hyped talent--the state of affairs in the East is as interesting beyond the big leagues as it is at the highest level.

Baltimore Orioles

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March 19, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems: AL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

Five systems that have already seen a lot of promotions nevertheless offer their fans some promise as well.

Chicago White Sox

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March 28, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL West

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Kevin Goldstein

With quality rookies coming up for all five teams, the NL West figures to be a division where youth will make a difference.

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March 22, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL East

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Kevin Goldstein

Even with a lot of the best young talent already in the majors, farm systems in the NL East still have high-impact young players.

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March 21, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

With Homer Bailey and Ryan Braun headed to the minors, Kevin examines where key players stand as the season gets underway.

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March 15, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL West

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin continues charting major league farm growth, checking in on the youth crop of the AL West.

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