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Minor League Ball Gameday, Friday, March 17th, 2017

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Today’s reading from around baseball, including strong games from Franklin Barreto, Clint Frazier, and James Kaprielian

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Good morning and good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Friday, March 17th, 2017. Let’s avoid St. Patrick’s Day puns (the photo is bad enough) and get down to the business of baseball. Here are some items worthy of your notice today:

****MLB Spring Training Scoreboard

****World Baseball Classic Scoreboard

****WBC primer and information for Friday from Talking Chop

****New York Yankees prospects Clint Frazier and James Kaprielian made an impression yesterday in New York’s 11-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, Frazier hitting his first home run of the spring and Kaprielian making his spring debut with two shutout innings.

****Oakland Athletics prospect Franklin Barreto hit a homer yesterday in a 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Barreto is now hitting .480.

****Are the Colorado Rockies contenders for the World Series? Travis Sarandos at Beyond the Boxscore takes a look from the perspective of the Lunatic Fringe.

****At Bleed Cubbie Blue, Al Yellon examines in-house starting rotation options for the Cubs in 2018.

****At Bless You Boys, Ashley MacLennan says that the Detroit Tigers center field situation is not as dire as it appears on the surface.

****Carson Cistulli at Fangraphs has a rundown on the top current performers in NCAA college baseball.