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Top 50 MLB prospects: Astros’ Alex Bregman leaps to midseason No. 1

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Here at the MLB season’s midpoint, and with the De Jerseysadline to sign draftees coming up on Friday, I put together an update of the top 50 prospects in baseball, given that a good number of pLa Jerseysyers from my Top 100 prospects rankings in January have graduated to the majors.

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In ranking these pLa Jerseysyers, I tend to weigh upsiDe Jerseys or ceiling more heavily than proximity to the majors. The list incluDe Jerseyss a mixture of pLa Jerseysyers as high as Double-A or Triple-A as well as a few who have signed in recent Weeks Jerseys but have yet to make their professional De Jerseysbuts.

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PLa Jerseysyers who already have passed the cutoff for Rookie of the Year eligibility or are currently on a major League Jerseys roster (e.g., Josh Bell Jerseys Jerseys and Trea Turner Jerseys Jerseys) are not incluDe Jerseysd here. PLa Jerseysyers who have not signed out of the draft are ineligible for the list, which is why Jaso Jerseysn Groome, drafted 12th overall by the Red Sox Jerseys, and Braxton Garrett, drafted seventh overall by the Marlins Jerseys, are absent.

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One important note: I start these lists from scratch every time I assemble them, so it’s not as if I’ve “moved” pLa Jerseysyers up or down from previous rankings. PLa Jerseysyers change, and the rankings should reflect that, but just because a pLa Jerseysyer is Lowe Jerseysr now than he was in May Jerseys or FebRua Jerseysry doesn’t mean he’s somehow gotten worse. It only means I’m trying to make these rankings as accurate as I can.

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Note: The “previous rank” for each pLa Jerseysyer refers to Keith’s May Jerseys rankings; NR stands for “Not Rated” and means the pLa Jerseysyer wasn’t among the top 25 in May Jerseys.

1. Alex Bregman, SS/3B

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Previous rank: 15

Current level: Triple-A

Bregman’s power output this year — 19 homers in 70 games between Double- and Triple-A — has been way beyond anything I’ve ever forecasted for him, and even if you (or I) still want to argue that he’s not going to have more than average power, how could you reasonably say he won’t ever hit 20 homers in a full season when he has done this? He also has pLa Jerseysyed aDe Jerseysquate enough De Jerseysfense at shortstop that he’d be an upgraDe Jerseys over Carlos Correa Jerseys, he has proven very difficult to strike out, he works the count, and he draws walks. He might be peak Dustin Pedroia Jerseys Jerseys with the bat, but on the other siDe Jerseys of the bag. That’s a superstar.

Nate Burleson recalls Brock Lesnar’s suplex during a Vikings-Chiefs practice

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Jerseys will reintroduce joint practices next month in Cincinnati, when they spend two days working out against the Bengals Jerseys before their preseason opener on Aug. 12. It’s difficult to imagine anything in those practices being as entertaining as what former Vikings Jerseys receiver Nate Burleson recently recalled.

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Brock Lesnar was in Vikings Jerseys camp in 2004, nearly making the team’s roster as a defensive end after spending time in the WWE. And Lesnar, who returned to UFC over the weekend, provided Burleson with an indelible memory.

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“Somebody cheap-shotted Daunte Culpepper late,” Burleson said on NFL Network, recalling a joint practice with the Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys Jerseys. “And Brock was like, ‘Who did it?’ The next play, he went and suplexed the guy. He picked up a grown man after the play. It was a Royal Rumble: Minnesota versus Kansas City. … That was a nasty suplex on the football field.”

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In the old “Cheese League,” when the Chiefs Jerseys, Chicago Bears Jerseys Jerseys, New Orleans Saints Jerseys Jerseys and Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys Jerseys all used to train in Wisconsin, along with the Packers Jerseys in Green Bay and the Vikings Jerseys in Mankato, Minnesota, joint practices were much more feasible than they are now. They often come with plenty of extracurricular activity between teams, which is why Vikings Jerseys coach Mike Zimmer said he likely wouldn’t have been in favor of joint practices with a team other than the Bengals Jerseys, whom he knows from his six years as the team’s defensive coordinator.

But while coaches might worry about fights between opposing teams in joint practices, a character like Lesnar could certainly make them entertaining.

Tim Tebow not speaking at Republican National Convention

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Former Denver Broncos Jerseys Jerseys quarterback Tim Tebow will not speak at next week’s Republican National Convention, he clarified on Instagram Thursday.

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that Tebow would give a speech at the convention. Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy while at Florida in 2007, was reportedly set to speak on the fourth night of the convention, the same night presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is expected to formally accept the party’s nomination in his own speech.

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Tebow recorded an Instagram video to deny the report. “My goal has always been able to make a difference in the biggest way possible, and if one day that’s the political realm, that’s what I’ll do.” He added that he is focused on running his foundation in the interim.

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Trump has repeatedly promised to eschew a traditional nominating convention, where speeches are usually given by politicians. While a number of elected officials and political figures will reportedly speak when Republican delegates convene in Cleveland next week, Trump has invited a number of unconventional speakers.

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UFC president Dana White and LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis will also speak at the convention, according to the Times. White will speak on the second night of the convention, according to a preliminary list the Times obtained.

Tebow hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2012 season, when he was a member of the Jets Jerseys. Tebow, whose conservative politics are well known, is a prominent social conservative and is outspoken about his pro-life views.

Trump has frequently touted his friendships with athletes on the campaign trail, often speaking of his relationship with New England Patriots Jerseys Jerseys quarterback Tom Brady Jerseys. Earlier reports suggested Mike Tyson, Bobby Knight and Mike Ditka could also speak at the convention, but none of the three is on The New York Times’s list.

Several prominent Republican figures, including 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney and former President George W. Bush, will not attend the convention.

The 2016 Republican National Convention begins on Monday. It will conclude next Thursday.

– Stanley Kay

Kershaw and others could return soon for mending Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers Jerseys got some encouraging news on the eve of resuming pLa Jerseysy after the All-Star break, with word that injured ace CLa Jerseysyton Kershaw Jerseys Jerseys Jerseys could soon return to the starting rotation.

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After Kershaw Jerseys Jerseys pLa Jerseysyed catch Thursday at Dodger Stadium, manager Dave Roberts Jerseys said the left-Hand Jerseyse Jerseysr would throw a simuLa Jerseysted game Saturday at home, along with fellow lefty Alex Wood Jerseys Jerseys.

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Kershaw Jerseys Jerseys has been on the disabled list since June 27 with a Minor Jerseys disk herniation in his Lowe Jerseysr back.

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He threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at the stadium after attending the All-Star Game in San Diego, where he was chosen for the NL team for the sixth straight year.

”That was encouraging for us,” Roberts Jerseys said. ”He says he’s feeling well. All of it is contingent upon how CLa Jerseysyton feels. Not a whole lot is left.”

Roberts Jerseys said he wasn’t sure whether Kershaw Jerseys Jerseys would need a rehab assignment before rejoining the rotation.

”I don’t think he feels he needs one,” Roberts Jerseys said.

Wood Jerseys has been facing hitters in Arizona and will soon begin a rehab assignment as he comes back from a strained tRice Jerseysps.

The Dodgers Jerseys (51-40) return from the break trailing first-pLa Jerseysce San Francis Jerseysco by 6 1/2 games in the NL West Jerseys. They open a nine-game trip Friday at Arizona, folLowe Jerseysd by three games at NL East-leading Washington and three at St. Louis.

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Bud Norris Jerseys Jerseys, Brandon McCarthy Jerseys Jerseys and Kenta Maeda Jerseys will start games in Arizona. Scott Kazmir Jerseys Jerseys and Hyun-Jin Ryu Jerseys Jerseys will start the first two games in Washington.

Also nearing a return is center fielDe Jerseysr Joc PeDe Jerseysrson Jerseys, who separated his right shoulDe Jerseysr on June 28. He will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A OkLa Jerseyshoma City and is expected to be activated Tuesday, Roberts Jerseys said.

Brett AnDe Jerseysrson Jerseys is getting close to returning to the rotation, too, after recovering from surgery for a herniated disk in his Lowe Jerseysr back in March.

The left-Hand Jerseyse Jerseysr threw a 60-pitch bullpen session that Roberts Jerseys De Jerseysscribed as ”electric.”

”He’s really come on as of La Jerseyste,” Roberts Jerseys said.

Next up for AnDe Jerseysrson is pitching a simuLa Jerseysted game, folLowe Jerseysd by a rehab assignment.

Reliever Yimi GArcia Jerseys Jerseys Jerseys, on the DL with strained biceps, has faced hitters and will begin a rehab assignment soon.

OutfielDe Jerseysr Andre Ethier Jerseys Jerseys was to get a scan of his broken right leg on Thursday. If the results show further healing, he will take a more aggressive appRoach Jerseys in his rehab.