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Baseball America September 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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ba online

@BaseballAmerica @BaseballAmerica BaseballAmericaMag ReadBA BASEBALL AMERICA GOES MOBILE WITH NEW APP Stay up to date with all the latest news, podcasts, rankings and issues of the magazine from anywhere with the new Baseball America mobile app. For the first time, we’ve released a mobile app for both Appl and Google devices, and it is free to download. Now it’s easier than ever to check out all the latest baseball content from Baseball America. Want to see the latest BA Top 100 Prospects update? Easy! Wondering where your favorite team’s farm system ranks among all 30 clubs? No problem! For our existing Baseball America Insider Club digital subscribers, simply download the app and sign in with the same email and password you use for BaseballAmerica.com to gain full access to the “Bible of Baseball’s” new app. Like on BaseballAmerica.com,…

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jon peters’ troubled past informs new bright outlook

FROM OUR ARCHIVE ISSUE June 10, 1989 RUNDOWN “Jon Peters got considerable national publicity when he no-hit A&M Consolidated High of College Station, Texas, 10-0, for his 51st straight win. It broke the record of 50 set by Timmy Moore of McColl, S.C., in the late 1970s.” Jon Peters was 8. He stood a foot taller than his teammates. He donned an adult-size belt that was swallowed by the flab around his midsection. The leagueissued jersey did not come close to fitting, so his was specially ordered. Then one day, when he swung and missed at a pitch, the front snap of his pants broke, leaving Peters as the target of laughter from teammates and parents alike as he trudged back to the dugout. “I always felt kind of out of place,” Peters said today. “Man, I…

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for the love of the game

FACTORY ATHLETICS TM is BA’s For the Love of the Game Selection Partner • ETHAN HOPKINS, 14 COLLEGE STATION, TX: Ethan attended Baseball Factory’s National World Series in July. A two-way player, he starred for the Pride Double Play 14U squad in Texas and hit .456. Ethan threw the final frame in the semifinal win. His favorite subject is math and he carries the equivalent of a 3.63 GPA. Ethan helps special ed students with severe developmental issues at his school get to classes and is a guide for them in social situations. Ethan has autism and ADHD, but manages a full workload. • JULIANA SNYDER, 13 WESLEY CHAPEL, FL: Juliana has made an incredible impact on the local teams in her community. She went from bench player to starter, thus becoming an idol…

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for young pitchers, learning a changeup is key

BASEBALL FACTORY’S CHIEF BASEBALL OFFICER A pitcher’s job is to get hitters out, and the most effective way to accomplish this is to disrupt hitters’ timing. A well-thrown changeup does that job best. The changeup is an underutilized weapon that isn’t taught early or often enough, but our Baseball Factory instructors are trying to change that. In our opinion, the changeup should be the first secondary pitch that a young pitcher begins to throw. Certainly, fastball command is still king, but once a repeatable delivery and arm stroke that leads to fastball strikes is learned—the changeup is next. There appears to be less chance of an arm injury at an early age with the changeup, because it does not require any alteration to the way the arm works when throwing a fastball. The…

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planting the seeds

With the expiration of the 2019 trade deadline and abolition of August waiver trades, expect to see prospects stay put until the offseason. That’s because the types of major league stars that can command top prospects in trade are now forbidden from being dealt during the next few months. Thus we have a static look at all 30 farm systems—at least until the offseason, when veteran-for-prospects trades will resume. Here we take stock of farm system risers and fallers in the wake of the July 31 deadline. 4. BRAVES Down one spot Atlanta dipped into its prospect pitching depth, dealing upper-level LHPs Joey Wentz and Kolby Allard and RHP Tristan Beck, to help patch its bullpen with veterans Shane Greene, Chris Martin and Mark Melancon. The Braves also graduated notable rookies RHP Mike Soroka…