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Baseball America

December 2019

Baseball America has been bringing you the best baseball information in the game for more than 30 years, a must-have resource for fans as well as people who work in the game. Every issue features coverage of the majors, minors, college and high school baseball as well as prospects, prospects and more prospects. Whether you’re looking to win your fantasy league or stay on top of the game at all levels, Baseball America puts it all in your hands.

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26 Issues


1 min.
ba online

@BaseballAmerica @BaseballAmerica BaseballAmericaMag ReadBA 2020 ALMANAC The definitive baseball annual reviews the statistics and stories from every level of baseball in 2019, from the major leagues to the minors and on down to college, high school, independent ball, international leagues and the draft. AVAILABLE IN LATE DECEMBER $25.95 2020 PROSPECT HANDBOOK The ultimate prospect reference guide features scouting reports for the top 30 prospects in all 30 organizations. Perfect for prospect hounds, invested fans and fantasy players. AVAILABLE IN EARLY FEBRUARY $34.95 store.BaseballAmerica.com SOCIAL BUZZ TRUE BLUE Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux earned the BA Minor League Player of the Year award, then proceeded to start 19 big league games as a September callup and make Los Angeles’ postseason roster. DRAFT REPORT CARDS Our annual Draft Report Cards provide the names you need to know for all 30 teams’ 2019 draft classes, highlighting the best tools,…

3 min.
where are they now?

Cunningham looks back fondly on pro opportunity FROM OUR ARCHIVE ISSUE Jan. 10, 1991 RUNDOWN Earl Cunningham ranked as the Cubs’ No. 3 prospect following a season in the Midwest League in which he missed six weeks with a wrist injury. “If he develops, there will be an excess of power,” the report read. A much-ballyhooed outfield prospect as the eighth overall pick in the 1989 draft by the Cubs, Earl Cunningham failed to advance past high Class A after eight seasons in the minors. Yet Cunningham reflects on his professional baseball career with no regrets. “Sometimes you’ve got to be careful what you pray for,” says Cunningham, whose pleasant demeanor shines through laughter. “I prayed all the time to God that I wanted to be a professional athlete. I didn’t pray to be a major league…

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baseball america

EDITOR AND PUBLISHER B.J. Schecter @bjschecter EXECUTIVE EDITORS J.J. Cooper @jjcoop36, Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Don Hintze DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Ben Leigh DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL STRATEGY Mike Salerno EDITORIAL ASSOCIATE EDITORS Justin Coleman @justincolemanba, Kegan Lowe @KeganLowe, Josh Norris @jnorris427 SENIOR WRITER Ben Badler @benbadler NATIONAL WRITERS Teddy Cahill @tedcahill, Carlos Collazo @CarlosACollazo, Kyle Glaser @KyleAGlaser DIRECTOR EDITORIAL PRODUCTION/AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Mark Chiarelli @Mark_Chiarelli SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR Tim Newcomb @tdnewcomb PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR James Alworth GRAPHIC DESIGNER Leah Tyner BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY MANAGER Brent Lewis ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Kellen Coleman MARKETING/OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Angela Lewis CUSTOMER SERVICE Melissa Sunderman COLUMNISTS RON MORRIS Columbia, S.C. TRACY RINGOLSBY Cheyenne, Wyo. JOE SHEEHAN New York WHERE TO DIRECT QUESTIONS BACK ISSUES To order, visit https//www.baseballamerica.com/back-issues/ ADVERTISING ben.leigh@baseballamerica.com COLLEGES ted.cahill@baseballamerica.com DESIGN/PRODUCTION james.alworth@baseballamerica.com DRAFT carlos.collazo@baseballamerica.com HIGH SCHOOLS carlos.collazo@baseballamerica.com INDEPENDENT LEAGUES jj.cooper@baseballamerica.com INTERNATIONAL ben.badler@baseballamerica.com MAJOR LEAGUES kyle.glaser@baseballamerica.com MINOR LEAGUES/BUSINESS josh.norris@baseballamerica.com PROSPECTS kyle.glaser@baseballamerica.com REPRINTS angela.lewis@baseballamerica.com SUBSCRIPTIONS/CUSTOMER SERVICE customerservice@baseballamerica.com WEBSITE mark.chiareli@baseballamerica.com CORRESPONDENTS GABE BURNS Atlanta Journal-Constitution; TJ COTTERILL Tacoma News Tribune; SHI DAVIDI Sportsnet Canada; MIKE DIGIOVANNA Los Angeles…

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for the love of the game

FACTORY ATHLETICS is BA’s For the Love of the Game Selection Partner • JAKE LENAHAN, 13 SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, PA: A true gentleman on and off the field, Jake took part in Challenger events this year, which help those with disabilities play baseball. He plays 13U for Baseball U PA. Jake and his teammates encourage and help those with special needs have fun competing in these games. His coach works for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the Yankees. Off the field, he maintains a high grade average with honors and led his baseball team in most statistical categories. • ALEX BOSTON, 14 LAKE ELMO, MN: After struggling when he first started playing, Alex has worked hard on his game and it’s starting to pay off. He will play on a 14AAA team…

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stop striking out

BASEBALL FACTORY’S CHIEF BASEBALL OFFICER I don’t accept that a strikeout is just another out. I hated doing it as a player and I don’t enjoy watching guys walk back to the dugout after a “K” these days. While I understand some of the rationale behind the philosophy—don’t sacrifice power, stick with your A swing—I think the advantages of contact far outweigh those things in nearly every hitter. With the average at the big league level well under .200 in two-strike counts, a different approach could be worth a try. In the simplest form, it just makes sense by the numbers. A ball put in play at least provides a chance for a hitter to successfully do his job—reach base. Adding the chance of an error being made certainly gives the hitter…

5 min.
winning begets winning

While it’s not absolutely true that minor league success begets major league success, it is generally accurate. In the 2010s, a moderate correlation existed between organizations’ minor league winning percentage and major league success. For example, the Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals won the most frequently in the majors during the past decade. Those clubs’ domestic affiliates ranked second, third and sixth in terms of minor league winning percentage. Cardinals affiliates won 14 domestic minor league championships, more than any other organization. The Dodgers won nine and the Yankees seven. On the flip side, the Marlins, Padres and White Sox lost the most frequently in the majors this decade. Those organizations’ domestic affiliates had the 22nd, 20th and 24th best minor league winning percentages of the 2010s. That trio combined to win 12 domestic minor…