Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO – NW4*1. FRANKENSTORM WHenry 53.02. ROCKETEER HLewis 51.5 9L3. OFFICIAL REPORT JPatterson4 48.0 1/2L4. ZEEVA AChatrie 52.5 1 1/2LWIN: $126.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.4, 46.0Winner : 6yo b horse – OUTRIGGER – SEEKING LILTrainer : ANDREW MCDONALD Owner : NICHOLAS MILLERBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $278.00 Ex: $507.00Trifecta: $402.00Race 2 1500 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. BIG BUCK JInnis4 53.02. JAGRETEE OEdwards3 51.0 1 10 1/2L*3. MR. TOPPER TOP MAN AChatrie 56.0 2 1/2L4. SILVER SURF HPottinger4 53.0 HeadLate scratch : #2 LITTLE PRINCE, #6 MR. GRAND NATIONALWIN: $150.00PLACE: $56.00, $70.00, $54.00Final Time : 1:39.1 Splits : 23.4, 47.4, 1:14.3,Winner : 4yo b colt – WHO’S STAYIN ON – BUCKS ORCHIDTrainer : WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : V.M.W.Bred by VINCENT LUMSDENNOTE: HORSE #1 SILVER SURF CAME 2ND, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 4TH.Qu: $639.00 Ex: $1,166.00D/E: $552.00 (6-6) $95.00Superfecta: $2,882.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) (DIV.I)1. EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS DaneNelson 53.02. RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins3 51.0 1 3/4L3. SURE MAN RWilson 54.0 1 3/4L4. GENUINE FRIEND OEdwards3 50.0 3 1/2LLate scratch : #3 JAVINEWIN: $177.00PLACE: $136.00, $72.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.0, 47.3Winner : 5yo ch filly – BURNING MARQUE – EXPLOSIVE PEAKTrainer : RAYMOND TOWNSEND Owner : MISS SUCKIEBred by ELAINE MCMASTERQu: $905.00 Ex: $1,503.00D/E: $775.00 (5-3) $66.00Superfecta: $9,926.00Rolling Triple: $2,720.00Race 4 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. IAN LINKS OWalker 56.02. DR. TRAIN DaneNelson 52.0 1 1/4L3. MISTER BONES CChow 55.0 2L4. MR. DOITBETTA JErwin 56.0 2 1/4L5. WARTIME AMartin 54.0 1/2LLate scratch : #11 QUEEN OF BAGDADWIN: $114.00PLACE: $62.00, $64.00, $72.00Final Time : 1:41.3 Splits : 24.0, 46.3, 1:13.1Winner : 3yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – WITCHCRAFTTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : IAN LODGEBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $159.00 Ex: $464.00D/E: $528.00 (4-11) $650.00Trifecta: $220.00Hi-5: $6,589.00Rolling Triple: $1,653.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) (DIV.II)1. NATASHADONTPLAY JPatterson4 50.0*2. RAY RAY OnBeckford4 51.5 2 3/4L3. KING NEBARUE AntThomas4 50.0 5L4. SEAL THE DEAL JErwin 54.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #6 TWO STEPS UPWIN: $155.00PLACE: $92.00, $73.00, $182.00Final Time : 1:15.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.1Winner : 5yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL – TAWNEE PRINCESSTrainer : UTON STEWART Owner: BANTON DON’T PLAYBred by RUSSELL MARSHALL JR.Qu: $198.00 Ex: $421.00D/E: $369.00Superfecta: $5,026.00Rolling Triple: $1,673.00Race 6 1100 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YNW2 & 6YO&UP-NW4*1. LEGAL ACCOUNT OWalker 55.02. UNCLE G JPatterson4 52.0 6 1/2L3. KIMBERLY GOLD OEdwards3 50.0 1 3/4L4. ST. BERNARD DaneNelson 54.0 1 1/4L5. SOUND OF MIRACLE JInnis4 48.0 1 1/4L6. REGGAE GOLD WHenry 57.0 2 1/4LLate scratch : #2 EL CLIENTEWIN: $97.00PLACE: $65.00, $84.00, $240.00Final Time : 1:08.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.1Winner : 4yo ch colt – LEGAL PROCESS – LADY POOJATrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: CARLTON WATSONBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $248.00 Ex: $323.00D/E: $351.00Trifecta: $788.00Hit-6: $34,789.50Rolling Triple: $757.00Super-6: $10,380.60Race 7 1500 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. HOVER CRAFT OWalker 54.02. MIRACLE STAR AChatrie 54.0 2 3/4L3. ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 53.0 1 1/4L4. WESTERN ROSE OMullings 51.0 3/4L5. COMMANDING CHIEF DaneNelson 53.0 2LLate scratch : #11 FUTURE KINGWIN: $113.00PLACE: $53.00, $73.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:33.0 Splits : 23.4, 46.4, 1:11.4Winner : 6yo b horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – ROYAL PIZZAZTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by MARK & SUSAN WATESQu: $518.00 Ex: $714.00D/E: $191.00Trifecta: $491.00Hi-5: $94,139.50Rolling Triple: $771.00Pick-4: $1,488.00THORNBIRD STAKESRace 8 1400 M (Purse $1,100,000) NB3-Y-O GRADED STAKES -FILLIES*1. NUCLEAR AFFAIR DaneNelson 53.02. BIRD CATCHER OWhite 51.0 4 1/4L3. BUBBLING KITTEN ISpence 56.0 3/4L 151.004. DREAMING THE CODE JPatterson4 48.0 2 1/4LWIN: $76.00PLACE: $58.00, $91.00, $151.00Final Time : 1:27.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, 1:12.1Winner : 3yo filly – NUCLEAR WAYNE – COMMANDRA AFFAIRTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQu: $361.00 Ex: $479.00D/E: $221.00Superfecta: $7,174.00Rolling Triple: $327.00Race 9 1300 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE NOV.191. GENERAL TOGO BBell 52.02. SONGS OF FREEDOM DDawkins3 52.0 2 1/4L3. VERONICA B AGray4 51.5 3/4L*4. BALA BAD GAL LINKS SEllis 53.0 2 1/2L5. SACHIN JPatterson4 52.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $1197.00PLACE: $442.00, $277.00, $111.00Final Time : 1:24.4 Splits : 24.0, 48.2, 1:16.2Winner : 6yo ch horse – WAR MARSHALL – VICTREEBELTrainer : CONROY TULLOCH Owner : EWART E BROWNBred by MICHAEL BEECHAMQu: $5,722.00 Ex: $13,493.00D/E: $1,630.00Trifecta: $25,776.00Hi-5 carry-over : $53,374.75Rolling Triple: $5,552.00PlacePot 8: $13,291.00PRINCE CONSORT STAKESRace 10 1400 M (Purse $1,100,000) NB3-Y-O GRADED STAKES -COLTS & GELDINGS1. CHACE THE GREAT AChatrie 52.0*2. ORPHEUS SEllis 53.0 1 3/4L3. BIGDADDYKOOL RHalledeen 53.0 1 3/4L4. LORD EQUUS OMullings 51.0 Sh.Head5. JAMAI RAJA SMuir 54.0 3 1/4LWIN: $287.00PLACE: $162.00, $89.00, $121.00Final Time : 1:26.4 Splits : 23.3, 46.1, 1:12.2,Winner : 3yo ch colt – GREATNESS – OUR MISS RUTHTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner: VINCENT ATKINSONBred by VINCENT ATKINSONQu: $392.00 Ex: $1,060.00D/E: $7,799.00Trifecta: $984.00Hi-5: $110,396.00Rolling Triple: $37,198.00Race 11 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. BIMINI AChatrie 54.02. TRADITIONAL STORM OnBeckford4 50.5 5L3. LAZZA JErwin 56.0 1 1/4L4. MONALISASMILE HLewis 53.0 1 1/4L*5. JESSE’S FAVORITE PFrancis 51.0 NeckLate scratch : #1 ARIZONA GOLDWIN: $134.00PLACE: $71.00, $567.00, $174.00Final Time : 1:15.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.2, ,Winner : 4yo filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – MARIA ELENATrainer : PATRICK SMELLIE Owner : OAKRIDGE FARMSBred by DONALD G. WEHBYQu: $3,446.00 Ex: $7,761.00D/E: $666.00Trifecta: $12,342.00Hi-5 Carry-over: $182,104.00Rolling Triple: $55,449.00Pick-4: $57,228.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $97,767.60 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $5,253,753.50 (9 OF 9)
2. Customize Your Source and Program MonitorsI’m quite comfortable with keyboard shortcuts, so I rarely use any of the default buttons located in the Source and Program Panels. If you’re like me, you can use the Button Editor at the bottom of the Source and Program Panels to customize what buttons you would like to see. Whittle it down to just a few select buttons, or just remove all of them for a minimalist look. 1. Custom BinsCreating and using custom bins will help keep your project neat and organized. This is beneficial when passing on your project to other editors, or returning to an old project. You won’t have to waste time searching for specific content. I usually create custom bins for Video, Audio, Graphics, and Sequences. Depending on the scope of the project, I’ll create a number of subfolders as well. 5. Use Project as a TemplateAfter you’ve created your bins, and customized your Source and Program monitors, your timeline, and your workspace, it’s useful to save your project and let it serve as a template. Open up your template project later, save out a copy, and you’re ready to go with custom bins and all of your preferences setup. You can even add branding assets and regularly used files into the template Premiere project to make your life easier.Looking for more Premiere Pro knowledge? You’re in luck. What are your favorite Premiere Pro customizations? Share the in the comments below. 3. Save Track Height PresetWhile it may not seem so, you probably spend a lot of time resizing tracks in your timeline. All of that time can add up. I find it quite frustrating to constantly adjust my video and audio tracks each time I create a new sequence. Save some time by creating a Track Height preset in the Timeline Display Settings menu. 4. Save Custom WorkspaceWhile Adobe Premiere Pro comes with a handful of useful workspace presets, it’s nice to customize your interface to your own personal preference. Whether you’re working on a documentary feature, editing a multi-cam event, or adding metadata to a library of footage, putting panels where you want them to be is a luxury. These five tips will help you organize and customize Adobe Premiere Pro to your own personal preference.Speed and efficiency make all the difference in your daily video editing workflow. Use these tips, tricks, and techniques to customize your Premiere Pro experience for maximum organization.
Also sizzling for the Hawkeyes were Byron Villarias, who shot 6-of-8 from the field for a team-high 17 points, and Mark Bringas, who posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.Everything went the Hawkeyes’ way that even when the Scorpions cut the deficit to 12, 37-25, in the second quarter, they quickly stifled the rally and cruised the rest of the way. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Star itching to stretch Govs’ Cup win streak LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Perkins caught fire right in the first period to help the Hawkeyes erect an early 24-6 lead in Game 1 of the best-of-three title series.Perkins dropped half of his 16 points in the opening frame and also finished with 11 rebounds as the former La Salle standout’s hot start set the tone of the lopsided match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Jason knows that he’s a very important part of this team,” said Fernandez. “It shows that he’s always been stepping up for us.”The Hawkeyes will try to wrap up their bid for back-to-back crowns in Game 2 on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games There was little to worry, after all, as Cignal HD bucked the absence of a key cog and dismantled Centro Escolar University, 78-56, to move within a win of a championship in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.“We know that the challenge of stepping up is there, and I commend all my players today, especially Jason (Perkins),” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who was concerned over Raymar Jose’s absence as the big man left for Kuala Lumpur to suit up for the national team in the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come trueby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacingGenk striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admits facing Liverpool was a “dream come true”.Liverpool were comfortable 4-1 winners for Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter.And Tanzania international Samatta said: “As a child I was not a fan of Liverpool, but of the arch rival: Manchester United. “I’m not going to say that I get goose bumps, but it’s so special. “A game like this and to be allowed to play is like a dream, the dream of every boy watching football on television.”
Jim Harbaugh was only Michigan’s head coach for one of the program’s three rivalry contests against Ohio State during Ezekiel Elliott’s tenure, but he seems to have made quite an impression on the star running back. Friday, Elliott, who is going through the ESPN car wash today, trashed Harbaugh, telling Paul Finebaum that he’s “tired” of hearing about him. Elliott also called out Harbaugh for talking smack when he hasn’t won a rivalry game. Yikes.“I’m tired of hearing about Coach Harbaugh he needs to get in check with reality” – @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/QHElXCl7QV— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016more from @EzekielElliott: “you can’t talk smack about a rivalry when you haven’t won a game. You have to win ballgames to talk behind it.”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016Here’s @EzekielElliott‘s full quote about Jim Harbaugh on @finebaum pic.twitter.com/FkeSmMrqZa— John Hayes (@johnP_hayes) April 15, 2016This isn’t exactly a surprise – Elliott has made a living off of trolling Michigan the past few years. But it’s still hilarious, and reminds us that there is no better college football rivalry than Ohio State vs. Michigan.
Pipeline proponents, like federal Conservative MP Arnold Viersen, say Trans Mountain will bring jobs to First Nations communities. He represents 14 First Nations and three Metis settlements in his Peace River riding, “all of which have benefitted from the oil patch and forestry industry,” he said.“The industry coming in builds roads to the community, brings internet to the community, brings in power, water, provides construction jobs for roads, provides jobs for the actual servicing of the equipment that is up there, and so all of the communities in northern Alberta benefit immensely from having the oil patch and logging right in their backyards.”But Rose Deranger Desjarlais, who drove 19 hours from Fort McMurray to join the Camp Cloud group, said her home community of Fort Chipewyan has been destroyed by Alberta’s oilsands.“I am a victim of the tar sands,” she said.Up the road, a cedar watch-house offers a tiny glimpse into the fenced-in Kinder Morgan property. Despite the Texas-based company’s announcement that it would halt all non-essential spending, there’s still ongoing activity on the site. As recently as last week, Peter McCartney, of the Wilderness Committee, spotted trucks transporting pipes into Kinder Morgan’s New Westminster site.“It really put the fight into reality for me,” he said. “There’s this pipeline right here. It’s ready to be put into the ground in unceded territory where they do not have the consent of the First Nations.”Trucks are pictured carrying pipes travel into Kinder Morgan’s New Westminster site. Contributed/Peter McCartneyIn an emailed response, Kinder Morgan said some materials were ordered and in transit prior to the April 8 announcement that the company would halt all non-essential spending.“And some essential work that has already started may be continuing,” the statement reads.While the numbers have seemingly dwindled since Kinder Morgan’s announcement, Camp Cloud is physically growing.The site started as one trailer and expanded to a wooden enclosure filled with artwork and shelves of donated food. A handful of tents line the street, along with a small shelter recently built as a safe space for women and children.“If it’s downtime then we’ll fix the camp up and make sure that it’s ready for more people to come in … We’re always keeping track of what they’re doing at the same time,” said Bradley, eyeing another truck rolling up to the Kinder Morgan gate.Apart from volunteers, the odd passerby stops to ask questions, peeking over the “Stop Kinder Morgan” posters decorating the makeshift wooden frame.Camp Cloud started as one trailer but now includes several tents, shelves for donated food, artwork and a small wooden shelter for women and children. Lucy Scholey/APTNSome, like Burnaby resident Susan Cross, drop off food and firewood donations. Despite Trudeau’s claim that the Trans Mountain pipeline process has involved the “most extensive” consultation with First Nations communities ever, Cross said she takes issue with how Indigenous people have been “mistreated.”“When I’m watching the news, I’m just shaking my head constantly,” she said.Joe Ciccone, another Burnaby neighbour, recently walked past Camp Cloud with his dog and a couple of printed-off articles about Kinder Morgan for those occupying the encampment site.“These guys are the only hope for this bloody thing being stopped,” he firstname.lastname@example.org@aptn.ca (“I am a victim of the tar sands, says Rose Deranger Desjarlais who drove 19 hours from Fort McMurray to join the Camp Cloud. Photo: Lucy Scholey/APTN)Lucy Scholey Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsJohnny Lee slams an axe into a piece of tree trunk, as the smell of fire wafts throughout the campsite near the gates of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Terminal, what has been ground zero for opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.He’s one of a handful of anti-pipeline activists living at Camp Cloud, a surveillance site built to monitor the trucks rolling up to the construction zone every day. Other volunteers come and go, lending a hand to cook, chop wood or feed the sacred fire that has been burning for about 140 days.“They call us eco-terrorists for protecting the land and they’re the ones that are destroying it,” said Lee, who travelled from Edmonton for the cause. He said he will stay as long as it takes to stop the pipeline.Johnny Lee, from Edmonton, chops wood at Camp Cloud near Kinder Morgan’s construction site in Burnaby, B.C. on April 18, 2018. Lucy Scholey/APTNIt’s less than a week since Trudeau said he would use financial and legislative means to salvage the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project, despite opposition from the B.C. government, the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver and First Nations.Since then, Alberta has tabled legislation aimed at reducing oil flows to B.C., sparking fears of spiked gas prices. Saskatchewan is now threatening to do the same.But some say the ultimate showdown will be here at Kinder Morgan’s gate – and along the pipeline route to Edmonton.“We’re here to stop it. That’s the bottom line,” said Dean Bradley, of Kwakiutl First Nation, who has been staying at Camp Cloud for almost a month, bundling up in two sleeping bags during the cold nights.Dean Bradley has been camping outside Kinder Morgan’s gate for almost a month. He says the pipeline project will be a “coastal killer.” He’s pictured here at Camp Cloud April 17, 2018. Lucy Scholey/APTNKinder Morgan has said 43 First Nation communities have signed mutual benefit agreements with the company, but a number of others have not, including Coldwater, B.C. Many fear irreparable environmental damage from oil spills and extracting more fossil fuels from Alberta’s oil sands. The Liberal government has pledged $1.5 billion to protect the country’s oceans from the project’s resulting increase in oil tankers along the west coast.Watch Laurie Hamelin’s story on Camp Cloud
TORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. says it expects to take a US$429-million charge following an order by the Chilean government to close all surface facilities at its troubled Pascua-Lama project high in the Andes mountains.The gold miner says it is reclassifying Pascua-Lama’s 14 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves, which are based on an open pit mine plan, as measured and indicated resources.Barrick is studying the potential of developing Pascua-Lama as an underground mining operation, rather than an open pit.It says the change would address a number of concerns by reducing the overall environmental impacts.The project, which straddles the Chile-Argentina border, has been criticized for threatening water supplies and glaciers.Barrick says it will provide a further update on the Pascua-Lama project at the company’s investor day on Feb. 22.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)
VANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is launching into telematics research with a new pilot, this time inviting as many as 7,000 drivers with less than five years of experience to see how telematics technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer.ICBC says its rates are under considerable pressure in part from a significant increase in crashes.According to the Provincial Insurance Company, new drivers are 5.6 times more at risk of getting into a crash and for that crash to be severe than those with 20 years of driving experience. “Starting September 2019, inexperienced drivers will be paying more to better reflect this risk as part of the recent changes to rate fairness. This pilot is an opportunity to assess if telematics can measurably improve driver behaviour and help offset that impact in the future by decreasing the demographic’s risk of being in a crash.”ICBC says results from the first telematics pilot earlier this year that focused on the technology’s usability found that over 40 percent of participants saw improvements in their driving by using the technology, and nearly three-quarters recommended that ICBC explore its use further, particularly for inexperienced drivers.In early 2019, ICBC will confirm a vendor that will provide the technology for the pilot through a Negotiated Request for Proposal process, and participant sign-up will begin in the spring. The pilot will launch in the summer with incentives for drivers while collecting driver feedback and driving behaviour data for one year.ICBC is looking for participants in the Novice Stage of the Graduated Licensing Program or with less than five years of experience as a fully licensed driver from across B.C.If you are interested in participating in this pilot program, you can visit icbc.com/driverpilot
Lindstrom is being described as:Indigenous male6′ / 194 lbs.Brown hairBrown eyesAthletic BuildFair ComplexionIf seen, the RCMP advise that Linstrom should not be confronted and that you should call 9-1-1 immediately.If you have any information regarding Lindstrom’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants.According to RCMP, 24-year-old Devon Lindstrom has warrants issued against him for assault causing bodily harm, numerous firearms-related offences, prohibited driving and breach of an undertaking.Police say Lindstrom is also wanted in Alberta for theft and failure to attend court.
Jay Bruce1.1.84914.3 B. J. Upton3.0.78013.8 David Wright2.0.83549.7 Jurickson Profar1.7.678-0.1 Miguel Cabrera2.0.76259.4 Even the messiah can strike out three times on his first day in the majors. Last Friday, Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ anointed savior, was called up from the minors after weeks of debate about whether he should’ve just started the season in the majors. There is an aura of myth to Bryant’s arrival, as though the stars have aligned to offer the Cubs a chance to fulfill a prophecy. Yet Bryant is still an untested prospect, and, as Cubs fans know too well, even the best prospects can fail to live up to expectations.But Bryant really is special — he’s the rare prospect that has both scouts and stats in complete agreement. Because of the unique intersection of scouting know-how and minor league data, Bryant is likely to match the hype.Let’s start with the stats. In this case, all we have to go by are projection systems, which take the minor league data of previous prospects and compare it with their MLB results to predict what up-and-coming players will accomplish. That’s no easy task — the minor league data is sparse, and performance is confounded by the effects of the league and the age differences between players.In Bryant’s case, however, the projections are so high that there is little room for doubt. No matter whether you look at FanGraphs’ Steamer (.260/.333/.498) or Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA (.265/.356/.525), all the algorithms are in agreement in their preseason projections: Bryant is going to be a fantastic hitter.1This kind of agreement among separate systems often means greater certainty in the resulting prediction. ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, who runs another algorithm called ZiPS, tweeted that Bryant’s is the best prediction he’s ever given to a prospect.There’s no mystery as to how Bryant arrived at these projections — the guy hit between 60 percent and 120 percent better than average while in the minors, depending on the level. Still, Bryant’s projection is so extreme that at one point, the developers who run the projection systems became worried. In a mid-winter Twitter consultation, baseball projection system developers compared Bryant’s projections to make sure that they weren’t out of line. There was consensus: All of their independently developed algorithms were giving Bryant one of the top hitting lines in the majors.Even so, not all prospects hit as well as their projections say they should. The computers, operating solely on minor league performance, can fail to notice fatal flaws in a hitter’s swing, flaws that can be exploited ruthlessly at the major league level. That’s partly why projection systems aren’t as good as scouts at predicting how prospects will perform in the major leagues. So, despite their depiction in “Moneyball,” scouts are an integral part of evaluating baseball players, and that goes double for prospects.Scouts look at the shape of a hitter’s swing, if he can generate power, and how easily he adapts to a pitcher’s shifting tactics. Bryant’s ludicrous numbers in the minors were no guarantee that the scouts would love the tools he used to achieve those numbers.The scouts are every bit as high on Bryant as the projections. He was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball for 2015 by venerable scouting organization Baseball America. FanGraphs also put him at No. 1, Baseball Prospectus put him at No. 5, and a host of others ranked him similarly. All publications praised his rare, top-notch, seemingly effortless power. As with the projection systems, a consensus quickly developed, and that consensus proclaimed Bryant the best prospect in baseball.The highest-rated prospects of the past 25 years have tended to become great major leaguers — on average. Yet there are some notable busts, players who the scouts thought were destined for greatness but who ended up falling short. Orioles outfielder Delmon Young, for example, consistently rated among the best prospects in baseball four years in a row, only to turn in a disappointing, journeyman career. Projection systems aren’t immune to mistakes, either. Once upon a time, Eduardo Nunez was PECOTA’s favorite, but he’s since become better-known for hitting a preponderance of popups. There’s no foolproof way to tell how a player will develop or respond to the challenges of the major leagues.Independently, then, each source has its share of errors. Often, the scouts will disagree with the predictions, or vice versa. Scouts might see future potential that never manifests in the majors. Or PECOTA will fail to consider a player’s unfixable weakness against major league competition.But Bryant has the approval of both stats and scouts, which is why he’s so special. Using data on historical prospect rankings2Which are generously provided by Chris St. John. and PECOTA projections going back to 2004, I looked for players who received comparable acclaim from both PECOTA and the scouts. Here is a complete list of the players in my data set who received a consensus prospect ranking better than fifth and a PECOTA-projected OPS greater than the projected league average. Kris Bryant1.7.881— Jose Reyes2.0.72336.2 The names on this list combine for three MVP awards, 34 All-Star appearances and 273.2 wins above replacement3Baseball-Reference.com version. (a statistic that measures the overall value of a player, combining his hitting, baserunning and defense). Bryant’s predicted OPS, relative to the league average, is higher than the comparable projections for all the players on the list before they entered the league.Several of the above players are potential Hall of Famers (Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Joe Mauer), while others have been merely very good (Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce). Notably, there’s not a true bust among them. Melvin Upton (formerly B. J.) isn’t a good hitter anymore, but he was excellent for the first six years of his career (just less than the seven years for which the Cubs will control Bryant).A few of these players (such as Profar and Wieters) have fallen victim to injuries. This is the kind of problem that can end the career of any young player, no matter how bright his future might be. But Bryant has yet to suffer any serious injuries, whether in the minors or in college before that.4Whereas both Profar and Wieters lost time in the minors due to injury. To the extent that players can be injury prone, Bryant has so far shown no such inclination.Bryant has won the acclaim of both the projections and the scouts. Rarely are the two in such resounding agreement. He is likely to be great, and while it may be too soon to be planning a parade, it’s not too early to begin envisioning a long period of Cubs offensive dominance led by Kris Bryant. PLAYERAVERAGE PROSPECT RANKPROJECTED OPSCAREER WAR Matt Wieters1.1.94113.6 Joe Mauer2.2.82346.3 Evan Longoria2.6.79940.0