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Organization Reports
When he was in college and almost entirely new to pitching, righthander Conor Grammes would have a simple approach on the mound. “It was basically,” Grammes said, “throw it as hard as I can over the middle and let’s hope my velocity beats them.” Gram
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Organization Talent Rankings
Each year since 1984, Baseball America has ranked the farm systems of every organization. This year’s edition of the Organization Talent Rankings sees the Rays repeat at No. 1, while the surging Mariners move into the No. 2 position, three years afte
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Early Draft Preview
Each January, major league scouting departments hunker down for preseason meetings to prepare for the upcoming amateur season. This year could be more chaotic for scouts than ever before thanks to challenges the coronavirus pandemic caused during las
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Position Rankings
Injuries beset former Top 100 Prospects AJ Puk (Athletics) and Brendan McKay (Rays). The Padres’ MacKenzie Gore and the Royals’ Daniel Lynch didn’t quite pitch their way to the big leagues in 2020. Tarik Skubal of the Tigers did but ran up a 5.63 ERA
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Position Rankings
The top prospect in baseball is a shortstop, and Wander Franco is far from alone in the top 20. CJ Abrams (Padres), Marco Luciano (Giants), Bobby Witt Jr. (Royals) and Austin Martin (Blue Jays) join him as potential franchise shortstops. Farther down
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Taking Flight
Just after the 2018 All-Star Game, then-Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette traded star shortstop Manny Machado to the Dodgers in a deal that ushered in a comprehensive ebuild and priority shift in Baltimore. Duquette outlined a long list o
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Pivot Point
When the Padres traded Luis Urias and Eric Lauer to the Brewers for Trent Grisham and Zach Davies In November 2019, it marked a pivot in the franchise’s direction. After four seasons of a rebuild characterized largely by trading major leaguers for pr
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Preseason All-america Team
Baseball America annually polls major league scouting departments to vote on our Preseason High School All-America teams. We ask each organization to make its selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the BA pre
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Buried Treasure
Pirates general manager Ben Cherington and his baseball operations team are playing the long game. In fact, they are playing the longest game that’s been attempted in some time in Pittsburgh. The Pirates last undertook a rebuilding effort with a dist
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Top 100 PROSPECTS
ETA: 2021 | AGE: 20 HIT: 80 | POW: 60 | RUN: 50 | FLD: 50 | ARM: 55 TOP 100 HISTORY: #96 in 2018 | #4 in 2019 | #1 in 2020 The precocious switch-hitter has potential batting titles in his future and a chance to reach the majors as a 20-year-old. ETA:
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Coaches Prepare For Altered Schedules, Pitching Staffs
The rhythms of a college baseball rotation are so hard-coded at this point that it has its own language. Your best starter isn’t an ace or a No. 1 starter. He’s a “Friday guy.” Even midweek games, which every team treats differently, have their own l
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The Global Game
Baseball today is an international game. Major league players hail from all over the globe, from the United States and Canada to Latin America to the Pacific Rim. Even Europe can count Didi Gregorius and Max Kepler. But when Baseball America publishe
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Position Rankings
The group of outfield prospects is predictably stout, led by the Mariners’ dynamic duo of Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic. The corner outfielders on this list will put plenty of runs on the scoreboard, but a shortage of big-time hitters in center
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Position Rankings
Eight of the top 10 righthanders have reached the big leagues—Sixto Sanchez, Ian Anderson, Nate Pearson, Luis Patiño, Michael Kopech, Triston McKenzie, Spencer Howard and Casey Mize—reducing the error bars on a volatile demographic. That proximity co
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Four Of A Kind
No prospect is a sure thing, even those considered the very best. Still, being ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball two years in a row generally portends future stardom. Wander Franco ranks No. 1 on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects for the sec
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Alvarez Conditioned His Mind And Body While Grounded
At first glance, it’s easy to forget that catcher Francisco Alvarez is still just a kid who longs to be near his parents. With big hands, bulging forearms and a powerful physique, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect has been such an imposing figure that childre
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Go Forth And Prosper
Taylor Trammell Mariners Edward Olivares Royals Manuel Margot Rays Franchy Cordero Royals Hudson Head Pirates Jeisson Rosario Red Sox Buddy Reed Athletics Ismael Mena Cubs Hunter Renfroe Rays Owen Caissie Cubs Junior Perez Athletics Ty France Mariner
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Priester Gains Confidence In Stuff In Unusual Season
Quinn Priester’s mom is going to text him about this article. The Pirates’ top pitching prospect left scouts who saw him at instructional league raving about the progress he made during the 2020 season. The 20-year-old righthander was getting his fas
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Organization Report
With one trade on Feb. 2, the Orioles satisfied their need for infield depth and moved a veteran starting pitcher who didn’t fit in their rebuild plans. The Orioles acquired 23-year-old Jahmai Jones from the Angels for Alex Cobb, agreeing to absorb m
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Preseason Stock Watch
Each spring, we identify specific areas of growth or areas of weakness facing potential first-round picks. These can be considered to-do lists for prospects to improve their draft stock. As always, players have a wide range of outcomes, and that is t
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40 For 40
Prospect analysis is at the core of what Baseball America does, and BA has analyzed many great prospects in its 40 years. To put those great prospects in perspective, we asked the three most qualified individuals we know to rank their top 40 prospect
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From Farm To Table
What makes a player a prospect? At its core, the answer to the question is simple: A prospect is someone who projects to play in the major leagues. For 40 years, every ranking Baseball America has compiled—from the Top 100 Prospects to Minor League T
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Position Rankings
The catcher position is absolutely loaded. The Orioles’ Adley Rutschman is a generational talent. He, Francisco Alvarez (Mets), Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers) and Tyler Soderstrom (Athletics) all rank as No. 1 prospects for their organizations. The Twins’ Ry
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Robinson Progresses In A Season That Seemed To Stand Still
At a time when there were no games to be played, Diamondbacks outfielder Kristian Robinson would close his eyes and imagine them. Sometimes he would picture himself standing in the outfield, his mind in a peaceful state. Other times he would pick up
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Position Rankings
It is the best of times for catching prospects. It is the worst of times for corner infielders, particularly first basemen. That is especially true beyond Spencer Torkelson (Tigers) and Andrew Vaughn (White Sox), who were top-of-the-board picks in th
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Raising The Bar
If you were to glance at a few details from Gift Ngoepe’s background, it would come as no surprise that he became a big leaguer. Ngoepe quite literally grew up at the baseball field. His mother worked as a clubhouse attendant for a semi-pro baseball
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Ten Prospects Who Just Missed Making The Top 100
Want to make a bet? Looking at the history of Baseball America Top 100 Prospects rankings, one can feel relatively confident the top five prospects will outperform the prospects ranked from 10 to 20. The difference between ranking No. 1 and No. 20 on
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Obituaries
TOM ACKER, a righthander who pitched in the major leagues from 1956-59 with the Reds, posting a 19-13, 4.12 mark with 256 strikeouts in 380.1 innings, died Jan. 4 in Narvon, Pa. He was 90. FRANK BAUMANN, a lefthander who pitched in the major leagues
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