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May 22, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 21

8

Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Dodgers lefty Julio Urias and Diamondbacks first baseman Jonathan Griffin.

Hitter of the Night: Jonathan Griffin, 1B, Diamondbacks (Mobile, AA): 5-6, 4 R, 4 HR.
This space is typically reserved for prospects, and a 25-year-old first baseman who appears to be stalling at Double-A hardly qualifies as one, but I’ll make an exception for what might go down as the individual game of the year. Griffin is a massive human being who exploited low-minors pitching but has had trouble hitting for power in Double-A, Wednesday night notwithstanding.

Pitcher of the Night: Julio Urias, LHP, Dodgers (Rancho Cucamunga, A+): 5 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
It’s been a little rougher transitioning to the California League for Urias than it was in the Midwest League last year, but he’s hardly the first pitcher to have that problem. He may, however, be the youngest. Still just 17, Urias’ control has abandoned him at time this season, but this is a good start to get things back on track.



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May 15, 2014 6:00 am

What Scouts Are Saying: May 15, 2014

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Baseball Prospectus

Scouts' takes on Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Julio Urias, and other interesting players.

Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.

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April 15, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 14

13

Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Astros outfielder George Springer and Royals lefty Sean Manaea.

Hitter of the Night: George Springer, OF, Astros (Oklahoma City, AAA): 2-3, R, HR
There’s not much left for me to say about Springer, who is clearly ready for a big-league challenge, but I’m going to continue to include him in the MLU when he does well to point out the absurdity of a system that encourages a team to keep an obviously superior player in the minors while putting an inferior major-league product on the field.

Pitcher of the Night: Sean Manaea, LHP, Royals (Wilmington, A+): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K.
Manaea sat between 90-92 with his fastball on Monday and hit 95, and he missed bats with his slider. He’s still learning to be consistent with his stuff and how to use all of it, but his power arm is one that can’t be taught. (H/t to @CJWittJr for the velos).



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The minor leaguers who made a major impression this spring.

LHP Julio Urias (Dodgers)
A 16-year-old pitching in the Midwest League can turn heads, and when that pitcher can pump a fastball in the 91-96 range in each start, backed up by multiple breaking ball looks and a quality changeup, the heads start spinning. I watched two spring starts from the now 17-year-old southpaw, and I came away knowing that this was the most polished young arm I have ever seen.


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March 20, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Spring Scouting Notes, 3/20

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Reports on Julio Urias, Aaron Sanchez, Gregory Polanco, Hunter Dozier and other prospects it would be irresponsible to ignore.

(3/19) LHP Julio Urias (Dodgers)
Okay size; probably closer to 6’1’’ than listed height (5’11’’); strong build; definitely more body than listed weight (160 lbs.); could end up being high maintenance but not a problem at present; in delivery, lifts leg high before brief (straight) extension; soft landing; stays very balanced; everything looks very easy and repeatable; stays over the ball from ¾ slot; creates angle; fastball ranged from 91-95 in three-inning pop; mostly worked 93; command was solid-average to plus; line to the plate veered a little into the LH box; tendency to miss arm-side/up; showed excellent feel for altering movement; was cutting the ball and making it run; fastball is easy plus at present; could play even better with sharper command.


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March 17, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of April 14-16

9

Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out in Cactus and Grapefruit League play, including the Cubs' Arismendy Alcantara and Dan Vogelbach.

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February 26, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects

16

Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

A rundown of the minor-league arms who could help your fantasy team in 2014 and beyond.

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Mookie Betts, Travis d'Arnaud, and Jorge Soler are among those who came off the board between picks 29 and 56.

In the first episode of the BP Mock Expert Draft, we went over the backstory and parameters of this draft, so there’s no need to rehash that here. Plus I know you’re all just going to skip past the intro anyway to see who else got picked and when. Sometimes you just have to give the people what they want.

So, without any further ado, here are the next two rounds (three and four) of the Baseball Prospectus Expert Mock Prospect Draft with analysis from the participants themselves:

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A close look at the mechanics and performance of the precocious Dodgers lefty.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made waves in the international market, with scouting director Logan White procuring a bounty of talent for the organization. Thus far, Yasiel Puig has grabbed the lion's share of the headlines, but the most compelling/intriguing international acquisition by the Dodgers camp may have been Julio Urias, the pitcher whom they plucked out of Mexico in August of 2012, just days after he turned 16 years old.

One would expect the development of a teenager to take a slow pace, with little more than an appearance in short-season rookie ball during his first season. The Dodgers kept Urias in extended spring training into late May, but then they gave him an extremely aggressive assignment to full-season ball, where he joined the Great Lakes Loons as the youngest player in the Midwest League.

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September 12, 2013 6:00 am

What Scouts Are Saying: September 12, 2013

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Baseball Prospectus

Scouts' quotes on Carlos Ruiz, CC Sabathia, Zack Wheeler, Julio Urias, and other interesting players.

Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about young pitchers, prospects switching positions, Jose Iglesias' high BABIP, and base coaches.

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