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January 21, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Daily Draft Video: Edwin Diaz

Daily exclusive video series designed to familiarize you with the names you need to know leading up to the 2013 amateur draft.

Edwin Diaz (SS/INF), out of Ladislao Martinez Otero High School (Vega Alta, PR), is a projectable infielder with offensive upside and smooth enough actions to potentially stick up-the-middle.  Diaz shows well in the field with the glove, arm and lower-half, with ultimate size and quickness likely the determining factors as to which infield position he eventually calls home at the pro ranks. There is present pop in the barrel, produced by a leveraged swing with natural lift, though each can lead to empty cuts at present -- particularly against quality secondaries. Today’s video is from the 2013 Perfect Game World Showcase, held at Terry Park in Ft. Myers, Florida.

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MLBDepthCharts Mailbag

Jason Martinez answers questions on the Rays' lineup and Brewers' rotation in the latest 'MLBDepthCharts Mailbag'.

Jacob Larsen (@jakelarsen) asks this question about the 2013 Tampa Bay Rays, "Do the Rays sign a DH, allowing Brandon Guyer and Matt Joyce to fill an OF spot until Myers is ready?"

Thanks for the question, Jacob. Let's break this down into the pre-Myers era of 2013 and the post-Myers era and then decide if the Rays really need to acquire another bat ... 

There is a very strong likelihood that power-hitting prospect Wil Myers will start the season in Triple-A. Without getting too much into specifics on service time and how it relates to arbitration and free agency, let's just say that the Rays will get an extra year of team control if Myers stays in the minors until around late April, and he'll only get three years of arbitration, starting in 2016, instead of four, starting in 2015, if he's in the minors until at least late May. Big savings for a small market team. The safe assumption would be that the 22 year-old Myers joins the Rays in June. This is my current projection for the April and May lineup ...

1 CF Desmond Jennings
2 SS Yunel Escobar
3 2B Ben Zobrist
4 3B Evan Longoria
5 RF Matt Joyce
DH Ryan Roberts
1B James Loney
8 LF Sam Fuld / Brandon Guyer
9 C Jose Molina

Not that impressive, right? They could also have Zobrist play right field, move Joyce to left field, and go with some combination of Ryan RobertsReid Brignac, and Sean Rodriguez at second base. Still not impressed? You shouldn't be. Roberts (.656 OPS), Brignac (2-for-21 in MLB), and Rodriguez (.607 OPS) didn't exactly set the world on fire last season. Any way you slice it, there are two spots in the lineup that could use an upgrade. Well, they could actually use an upgrade at first base and catcher, too, but expect James Loney and Jose Molina to be in the lineup on Opening Day.

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January 20, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Jungmann vs Roache vs Coulter)

Daily Draft Video Weekend Flashback takes a look at today's top prospects before they were pros.

Taylor Jungmann, Victor Roache, and Clint Coulter were three of the top prospects featured in this year's Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects here at Baseball Prospectus. Today’s Draft Video Weekend Flashback features these top prospects in pre-draft action.

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Nine Frank Robinsons

Fielding a lineup with nine Frank Robinsons.

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January 19, 2013

Wezen-Ball

Earl Weaver & Stan Musial, Together

A quick look back at an early 1952 game.

March 8, 1952, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Spring training. The defending World Champion New York Yankees are facing 1951's third place St. Louis Cardinals in the first test of new player-manager Eddie Stanky. Stanky's main goal is to try and get a good feeling for his new squad—especially the young kids who have been toiling away in Omaha and the rest of the minor-league system—but there's little doubt that he wants to make a respectable showing in his new role.

With an eye towards the future, Stanky pencils in 21-year-old Earl Weaver at second base. Weaver has already played 540 games at various levels of the Cardinals' minor-league system over the last four years, but his time to make it to the big leagues may be running out. Not only has Red Schoendienst been holding down the keystone since 1946 (and will stay there for St. Louis until he's traded in 1956), but new manager Stanky is also on the depth chart up the middle. It's a cruel joke for the man called "the Eddie Stanky of the Cardinal organization". If Weaver can't make a big impression this spring, who knows what will happen to him.

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Michael Clair's Charity Baseball Blogathon for Doctors Without Borders

A worthy cause needs your help now.

At 11 AM on Saturday morning, Michael Clair started blogging about baseball at his excellent site, Old Time Family Baseball. He won't stop blogging until 11 AM on Sunday, by which time he will have published 48 posts, one for each half-hour interval. None of the posts is pre-written; he's doing it live. So far, he's memorialized Earl Weaver, searched for the next Vin Scully, broken down bad baseball movies to liveblog later, and diagrammed Jeff Karstens' amusing anatomy. He's doing this not because it's how he relaxes on weekends, but because he wants to make some money for a worthy organization, Doctors Without Borders. Sure, some might say it's time we took the Doctors down a notch—you wear a white coat and save some lives, and suddenly you start to believe the borders everyone else observes no longer apply to you—but Michael raised $2000 for them in his first annual charity blogathon last year, and now he's back and aiming for at least $3000. (Next year, one assumes, he'll be dreaming of 4000.)

But that, as they say in the infomercials, 's not all. Michael's 24 hours of blogging are just the start: after that, he's got a full day of guest posts by other baseball writers lined up (including yours truly, Larry Granillo, Jason Wojciechowski, and some others you might recognize from BP's past). He's also raffling away prizes for those who donate, including free subscriptions to Baseball Prospectus, gift certificates to MLB.com and Ebbets Field Flannels, a copy of Out of the Park Baseball, some good baseball books (including Best of Baseball Prospectus), some so-bad-they're-good baseball movies, and more.

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Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Andrew Pullin)

Daily Draft Video Weekend Flashback takes a look at today's top prospects before they were pros.

Andrew Pullin was listed as a "prospect on the rise" in this year's Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects here at Baseball Prospectus. Today’s Draft Video Weekend Flashback features this up-and-comer in pre-draft action.

Andrew Pullin (2B/OF) out of Centralia High School (Fords Prairie, WA); drafted fifth round (188th overall), 2012. Prior to signing with the Phillies, Pullin was committed to attend the University of Oregon. Video from the 2011 Area Code Games scout workout at Blair Field (Long Beach, Calif.).

Pullin at bat for Marucci Elite at the 2011 WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Florida (hosted by Perfect Game USA).

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January 18, 2013

BP Fantasy Podcast

Episode 24: 20-90 Scale

Jason and Paul are joined by Lord Todd Zola to talk player valutations and draft mechanics.

So, we recorded and realized we forgot to cover Rafael Soriano. Our thoughts -- he'll be very good with the Nationals and their bullpen should be stupid good this season. It sucks if you own Storen. 

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