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2015 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-21

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2015 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-19

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2015 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-17

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2015 Prospects: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-14

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2015 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-10

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2015 Prospects: New York Mets Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-07

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2015 Prospects: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-07

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5

Notes from the Field: AFL Notes, Part 2
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Todd Gold

11-06

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Notes from the Field: AFL Notes, Part 1
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Todd Gold

10-08

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Prospectus Feature: Aaron Judge and the Question of Long-Armed Hitting Prospects
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Jeff Moore

09-23

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Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
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Jeff Moore

09-22

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: The Season's Most Disappointing Prospects
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BP Prospect Staff

09-19

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The View from the Loge Level: The Alex Jackson Interviews
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Daron Sutton

09-17

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 17, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of September 12-14
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Jeff Moore

09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-15

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 15, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 11
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Jeff Moore

09-11

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 10
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Jeff Moore

09-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 9
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Jeff Moore

09-10

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5

Prospect Profile: Francisco Mejia
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Chris Mellen

09-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 8
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Jeff Moore

09-09

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 9, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-08

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Minor League Update: Games of September 5-7
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Jeff Moore

09-08

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 8, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-05

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Prospect Debate: Steven Moya's Feast or Famine
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Jeff Moore, Mark Anderson and Tucker Blair

09-05

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 4th
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Jeff Moore

09-04

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 3rd
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Jeff Moore

09-04

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The Call-Up: The Others
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Mauricio Rubio, Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Craig Goldstein, Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre and Jeff Moore

09-03

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The Call-Up: Dalton Pompey
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Jeff Moore and Ben Carsley

09-03

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What's Next
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Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

09-02

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The Call-Up: Daniel Norris
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Craig Goldstein and Mark Anderson

09-02

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 2, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-02

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The Future
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Joe Hamrahi

09-02

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The Call-Up: Maikel Franco
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

09-02

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Minor League Update: Games of August 29-September 1
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Jeff Moore

08-29

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The Call-Up: Dilson Herrera
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Jeff Moore and Craig Goldstein

08-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 28th
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Jeff Moore

08-28

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 27th
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Jeff Moore

08-27

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 26th
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Jeff Moore

08-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: King Felix Arrives
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Jonah Keri

08-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 25th
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Jeff Moore

08-25

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Minor League Update: Games of August 22-24
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Jeff Moore

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 21
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Jeff Moore

08-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 20
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Jeff Moore

08-20

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 19
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Jeff Moore

08-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 18
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Jeff Moore

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of August 15-17
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Jeff Moore

08-15

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 14
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Jeff Moore

08-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 13
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Jeff Moore

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November 24, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

The Cardinals have recently produced both role players and impact talent from their system, a trend that looks to continue.

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November 21, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

Depending on how you look at things, this system is stocked with upside or filled with a lot of question marks.

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November 19, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

Despite graduating some top talent recently, the Pirates still have a deep, impact system.

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November 17, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

Once a system lacking impact, the Brewers have been aggressive in the international market and gone for high-upside athletes in the draft, leading to an intriguing group of talent.

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November 14, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

Arguably the best system in all of baseball, with multiple elite talents heading the list and plenty of high-ceiling depth scattered throughout.

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November 10, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: New York Mets Top 10 Prospects

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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

A deep system with impact talent ready to help and interesting prospects at the lower levels primed to breakout.

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November 7, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects

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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

Strength at the top, but a thin system overal with a chance to get better depending on development of players at the back of the list.

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November 7, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: AFL Notes, Part 2

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Todd Gold

Eyes on Dalton Pompey, Josh Bell, Raul Mondesi and others.

This group includes players with near MLB-ready skill sets who are in the AFL to put the finishing touches on their profile as they get ready to compete for a big-league job in 2015.

RHP Francellis Montas (White Sox)
He's been a starter for almost his entire career, and if the White Sox are hell-bent on developing him into a major-league starter then he's still a long way off. But if they are willing to shift him to the bullpen his stuff is ready. He sat 97-99 and touched 100 mph several times in his start against Salt River. His 89-92 mph slider has obvious power and the 87-90 mph changeup is a solid change of pace. He lacks the command to be a starter in the short term and there is very little deception to the delivery. The White Sox have pushed their prospects as aggressively as any organization, and if they are willing to move him to the bullpen then Montas' stuff should be ready for the South Side on opening day this year. When he gets hit, he'll get hit hard, but he should be able to blow away a significant number of hitters, too, and has a three-true-outcomes type of profile.


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November 6, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: AFL Notes, Part 1

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Todd Gold

A look at the prospectiest prospects at this year's AFL, including Byron Buxton, Addison Russell, and Archie Bradley.

These players are well known for their loud tools. This section is mean to serve as an update on these prospects and their current location along the developmental timeline.

OF Byron Buxton (Twins)
The 2014 season wasn't Byron Buxton's year. He spent time on the disabled list with multiple wrist injuries and a concussion sustained in an outfield collision in his first game at Double-A. He went to the AFL looking to make up for lost time. While his AFL season was also cut short after he dislocated the middle finger on his left hand, he first proved that his elite tools were intact. More importantly, his potential impact to the Twins remains practically unchanged, other than a year delay in his timeline. The Twins enter the offseason with a murky outfield picture, but Buxton’s lost developmental year inhibits his ability to take advantage of the opportunity—though a premium athlete like Buxton could hold his own while taking his lumps and learning hard lessons at the major-league level. He was already expected to open 2015 in the minors, at least for financial reasons, but his loss of development time may necessitate spending the entire 2015 season there. The tools he showcased in the AFL were as advertised: plus-plus bat speed with a loose swing with a quick-twitch trigger; an 80 runner in center with a plus arm and plus accuracy. One of the highlights of the AFL was his stolen base off of Rays C Justin O'Connor, who popped a 1.84 attempting but couldn’t throw Buxton out. The takeaway from his brief AFL stint is that in spite of the injuries the tools remain intact—it's just a question of how well they'll play at the highest level of competition.


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Aaron Judge has long arms. Hitters with long arms have swing-and-miss issues. Do two sentences make a destiny?

Few things scare scouts off a hitter more than high strikeout totals. We’re trained to look past the numbers and to see just the player, rather than be swayed by, for example, gaudy numbers in an extreme hitting environment or against inferior competition—or the reverse. But high strikeout totals are one number that can set off scouts’ alarms. Even the most successful minor-league hitters can, and usually will, struggle when they get to the majors if they have extreme swing-and-miss issues. As George Springer showed this year, a hitter with extreme strikeout tendencies can still be productive; that production might just come with a painfully low batting average.

A few weeks ago, I talked about how predetermined biases about a player can affect the evaluation process, especially with prospects for whom expectations play a large part. In the case of Yankees outfield prospect Aaron Judge, however, even if we can strip away all of the background information, forget about his success in college and forget that he was selected in the Yankees in the first round, we can’t ignore that he is a tremendously large human being. I mean, he’s just massive.

We know certain things that are generally pretty true about tall hitters. They typically hit for more power than their shorter counterparts, and at the same time, they generally swing and miss more. Part of that is due to the aforementioned propensity for power (as powerful swings tend to bring whiffs), but part is due to physics. Taller hitters have longer arms, and long arms make for long swings. The longer a swing, the more holes in it.

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What are we talking about when we talk about disappointment?

"(A box score) doesn't tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election. It just tells what kind of baseball player you were on that particular day."Branch Rickey

If only it were still that simple. Back when Rickey was making personnel decisions for major-league organizations, and those last three traits were actually factors in how people were judged, it was a lot easier to evaluate a ballplayer without knowing too much about him. But with phones and tablets now as essential to the scouting toolbox as a stopwatch, with three different prospect rankings appearing on players’ Baseball-Reference pages, with signing bonuses public (and publicy debated), with the conversation about some players’ draft stock now rivaling the lifespan and intrigue of a presidential primary, that’s no longer the case.

Colin Moran is not a bad baseball player. The University of North Carolina doesn’t recruit bad baseball players. Bad baseball players don’t get popped sixth overall in the major-league draft. And bad baseball players don’t hit .296 between High- and Double-A, as Moran did in 2014, his first full year among the professional ranks.

Yet to hear many evaluators talk—to hear me at certain points during this season—you might think Moran is just terrible. Throughout a season of sitting behind home plate, I saw no player inspire more head shakes, shoulder shrugs and eye rolling than Moran. "How was this guy the sixth-best amateur player in the country last year,” I heard from more than one scout. I wasn't terribly kind in my initial write-up of Moran, saying "I came away feeling very underwhelmed with the player."

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The prospect team tackles the year's disappointments, including Aaron Sanchez, Mark Appel, and Luke Jackson.

Alberto Tirado, RHP, Blue Jays (Short-season Vancouver)
Tirado entered 2014 the no. 3 prospect in Toronto's system and no. 76 on our Top 101, fueled by strong reports on his stuff. It was noted, though that his command needed work and the delivery was inconsistent. Fast forward to the end of this season and those highlighted areas are exactly what came to the surface. We need to remember Tirado is only 19 and developmental paths are often jagged when isolating short-term sections. I’m labeling Tirado's 2014 a “disappointment” more because his present weaknesses were too much for the strengths to overcome than due to a long-term decline in forecast. Still, some of the initial shine has diminished and warts were exposed. We now have concrete areas of focus when evaluating Tirado next season. –Chris Mellen

Austin Hedges, C, Padres (Double A San Antonio)
Hedges was the top-ranked catcher in the minors entering 2014, and he maintained that title when the midseason Top 50 rolled out in July. While the Junipero Serra (San Juan Capistrano, CA) prep product continues to outstrip his contemporaries on the defensive side of the ball, Hedges ran into a buzzsaw on the offensive side in the form of Texas League pitching.



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