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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

08-04

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 4, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

08-04

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Minor League Update: Games of August 1-3
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Jeff Moore

08-01

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 31
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Jeff Moore

07-31

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 30
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Jeff Moore

07-30

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 30, 2014
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Mark Anderson

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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
Scouting Take:
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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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Future

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Joe Hamrahi

With Jason Parks leaving, the prospect team is rearranging, but remains more ambitious than ever.

Sometimes I forget how truly fortunate I am to work in baseball. I quit hearing the sound of the crack of the bat or the pop of the glove. I become numb to the smell of the freshly cut grass, the sound of the organ, and the roar of the crowd as the home team walks off with a win. Because, you see, not unlike many of you, my primary responsibility is to look ahead. My job is create the vision for a company and try to improve on what we have, build on what’s been developed, and help bring new and innovative content to an audience that demands it every day. So, yes, while I still get to a few dozen games a year, enjoy the warmth of Arizona after a long winter in New York, and watch countless games on MLB.TV, there are times when the game right now, at this instant, is not at the forefront of my mind.

But what I never, ever forget are the people I get to work with…the readers, the fans, the players, scouts, front offices, media colleagues, and of course, the staff here at Baseball Prospectus. When I first sat down to write this piece, my intention was to thank Jason Parks and introduce our transition plan for the BP prospect team. I will cover those topics shortly, but forgive me for a moment if I stray.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Maikel Franco

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Phillies call up the slugging corner infielder, who has recovered from a terrible start to his season.

The Situation: Despite the shine of a Labor Day no-hitter, the Phillies season has quickly slipped away, so as a result it is time to see what the kids can do. Ranked as the Phillies top prospect entering the season, Franco has overcome a miserable start to the season and is now hitting .257 with 16 home runs and 32 doubles.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 29-September 1

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out during the long weekend.

Friday, August 29th

Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 2-4, R, HR, 2 K. The Florida State League is a tough place to develop as a power hitter, so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern that his home run total actually dropped from 19 last year to 16 this year. In fact, Vogelbach’s total tied for the league lead. Vogelbach’s raw power is very real, and he’s a good enough hitter to allow it to play in game action. He could explode next year, and that’s a comment on his power potential and not his waistline.

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August 29, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Dilson Herrera

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Jeff Moore and Craig Goldstein

A fast riser reaches the ceiling.

In the prospect world, we like to use the term helium for a player whose fictitious stock is rising fast, and perhaps no player in the minors had more helium this year than Dilson Herrera. His promotion to the majors serves as the culmination of an incredibly fast journey through three levels in the Mets system (and skipping over one).

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August 29, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 28th

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera and Phillies lefty Yoel Mecias.

Hitter of the Night: Dilson Herrera, 2B, Mets (Binghamton, AA): 3-4, 2 R, HR, K.
You’re getting a heavy dose of Herrera today, as he ended his minor-league season with a bang before receiving a surprising major-league call-up last night. Herrera has made tremendous progress this year in his development, both in his mechanics at the plate and in the resulting production. He’s being rushed to the majors and could struggle at first, but he has a solid future.

Pitcher of the Night: Yoel Mecias, LHP, Phillies (Lakewood, A-): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 7 K.
Mecias missed the second half of 2013 and the first half of this year after having Tommy John surgery, so just the fact that he’s out there making his starts is a good sign. He wasn’t an overpowering pitcher before the injury, so it’s not surprising that he’s not missing a ton of bats at this point given the recovery period, but it’s a good sign to see him throwing strikes consistently. He should only get better as he regains the feel for his pitches and gains experience.



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