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Baseball America February 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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ba online

@BaseballAmerica @BaseballAmerica BaseballAmericaMag ReadBA WE WROTE THE BOOK ON PROSPECTS—AGAIN The 2020 Prospect Handbook is a must-have for superfans and fantasy players. You will find yourself returning to the book—now in its 20th edition—all year to see what we wrote. Get the scoop on big league callups, trade acquisitions or even prospective additions to your dynasty team. The Prospect Handbook ranks the Top 30 Prospects for all 30 organizations—for a total of 900 scouting reports. The book also includes: • Position rankings • Farm system rankings • The best tools in the July 2 signing class Order your 2020 Prospect Handbook today for $34.95. For fastest delivery, order directly from Baseball America. Available in February. store.BaseballAmerica.com SOCIAL BUZZ NICK BITSKO IS FILTHY The Pennsylvania prep righthander will graduate early and become eligible for the 2020 draft. The Virginia commit was previously ranked as the No. 1 high…

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cory snyder prepares for life after baseball

FROM OUR ARCHIVE ISSUE Jan. 15, 1985 RUNDOWN “His transition to the professional ranks was seemingly effortless. He’s probably the finest all-around athlete we’ve signed in my 12 years with the club,” Indians official Bob Quinn said. For the first time since his youth, 57-year-old Cory Snyder will not have a role in baseball this season. In mid-December, he accepted a job in car sales for Murdock Hyundai of Lindon, Utah. Snyder leaves quite a legacy in baseball. He was a three-time All-American at Brigham Young, a member of the first U.S. Olympic baseball team in 1984, the fourth overall pick the same year and hit 149 home runs over nine seasons in the big leagues. Then he coached, managed and worked in the front office for 13 seasons at an assortment of independent and minor…

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for the love of the game

is BA’s For the Love of the Game Selection Partner ● JORDAN SPENCER, 12, CITY NAME, MI Helping others, being a great athlete and an even better student are some of things Jordan strives for. At the age of 11, he received numerous awards and accomplishments on the field. Jordan is also a leader off the field. A principal’s list recipient, he earned a 4.06 GPA. He volunteers at local food banks and actively participates with his church, feeding and assisting the less fortunate. He is youth member of our local NAACP chapter and is welcomed as a leader on his baseball teams. ● TRENT NASAKAITIS, 15, BILOXI, MS Trent has spent the last two seasons in and out of the hospital dealing with digestive problems. Last season, he battled adversity by having a…

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becoming a team leader is easier—and more valuable—than you think

BASEBALL FACTORY’S CHIEF BASEBALL OFFICER High school practices have started in some parts of the country, while others are still counting down the days until tryouts begin. Whether you’re already outside on the field or still working out indoors waiting for the snow to melt, it is never too early to establish yourself as a leader this season. Coaches love players who can help lead their team. Leadership shows itself in many ways, and you don’t have to be the team’s best player to do it. In fact, you don’t need to be in the starting lineup or even have a guaranteed roster spot when tryouts begin to have a positive influence on the rest of the team. While vocal leaders are valuable, you don’t have to be a “rah-rah” guy either…

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dandy dozen

As college baseball enters the 2020s, we pause to reflect on the best players from the previous four decades. Baseball America published its first issue in 1981, and in that time—39 seasons—four players have achieved postseason first team All-America status three times. Those four players—Brendan McKay, Greg Swindell, Jason Varitek and Robin Ventura—stand as four of the most accomplished collegians ever. But we aren’t content to stop there. Read on to learn the identity of the top 12 most decorated college All-Americans of the BA era. 1. ROBIN VENTURA, 3B, OKLAHOMA STATE FIRST TEAM: 1986, 1987, 1988 1986 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR 1987 PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ventura gained national attention for his record 58-game hitting streak during his 1987 POY season, then cemented his reputation with a 16-year big league career in which he won six…

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better late than never

Recency bias colors how we perceive prospect performance—except when it comes to giving players credit for late-season development. A player who struggled through the first half but shined in the second will tend to be viewed less positively than one who excelled early but faded late. That’s because in many cases there exists a lagging awareness of value for the second-half standout. We will help remedy that situation by examining five pitchers and five hitters who performed markedly better in the second half of 2019 than the first. Maybe these prospects figured something out. Maybe they adapted to a higher level of competition after the game sped up on them initially. Maybe it’s random variance. Regardless, the astute dynasty player is always looking for value, and these 10 prospects could be at their lowest…