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04-24

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 24
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Matt Sussman

04-24

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Fantasy Rounders: Go Big or Go Home
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Doug Thorburn

04-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Jeff Moore

04-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four
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Wilson Karaman

04-24

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Deep League Report: Week Three
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Keith Cromer

04-24

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Painting the Black: No D In Desmond?
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R.J. Anderson

04-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 52
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

04-24

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Daisy Cutter: Carlos Rodon and the White Sox' Ace Development Program
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Sahadev Sharma

04-24

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Eyewitness Accounts: April 24, 2015
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CJ Wittmann

04-24

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Rubbing Mud: Of Signals and Sausages
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Matthew Trueblood

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Shenanigans!
by
Daniel Rathman

04-24

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4

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Raisel Iglesias
by
Doug Thorburn

04-23

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Fantasy Rounders: The Thin Red Line
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Doug Thorburn

04-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 22, 2015
by
Jeff Moore

04-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Preaching Patience
by
Nick Shlain

04-23

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Eyewitness Accounts: April 23, 2015
by
BP Prospect Staff

04-23

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The Stash List: Third Edition, 2015
by
Bret Sayre

04-23

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21

Pitching Backward: Every Player In Its Right Place
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Jeff Long

04-23

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Prospectus Feature: The Left-Handed Pitcher's Guide To Jon Lester's Pickoffs
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Colin Young

04-23

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BP Chicago
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Matthew Trueblood

04-23

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6

What You Need to Know: Baseball on Ice!
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Chris Mosch

04-22

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Fantasy Rounders: Take Five
by
Doug Thorburn

04-22

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13

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, April 22
by
Matthew Kory

04-22

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5

What You Need to Know: Ike!
by
Daniel Rathman

04-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 21, 2015
by
Jeff Moore

04-22

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The Lineup Card: Nine Hyped Prospect First Weeks
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Baseball Prospectus

04-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Stat Line Scouting
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Wilson Karaman

04-22

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Transaction Analysis: The Bad Luck Brewers
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R.J. Anderson

04-22

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Rubbing Mud: Bryan Price's Other Sins
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Matthew Trueblood

04-22

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Notes from the Field: Phillies, Blue Jays, Twins Prospects
by
Al Skorupa

04-21

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BP Boston
by
Dustin Palmateer

04-21

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Fantasy Rounders: The Catcher Curse Continues
by
Doug Thorburn

04-21

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What You Need to Know: April 21, 2015
by
Chris Mosch

04-21

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Closer Report: Fourth Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: CC Sabathia's Early-Season Promise
by
Nick Shlain

04-21

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Some Projection Left: Top 75 Draft Prospects
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Christopher Crawford

04-21

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Three
by
Mike Gianella

04-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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Jason Parks

04-21

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The Call-Up: Addison Russell
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Christopher Crawford and Nick Shlain

04-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 20, 2015
by
Jeff Moore

04-21

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Baseball Therapy: Should They Pitch to the Eighth Hitter?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-20

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BP Wrigleyville
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Rian Watt

04-20

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Fantasy Rounders: The Coors Stack Strikes Back
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Doug Thorburn

04-20

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10

What You Need to Know: Fiiiiiiiiiiight!
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Ian Frazer

04-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, April 20
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Matt Sussman

04-20

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Minor League Update: Games of April 17-19, 2015
by
Jeff Moore

04-20

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The Week in Quotes: April 13-19, 2015
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Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-20

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The Buyer's Guide: Mike Moustakas
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J.P. Breen

04-20

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 20, 2015
by
BP Prospect Staff

04-20

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Grant Balfour Farewell
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R.J. Anderson

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April 24, 2015 12:05 pm

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 24

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Matt Sussman

On, among other things, the Mets' con.

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Staring at a full slate of games, we break down some of the big guns in DFS today

Today is a day that is full of interesting options, from high-upside arms to big bats, so it's useful to know which of the high-priced players has a couple of weights pulling down his stock. There are so many quality arms that I felt compelled to go with two lineups today; there are some impact players on the agenda, so we'll break down a few of those high-priced targets whose stock might be further impacted by recent context.

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April 24, 2015 8:09 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Jeff Moore

Updates on Rymer Liriano, Kyle Schwarber, Jesse Winker, and more.

Hitter of the Night: Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres (El Paso, AAA): 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR. Liriano has long been a favorite of scouts because of the body/athleticism/tools combination he projects. While he reached the upper level of the minors (and the majors for a cameo last season), he still has yet to show an approach at the plate that will allow that skill set to manifest itself. He was exposed last season versus major-league pitching, and his road to at-bats at Petco is now blocked with a full outfield, but a season in Triple-A to refine things isn’t the worst thing in the world for the 24-year-old.

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April 24, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Week Four is a glorious week for two-start pitching, as 13 of the top 21 drafted arms will take the bump twice. Beyond just the top end, every single team is currently scheduled to send at least one of its starters out for multiple turns, so there’s likely to be a deep bench of options available for your consideration on the waiver wire as well. Overall, the NL will feature a more balanced menu, with 16 of its 20 two-starters on the docket at least warranting some consideration. Things are a bit dicier in the junior circuit. On the one hand, there are more options (24). On the other, there are way more question marks and landmines. A particularly lengthy list of “considers” will force a whole bunch of not fun decisions for –only leaguers.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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April 24, 2015 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week Three

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Keith Cromer

Examining players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

As we all know, some FAAB weeks are chock full of exciting options, and some weeks, well, not so much. This week falls in the second bucket, but that does not mean there aren’t a few players sitting on the waiver wire who are worth bidding on. In weeks like this, where the free agent pool is admittedly thin, it’s not a bad idea to pull the trigger on some spec plays, if you have an open roster spot and can afford to take a low-risk gamble.

While there are some repeat appearances of names this week (in combination with the Free Agent Watch article that runs every Monday), at least the information provided here each Friday is somewhat on the mark since I have not had to recycle many player capsules after the first three weeks. Again, the audience here knows the challenges of finding serviceable fantasy options week in and week out on the waiver wire, so I feel confident you will not chuckle to heartily at the names I am throwing out below.

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What the heck is up with next winter's top free agent shortstop?

Ian Desmond is a confident individual. He established that during the winter by rejecting an extension worth $107 million in order to pursue a greater prospect—the chance to hit the open market at age 30 as the best shortstop available. So five months later, why does Desmond look out of place on the field? And should his prospective suitors share in his uneasiness?

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April 24, 2015 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 52

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes run down players who might be available in your leagues based on Scoresheet-wide ownership data.

There probably isn’t a more foolhardy errand than mock drafting the 36th round of an already deep league, but no one said that we weren’t just the fools to do so. Here are a few players in each league worth considering so that you don’t just automatically pick the first Brazilian on a two-week hot streak who crosses your path.

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South Side's hottest new thing hops on a track that has done very well for the White Sox.

He’s one of the top pitching prospects in the game; in any other city his would have been the debut that set the town abuzz. However, Carlos Rodon’s arrival in Chicago didn’t lead to any national writers lurking in the clubhouse or SportsCenter segments dedicated to his impending unveiling. There was a solid media contingent surrounding him when he spoke prior to Monday’s game in the White Sox dugout, but it was nothing compared to the circus that Kris Byrant generated a week ago.

“Nah, I want to go under the radar,” Rodon said when asked if he had hoped for the same hype Bryant received.

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Eyes on Dylan Bundy, Derrick Bleeker, Justin Twine, Jonah Heim, and Wilmer Difo.

Dylan Bundy

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April 24, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Of Signals and Sausages

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Matthew Trueblood

The hard truth in Milwaukee.

Since expansion pushed the MLB schedule to 162 games, 29 teams have begun a season by winning three or fewer of their first 15 (in non-strike years). Of these, the 1996 Red Sox are the only club to finish with a winning record, at 85-77. Only nine of the 29 won even 70 games; the average record for the group was 64-97. Isolate the 12 previous teams who started 2-13 or worse, as this year’s Brewers did, and you find only one team who avoided 90 losses—the 81-81 1973 Cardinals. Eight of the 12 lost at least 97.

I lay out these facts not to revel in the Brewers’ badness, but to make sure we have a firm foundation under foot. The Brewers’ playoff chances are functionally gone; only the Phillies keep them out of the NL cellar in our Playoff Odds report. Their chances of being anything this side of disastrously bad are perhaps 35 percent, even if we account to some extent for the fact that no one really expected Milwaukee to be this bad. (Indeed, whatever you thought of the Brewers before the season, keep in mind that many of the teams who started similarly were expected to be better, too.) It’s probably time to blow up this roster, and in due course, I want to begin a sketch of how and why. Before that, though, I want to address two broader, more urgent and (happily) more answerable questions: How much is this lost season, and the prospect of more to come, going to hurt the Brewers? And should we have seen this coming?

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April 24, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Shenanigans!

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Daniel Rathman

The Giants sweep the Dodgers, the Royals pick another fight, Kris Bryant is out of position, and the Mets.

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Breaking down the delivery and repertoire for the Reds' $27 million man.

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