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04-24

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The Prospectus Hit List: April 24, 2017
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Ben Carsley

04-24

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The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-24

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Player Profile: Tyler Skaggs
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Wilson Karaman

04-24

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Players Prefer Presentation: Manny Machado's Almost Beanball
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Meg Rowley

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Funk Blast
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Ashley Varela

04-24

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 23, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

04-24

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Marte, McCutchen, and Foolish Consistencies
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Rob Mains

04-24

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Short Relief: Of Sad Lexicons and Sad Hardware
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Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

04-24

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Minor League Update: Games of April 21st-23rd
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Mark Anderson

04-24

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The Buyer's Guide: Chase Anderson
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Eric Roseberry

04-23

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Baseball Prospectus Announcement
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Bret Sayre

04-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Jared Wyllys

04-22

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

04-22

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BP Mets
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Sara Novic

04-22

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BP South Side
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Nick Schaefer

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio—Minor Leaguers I Own Across Multiple Leagues
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Scooter Hotz

04-21

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Free Agent Watch: Week 3
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George Bissell

04-21

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Prospectus Feature: TIDES Report: Gender and Race in MLB
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Kate Morrison

04-21

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Short Relief: A Murder of Orioles, Unsolicited Career Advice, and the Best Deja Vu
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Annie Maroon

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Eric Thames is Back at it Again
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Demetrius Bell

04-21

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Minor League Update: Games of April 20th
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Wilson Karaman

04-21

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 4
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Mark Barry

04-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: April 20, 2017
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Ben Carsley

04-20

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TDGX Transactions: Week 3
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J.J. Jansons

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Blasts
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Ben Diamond

04-20

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Wearing One
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Rob Mains

04-20

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Circle Change: Pico de Gallo?
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Zach Crizer

04-20

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Notes from the Field: April 20, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

04-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets
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Mike Gianella

04-20

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Minor League Update: Games of April 19th
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Steve Givarz

04-20

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The Stash List: Third Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-20

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Short Relief: The End of Cy Young and the Statcast TV Guide
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Patrick Dubuque and Zack Moser

04-19

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The Quinton: Where To Find the Trades
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Jeff Quinton

04-19

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Guarding The Lines: Deep Sixto
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Jarrett Seidler

04-19

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Deep League Report: Week 3
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Scooter Hotz

04-19

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Short Relief: Business Decisions, Minor League Affinities, and Unforgettable Oral Histories
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Mo Bjonski, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski

04-19

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Cold Takes: How to Attack Baseball's Weakest Hitters
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Patrick Dubuque

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Eight Is Enough
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Emma Baccellieri

04-19

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Rubbing Mud: What Ozzie Smith Thinks Can (and Can't) Make Baseball Better
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Matthew Trueblood

04-19

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Minor League Update: Games of April 18th
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Steve Givarz

04-18

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Liner Notes: Trey Mancini Will Never Be Frank Ernaga
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Bryan Grosnick

04-18

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

04-18

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BP Boston
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Cam Ellis

04-18

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Notes from the Field: April 18, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

04-18

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Baseball Therapy: Reliably Stable (You Keep Using That Word)
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Russell A. Carleton

04-18

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Minor League Update: Games of April 17
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Steve Givarz

04-18

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Short Relief: Rabbit Revenge, Minor Celebrity, and 2017 Baseball Fashion
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Emma Baccellieri, Brian Duricy and Kate Preusser

04-18

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 3
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Mike Gianella

04-18

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Closer Report: Week 3
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Matt Collins

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April 24, 2017 11:00 am

The Prospectus Hit List: April 24, 2017

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Ben Carsley

It took a while, but the Padres are at the bottom.

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April 24, 2017 10:48 am

The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

We promise we don't do a "Hu's on first" joke. We make no other promises.

The Situation: Rays long man Tommy Hunter has hit the DL after suffering a calf injury covering first base this past weekend. In his stead the Rays have called up pitching prospect Chih-Wei Hu to take over his role in their bullpen

The Background: Hu was signed out as an 18-year-old of Taiwan by the Minnesota Twins in 2012 for $220,000. He made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League the following season and proceeded level-by-level from there. Although he never posted big strikeout numbers in the minors, his performance was never anything less than stellar at any extended stop. So yeah, he was basically a Twins pitching prospect. Hu was dealt to the Rays in August 2015 as part of the Kevin Jepsen deal and continued to have success while posting average-ish K-rates. A strong Double-A campaign—that level was always going to be an important test of the profile—in 2016, along with flashes of better velocity, was enough to make him the sixth-best prospect on the 2017 Rays Top Ten list.

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April 24, 2017 9:01 am

Player Profile: Tyler Skaggs

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Wilson Karaman

Early data (and it's still so early) suggests that Skaggs is starting to get long-awaited results. But keep watching him closely.

Player Background

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A semi-complete list of people who are (and aren't) at fault for Manny Machado's almost beanball.

On Sunday, Matt Barnes threw a 90 mph fastball at Manny Machado’s head.

It was on purpose. Barnes denies it was on purpose, and you’re free to believe him if you want, but come on. Come on. We’re adults here. We know when other adults do stuff we’d tell kids not to do. This is that stuff. Barnes threw the pitch because Machado injured Dustin Pedroia on Friday on a bad slide. It wasn’t on purpose. Machado said it wasn’t on purpose. Pedroia said it wasn’t on purpose. Barnes said, Let’s be stupid anyway.

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Home runs still dominate the highlight reels, Manny Machado's takeout slide leads to some tense aftermath, Dan Straily joins an exclusive strikeout club, and more from the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway

The home run era isn’t dead just yet, not if Aaron Judge and Trevor Story and Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper and Joey Gallo and Willson Contreras and Daniel Murphy have anything to do with it.

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April 24, 2017 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 23, 2017

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BP Prospect Staff

Yadier Alvarez, Triston McKenzie, and other players who aren't skinny pitchers.

Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga)
Alvarez looks more filled-out than his listed 175 pounds would imply, with long levers, and a lazy, controlled physicality that produces strong balance and extremely fluid movements. The arm action is on the deeper side, but clean and consistent to a higher-three-quarters slot that leverages his length effectively to create a strong angle of attack. He’ll lose his back-side a bit when he pushes off, and the overall timing and execution of the delivery isn’t there yet pitch to pitch. But it’s a lot of frame to grow into and harness, and he just turned 21. This is exactly the combination of body control and delivery elegance that makes you unduly comfortable as an evaluator in projecting hard on future gains.


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April 24, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Marte, McCutchen, and Foolish Consistencies

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Rob Mains

Even smart teams can get stubborn.

Well, that was stupid.

Those four words seem sadly lacking in many aspects of contemporary life. You’ve said them, right? You try out something new, it fails, you realize your error, go back to what you were doing before, and move on. A new diet. A new workout. A new morning routine. Once I tried to remove a spot on my jeans with bleach[1]. Once I tried washing my hair with dishwashing liquid[2]. Once I crawled under my car, armed with a socket wrench and the intent to change the oil myself[3]. They all ended with the recitation of those four words.

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A collection of poems of celebration, and an online auction one would rather never see.

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April 24, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 21st-23rd

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Mark Anderson

Hard to top a perfect game...

Prospect of the Weekend:

Tyler Mahle, RHP, Reds (Double-A, Pensacola): 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 8 K.
This will probably be the most predictable “Prospect of the Weekend” selection I have all season, and for those that weren’t paying attention Saturday night, or Sunday morning, or even when you were reading the first line of this section above, Mahle tossed a perfect game in Pensacola’s Saturday victory. Mahle’s 89-pitch masterpiece was nothing short of remarkable, and represents his second no-hitter (in this case a perfect game) in less than twelve months, having tossed a no-no last June. Mahle’s fastball will pan a nearly 10-mph range from 88-97 mph, while complimenting it with plus command, and three quality secondary pitches. Mahle is quickly working his way up the Reds prospect rankings, and he should reach the big leagues in 2018.


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April 24, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Chase Anderson

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Eric Roseberry

He has posted a 1.13 ERA in four starts for the Brewers. Will this success sustain?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest on a given week. This column focuses on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

Since making his major-league debut in 2014, Chase Anderson has been a slightly below-average starting pitcher. So why is he the subject of this week’s “Buyer’s Guide?” Because Anderson is off to a surprisingly good start, and fantasy owners are beginning to take notice. Anderson saw the 10th-highest jump in ownership rate in ESPN leagues this week (from 5.6 percent to 35.3 percent). The increase was even greater in CBS leagues, which saw him go from 24 percent owned to 51 percent. In Yahoo’s latest “Transaction Trends,” Anderson was the ninth-most added pitcher to rosters.

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We are coming. To your city. If you live in. One of these cities.

One of my favorite things about being a part of Baseball Prospectus is interacting with you, our readers. You are an extension of what we do—with a collective, driving thirst for baseball knowledge that is unparalleled on the internet. And while talking to you all either in our chats, comments section, Bat Signal, or various social media platforms is great, we like to get out there and see you in person as well. Yes, you. So each year, we schedule a number of ballpark events so we can all hang out together in the cathedrals of our collective choosing.

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April 22, 2017 11:03 am

BP Wrigleyville

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Jared Wyllys

Something is definitely off with last year's Cy Young candidate.

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