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J. Meric

Good afternoon prospect watchers. Let's get down to business.

***The 2013 MLB All-Star Futures Game is tomorrow at 2 PM eastern time. I will be live-blogging the event, so stop by and discuss.

***Yesterday's Minor League Ball Gameday thread.

***The biggest prospect news yesterday was Jarred Cosart and his big league debut for the Houston Astros: one hit in eight innings of work. On the other hand, he walked three and struck out just two. If you've ever seen him pitch in the minors, this was vintage Cosart: really tough to hit, but a few too many walks and not as many strikeouts as you might think given his stuff quality. He was sent down to Triple-A after the game; it will be interesting to see where things go from here, but obviously we'll see him back in the majors sometime later in the year.

***Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Tom Windle threw five scoreless innings for Low-A Great Lakes yesterday, fanning seven against Burlington. He has a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings with a 12/5 K/BB over three starts, looking very good in his initial pro exposure, just a month after being drafted in the second round out of the University of Minnesota.

***The Toronto Blue Jays were unable to come to terms with first round pick Phil Bickford, who will now go off to pitch at Cal State Fullerton and hope that his arm doesn't explode in college. His price tag was reportedly $4,250,000, way over the slot value of $2,921,400. On the other hand, the Blue Jays were able to sign 11th-round high school lefty Jake Brentz for $700,000 and 30th-round high school first baseman Rowdy Telez for $850,000. This makes the loss of Bickford less critical. Both Brentz and Tellez were considered first-round possibilities at times during the spring, although both saw their stock slip. The Jays also get to try again with the 11th-overall pick in 2014 to compensate for the inability to sign Bickford.

***Our own Lee Warren of Minor League Ball interviewed Manny Ramirez last night in Omaha.

***Today's minor league baseball schedule.

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