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Kevin took in the Midwest League All-Star game, and has some random thoughts on who did well, and who did not.

I spent my Tuesday in Geneva, Illinois for the 2012 Midwest League All-Star game. I took a lot of notes, but instead of cramming everything into an awkward narrative, here's what I saw:

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April 26, 2012 7:20 am

Future Shock: Midwest League Notebook

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Kevin Goldstein

While the Midwest League missed out on some top-tier prospects in 2011, that's not the case in 2012.

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January 24, 2010 12:34 pm

Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The system's best prospects may not be on the cusp of cracking The Show, but they're on the way up.

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May 2, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: April Awards for Hitters

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Kevin Goldstein

A review of the most productive bats in all of the full-season minor leagues.

For too long, it's been one of the hidden gems on our website. I'm guessing many readers had no idea that we have minor league stats, including Davenport Translations and the usual BP metrics. It's a wonderful tool for looking at the numbers and getting some balance, and to celebrate their more prominent new position on our statistics home page, let's hand out some hardware with some BP Hitter of the Month awards using our own metric, Equivalent Runs.

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February 1, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: Dodgers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The best scouting and player development system in baseball has added to that track record with another excellent batch of impact talent.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Clayton Kershaw, LHP
2. Andy LaRoche, 3B
3. Chin-Lung Hu, SS
Four-Star Prospects
4. Scott Elbert, LHP
Three-Star Prospects
5. James McDonald, RHP
6. Josh Bell, 3B
7. Chris Withrow, RHP
8. Jonathan Meloan, RHP
9. Ivan DeJesus, SS
10. Blake Dewitt, 3B
11. James Adkins, LHP














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October 23, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Defensive Snubstitutions

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Bryan Smith

The ten worst defenses in the minors, and the pitchers that learned to hate going to the office because of them.

While going about the business of minor league player evaluation, I think we can sometimes forget that baseball is a team game. Often in the minor leagues, it seems a game between eight players that will never make it, and the one blue-chip player you came out to the ballpark to see. Scouts are able to watch a game with blinders that allow them to focus on one player's individual skills, independent of the other players around him. This is what separates amateur-talent scouts from the average baseball fan, but in statistics, we try to do this by accounting for context. What league was the player in, relative to his age? Was he consistently dominating? What type of environment was the player hitting or pitching in?

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July 6, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: Risers and Fallers, American League

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Kevin Goldstein

Which systems are making progress, and which are sliding? At the midway mark, Kevin has updates on what's going on down on the farm.

As we approach the All-Star break, now is a good time to assess where each team's minor league system stands. With the shorter season, we're a little bit past the halfway mark. Here's who is moving up, moving down, and maybe moving into the No. 1 position when I compile each team's Top 10 Prospects in the offseason. Today, we start with the American League.

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June 14, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin swings through the four full-season affiliates in the always-productive AL Central farm systems.

Chicago White Sox

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May 24, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL West

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Kevin Goldstein

Justin Upton and Clayton Kershaw stand out from the many fringe prospects in NL West systems.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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May 16, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL West

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Kevin Goldstein

Prospects struggle across the AL West, but there are promising big leaguers out there if you squint hard enough.

Los Angeles Angels

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April 25, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin scours the farm systems of the NL Central for sleepers and slow starters.

Triple-A Iowa (Pacific Coast League; 9-9)

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April 18, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin checks in to see who has awoken early (and who's still in bed) as the sun rises on the farms of the American League Central.

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