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Minor League Ball Gameday, February 24, 2017

Spring training begins in earnest with the first 2017 exhibition games

Pittsburgh Pirates v Colorado Rockies Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Good morning and afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Friday, February 24th, 2017. This is a real Gameday thread now with the opening of spring training exhibition games. There are five games this afternoon and one this evening.

The MLB scoreboard is here. We’ll start running down prospect highlights tomorrow.

Other items on the agenda:

***I’m working on the organizational rankings and should have them complete early next week.

***Clinton Riddle looks at the background of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. We posted Part One this morning, including an interview with Cody Decker. Part Two will be posted later this afternoon or evening.

***Jacob Markle contributes a profile of 2017 MLB Draft prospect Shane Baz, a hard-throwing high school right-hander from Texas.

***At Beyond the Boxscore, Chris Anders looks at Cincinnati Reds lefty Chris Reed. Can he rebound from his difficult 2016 MLB debut?

***At Fishstripes, Dylan Goodman gives five reasons to be optimistic about the Miami Marlins for 2017.

***At McCovey Chronicles, Grant Brisbee explains why Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper should go into the Hall of Fame together.