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Baseball America

May/June 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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United States
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English
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Baseball America Enterprises, LLC.
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we live for the draft

I really miss baseball. As a reader of Baseball America, you do too. While much of the world—and all of sports—has virtually stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has given us time to appreciate the little things. Health, family, food, education and, of course, sports. Sports are much more than the games themselves. They are about the personalities, experiences and the sense of community they create. I’ve often said that sports are a microcosm of society, and that’s more apparent than ever today. Baseball is woven into the fabric of our society, and not being able to go to the ballpark or local diamond in your community has really hit home over the last few months. It has made us realize that sports are not only an escape, they also…

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flights of fantasy

The suspension of all baseball everywhere this spring forced many fans to look back wistfully at the past to connect with the game they love in the present. I was no exception. I spent entirely too much time researching great seasons from the past 40 years and generally obsessing about the Project G.O.A.T. retro fantasy baseball challenge. The contest was developed by ESPN’s Pierre Becquey, and contestants were tasked with finding the best combination of player seasons since 1980—the year fantasy baseball was created—as scored by traditional 5x5 Roto scoring categories. That led me to ranking the most valuable fantasy players overall since 1980. I graded players on their seven best seasons, applying more weight to the “worst” of those seasons to reward sustained excellence. Each player is listed with his signature season,…

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minor league milestones

We don’t know when we can look forward to minor league baseball again, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look back at standout minor league performances from the past. In this case, we focus on standout performances of the Baseball America era, which dates back to 1981. So to celebrate what would have been the beginning portion of the 2020 minor league season, we rank the most significant, astonishing and outstanding minor league achievements of the past 40 seasons. 1. DWIGHT GOODEN, 1983 300 STRIKEOUTS While 300-strikeout seasons are rare in the major leagues, they are all but nonexistent in the minors. Nolan Ryan, the single-season and all-time major league strikeout king, struck out 307 batters in 1966, mostly at Class A in his first full year out of the draft. Only one minor league…

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grand ambition

Allan Simpson had a baseball craving. He had spent his summers in the early to mid 1970s working for teams, initially for the Alaska Goldpanners—then the perennial National Baseball Congress World Series champions—before becoming general manager for the Rookie-level Lethbridge Expos in Alberta, in his native Canada. Restrictive immigration rules basically short-circuited Simpson’s ambition of a career in baseball at the time, but after a five-year absence, Simpson wanted to be involved in the game again. He wanted to start up a baseball magazine. Simpson put in a call to me. At the time I was covering the Mariners for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and we agreed to meet at the 1980 Winter Meetings in Dallas to discuss his plan. Who was I to say no? I welcomed the opportunity to chat, but I…

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leap of faith

Scouting departments use many information sources to inform their draft selections, but this year for the first time ever they will be missing key data. The coronavirus pandemic upended life in the U.S. in mid-March, introducing concepts such as self-quarantining and social distancing into our everyday vernacular. The pandemic also threw the baseball world into disarray, forcing the suspension of spring training and the cancellation of the spring season for high school and college athletes. While scouts have a long history with the top amateur prospects for the 2020 draft—particularly the college players—any intel gathered this spring would have been valuable. With the 2020 college season halted before conference play even began, scouting departments will have to make due without valuable performance data this year—to say nothing of seeing how players handle the…

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2020 draft preview

THIS DRAFT WILL BE TALKED ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME Regardless of the quality of its players, the 2020 draft will be remembered for a long time. The coronavirus pandemic ground the season to a halt in mid-March and complicated the scouting process for both scouts and players, much the same way the virus had complicated life around the globe. With Major League Baseball’s decision to shorten the draft to just five rounds, it catered to owners looking to cut costs at the expense of amateur players and in opposition to front offices and scouting departments looking to add as much talent as possible during an exceptionally strong draft year. Fewer draft rounds guarantee that fewer future big leaguers will enter pro ball in 2020. The 2020 class is one of the deeper…