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Minor League Ball daily notes, April 15, 2016

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Blake Swihart looks stressed
Blake Swihart looks stressed
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning everyone and welcome to the Friday, April 15th edition of Minor League Ball Daily Notes. It's tax weekend (yuck) which also means it is time to finalize the Shadow Twins international free agent class for 2015. I'll get that up later this weekend. In the meantime, here are some baseball links for your edification and amusement.

***Later today we'll take a look at Vince Velasquez of the Philadelphia Phillies, as well as a profile of 2016 MLB top draft prospect Jason Groome.

***The Red Sox sent Rusney Castillo down to the minors and called up catcher Christian Vazquez. Marc Normandin at Over the Monster looks at the implications. What will happen to Blake Swihart?

***Don't forget Nick Melotte's daily Minor League Ball Gameday.

***At Beyond the Boxscore, Henry Druschel looks at some early under and over-performers.

***Jason Hunt at FakeTeams previews the Low-A South Atlantic League.

***Adam J. Morris at LoneStarBall has video of a pair of Joey Gallo home runs.

***Read about the Cat Delay at the Lakeland Flying Tigers Florida State League game.

***Over at Baseball America, J.J. Cooper has interesting thoughts about how the current system may actually incentivize PED use for Rule 5 draft picks. Perhaps a "Daniel Stumpf" rule will be necessary as part of the next Basic Agreement.

***Carson Cistulli's weekly "Fringe Five" prospect article at Fangraphs is always worth a look.