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Not every prospect gets scouted on their best day, and not all performances have a positive takeaway.

“Baseball is my stereo, and the deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me, and I doubt about everything, even my doubts.”  -- Gustave Flaubert

When promising physical tools and on-the-field production arrive on the scene at the same time, documenting the events and making an evaluation is relatively painless; when I see a pitcher throwing an angular fastball at 94 mph and it cruises by a swinging barrel with explosive life, my hand doesn’t strain when it puts a plus sign next to the velocity reading in my notebook. When I watch Kyle Hendricks locate a deep arsenal for eight innings, or Nick Tepesch carry the bulk of the weight of a no-hitter by showing a plus fastball/cutter combo, I get to sit comfortably in my seat, secure in my knowledge that what I’m seeing is legit, as the scouting and the production are kissing on the lips and I’m a creepy voyeur armed with a stopwatch and a smile. But what happens when the performance and the scouting aren’t compatible?

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February 3, 2011 10:22 am

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

One of the best systems in the game has dropped due to a combination of graduations, trades, and disappointments, but there's still plenty of young talent to dream on.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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June 25, 2010 9:00 am

Future Shock: Draft Wrap: AL West

11

Kevin Goldstein

The short stack's additions via Rule 4 figure to spice up the future for the quartet.

Los Angeles Angels

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Plenty of talk about Stephen Strasburg's major-league debut along with other chatter from around baseball.

WE ASKED YOU NEVER TO SAY THOSE NAMES

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