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April 24, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 23

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and Twins righty Alex Meyer.

Hitter of the Night: Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Myrtle Beach, A+): 3-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 BB. Apparently the laws of physics cease to exist not only on Mr. Tipton’s stove but also in the air surrounding the Frederick Keys’ stadium on Wednesday night, as Gallo put his power on display to its fullest extent but also showed off his patient eye, one which will serve him well as the ultimate three-true-outcome prospect in the minors.

Pitcher of the Night: Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins (Rochester, AAA): 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K.
After a trio of lackluster starts, this is the outing the Twins were hoping to see from their top pitching prospect. Even when he struggles, he misses bats, the product of an upper-90s fastball and a big breaking curve.


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February 5, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects

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Ben Carsley

A wave of talent could soon transform this position into a fantasy strength.

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Seeing something great.

In the unexpected event of witnessing magic, please keep a tether to your breath and a shot of Fernet on the ready. It’s important to be alert when it happens. I think I saw it happen last fall; my mind is a mess from failures of the past and the sunshine, but I’d wager that I saw it happen last fall. I was freshly sad and sampled, covered in an emotional fur that resembled actual fur because my tears had long dried up and turned into hair and like Velcro I attracted debris and I bathed in a river to avoid humiliation. Sad eyes searching for a prize, and I found it on a field, with direct heat cooking me from the outside in. I turned to a friend and asked if he believed in enchantment. He said she was never coming back.

I think it happened on a numbered field in front of a small number of people, hats over all the heads to protect them from the seductive nature of prospect sorcery. I acquiesce to all charms and attentions, and I rarely wear hats because it can temper the effect, and when you are lost, it’s important not to temper the effect. He was playing shortstop--a precocious study—and I was playing the wishful thinker. The name on the jersey suggested we pay attention regardless of action and I did with ardent intent; although, names are just names and magic is best delivered by moves and not by patronymic means, or by other forms of surface heredity. But I was paying attention, and the son of Raul Mondesi started sawing a woman in half in between the left-side bases, much to the delight of this audience of one.

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January 4, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: The Right Fielders

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Jay Jaffe

Taking a look at players on the Hall of Fame ballot who played right of center, including one who performed for years at altitude.

Like Edgar Martinez, Larry Walker could flat-out rake. In his 17-year career with the Expos, Rockies, and Cardinals, Walker won three batting titles with averages of at least .363—three of the top 20 batting averages of the last 30 years, including the second-highest (.379) in 1999. Unlike Martinez, Walker could also play defense; he won seven Gold Gloves in an 11-year span, and had four straight seasons where he was at least 10 runs above average in right field. As he debuts on the Hall of Fame ballot, the cream of the crop among its five right fielders, the primary question about Walker is how much of his perceived value comes out in the wash after adjusting for him having spent the middle of his career in pre-humidor Coors Field. Will JAWS chew through the meat of his career?

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The Braves pulled out a squeaker in a matchup of a veteran starter and a young pitcher making his second major-league start.

Astros CF Willy Taveras 2B Eric Bruntlett 3B Morgan Ensberg LF Mike Lamb 1B Jose Vizcaino RF Jason Lane SS Adam Everett C Raul Chavez P Ezequiel Astacio If I gave you no other information, what would you deduce from that lineup?

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November 11, 2004 12:00 am

Dominican Winter League Report

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Carlos J. Lugo

Our correspondent in the Dominican checks in with updates on some top prospects, some veterans looking to catch on, and if you can believe it, a Carlos Perez sighting.

The most bizarre offseason saga involved one of the league's charter franchises, the one that plays in the most-recognized baseball town outside the United States, the Estrellas de Oriente from San Pedro de Macoris. The president of the team, Dr. Carlos J. Musa, said that its share of the revenue pool from the league marketing contract wasn't enough to operate the ballclub without losing a significant amount of money. He was implying that the team was pretty much bankrupt. When a plan to sell the ballclub to one of its vice presidents--a very wealthy businessman--failed, the league decided to "adopt" the franchise from San Pedro de Macorís and operate it in a way that resembles the Expos/MLB situation.

At this point, the future of the franchise is in question, if not in jeopardy. It's unlikely that the league is going to operate the club indefinitely, as MLB did with the Expos, so the alternatives are that Musa, or the group he represents, finds enough financial flexibility to operate the club again; that the club "recess" the next season; or that new investors acquire the ballclub. There were rumors last week that two different groups of investors are interested, one of them led by Sammy Sosa.

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The wheels are in motion for the Marlins to build a new, retractable-roof stadium in south Florida. The Yankees have had success despite one of the worst up-the-middle combinations in baseball. And the Pirates lost Raul Mondesi for the entire season on Tuesday, though it's not quite clear why. All this and much more news from Florida, New York, and Pittsburgh in your Wednesday edition of Prospectus Triple Play.

  • The Roof is on Fire: According to reports published on Tuesday, the Miami-Dade County commissioners office has voted 8-3 in favor of the preliminary plan to build a 38,000 seat, retractable-roof ballpark next to the Orange Bowl for the defending champion Florida Marlins. Unfortunately for the Marlins, however, this vote fails to bring any more money to the stadium project, which is being forecasted to cost in the $370 million range--leaving the team roughly $40 million short of the cost of the stadium. At the moment, financing for the project looks a little something like this...
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    May 11, 2004 12:00 am

    Prospectus Today: Addition by Subtraction

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    Joe Sheehan

    "Addition by subtraction" is one of those terms that seems exclusive to sports, and more specifically to baseball. While it would seem to apply in other walks of life, you just don't see it used very much. "Tina, you know Bob from accounting? He quit." "Heck, that's addition by subtraction; he never made deadlines, and he was always hitting on me." In baseball, however, addition by subtraction has a long and storied history. Over the past 48 hours, we may have the seen the concept have its all-time peak.

    In baseball, however, addition by subtraction has a long and storied history. Over the past 48 hours, we may have the seen the concept have its all-time peak.

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    February 24, 2004 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: February 20-23, 2004

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    Christina Kahrl

    The Dodgers' hiring of Paul DePodesta inspires a partial conversion. The Pirates sign Raul Mondesi to ensure that Craig Wilson again has nowhere to play. Damon Minor returns to San Francisco--or at least Fresno. Albert Pujols cracks nine figures in St. Louis. These and other happenings in today's Transaction Analysis.

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    August 1, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: July 30-31

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    Christina Kahrl

    Transactions galore: the Yankees practice running in place; the Red Sox beef up their bullpen; the Giants aquire a starter for the postseason; the A's add a little power to their outfield; and the Reds throw up the white flag, but get some pretty good arms in return. All this and much more news from around the league in your post-Trading Deadline edition of Transaction Analysis.

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    ANAHEIM ANGELS Placed RHP Al Levine on the 15-day DL (shoulder tendinitis), retroactive to 6/27; recalled RHP John Lackey from Salt Lake. [6/28] I don't disagree with the idea of bringing up John Lackey to move into the rotation. Lackey is the organization's best upper-level prospect, and he's obviously ready to go.

    Recalled RHP Matt Wise from Salt Lake; optioned RHP John Lackey to Salt Lake. [6/25]

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    July 3, 2002 3:34 am

    The Daily Prospectus: Cool Thoughts

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    Joe Sheehan

    I'm seeing a lot of Raul Mondesi/Jesse Barfield comparisons from Yankee fans. I guess there's a resemblance: both are right fielders with great arms and high strikeout rates who came to the Yankees in midseason trades.

    It's far too hot to write, or read, anything longer than three paragraphs or so:

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