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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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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

08-13

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 12
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Jeff Moore

08-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 12
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Jeff Moore

08-11

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Minor League Update: Games of August 8-10
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Jeff Moore

08-08

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 7
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Jeff Moore

08-07

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 7, 2014
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Tucker Blair

08-07

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 6
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Jeff Moore

08-06

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In The Game
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Jordan Gorosh

08-06

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 5
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Jeff Moore

08-05

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 4
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Jeff Moore

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September 9, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 8

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Jeff Moore

Notes on a handful of prospects who stood out yesterday, including the Rockies' Raimel Tapia, David Dahl, and Ryan McMahon.

Viosergy Rosa, 1B, Marlins (Jacksonville, AA): 2-5, 2B. Rosa isn’t much of a prospect, but the playoffs make for a slow time for the Update, and I saw Rosa about 20 times this year, so this seems like a good time to talk about him. He’s old for a prospect and is limited to first base, but he lacks the massive power production required out of the spot. Power is his calling card: He has some, but not enough to profile as an everyday first baseman. He’s limited defensively, so the bat will have to carry him, but it’s probably not going to be able to carry him far enough.

Rob Zastryzny, LHP, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K. Coming from the left side with a little cross-fire delivers, Zastryzny brings some deception and a changeup with some diving action that gives him a chance. The offspeed pitch needs become more consistent, and he needs a breaking ball that he can trust, but Zastryzny has a chance to be a back-end starter if it all comes together. That ceiling, however, is still quite far from being a reality.

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Eyes on Sean Manaea, Jose Urena, Adalberto Mondesi, Dominic Smith, and Casey Gillaspie.

Sean Manaea

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of September 5-7

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Eduardo Rodriguez, Vince Velazquez, and Paul Blackburn.

The minor-league playoffs are winding down, but the weekend still saw some big names in action.

Friday, September 5th

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 8, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

The prospect team checks in on Noah Syndergaard's struggles and a slew of baby-faced killers, including Orlando Arcia, Keone Kela, and Alex Verdugo.

Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas)
When a player experiences adversity, we experience doubts and second guessing of our projections. We want to see progress on a definitive upward trend, but the path followed by prospects is rarely linear. There is no doubt that this season has been bumpy for Syndergaard. The 22-year-old blitzed through two levels last year, causing the main question this off-season to be, "When will he be facing big-league hitters full-time?" Syndergaard’s growing pains are a good reminder that even when it seems like players are close, there are still nuances to be mastered. Even the most highly regarded prospects are works in progress and growing pains can appear without warning. My view on Syndergaard is that the 6-foot-6 Texan bounces back and makes the necessary refinements to fulfill his projection. Reports from the second half of the year have been strong and indications were that the issues were more along the lines of fine-tuning his command than any regression of his stuff. –Chris Mellen

Derek Fisher, OF, Astros (Short-season Tri-City)
After failing to sign the first overall selection in the 2014 draft, Brady Aiken (LHP, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)), and potential over-slot fifth rounder Jacob Nix (RHP, Los Alamitos HS (Calif.)), due to a messy set of negotiations surrounding some unexpected findings in Aiken’s medicals, the Astros will look to former University of Virginia standout and 37th overall selection Derek Fisher to anchor their 2014 draft class. Fisher missed six weeks of his junior year thanks to a broken hamate bone and is just now starting to get back to the point where his double-plus raw power is playing in-game.



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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Debate: Steven Moya's Feast or Famine

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Jeff Moore, Mark Anderson and Tucker Blair

In Steven Moya's first big test, he showed massive raw power and a terrifying K:BB ratio. Which indicator will win out?

Some prospects inspire a strong consensus among scouts. The tools and projection are easy to see; we know a player is going to be good, so it’s only a matter of how good. With other prospects, however, there can be a much wider range of opinions. Two scouts can see the same thing from the same player and come up with two totally different sets of opinions. It happens in the seats behind the plate, in meeting rooms before the draft, and in many of the discussions behind the scenes here at BP. To me, this is one of the best parts about scouting. Sometimes there are no right or wrong answers, or at least not ones we’ll know for a few years.

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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 4th

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Garin Cecchini, Kyle Crick, and Adam Brett Walker.

Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 4-4, 2 R, 3B. The biggest knock, and really the only knock, is that Cecchini doesn’t profile as your typical third baseman because he doesn’t have the kind of power usually associated with a corner infielder. What he lacks in power, however, he makes up for in plate discipline. No, it’s not the same, but it does allow him to produce value nonetheless.

Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (Pawtucket, AAA): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Barnes has never quite put it all together this year, but that doesn’t mean he can’t end up being the mid-rotation starter everyone has projected him to be for some time. His strikeout rate dipped this season in Triple-A, yet he remained effective.

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September 4, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 3rd

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday—plus a couple from Tuesday, too.

It’s playoff time, which means the talent pool is watered down and there are only a few games to work with each night. Never fear, however, as the Update carries on.

Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics (Stockton, A+): 3-4, R, 2 2B, BB. MLU mainstay Matt Olson is having far too much fun this season hitting in the California League to let things end. It should be noted also that despite his three-true-outcome tendencies, Olson also had 30 doubles on the season.

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Scouting and fantasy takes on this week's second-tier, but still intriguing, call-ups.

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 here.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP, Phillies
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The Cuban import entered 2014 having not thrown a competitive pitch since he left his home country. Gonzalez’s medicals revealed some injury concerns that prompted the Phillies to rework his deal and turn him into a reliever this year. He worked in the low 90s as a starter but can work in the mid-90s as a reliever. He also has a splitter and a spotty breaking ball. The Phillies still have plans to convert him back into a starter next year but he’ll have to tighten up the command and work on the breaking ball. —Mauricio Rubio


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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Dalton Pompey

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Jeff Moore and Ben Carsley

The Blue Jays bring up a prospect who has been hot. Molten hot.

The Situation: With Colby Rasmus slated to hit free agency after this season, Dalton Pompey's rise through the Blue Jays farm system coincides with the team's potential need this offseason.

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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

What's Next

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Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

The new co-directors of the BP Prospect team talk about their plan for coverage.

During any journey, change is inevitable, with the success of the trip often hinging upon a traveler’s ability to adapt to that change without losing his heading. When Nick and I first started outlining a plan for life after Jason Parks, our initial thoughts (after few deep breaths) gravitated to the trove of in-house talent Parks had assembled during his two seasons at the helm of the prospect team, and it quickly became apparent our ability to adapt would be more about tweaking and tightening what we have than undergoing any major overhaul.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Daniel Norris

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Craig Goldstein and Mark Anderson

The Blue Jays call up a top pitching prospect for the third time this season.

The Situation: With the postseason all but out of reach, the Blue Jays are promoting yet another of their top pitching prospects. Following the promotion of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez earlier this year, left-hander Daniel Norris will cap off his season in the big leagues.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 2, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

Reports on multiple Cubs third basemen, Reynaldo Lopez, Byron Buxton, Dante Bichette Jr., and more.

Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown)
Two weeks of "you need to go see Reynaldo Lopez pitch" texts finally sent me on a journey to Hagerstown. Surprisingly, Lopez displayed one of the most exuberant pitching performances I have witnessed all season, sitting 94 to 98 mph with life, a biting curveball, and developing changeup. In fact, it is quite interesting how a player of this caliber can be so hidden from the public eye. I wrote a scouting report on him, but wanted to shed some light on the backstory.

Lopez was signed out of the Dominican Republic for $17,000, nothing relative to many international bonuses. From all reports I've received, Lopez routinely sat 88 to 91 mph when he first signed. The Nationals began to make mechanical changes, specifically with how he held his glove on delivery. Lopez dealt with an injury that shut him down in Short-Season Auburn, so he did not have much time to audition for the state-side crowds. Now, fully healthy, he has taken off. He is the definition of a "pop-up" prospect and everyone should remember his name moving forward. This is one of the best pitchers no one is talking about. The journey is still long, but the raw talent is undeniable. —Tucker Blair


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