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The ones it hurt to leave off.

“My heart is hurt; swollen and disgusted. My father is leaving the home. Mother has drifted into a fog of pills and alcohol. How will I explain this to my future children? I think it’s best if I stay inside today. How could you? This is wrong. You can do better. I would do better. You really failed me. You failed yourself. I can’t even click on this link. I’m going to disregard the work because of a notable omission. You get paid for this? I bet you don’t have as many sources as Kevin Goldstein once had. Did you know he was hired by a team? You aren’t clever. You focus too much on being clever. I wish you focused more on the players I covet. Perhaps you failed to realize how this affects my fantasy draft. Seven Rangers in the 101? I guess you can’t stop being a fan. I know more about this than you do. The numbers can’t be ignored. My tears flow like a river of sadness and shame. I might take to the rope. Ain’t no sunshine in my sky. Thanks for the pain. At least you feel the same way about Baez as I do. He should have been higher, though.” —The Internet, c. 27 January, 2014

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June 6, 2013 1:12 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 5

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Zach Mortimer

Byron Buxton is shredding Low-A pitching, and he picked up a pair of triples in a five-hit showing on Wednesday night.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Drake Britton, LHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; easy plus fastball; developing slider; average changeup; potential back-end starter or late-inning reliever.

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June 3, 2013 5:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 3

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BP Prospect Staff

The latest notes on Javier Baez, Sonny Gray, Nick Castellanos, and seven other prospects.

Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (High-A Daytona)

Of all the prospects in the minors, Baez’s status might have the most volatility, with the skill set to blossom into a superstar and the deficiencies that could terminate the dream before it begins. With elite bat speed and the type of raw power that can find a home in the middle of any major-league lineup, Baez could end up as the top prospect in the game. But his one-speed-fits-all approach on both sides of the ball can be limiting: His aggressive, see-ball-hit-ball mentality at the plate often puts him behind in counts and vulnerable to offerings out of the zone, and his tendency to rush the actions and the throws makes him error prone despite his exquisite hands at shortstop. Baez is warming up and is a good candidate to explode this summer, with a chance to sneak into the top 10 prospects in the game. But the Double-A test is looming on the horizon, and without more nuance to his game and a more refined approach, Baez could take a big step back against better competition. The talent is extreme. The risk is just as extreme. —Jason Parks

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June 3, 2013 2:36 am

Minor League Update: Games of June 1-2

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Zach Mortimer

Alex Meyer and Javier Baez were among the prospects that stood out this past weekend.

Games of Saturday, June 1

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