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09-02

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The Call-Up: Daniel Norris
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Craig Goldstein and Mark Anderson

09-02

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The Call-Up: Brandon Finnegan
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Craig Goldstein and CJ Wittmann

09-02

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Interleague Report: Week 23
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Jeff Quinton

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

09-02

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 2, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-02

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The Future
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Joe Hamrahi

09-02

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The Call-Up: Maikel Franco
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

09-02

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What You Need to Know: September 2, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-02

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Minor League Update: Games of August 29-September 1
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Jeff Moore

08-29

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 29
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Matthew Kory

08-29

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Feature Focus: Feature Focus: Playoff Odds
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Rob McQuown

08-29

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Pebble Hunting: This Article Mentions Fehlandt Lentini
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Sam Miller

08-29

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
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Wilson Karaman

08-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Buy Corey Dickerson
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Craig Goldstein

08-29

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Prospectus Feature: Roast A Parks
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BP Staff

08-29

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The View from the Loge Level: Erstad and Percival in the Coaching Game
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Daron Sutton

08-29

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The Call-Up: Dilson Herrera
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Jeff Moore and Craig Goldstein

08-29

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Raising Aces: Mis-Priced
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Doug Thorburn

08-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 28th
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Jeff Moore

08-29

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What You Need to Know: August 29, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-28

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What You Need to Know: August 28, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-28

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 28, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

08-28

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Moonshot: On Regressing Defense
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Robert Arthur

08-28

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 27th
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Jeff Moore

08-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: Analyzing the Competitive Landscape
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Jeff Quinton

08-28

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-28

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Checking in on a Scoresheet Rookie
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Ben Murphy

08-28

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Skewed Left: A Three-Hour Tour
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Zachary Levine

08-28

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pain Don't Hurt
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Jason Parks

08-27

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 27
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Matt Sussman

08-27

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The Lineup Card: Seven September Call-ups We're Excited to See
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Baseball Prospectus

08-27

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Dynasty Dynamics: Progress Report: Prospect Edition, Part Three
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

08-27

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AFL 2014
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Jeff Moore

08-27

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They Hold No Quarter: Third Basemen
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Baseball Prospectus

08-27

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 26th
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Jeff Moore

08-27

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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-27

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The Call-Up: Jorge Soler
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J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

08-26

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Daily League Strategy: Petco, it's Where Daily Leaguers Go
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Paul Sporer

08-26

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Notes About Baseball: Polling the Clubhouses: Kershaw or Felix?
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Rocco DeMaro

08-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: King Felix Arrives
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Jonah Keri

08-26

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Deep Impact: Week 21
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Ben Carsley

08-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 25th
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Jeff Moore

08-26

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Baseball Therapy: How Billy Beane Built the Royals
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Russell A. Carleton

08-26

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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, August 25
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Matthew Kory

08-25

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The Week in Quotes: August 18-24
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Nick Wheatley-Schaller and Nick Bacarella

08-25

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Interleague Report: Week 22
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Jeff Quinton

08-25

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Add Post-Post-Post-Post-Post Hype All-Star
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R.J. Anderson

08-25

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The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
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J.P. Breen

08-25

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Minor League Update: Games of August 22-24
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Jeff Moore

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Daniel Norris

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Craig Goldstein and Mark Anderson

The Blue Jays call up a top pitching prospect for the third time this season.

The Situation: With the postseason all but out of reach, the Blue Jays are promoting yet another of their top pitching prospects. Following the promotion of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez earlier this year, left-hander Daniel Norris will cap off his season in the big leagues.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Brandon Finnegan

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Craig Goldstein and CJ Wittmann

The Royals bring up the first major leaguer from the 2014 draft.

The situation: Right in the middle of the AL playoff race, the Royals find themselves looking for another left-handed arm out the bullpen. Insert 2014 first round pick Brandon Finnegan.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 23

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

Last Week

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone

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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

The Astros fire their manager, the A's trade for Adam Dunn, Kelly Johnson becomes a pretty crazy trivia answer, and more.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 2, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

Reports on multiple Cubs third basemen, Reynaldo Lopez, Byron Buxton, Dante Bichette Jr., and more.

Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown)
Two weeks of "you need to go see Reynaldo Lopez pitch" texts finally sent me on a journey to Hagerstown. Surprisingly, Lopez displayed one of the most exuberant pitching performances I have witnessed all season, sitting 94 to 98 mph with life, a biting curveball, and developing changeup. In fact, it is quite interesting how a player of this caliber can be so hidden from the public eye. I wrote a scouting report on him, but wanted to shed some light on the backstory.

Lopez was signed out of the Dominican Republic for $17,000, nothing relative to many international bonuses. From all reports I've received, Lopez routinely sat 88 to 91 mph when he first signed. The Nationals began to make mechanical changes, specifically with how he held his glove on delivery. Lopez dealt with an injury that shut him down in Short-Season Auburn, so he did not have much time to audition for the state-side crowds. Now, fully healthy, he has taken off. He is the definition of a "pop-up" prospect and everyone should remember his name moving forward. This is one of the best pitchers no one is talking about. The journey is still long, but the raw talent is undeniable. —Tucker Blair


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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Future

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Joe Hamrahi

With Jason Parks leaving, the prospect team is rearranging, but remains more ambitious than ever.

Sometimes I forget how truly fortunate I am to work in baseball. I quit hearing the sound of the crack of the bat or the pop of the glove. I become numb to the smell of the freshly cut grass, the sound of the organ, and the roar of the crowd as the home team walks off with a win. Because, you see, not unlike many of you, my primary responsibility is to look ahead. My job is create the vision for a company and try to improve on what we have, build on what’s been developed, and help bring new and innovative content to an audience that demands it every day. So, yes, while I still get to a few dozen games a year, enjoy the warmth of Arizona after a long winter in New York, and watch countless games on MLB.TV, there are times when the game right now, at this instant, is not at the forefront of my mind.

But what I never, ever forget are the people I get to work with…the readers, the fans, the players, scouts, front offices, media colleagues, and of course, the staff here at Baseball Prospectus. When I first sat down to write this piece, my intention was to thank Jason Parks and introduce our transition plan for the BP prospect team. I will cover those topics shortly, but forgive me for a moment if I stray.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Maikel Franco

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Phillies call up the slugging corner infielder, who has recovered from a terrible start to his season.

The Situation: Despite the shine of a Labor Day no-hitter, the Phillies season has quickly slipped away, so as a result it is time to see what the kids can do. Ranked as the Phillies top prospect entering the season, Franco has overcome a miserable start to the season and is now hitting .257 with 16 home runs and 32 doubles.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 2, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The A's free-fall continued apace, the Phillies threw a no-hitter, and all the rest of the long weekend's action.

The Labor Day Weekend Takeaway
“Embarrassing” and “pathetic” were just two of the words that Oakland skipper Bob Melvin used to describe his team’s play during the weekend’s critical showdown against the division-rival Angels. The A’s began the four-game series just one game behind the Halos in the American League West, but Oakland’s bats went into hibernation during the weekend series as their chances of claiming a third straight division crown are rapidly slipping away.


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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 29-September 1

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out during the long weekend.

Friday, August 29th

Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 2-4, R, HR, 2 K. The Florida State League is a tough place to develop as a power hitter, so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern that his home run total actually dropped from 19 last year to 16 this year. In fact, Vogelbach’s total tied for the league lead. Vogelbach’s raw power is very real, and he’s a good enough hitter to allow it to play in game action. He could explode next year, and that’s a comment on his power potential and not his waistline.

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August 29, 2014 11:30 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 29

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Matthew Kory

It's Friday, Friday, gotta chuckle on Friday.

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With the playoffs coming, tracking the chances each team has to win becomes a daily sport, aided by the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds feature.

Playoff odds are based on three things:

1. Playing time estimates for each player for the rest of the season (as found in the Depth Charts).

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August 29, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: This Article Mentions Fehlandt Lentini

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Sam Miller

Teams need fast guys in September. Here's who the contenders should use.

Last year, the best/my favorite transaction of the season came in late August: “Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent CF Freddy Guzman to a minor league contract.” Guzman was 32, had most recently appeared in the majors in 2009, had a career OPS+ of 42, and was at the time playing in Mexico, where his teammates included Esteban Loaiza (41 years old), Ruben Rivera (39) and Ruben Mateo (35). I liked this move so much that Ben Lindbergh and I devoted an entire podcast episode to it.

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