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Baseball America June 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 INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT The Nationals’ Juan Soto posted an Instagram story to his account when he received the May issue of Baseball America, which featured him and fellow Dominican outfielder Victor Robles on the cover. BASEBALL HOLIDAY When the Blue Jays called up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to make his big league debut on April 26 it was an international holiday for prospect watchers everywhere. WHEN YOU READ BA … BA readers have known about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for years. We first featured him on our cover in 2017. Since then, he’s been our cover subject six times in total, on everything from the magazine to our Prospect Handbook. NEVER TOO EARLY Ben Badler brings you unparalleled international amateur prospect coverage, both for 2019 and beyond. @ben.badler YOU HAVE DRAFT QUESTIONS. WE HAVE ANSWERS. The Baseball America Draft Database brings 53 years…

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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 @ElJayColes, Kegan Lowe @KeganLowe, Josh Norris @jnorris427 SENIOR WRITER Ben Badler @benbadler NATIONAL WRITERS Teddy Cahill @tedcahill, Carlos Collazo @CarlosACollazo, Kyle Glaser @KyleAGlaser COLLEGE BASEBALL ANALYST Dave Serrano @DaveSerrano11 DIRECTOR EDITORIAL PRODUCTION/AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Mark Chiarelli @Mark_Chiarelli SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR Tim Newcomb @tdnewcomb PRODUCTION DESIGN & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Sara Hiatt McDaniel MULTIMEDIA MANAGER Linwood Webb DESIGNER James Alworth 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 sara.mcdaniel@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 sara.mcdaniel@baseballamerica.com SUBSCRIPTIONS/CUSTOMER SERVICE customerservice@baseballamerica.com WEBSITE mark.chiareli@baseballamerica.com CORRESPONDENTS GABE BURNS Atlanta Journal-Constitution; TJ COTTERILL Tacoma…

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now an agent, bobby witt remains on the players’ side

Bobby Witt has come full circle. Thirty-four years ago, Witt was the first-round pick in bonus negotiations. The Rangers had drafted the hard-throwing righthander out of Oklahoma. Now, Octagon Baseball, where Witt is employed as a senior client manager, will represent his son Bobby Jr. when the Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High shortstop is expected to be among the top players drafted this year. “I love it, to be honest with you,” Witt said of his work at Octagon Baseball. “It keeps me around the game, which I love. I’ve always been on the players’ side … People say, ‘You’ve gone to the dark side.’ Not necessarily. I’ve been on the players’ side my entire life.” Witt was the third player selected in the 1985 draft, commanding that year’s highest bonus of $179,000. He…

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for the love of the game

is BA’s For the Love of the Game Selection Partner NIKO DOMINGUEZ, 15 SANTA MARIA, CA: Niko loves baseball, but it’s the lessons and messages off the field from coaches that has had the most impact. He wanted to make a difference in school, at home and on the reservation with his Native American community, so he joined the AHO committee, a group of young people ages 12 to 25 trained in suicide and drug prevention awareness. Niko has stood up to help his community, friends and fellow ballplayers by saying no to drugs. TRISTA MARCUM, 14 WILLIAMSON, WV: An eighth grader at Williamson Middle School, Trista has thrown four no-hitters and two perfect games, one against Williamson’s county rival. She is looking to help bring her school its first-ever county championship title. A…

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keys to becoming a good baserunner

BASEBALL FACTORY’S CHIEF BASEBALL OFFICER Ask most high-level baseball people to boil the game down to its main elements and they will tell you it is made up of hitting, pitching, defense and baserunning. Running the bases takes effort, the dedication to hustle and run hard at all times. It’s about your team more than your own stats, because a majority of the positive things a baserunner does will not show up in a box score. Those things include getting a great jump and advancing on a ball in the dirt, going first to third because you know where the outfielders are playing and taking an extra base when the defense gets lackadaisical. These are all things that help your team win that do not show up in your individual statistics. Good…

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first impressions

When it comes to the draft, the only certainty is uncertainty. Rarely is the best player in a draft class the player who is drafted No. 1 overall. Yet the best player in each draft class is almost always a first-round pick, especially in recent times as major league scouting departments have become more sophisticated and more accurate. To celebrate those first-round success stories, we present the top 10 most talented first rounds since 1981, the year Baseball America was first published and ranking draft prospects. NO. 1 1985 First Round 497 WAR No first round in draft history even approaches this class in terms of career value. For a more detailed look, see Page 66. First Pick: B.J. Surhoff, C, Brewers First-Round Standouts: OF Barry Bonds, 1B Rafael Palmeiro, SS Barry Larkin, 1B Will Clark, C B.J.…