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May 7, 2012

BaseballInstinct’s scouting report on Sox prospects RHP Nestor Molina and LHP Jose Quintana

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Thomas Bellmont @ BaseballInstinct:

Nestor Molina RHP White Sox – age 23– Leading the SL in walk rate with just a 3.2%. He was the key piece to the Sergio Santos deal and will need to up the K rate some if he’s going to be that mid rotation starter the Sox hoped they were getting. He has excellent command of his pitch arsenal. Can he be dominant? One answer to many questions is that he is a SP long term. But where does he slot?

Jose Quintana LHP White Sox – age 23 – Another lesser known arm. This lefty has struck out 26 in 35.1 IP with a 3.03 ERA. The production is there for the southpaw and he’s walked just 7.3% of hitters. He’s bounced from the Mets to the Yankees and now with the White Sox he may be poised tos tep forward as a SP option.

Molina’s Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ TOR 8 2 .800 3.11 39 2 13 0 0 4 81.0 71 35 28 4 20 1 64 0 0 2 329 1.123 7.9 0.4 2.2 7.1 3.20
2010 21 Lansing MIDW A TOR 8 2 .800 3.17 37 2 12 0 0 4 76.2 64 31 27 4 20 1 61 0 0 2 309 1.096 7.5 0.5 2.3 7.2 3.05
2010 21 Dunedin FLOR A+ TOR 0 0 2.08 2 0 1 0 0 0 4.1 7 4 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 20 1.615 14.5 0.0 0.0 6.2
2011 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA TOR 12 3 .800 2.21 26 23 1 0 0 0 130.1 114 39 32 8 16 0 148 1 1 5 512 0.997 7.9 0.6 1.1 10.2 9.25
2011 22 Dunedin FLOR A+ TOR 10 3 .769 2.58 21 18 1 0 0 0 108.1 102 37 31 8 14 0 115 1 0 3 432 1.071 8.5 0.7 1.2 9.6 8.21
2011 22 New Hampshire EL AA TOR 2 0 1.000 0.41 5 5 0 0 0 0 22.0 12 2 1 0 2 0 33 0 1 2 80 0.636 4.9 0.0 0.8 13.5 16.50
2012 23 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 3 1 .750 3.72 6 6 0 0 0 0 36.1 45 15 15 3 5 0 25 1 0 0 157 1.376 11.1 0.7 1.2 6.2 5.00
AA (2 seasons) AA 5 1 .833 2.47 11 11 0 0 0 0 58.1 57 17 16 3 7 0 58 1 1 2 237 1.097 8.8 0.5 1.1 8.9 8.29
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 10 3 .769 2.56 23 18 2 0 0 0 112.2 109 41 32 8 14 0 118 1 0 3 452 1.092 8.7 0.6 1.1 9.4 8.43
A (1 season) A 8 2 .800 3.17 37 2 12 0 0 4 76.2 64 31 27 4 20 1 61 0 0 2 309 1.096 7.5 0.5 2.3 7.2 3.05
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/7/2012.

Quintana’s Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 22 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
2012 23 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 1 2 .333 3.06 6 6 0 0 0 0 35.1 32 13 12 1 11 0 26 0 0 2 142 1.217 8.2 0.3 2.8 6.6 2.36
AA (1 season) AA 1 2 .333 3.06 6 6 0 0 0 0 35.1 32 13 12 1 11 0 26 0 0 2 142 1.217 8.2 0.3 2.8 6.6 2.36
A+ (1 season) A+ 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/7/2012.

BTW, BaseballInstinct’s George Utter wrote about Andre Rienzo last week:

Andre Rienzo, RHP White Sox – Age 23 – Rienzo has toiled around the White Sox organization since signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2006.  He’s been effective, yet not dominant in his 5 seasons of professional ball.  In his first go round in the Carolina League he went 6-5 with a 3.41 ERA and 118/66 K/BB ratio for 2011.  The walks were concerning to us, coupled with the fact he gave up 108 hits.  He’s lucky his ERA wasn’t much higher.  Pan forward to 2012 and he was off to a 3-0 start with a 1.08 ERA a 31/7 K/BB ratio over 25 innings.  Throw in just 17 hits and he’s got a sub 1.00 WHIP.  Sadly, He’s been suspended for 50 games for violating Minor League Baseball’s drug prevention and treatment program.

Rienzo’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 21 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 8 4 .667 3.65 20 18 0 2 2 0 101.0 95 45 41 5 32 0 125 2 4 6 432 1.257 8.5 0.4 2.9 11.1 3.91
2011 22 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 6 5 .545 3.41 25 22 0 1 1 0 116.0 108 50 44 4 66 0 118 3 0 16 512 1.500 8.4 0.3 5.1 9.2 1.79
2012 23 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 3 0 1.000 1.08 4 4 0 0 0 0 25.0 17 3 3 0 7 0 31 0 1 3 96 0.960 6.1 0.0 2.5 11.2 4.43
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 9 5 .643 3.00 29 26 0 1 1 0 141.0 125 53 47 4 73 0 149 3 1 19 608 1.404 8.0 0.3 4.7 9.5 2.04
A (1 season) A 8 4 .667 3.65 20 18 0 2 2 0 101.0 95 45 41 5 32 0 125 2 4 6 432 1.257 8.5 0.4 2.9 11.1 3.91
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/8/2012.

April 26, 2012

Nestor Molina struck out 7, walked 1 tonight (April 26)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2012 10:15 pm
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Birmingham@ Montgomery:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nestor Molina (W, 3-1) 6.2 10 2 2 1 7 1 3.56
Matt Wickswat 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.50

Pitches-strikes: Molina 104-65, Wickswat 1-1.
Groundouts-flyouts: Molina 8-3, Wickswat 0-1.
Batters faced: Molina 31, Wickswat 1.

Molina has a 23 K / 3 BB ratio in 30.1 innings (5 games).

BTW, Jared Mitchell went 3-3 in Game 1 and 2-4 in Game 2 of today’s doubleheader and now is batting .338/.472/.563/1.035 with 17 BB and 20 K in 71 AB. He has a .429 BABIP in 63 AB.

April 21, 2012

Nestor Molina struck out 5, walked 1 tonight (April 20)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 21, 2012 3:00 am
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Mississippi @ Birmingham (AA):

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nestor Molina (W, 2-1) 7.0 6 0 0 1 5 0 3.80
Brandon Kloess 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 3.12

Pitches-strikes: Molina 102-70, Kloess 17-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Molina 9-2, Kloess 1-1.
Batters faced: Molina 28, Kloess 7.

Molina has a 16 K / 2 BB ratio in 23.2 innings (4 games). Jared Mitchell went 2-5 with a Home Run and 2 K. He is hitting .298/.420/.544/.964 with 20 K and 11 BB in 57 AB.

April 15, 2012

Nestor Molina struck out 7, walked 0 tonight (April 15)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 15, 2012 9:30 pm
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Birmingham @ Chattanooga (AA):

Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nestor Molina (W, 1-1) 8.0 7 3 3 0 7 1 5.40
Santos Rodriguez (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Pitches-strikes: Molina 94-68, Rodriguez, S 15-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Molina 6-7, Rodriguez, S 1-2.
Batters faced: Molina 30, Rodriguez, S 3.

Jared Mitchell went 2-3 with a 2B, a BB and a K and is hitting .343/.511/.543/1.053 with 11 BB and 11 K in 35 AB. Unfortunately, he has a .455 BABIP.

April 13, 2012

BaseballInstict looks at the minor leagues

Southern League:

Jared Mitchell, OF – The 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft had his career interrupted when he tore an ankle tendon in the spring of 2010. He wasn’t the same in 2011, however was very impressive in the winter instructional league and warranted a promotion to AA. He will be interesting to follow this season as he has tons of potential.

Carolina League:

Trayce Thompson, OF – The 2009 2nd round picked didn’t really impress in 2009 and 2010.  However, some of that changed after hitting 24 HRs in 2011.  His batting average as awful and his K rate was extremely high.  The 21-year-old remains a good talent and will get time to work out some mechanical issues in the Carolina League.

South Atlantic League

Kevan Smith, C - Mature college catcher with power to all fields. He has the bat but is still learning to be a professional catcher.

International League:

Jordan Danks, OF – Has some pop and speed.  He wasn’t much of a prospect and after 2 full seasons at AAA, the 25-year-old doesn’t figure to be a major league regular.  Still, he will have an opportunity to find himself on the bench as a 4th or 5th outfielder before the season is over.

March 19, 2012

Hector Santiago, starting pitcher?

Scott Merkin:

[Hector] Santiago, 24, entered Tuesday’s scheduled off-day for the White Sox as a veritable lock to break camp as one of the team’s seven relievers. He threw a scoreless inning against the Reds during Monday’s 1-0 loss at Camelback Ranch, giving him six without allowing a run this spring, while striking out six.

And the screwball has played a major part in this success.

… After being selected in the 30th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Santiago made 129 of his first 130 appearances out of the bullpen for Bristol, Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem. He started 23 games for Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham in 2011, before pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the White Sox, giving up just one hit.

His impressive debut with the White Sox and continued success in Spring Training has caught the eye of the higher-ups in the organization.

“You know, we may take a [Chris] Sale approach with him,” said White Sox general manager Ken Williams of Santiago, who also could work as a late-inning left-hander. “We might keep him in the bullpen and then look to start him down the line.”

Speaking of pitches, Jake Petricka wants to continue developing his breaking stuff:

The harshest critic of Jake Petricka is … Jake Petricka.

Armed with a mid-90 mph fastball that most deem to be a “plus” offering — scouting jargon for beyond big league average — the White Sox’s No. 5 prospect shrugged and said he believed it to be only average. OK, he relented, maybe slightly above average.

Despite receiving an invitation to Chicago’s Major League camp this spring, it’s clear the 23-year-old right-hander is wary of becoming a one-pitch pitcher destined for the bullpen. He’s intent on improving his secondary pitches — a changeup and a slider — necessary ingredients for a future in the rotation.

Petricka finished 2011 in Class A Advanced Winston-Salem’s starting rotation. He went 7-8 with a 3.65 ERA over a career-high 113 1/3 innings across three lower levels before working exclusively as a reliever in the Arizona Fall League. Impressing others, if not himself, in either role this month likely would lead to a spot with Double-A Birmingham.

MiLB.com asked Petricka to describe and grade each of the three pitches he employs, fastball included. (His grade is based on a scout’s traditional 20-80 scale, 50 being Major League average.) Here is Petricka, in his own words:

Other White Sox links:

March 14, 2012

White Sox vs. Angels @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2012 1:05 pm
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Watch exclusive webcast of Angels-White Sox tilt

Whitesox.com presents an exclusive free video webcast of Chris Sale and the White Sox in action against the Angels. Today’s first pitch is at 3:05 p.m. CT. Chris Sale is making his 2nd spring training start. He is scheduled to throw 3 innings or 60 pitches. Nestor Molina, also, will is scheduled to throw 2 innings or 40 pitches. Watch webcast | Gameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):

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March 9, 2012

Chris Sale makes his starting pitching debut in 1 hour in WGN-TV [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 9, 2012 1:00 pm
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Chris Sale and the White Sox face the Cubs, who send Travis Wood to the mound in Glendale at 2:05 CT. The game is televised on WGN; WSCR has the radio feed. Gameday | Boxscore

UPDATE: Sale had a good outing. 4 K and 1 BB in 3 innings. MLB.com has a 1 minute video from his outing. Nestor Molina had a good outing too. 2 K and 0 BB in 2 innings. Unfortunately Camelback Ranch isn’t Pitch F/X equipped.

February 24, 2012

John Sickels’ 2012 ‘Top 120 Prospects’ list

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ February 24, 2012 2:30 pm
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John Sickels:

44) Addison Reed, RHP, Chicago White Sox

72) Nestor Molina, RHP, Chicago White Sox

Hey, more than one Sox prospect! Sickels likes Molina.

February 9, 2012

MLB.com’s 2012 Top 20 White Sox Prospects

Jonathan Mayo:

1. Addison Reed, RHP (video)
2. Nestor Molina, RHP (video)
3. Trayce Thompson, OF (video)
4. Eduardo Escobar, SS (video)
5. Jacob Petricka, RHP (video)
6. Erik Johnson, RHP (video)
7. Keenyn Walker, OF (video)
8. Simon Castro, RHP (video)
9. Tyler Saladino, SS (video)
10. Jhan Marinez, RHP (video)
11. Marcus Semien, SS (video)
12. Nate Jones, RHP (video)
13. Hector Santiago, LHP (video)
14. Charlie Leesman, LHP (video)
15. Kevan Smith, C (video)
16. Andy Wilkins, 1B (video)
17. Michael Blanke, C (video)
18. Scott Snodgress, LHP (video)
19. Jose Quintana, LHP (video)
20. Josh Phegley, C (video)

No Dylan Axelrod, Jared Mitchell, Andre Rienzo, Gregory Infante, Jeff Soptic, Rangel Ravelo on the list.

January 27, 2012

Nestor Molina ETA: Mid- 2012?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 27, 2012 11:30 pm
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FutureSox’s 2012 Preseason Top 25 White Sox Prospects

Matt Cassidy:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP     [NEW]
2. Addison Reed, RHP     [Previous Rank: 2nd, no change]
3. Simon Castro, RHP     [NEW]
4. Tyler Saladino, SS     [Previous: 9th, +5]
5. Trayce Thompson, OF     [Previous: 3rd, -2]
6. Jacob Petricka, RHP     [Previous: 4th, -2]
7. Hector Santiago, LHP     [Previous: 16th, +9]
8. Keenyn Walker, OF     [Previous: 7th, -1]
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS     [Previous: 6th, -3]
10. Dylan Axelrod, RHP     [Previous: 19th, +9]
11. Jared Mitchell, OF     [Previous: 5th, -6]
12. Andre Rienzo, RHP     [Previous: 11th, -1]
13. Jhan Marinez, RHP     [NEW]
14. Gregory Infante, RHP     [Previous: 14th, no change]
15. Erik Johnson, RHP     [Previous: 17th, +2]
16. Charlie Leesman, LHP     [Previous: 15th, -1]
17. Pedro Hernandez, LHP     [NEW]
18. Andy Wilkins, 1B     [Previous: 13th, -5]
19. Scott Snodgress, LHP     [Previous: UNR]
20. Brandon Short, OF     [Previous: 12th, -8]
21. Jeff Soptic, RHP     [Previous: UNR]
22. Kevan Smith, C     [Previous: 24th, +2]
23. Ozzie Martinez, SS/2B     [NEW]
24. Ryan Buch, RHP     [Previous: 18th, -6]
25. Michael Blanke, C     [Previous: 32nd*, +7]

January 26, 2012

Robin Ventura talks about the 2012 Sox

Scott Merkin:

Ventura was asked about a few key matters during an interview session with White Sox beat reporters on Thursday and came up with a few pre-Spring Training solutions. The White Sox starting rotation, which looks to be one of its strongest suits, seems all but set with John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. According to Ventura, Philip Humber has the advantage at No. 5 over any of the young newcomers such as Nestor Molina or returnees such as Zach Stewart or Dylan Axelrod.”Phil would be that leader heading into the clubhouse,” Ventura said of Humber, whose breakout 2011 effort resulted in a 9-9 record and 3.75 ERA. “I don’t see anything changing with that at this point. We will see during Spring Training, but I’m confident in Phil in doing that No. 5 position.”Humber posted an 8-5 record with a 3.10 ERA and .218 opponents average against in the first half, but had a 1-4 mark, 5.01 ERA and .287 average against after the All-Star break.

Reliever Matt Thornton‘s season was slightly reversed, as the left-hander posted a 2.45 ERA over 52 games after May 1 following an 8.64 ERA in April. Thornton also had blown saves in his first four chances, although he didn’t have the best of luck behind him. Even with that slow start, Ventura tabbed Thornton on Thursday as his leading 2012 closer candidate over rookie Addison Reed and Jesse Crain. “I’m leaning on Matt doing that,” Ventura said. “I don’t think those type of things are concrete. I would like to see him do that, but we’ll see how that goes in Spring Training with him and how he feels.”

In Ventura’s estimation, the team doesn’t have a true utility infielder at this point. Brent Lillibridge earned high praise from Ventura for his versatility and talent, but he wasn’t identified as a possible backup shortstop. Ventura said that Alex Rios could see time in both left field and center field, and as of now, Alejandro De Aza looks to be the leadoff man. Of course, it’s just late January and things could change by the end of Cactus League action. “Gordon [Beckham] could probably do it depending on how he feels about that and how he looks in Spring Training, as far as getting on base,” Ventura said of the leadoff slot. “He has more power than normal leadoff guys, but he’s one of them.”

January 20, 2012

John Sickels updates his ‘Top 20 White Sox prospects for 2012′ list

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2012 7:30 pm
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John Sickels updated his ‘Top 20 White Sox prospects for 2012′ list. #1 and #2 were interchanged and Simon Castro was added at #4:

1) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. One of my favorite prospects.

2) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this winter. I like him a lot.

4) Simon Castro, RHP, Grade C+: Acquired from the Padres for Carlos Quentin. Live fastball, but secondary pitches went backwards last year and will need to rebound if he wants to stay a starter. The change of scenery could help him.

…We’ll start with the good stuff first. Both Nestor Molina and Addison Reed are personal favorites. I originally had Molina one spot ahead because I think he can start. Of course, I think Reed could probably start too, but given how well he pitched last year I can understand their desire to keep him in the bullpen. He should be ready to close sometime in 2012, perhaps out of spring training. I went back and forth on this but in the end I ranked Reed slightly ahead.

BTW, here’s the original list:

1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.

2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.

3) Tyler Saladino, SS, Grade C+: 2010 seventh round pick out of Oral Roberts developed from draft sleeper into solid prospect. Good power for a middle infielder, and has some idea about the strike zone, scouts like his work ethic. Main issue now is if he can stick at shortstop, and I think he has a decent chance to do so.

4) Trayce Thompson, OF, Grade C+: Highest-ceiling bat in system, tapping into his power now and making good progress on defense. Kills lefties but has serious contact problems against right-handed pitching. Struck out 172 times while repeating Low-A. Has the tools to be a star slugger but also carries a high risk of failure.

5) Hector Santiago, LHP, Grade C+: Came out of nowhere to reach the majors (briefly) in 2011 thanks to development of a new screwball to go with 90-95 MPH fastball. Third pitch still needs work and it is unclear if he starts or relieves in the long run, although recent rumors indicate the Sox will continue to start him. Projects as number three/four starter if third pitch develops, or a power relief arm.

Hopefully Coop will help Castro with his secondary pitches in Spring Training.

January 17, 2012

SeedlingsToStars’ 2012 White Sox Team Prospect List

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 17, 2012 1:00 pm
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Nathaniel Stoltz:

Shortstop: Tyler Saladino. Saladino’s almost a year younger than Wilkins, plays on the other side of the defensive spectrum, and still outpaced his teammate in slugging (.501) and Isolated Power (.231), while maintaining a 90/51 K/BB in 102 games in High-A. He’s not an elite defender at short, but should certainly be fine at second base. He could be a poor man’s Dan Uggla. Grade: B

Starting Pitcher #1: Nestor Molina. Easily the best prospect in the system, Molina is an excellent “performance prospect,” completely dominating High-A and Double-A en route to a 148/16 K/BB ratio. He’s not without stuff though, with a solid low-90′s fastball and very good splitter. A potentially excellent #2/#3-type starter. Grade: A-

Starting Pitcher #2: Dylan Axelrod. Axelrod is already 26, but he pitched well in Double-A, Triple-A, and a September callup. He owns a devastating slider and hits his spots with an 88-92 mph fastball. He should provide several good seasons toward the back of the rotation, starting in 2012. Grade: B-

Relief Pitcher #1: Addison Reed. Reed has a filthy three-pitch mix, with a mid-90′s fastball, tilting 78-83 mph slider, and fading mid-80′s changeup. He blitzed through four minor league levels last year and ended the year with a successful stint in the big leagues; he should make a big impact in 2012. Grade: B

Molina becoming a a #2/#3 starter would be most excellent. More at the link.

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