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07-24

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 24, 2014
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Tucker Blair

07-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Steven Matz
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Jason Parks

07-18

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The View from the Loge Level: From the Home of the Braves
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Daron Sutton

07-14

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-11

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Notes from the Field: Not Jose Fernandez (But the Best Since)
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Jeff Moore

07-09

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13

The Call-Up: Arismendy Alcantara
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Mauricio Rubio and Craig Goldstein

07-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 8
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Jeff Moore

06-23

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 23, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-16

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 16, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-09

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 9, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

06-02

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Notes from the Field: Studying Aaron Sanchez
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Chris Mellen

06-02

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 2, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-30

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Center Fielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-29

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Corner Infielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-29

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The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

04-30

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15

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Scouting Fortitude
by
Jason Parks

04-09

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Overthinking It: The Minor League Leaders Who Haven't Made It
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Ben Lindbergh

02-14

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-23

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

11-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

09-16

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19

Monday Morning Ten Pack: Prospects Who Exceeded Our Expectations
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

09-13

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Covering the Call-Ups, Part Two
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Mark Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jason Cole, Craig Goldstein, Jeff Moore and Bret Sayre

09-13

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Notes from the Field: In Person: Miguel Sano vs. Maikel Franco
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Chris Mellen

09-13

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 13, 2013
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Mark Anderson and Zach Mortimer

09-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 283: An Upper-Minors Inefficiency/The Slippery Definition of Performance Enhancement
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-09

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: The Prospects Who Disappointed
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

09-08

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Overthinking It: The 2013 All-Fringe-Prospect Team
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Ben Lindbergh

09-03

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The Call-Up: Nick Castellanos
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-17

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Futures Game Recap: On the Surface of the Sun
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Jason Parks

07-11

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The Call-Up: Danny Salazar
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Jason Parks

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Digging Deeper Than Deep
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Mike Gianella

05-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping Targets, a Look Back
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Mike Gianella

04-24

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Sobsequy: International Feel, Vol. 1
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Adam Sobsey

11-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Gift of Kuhn
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Steven Goldman

10-29

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Baseball Therapy: The Proper Care and Feeding of Minor Leaguers
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Russell A. Carleton

09-25

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Overthinking It: The 2012 All-Fringe-Prospect Team
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Ben Lindbergh

02-22

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Overthinking It: Promoting Prospects
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Ben Lindbergh

11-03

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Checking the Numbers: Minor-league Contract Candidates: Batters
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Eric Seidman

11-02

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Analyze This: How the Rangers were Acquired, Part II
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Jesse Behr

08-02

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On the Beat: An ex-reliever's toughest save
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John Perrotto

06-21

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Fantasy Beat: Scoresheet: Draft Prep 1
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Rob McQuown

06-19

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Minor League History: June 14 - June 20
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Geoff Young

05-31

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You Could Look It Up: Memorial Day Meditations
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Steven Goldman

04-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Tony Franklin
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David Laurila

10-18

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Winter League Preview
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Carlos J. Lugo

02-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Gary Mayse
by
David Laurila

02-02

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Caribbean Series 2009
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Derek Jacques

08-02

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Prospectus Toolbox: Minor League Statistics and EqA
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Derek Jacques

05-30

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Fantasy Focus: Keeper League Trade Issues
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Jeff Erickson

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May 30, 2014 6:00 am

Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Center Fielders to Know

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Nick J. Faleris

The center fielders who are likely to be popped in the first two days of the MLB draft.

Series Links: Catcher | Middle Infield | Corner Infield | Corner Outfield | Right-Handed Pitcher | Left-Handed Pitcher

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A closer look at the first and third basemen who could be going in the draft's first two days.

Series Links: Catcher | Middle Infield | Center Field | Corner Outfield | Right-Handed Pitcher | Left-Handed Pitcher

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May 29, 2014 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella

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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Braves call up a hit-first second baseman whose performances have carried him up the ladder.

The Situation: The Braves incumbent second basemen, Dan Uggla (.177/.254/.257) and Tyler Pastornicky (.200/.317/.257), have struggled mightily so far this season, and as a result, the club is looking for a spark to help their offense. On the horizon, the Braves' no. 6 ranked prospect (by Baseball Prospectus) Tommy La Stella will get a chance to have an impact with the big-league club.

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Is a tendency to favor fire-breathers a bias, or sound wisdom?

“Doesn’t pitch with enough fire.” He’s soft.” “Doesn’t attack.” “Lacks fortitude on the mound.” “Doesn’t pitch with confidence.” “I question the sack.” “Doesn’t act the part of a number one starter.” These are all descriptions found in various scouting reports on pitcher Mark Appel going back to his amateur days and continuing in the present. Validity of the scouting assessments aside, the number of evaluators questioning the fortitude of a recent 1:1 player is significant for several reasons, but for this particular article, I want to focus on the role fortitude plays in the scouting process, and why some pitchers take a hit based on such a subjective and often biased means of categorizing talent.

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Notable minor-league careers that haven't led to cups of coffee...yet.

If you haven’t heard of Guilder Rodriguez, don’t beat yourself up. Until fairly recently, I hadn’t heard of him either. Rodriguez is a 30-year-old Venezuelan middle infielder in the Rangers system who just started his 13th minor-league season. In those 13 seasons, he’s played in over 1000 games, made close to 4000 plate appearances, and hit one home run, back in 2009 with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. Rodriguez has played parts of the past five seasons in Frisco; if he were any good, either the fine folks of Frisco would’ve built him a statue by now, or he would have spent more time in Triple-A. But between his makeup and his ability to play shortstop, he’s soldiered on as an organizational guy, going weeks—and in one stretch last season, well over a month—without an extra-base hit.

Rodriguez really hasn’t had any competition for the title of “Least Power in Pro Baseball” since fellow career minor leaguer Carlos Rojas retired. And although Ben Revere might be making a run, Rodriguez has no recent big-league equivalent. Among major leaguers of the last 60 years, only Duane Kuiper and Frank Taveras (who played in a lower-power era) showed the same sort of staying power without hitting more home runs. Only two major leaguers have made as many plate appearances with as high a ratio between their OBP and SLG as Rodriguez’ career minor-league line (.338/.283), and both played during the Deadball Era.

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Maikel Franco heads a system that has had to overcome injuries to key prospects.

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January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

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Jason Parks

The no. 2 system in the game.

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A very strong top 10 makes up for an otherwise shallow system.

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After a series of promotions, the Mariners' organizational depth is thin, but the future is still promising.

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A tour of players who showed gains in 2013.

Raul Adalberto Mondesi, shortstop, Royals (Low-A Lexington)
Coming into the season, Mondesi the Younger was an invisible prospect to many, having failed to capture more national attention despite being ranked third on the Baseball Prospectus Royals’ Top 10 list and 58th overall in baseball on the pre-season 101. His most familiar quality at the time was a bloodline and a short-season resume, but after the then-17-year-old jumped to the full-season level and flashed his high-ceiling tools, he became a featured player on prospects lists all over the internet. The equivalent of a junior in high school, Mondesi had 27 extra-base hits and 24 stolen bases in the Sally League, while showing off his legit left-side chops on defense. Mondesi has a chance to blossom into one of the best prospects in the game, as the hit tool has projection (clean stroke; can make hard contact and drive velocity) and the glove is more than capable of sticking at shortstop. Factor in his extreme youth, natural ease and feel for the game, and tool-based ceiling, and Mondesi might be one of the most exciting prospects in the minors. He exceeded all my expectations in 2013 and my expectations were high, and with another step forward, the aforementioned prospect prophecy might be a truth and not just a tease. –Jason Parks

Lucas Sims, pitcher, Braves (Low-A Rome)
Sims is a stud, but I didn’t see him developing into this level of stud this early in the developmental process. A first-round pick in 2012, Sims has been on the prospect radar for a while, but the 19-year-old righty really blossomed in 2013, logging over 116 innings in the Sally League and missing 134 bats. He’s not an imposing figure on the mound, but the stuff casts a bigger shadow than his 6’2’’ frame. He’s comfortable working his fastball in the low-to-mid-90s with late tailing action, dropping a true upper-70s hammer with heavy vertical action, and a 82-86 mph changeup with late sink. Because of his impressive performance in 2013, Sims is sailing up prospect lists, and if his final six starts of the season are a harbinger of his next step forward (34 IP, 46 K, 23 H, 5 ER), the Braves might have something special on their hands. –Jason Parks



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Scouting and fantasy takes on hitter prospects promoted to the majors this month.

We’ve devoted full articles to the most promising prospects promoted to the majors late this season, but we're offering scouting and fantasy takes on the best of the rest in a two-part series. The pitchers ran yesterday. Here are the position players.

JR Murphy, C, Yankees
Scouting Take:
A converted infielder, Murphy has made significant progress as a defender behind the plate, but even that progress leaves him as an adequate defensive catcher. His arm is just average and while he shows occasional quickness with his feet, pop times in the 1.95-2.00 range are relatively unique for Murphy. His receiving is not clean and there is still work to be done to polish his defensive tools. Offensively, Murphy has the balance and strength in his swing to project as a fringe-average hitter with average overall power once he settles into the big leagues. He makes frequent contact and has solid pitch recognition skills that should allow him to contribute in the bottom third of an MLB lineup. —Mark Anderson


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September 13, 2013 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: In Person: Miguel Sano vs. Maikel Franco

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Chris Mellen

A late-season series provides a chance to compare and contrast two of the game's best third-base prospects.

When going through the schedule each week and figuring out which games I am going to attend, I typically first look through the projected pitching rotations to see which arms I can line up. Due to the nature and timing of pitching, there’s a smaller window of opportunity to catch everything you need to see. The position players then usually fall into place from there. The final series of the season between Reading and New Britain was different, however. My main objective was to get my eyes on two prospects: Miguel Sano and Maikel Franco.

I’ve seen quite a bit of Sano since he signed with Minnesota, but it’s been in spring training and fall Instructs against low-minors competition. One of the big things I’ve been waiting to see is how his progressing hitting skills match up against more advanced arms. The reports on Franco have been intriguing, and it was my first opportunity to take a long look at the 21-year-old. With the chance to see both third base prospects on the field at the same time, it presented a chance to do some comparing and contrasting.

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