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Michael "BATMAN" Taylor promoted to Washington Nationals

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Michael "BATMAN" Taylor will be promoted from the AAA Syracuse Chiefs to the Washington Nationals. I'll be attending tonight's game in the hope of witnessing his first at bat in person. I've been following him closely. Game 1 - Gave me a bat as he headed off the field for cheering him. Game 2 - Strikeouts were a problem. Game 3 - The kid hit three home runs in Harrisburg. I don't think he's ready to contribute on offense because without the AAA seasoning, he'll likely struggle with contact, but he's ready to be a defensive replacement that's better than Span with outfield arm. Seize the day and make them guilty when they send you back down, kid!

How telling are a teenager’s A-ball stats?

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1) This methodology measures the likelihood that a player made it to the majors and doesn’t take into account how well he played upon arriving. So a player with one big league game is counted the same as a player who went on to have a Hall of Fame-caliber career. A stat that predicts a player’s making the majors may also predict his level of big league success, but that’s not something I attempt to quantify here. 2) This methodology does not account for a player’s defensive skill or position. Obviously, a weak-hitting catcher or shortstop is more likely to crack the majors than a weak-hitting first baseman, but defensive skill is a little hard to quantify for minor leaguers. Prospects change positions all the time and there’s a good chance any given A-baller won’t stick at his current position as he navigates through three more minor league levels. - See more at: http://pinstripepundits.com/2014/07/how-telling-are-a-teenagers-a-ball-stats.html#sthash.pO5nP8F8.8Kjlr6c8.dpuf

Draft Signing and Pool Spending Trackers

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Here is the signing tracker and pool spending tracker (link embedded on the signing tracker page). Check it out and leave comments if I'm missing any signings. Thanks.

The Ballad of Kenny Diekroeger

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From consideration as a possibly 1.1 pick to a fourth rounder struggling in Low-A ball. An article about the trials and tribulations of former top prospect Kenny Diekroeger

Scouting Report: CF Dariel Alvarez, AA Bowie Baysox (Baltimore)

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My workup on 25 year old Cuban OF, currently tearing up EL pitching.

West Michigan Whitecaps stadium fire

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A fire today damaged Fifth Third Ballpark, the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Year in Review

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You can also follow link to pitchers at the beginning of this piece.

Greg Bird: Time to buy into the hype?

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An article I wrote at Pinstriped Bible. Greg Bird has been one of the fastest rising and most exciting Yankees prospect. How does he compare to Single-A first basemen historically? Should we temper our expectations, or is it time to buy Greg Bird stock (or at least his rookie cards)?

Sully's East Coast Pro Showcase Top 50 Prospects - 2014 MLB Draft

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Check out Jeff Sullivan's Top 50 Prospects List from the 2013 East Coast Pro Showcase. http://www.ninebaseball.org/Wordpress/sullys-top-50-ecp-prospects/ Follow all summer showcase updates on twitter @jsully12

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