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Minor League Ball Gameday, Thursday, March 9th

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Today’s recommended reading from around baseball, including Nick Castellanos with two strikes and a great article about Statcast

MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers
Nick Castellanos
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Good morning everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Thursday, March 9th. Here are some items worthy of your attention and consideration today.

****MLB Spring Training Scoreboard

****World Baseball Classic Scoreboard

****Sam Dykstra at looks at New York Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo, coming off a so-so season in High-A and trying to maintain his ranking in a Yankees farm system burgeoning with talent.

****Steve Martano at Beyond the Boxscore examines National League Rookie of the Year candidates.

****Matthew LaMarr at Royals Review reminds us that the Opening Day roster is really not all that important.

****John Marlatt at Bless You Boys looks at Nick Castellanos and his performance in two-strike counts in 2016, a key factor in his improvement last year and one he’ll need to maintain going forward.

****Andrew Perpetua at The Hardball Times looks at Statcast data and tries to find fantasy uses for all of this new information. How much does exit velocity, among other things, actually tell us when we are trying to project a player? This is the most useful article I’ve read on the subject.