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Minor League Ball Gameday, Monday, March 13th

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Casey Gillaspie homers twice for the Rays and other essential reading from around baseball

Philadelphia Phillies v Tampa Bay Rays
Casey Gillaspie
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Monday, March 13th, 2017. Here are some baseball news items and reading tidbits worthy of your attention as the workweek begins and the East Coast blizzard approaches.

****MLB Spring Training Scoreboard

****World Baseball Classic Scoreboard

****Tampa Bay Rays first base prospect Casey Gillaspie slammed two homers yesterday, with teammate Jake Bauers adding another long ball in an 8-2 Rays victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Gillaspie is now 5-for-19 on the spring with six RBI while Bauers is 8-for-20.

****Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Jose Osuna is 11-for-25 with four home runs this spring.

****Houston Astros prospect A.J. Reed is 9-for-25 with four homers as well. I will have a longer article about him this week.

****Anthony Castrovince at SportsonEarth points out that shortstops are not so short anymore.

****Ryan Romano at Beyond the Boxscore looks at the largest disagreements between the various projection systems as we enter 2017.

****Mark Davidson at ByB believes that expectations for Los Angeles Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker are still too low. And he has the sabermetrics to back it up.

****Eric Longenhagen’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is out at Fangraphs today.

****Dave Cameron looks how top prospects should be properly valued.