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April 15, 2013 2:44 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 12-14

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Zach Mortimer

Jameson Taillon's curveball made a scout whom Zach spoke with giddy.

Games of Friday, April 12

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Shining a spotlight on the minor mental mistakes and successes that often go overlooked.

There was an axiom tossed about when I was in college, one that I and my other bench-warming teammates were only too happy to co-opt, which held that the dumber you were, the better you played. In other words, the less intelligent a player was, and the less he had going on in his mind (colloquially, the less "in his own head" he was), the more focused he'd be on playing to the best of his abilities. Some rebutted that we spent too much free time during games coming up with theories about why we weren't playing, but you get the idea.

The big leaguers we see on TV have found a way to circumvent this problem, if it even exists. Nevertheless, there remains a mental aspect of the game that often goes ignored, both by sabermetricians (because it's nearly impossible to measure) and by the players themselves (because these mistakes are usually too small to affect their club's opinion of them). I don't mean visualization or Pedro Cerrano's Jobu doll or Turk Wendell's animal tooth necklace—I'm talking about the nuts-and-bolts logic of baseball that, when ignored, costs teams outs and runs, which eventually cost them games.

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February 7, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Atlanta Braves Top 11 Prospects

12

Kevin Goldstein

Atlanta's system has several high-caliber pitchers but few hitters to match their upside.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 16, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects

23

Kevin Goldstein

There aren't a whole lot of nice things to say about this unhappy system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 10, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects

33

Kevin Goldstein

A once-barren Mets system is beginning to look much better under Sandy Alderson

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 10, 2010 8:00 am

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects

60

Kevin Goldstein

A possible surprise for our readers at No. 1 as our Top 11 Prospect series continues.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 28, 2010 9:55 am

Future Shock: Nationals Top 11 Prospects

30

Kevin Goldstein

Stephen Strasburg stands head and shoulders above everyone else in Washington's farm system.

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A minor-league lefty discusses the mechanics behind the best pickoff move in professional baseball.

Derrick Loop has the best pickoff move in professional baseball. Not one of the best, the best. A 26-year-old left-hander, who recently signed with the Padres after two seasons in the Red Sox organization-Boston had plucked him out of an independent league-Loop picked off 17 runners last summer. Astoundingly, he did so in just 71 1/3 innings. Working primarily as a closer at High-A Salem, the deceptive southpaw appeared in 55 games and logged 18 saves to go with a 1.89 ERA.

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January 8, 2010 11:56 am

Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects

68

Kevin Goldstein

One of the most talent-packed organizations in the game has impact talents almost ready for The Show and further away down the chain.

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June 6, 2009 12:23 pm

Future Shock: Draft Class '09 Top 50

31

Kevin Goldstein

Taking the teams out of the equation to answer who the best talents are in this year's draft.

To be clear, this is not a prediction of how the players will be selected, nor is it any kind of mock draft. Instead, this is a pure ranking of talent based on a combination of ultimate ceiling and the probability of reaching it after numerous conversations with scouts, cross-checkers, scouting directors, and front office officials.

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February 8, 2009 11:21 am

Future Shock: Tigers Top 11 Prospects

20

Kevin Goldstein

Most of the Tigers' hopes for a bright future have already arrived on the major league roster.

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November 7, 2008 11:45 am

Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects

26

Kevin Goldstein

A retooling system provides a crop with tons of upside potential, both close to The Show and in the system's lowest rungs.

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