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Fantasy Prospects: Pitchers

It was really hard to rank these pitchers. I’m not looking for sympathy or pity since it was also fun as heck, but it was hard. There’s just so much impact pitching talent in the upper minors right now that putting one guy ahead of another almost doesn’t seem right. Balancing the long term and immediate impact of these pitchers is particularly hard. Archie Bradley should be offended that Erik Johnson is ahead of him on this list, since his stuff is bonkers, but I don’t know when Bradley’s getting…

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Rays, Mets reportedly interested in Franklin

Typically Spring Training rekindles some of the hot stove talk that cools off during January and February as teams are now attempting to make sense of the pieces currently on their rosters and how they’re going to fill their remaining holes. It’s been widely known that the Seattle Mariners are interested in moving Nick Franklin in a deal to improve their starting pitching or outfield since he was displaced by a certain quarter billion dollar acquisition. Currently Franklin is batting Brad Miller for the Mariners’ starting shortstop job, although many…

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Scouting Derek Fisher, UVA prospects

When I first laid eyes on Derek Fisher he was an awkwardly muscular, acne ridden high-schooler wearing a jersey that was two sizes too big. This past weekend, I saw a body-beautiful outfielder who’s as tooled-up as any position player in college baseball. The physically striking Fisher currently patrols left field for the Cavaliers, not because his skill set relegates him to a corner, but rather because Virginia has superior options at other positions. A pro club will at least give the 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. Fisher a look in center…

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Jeff Hoffman Scouting Report

Ten hours of driving and a nasty case of facial sunburn were modest prices to pay for escaping the snow-covered everything of Eastern Pennsylvania. The baseball wasn’t bad either, as I journeyed to Charlottesville to see East Carolina ace Jeff Hoffman, take on a talent-laden lineup from the University of Virginia. The highly touted right-hander did not disappoint. Hoffman’s physiological build is immediately striking. At a broad-shouldered 6-foot-4, Hoffman checks in at a projectable 19 2 pounds with a set of disproportionately long arms. It’s really a body you’d associate…

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Fantasy Prospect Rankings: Corner Outfield

Most top prospects don’t start out as corner outfielders. To be a top prospect, you have to be pretty great at baseball. And if you’re pretty great at baseball, you probably played third or shortstop or center when you were in high school or college, because you were just way better than everyone else. Heck, you probably pitched, too. That’s how these things generally shake out. Then you get to the pros, and you’re still better than pretty much everyone, but you’re not way better than everyone. Some guys are…

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REPORT: Baltimore close to saving Mariners

Yep, you read the title correctly. The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly close to a deal to save the Seattle Mariners from Nelson Cruz. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote early Saturday morning that the Orioles were nearing a deal with Cruz. If and when the deal becomes official, Cruz will be off the market, leaving Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, New York Mets or Pittsburgh Pirates — or perhaps an ever-popular mystery team. I wrote late Friday night and included a potential lineup should the M’s bring back…

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Draft Prospect Watch: Hoffman vs. Fisher

Entering the D-1 season’s second week it seems most of the country came away wanting more from the top prospects. While it’s obviously far too early to make any assessments, the anticipation still runs wild and that’s not bound to change this weekend. The weather generally plays a significant role for half the season, depending on what part of the country your’re in, and it wiped out a lot of what North Carolina State had scheduled. That didn’t stop shortstop Trea Turner from putting up numbers nor southpaw Carlos Rodon…

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