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Baseball America January 2020

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 2020 SUPER REGISTER If you prefer to have statistics all in one place rather than clicking through cyberspace, the Super Register is the book for you. Career statistics and transactions for every player who played in the majors or affiliated minors in 2019. AVAILABLE IN EARLY APRIL 2020 $84.95 2020 DIRECTORY The ultimate reference guide for industry veterans and a great gift for baseball fans, this 300-plus page book provides info on teams, people, addresses, phone numbers and schedules. AVAILABLE IN MID-MARCH $31.95…

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where are they now?

Johnsons all realize their big league dreams ISSUE July 1981 RUNDOWN “I know I’ve never heard of anything quite like it, and for all three of them to be the kind of prospects they are, it has to be extremely unusual,” Expos VP of player development Jim Fanning said of Wallace, Anthony and Roy Johnson. Their lives and baseball careers converged for one glorious summer of 1981 in Memphis, all three Johnsons performing at the top of their games as the next step toward one day soon playing for the Montreal Expos. The “talented trio” of Wally, Anthony and Roy Johnson ultimately ascended the next two rungs in the Expos’ organization ladder to realize their dreams of playing in the major leagues. Wally eventually established himself as a pinch-hitter extraordinaire with the Expos; Anthony’s big league…

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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 SENIOR EDITOR Josh Norris @jnorris427 SENIOR WRITER Ben Badler @benbadler NATIONAL WRITERS Teddy Cahill @tedcahill, Carlos Collazo @CarlosACollazo, Kyle Glaser @KyleAGlaser ASSOCIATE EDITORS Justin Coleman @justincolemanba, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle @ChrisTrenkle STAFF WRITER Joe Healy @JoeHealyBA 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 CORRESPONDENTS GABE BURNS Atlanta Journal-Constitution; TJ COTTERILL Tacoma News Tribune; SHI DAVIDI Sportsnet Canada; MIKE DIGIOVANNA Los Angeles Times; ALAN ESKEW Kansas City, Mo.; JACK ETKIN Denver; DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-Dispatch; DOUG GRAY; SCOT GREGOR Daily Herald…

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for the love of the game

FACTORY ATHLETICS,, is BA’s For the Love of the Game Selection Partner LANDON MACK, 14 COLUMBUS, NJ: Landon was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 3 but does not let that get him down. He is an honor roll student and an accomplished shortstop and pitcher. But his most admirable trait is how he tries to “pay it forward” the way a young Devin Smeltzer did for him after they met during Devin’s junior year in high school. Landon identifies young players who may need a little extra help or may be struggling. He spends extra time with them and uses his own story to help inspire them. DOMINIC CARLEO, 13 EAST NORWICH, NY: Dominic is a leader on and off the field and a role model for his peers. He is also…

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getting better without a bat or ball

BASEBALL FACTORY’S CHIEF BASEBALL OFFICER The offseason is a time for many baseball players to get away from the game for a bit, and at Baseball Factory we encourage playing another sport during this season. Whether or not you put on a different sport’s uniform in the winter, there are many ways to prepare for the baseball season without picking up a bat or ball. Here are 10 areas to improve that will pay big dividends on the field come spring: ACADEMICS: Focus on improving your grades, and work ahead if possible, by completing projects and readings now. Practice good time management. FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING: Tailor your workouts to improve strength and explosiveness that will specifically benefit movements related to baseball performance. FLEXIBILITY: Often neglected but extremely important is integrating a stretching routine before…

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young hitters to target in dynasty

Dynasty players are always looking for the next big thing, and those choosing near the top of an entry draft heading into the 2020 season will have many options from which to choose. That’s because a 2019 MLB draft class frontloaded with position players is sure to please. Collegians like Adley Rutschman, Andrew Vaughn and JJ Bleday balance upside with proximity. High schoolers like Bobby Witt Jr., Riley Greene and CJ Abrams have tantalizing offensive upside. Greene and Abrams have already reached full-season ball. For the more adventurous dynasty player, the 2019 international signing class offers a trio of talented outfielders: the Yankees’ Jasson Dominguez, the Dodgers’ Luis Rodriguez and the Royals’ Erick Peña. The focus of this piece examines the second- and third-tier prospects who can help you win your dynasty…