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Minor League Ball Gameday, Monday, August 29

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Kevin Gausman
Kevin Gausman
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Monday, August 28th edition of the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread. Here are some items worthy of your consideration today.

****Not a prospect of course but he's still just 25 years old; Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles fanned nine in seven innings against the New York Yankees yesterday, walking nobody. He has a 19/3 K/BB over 20 innings in his last three starts and now has a 140/38 K/BB in 140 innings on the season.

I've liked Gausman since his days at LSU and I know a lot of you feel the same way. What's your take? Is he having his final breakthrough? Will he become a genuine ace? Or will he continue along as an above-average starting pitcher who never QUITE turns into a dominator?

****Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Jose De Leon fanned 13 for Triple-A Oklahoma City last night. He now has a 2.61 ERA in 86 innings with an amazing 111/20 K/BB and keep in mind that's in the Pacific Coast League.

****At Beyond the Boxscore, Spencer Bingol looks at Toronto Blue Jays rookie Joe Biagini, the "best Rule 5 pick" of 2016 thanks to the development of a new cutter.

****At The HardBall Times, Shane Tourtellotte looks at how it is now easier for a team to go from worst to first (and vice versa) compared to most of baseball history.