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To our readers,

Around a month or so ago, we informed the Prospect Team staff that we, as an organization, would not be covering Luke Heimlich in the run up to the draft. We would not cover him as a draft prospect; we would not cover him in any respect.

That policy will continue going forward even if he is drafted by a major-league team.

There are times when we concede our limitations and put our trust in the organizations that can pour more resources into their research, their diligence. This is not one of those times, because the organizations in question are also tasked with winning baseball games and making the most out of the resources they have in the draft. They have other incentives that could push them toward the shady moral ground that prizes on-field value over Heimlich’s victim. We are unencumbered in this respect. And while it would be easy to say we can simply report on what Heimlich does on the field without deeming his guilty plea for molesting his niece acceptable, doing the former certainly elides the latter in many respects.

Luke Heimlich is a talented baseball player and an admitted child molester. Some major-league teams have taken him off their draft board for this reason. We have taken him off our coverage. If you need to know what makes him good at baseball, you will no doubt be able to find it somewhere else. We appreciate your patronage, your time, and your understanding in regards to this editorial decision.

Thank you,

Craig Goldstein & Jeffrey Paternostro

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