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April 8, 2013 1:46 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7

10

Zach Mortimer

Last year's top pick Carlos Correa delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday.

Games of Friday, April 5

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A 2012 draftee has struck out in his first 16 at-bats as a professional. What does that say about him? And more importantly, what does it say about baseball?

One month ago today, the Red Sox selected Shaquille Green-Thompson in the 18th round of the amateur draft. Nine days later, they signed him to a contract. This was important for an obvious reason: if Green-Thompson signed and went on to play professional baseball, there would be a professional baseball player named Shaq. But as it turns out, the selection was even more important for another reason: Shaq Green-Thompson was about to remind us how hard it is to play baseball.

Green-Thompson is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound, right-handed-hitting-and-throwing outfielder. But that’s sort of a secondary definition—you can’t bring up his baseball abilities without burying the lead. That's because Green-Thompson is also one of the best 18-year-old football prospects in the country.

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January 24, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Washington Nationals Top 11 Prospects

38

Kevin Goldstein

The Nats lost farmhands in the Gio Gonzalez deal but still have a solid system

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 1, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects

40

Kevin Goldstein

Trades have bolstered Houston's system, but it still leaves a lot to be desired.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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While you will burn your neck and suffer heat stroke watching prospects develop in the Arizona League, there is a small oasis of potential stars that makes the pilgrimage worth it.

It’s hard to sell complex league baseball to the masses: The talent is immature, the names are merely names, the jerseys are often vague and free of personal identification, the environment is isolated and empty, and the theater of the event is off-off-off-off Broadway. But I’m going to give it a try.

What will it take to get you to walk away with a piece of Arizona League baseball in your hand? Financing is available for those who qualify, and if you wilt under the weight of my smile, I might be able to throw in a refrigerator magnet, or a flavored lolly for the little ones. Let me know if I can be of any assistance. I think you would look great with some AZL action in your life. It makes you attractive to the sex of your choosing. Don’t be shy. Here at Baseball Prospectus, we offer the best package. Don’t be fooled. You can’t match our guarantees. Look around, and let me know if you have any questions. My door is as open as my saccharine smile. Let’s make a deal.

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February 16, 2011 9:46 am

Future Shock: Minnesota Twins Top 11 Prospects

38

Kevin Goldstein

The Twins know how to scout, so they keep churning out talent.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 11, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects

41

Kevin Goldstein

The big names aren't the only players in the system with high ceilings to reach.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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June 25, 2010 9:00 am

Future Shock: Draft Wrap: AL West

11

Kevin Goldstein

The short stack's additions via Rule 4 figure to spice up the future for the quartet.

Los Angeles Angels

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June 11, 2010 9:24 am

Future Shock: Draft Wrap: AL East

9

Kevin Goldstein

The Blue Jays had nine picks in the first three rounds but questions remain as to how well they re-stocked their farm system.

Baltimore Orioles
Day One Selections
3. Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS (FL)



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January 19, 2010 11:28 am

Future Shock: Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects

38

Kevin Goldstein

The state of the Snakelings reflects a steep drop-off from the high-end talent of years past.

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December 22, 2009 5:10 am

Future Shock: Yankees Top 11 Prospects

76

Kevin Goldstein

Depth behind the plate, paying attention to south of the border and South America, and quite possibly the best hitting prospect in the land.

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November 17, 2009 12:11 pm

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects

23

Kevin Goldstein

Trades have left their system somewhat barren, but the South Siders do have some intriguing prospects.

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