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Baseball America May 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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@BaseballAmerica @BaseballAmerica BaseballAmericaMag ReadBA FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME Baseball Factory and Softball Factory are partnering with Baseball America to feature up-and-coming baseball and softball players in each issue of BA magazine. Find more softball coverage at SoftballAmerica.com BA HISTORY Teams often ask us for posters of our covers to decorate clubhouses, offices and suites. Our Twins-themed covers displayed (L-R). 1997: Todd Walker The LSU product tops the Twins’ system. 1983: Tim Teufel The IL player of the year earns a callup. 2013: Byron Buxton Five-tool talent shines in full-season debut. 1987: Kirby Puckett Future Hall of Famer keys upstart Twins. BASEBALL AMERICA COVER STORY MLB Network’s Bill Ripken spent a day with Twins bench coach Derek Shelton for a Network show called “The Coaches: Who Are These Guys?” We thought the wall hangings in the background looked familiar. MELVIN EARNS ALL A’S FROM BA The Athletics’ Bob…

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the early bird catches the worm

@JJCOOP36 If you’re a baseball player born in the U.S., your most likely path to the major leagues is through a four-year college. The numbers make that clear. On 2019 Opening Day rosters, 45 percent of all players came from four-year colleges, dramatically more than any other source. Among draftees, six out of every 10 came from the four-year college route. Just 32 percent signed out of high school while the other 8 percent signed out of junior college. Any player who makes it to the major leagues for a few years is going to comfortably reside in the top tax bracket. Whether a player signs out of high school or goes to college, anyone who is a regular for a couple of years is going to be a millionaire. But the richest of…

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for the love of the game

is BA’s For the Love of the Game Selection Partner TRISDYN FLEETWOOD, 11 BLOOMSBURG, PA: Trisdyn has learned to fight from the moment he entered the world with a congenital heart defect. One doctor told the family prepare for the worst when he was born. The sixth grader continues to challenge himself and conquer his goals. Trisdyn fell in love with baseball at the age of 4 while playing T-ball and began pitching during coach pitch. Last summer, he went to Little League World Series summer camp. This year at age 11, he begins his first year in Major Leagues (Little League). TY MAINOLFI, 12 STATEN ISLAND, NY: Ty was a huge reason his team won a recent 12U Cal Ripken Rundown Tournament in Aberdeen, Md. The switch-hitting shortstop hit .571, drove in seven…

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hitting slumps may not always be mechanical

Going through a rough stretch at the plate? Don’t immediately assume you need to make a mechanical change to get back on track. Too often we see young hitters who string together a couple oh-fers and immediately jump into the cage to make a swing change. They move their hands to a different spot, change their stride, try to implement a new trigger, and make any number of other physical adjustments in an effort to “fix their swing.” Often times the swing is fine—it’s other factors that are causing the issues. At Baseball Factory, our goal is to build complete hitters. Here’s a checklist to evaluate the next time you’re struggling and before you need to make a mechanical change: 1. PITCH SELECTION: Am I swinging at strikes? Have I offered at pitches I…

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bielecki credits timeliness for long big league career

Righthander Mike Bielecki played parts of 14 seasons for five teams in the major leagues. He made appearances in the National League playoffs and in the World Series. Every one of those seasons was played under a one-year contract. “Every spring training I had to come in, outside of a few years, and win a job,” Bielecki said. “I never had the luxury of backing off and taking it easy every winter, because I had to come into spring training ready to go. I think that’s why I played so long.” Bielecki splits his time these days between homes in Ocean City, Md., and Bradenton, Fla., occasionally offering pitching tips to area high school players. He participates in both the Cubs’ and Braves’ fantasy camps. He also reflects on a career in which…

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