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A look at the various September call ups not to receive an individual Call-Up.

Tom Murphy
Scouting: Murphy has always shown impressive power from the right-side of the plate, as he has plenty of strength along with a swing path that is conducive to hitting the ball out to any part of the park. Despite the length to his swing, he makes lots of hard contact, and there's a chance for a 45-grade hit tool because of his ability to square up pitches to any part of the plate. He's going to have to show much more patience if he's going to reach that level, however, as he ends too many at-bats early due to his aggressiveness. It's not Yuniesky Betancourt-level hacking, but expecting more than 30-40 walks in a season is expecting too much.

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Prospects, heading to Oakland from SacTown, the Bay Area and back down...

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View from the turtle during batting practice at this year's MLB Futures Game during All Star Weekend.

The Baseball Prospectus prospect team is constantly on the road, getting eyes on the top talent throughout baseball -- from the amateur ranks up through the majors. Moving forward I'll be working to bring you inside my travels (hopefully with contributions from others on the prospect team), including pictures and video. There will be a lot of baseball and some broader travel stuff if I think you might find it interesting.

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September 12, 2013 6:00 am

What Scouts Are Saying: September 12, 2013


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Scouts' quotes on Carlos Ruiz, CC Sabathia, Zack Wheeler, Julio Urias, and other interesting players.

Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.

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July 25, 2013 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 24


Zach Mortimer

Notes on 14 prospects, including Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman and Athletics third baseman Renato Nunez.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K. Stroman is doing his best to prove he can be a starter. I saw him last week and his fastball worked in the low 90s, his slider came in at 84-86, and his changeup registered 83-85. The positive was I saw that the slider has wipeout (plus-plus) potential, and he coupled that with a changeup that could be solid average. He used his fastball and was able to pitch effectively to both sides of the plate, but I did not like the fact that it lacked life. Someone of Stroman’s stature needs life on the fastball in order to compensate for the lack of plane, or he will give up a lot of long drives when he finds opponents’ barrels. I’ll stick to the fact that I believe Stroman can be a top-tier closer in the league, but if he keeps putting up numbers, I think the Blue Jays will give him a shot to start before deciding on his ultimate role; 33.1 IP, 23 H, 10 ER, 8 BB, 42 K in last 5 starts.

Position Prospect of the Day: Renato Nunez, 3B, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, K. It has been a while since Nunez has appeared on this list. I know the bat speed is promising and he offers plus power potential, but scouts have preached to me that he needs to prove that he can hit quality pitching. Nunez has a violent swing that can be exploited, and he also has minimal feel for third base and most likely will end up playing first.

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