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The Long Game: The Next Wave

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

It happens every April. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, or salmon swimming upstream to spawn, the great prospect migration of 2017 has begun, with big names like Cody Bellinger, Dan Vogelbach and Julio Urias already getting called up to the majors. MLB teams make no secret anymore about the fact that they're willing to delay the start of service time clocks for important parts of their future roster, so as April turns into May and then June, more and more players will make the leap from the minors to the big leagues...

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