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05-26

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The Call-Up: Julio Urias
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Wilson Karaman and Ben Carsley

05-26

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BP Toronto
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Joshua Howsam

05-26

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The Stash List: Eighth Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect
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Demetrius Bell

05-26

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Life at the Margins: The Giants Have Had a Good Week
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Rian Watt

05-26

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 26, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

05-26

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Some Projection Left: Ask The Industry: Albert Almora
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Christopher Crawford

05-26

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Tools of Ignorance: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out
by
Jeff Quinton

05-26

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Players Prefer Presentation: Let Ballparks Get Old
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Meg Rowley

05-26

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Prospectus Feature: On David Ortiz and Perhaps the Best Final Season Ever
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Aaron Gleeman

05-26

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Deep League Report: Week Eight
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Scooter Hotz

05-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 25th
by
Christopher Crawford

05-26

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The Fantasy Verdict: Gattis and Catcher Eligibility
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J.P. Breen

05-26

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale, Imperfect
by
Emma Baccellieri

05-25

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 24th
by
Wilson Karaman

05-25

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The Toolshed
by
James Fisher

05-25

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Prospectus Feature: The RISP Mystery
by
Rob Mains

05-25

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5

Team Chemistry: Diagnosing the Swing Swings
by
John Choiniere

05-25

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Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak
by
Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford

05-25

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7

Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitchers
by
Bret Sayre

05-25

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Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

05-25

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TDGX Transactions: Hello Newman
by
George Bissell

05-24

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BP Toronto
by
Tammy Rainey

05-24

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What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk...
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Nicolas Stellini

05-24

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Notes from the Field: May 24, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

05-24

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Five to Watch: Low-A Hitters
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-24

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An Agent's Take: On Poaching, Intentionally and Not
by
Joshua Kusnick

05-24

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Prospectus Feature: Joe Nathan's Got One Thing To Prove
by
Aaron Gleeman

05-24

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Closer Report: Week Eight
by
Matt Collins

05-24

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Updating the Tiers: Third Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

05-24

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Baseball Therapy: Framing the At-Bat
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Russell A. Carleton

05-24

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Cold Takes: Make OBP Honest
by
Patrick Dubuque

05-24

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15

Updating the Tiers: Shortstops
by
Bret Sayre

05-24

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Updating the Tiers: Outfielders
by
Bret Sayre

05-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 23rd
by
Christopher Crawford

05-24

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Eight
by
Mike Gianella

05-23

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

05-23

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, May 23
by
Matt Sussman

05-23

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The Quinton: Trades, Supply Chains, and Lead Times
by
Jeff Quinton

05-23

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5

Prospectus Q&A: Rich Hill, Ace Pitcher
by
Tim Britton

05-23

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Prospectus Feature: Overcoming Negativity
by
Jonathan Judge

05-23

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What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend
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Ashley Varela

05-23

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 23, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

05-23

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Raising Aces: Today's Velo Losers
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Doug Thorburn

05-23

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7

Updating the Tiers: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: Second Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

05-23

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Updating the Tiers: First Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

05-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Nick Castellanos
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J.P. Breen

05-23

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Minor League Update: Games of May 20-22
by
Christopher Crawford

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May 26, 2016 2:14 pm

The Call-Up: Julio Urias

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Wilson Karaman and Ben Carsley

And so begins the greatest round of "I feel so, so, so old" we've ever seen.

The Situation: The Dodgers’ thin rotation took at least a brief hit with the announcement that, fresh off a 13-strikeout performance in his last start, Alex Wood would have his turn skipped on Friday on account of ominous “triceps tendinitis.” He’s been bumped to Monday for now, and with Ross Stripling procedurally demoted to Oklahoma City in the wake of The 17-Inning Game the Dodgers have elected to turn the ball over to a teenager for the first time since Fernando Valenzuela in 1980. Urias will make his big-league debut riding a streak of 27 innings since allowing his last earned run.

Background: Signed as part of a package deal by the Dodgers on a scouting trip through Mexico in the summer of 2012, Urias is…unique. There just isn’t much in the way of valuable precedent for what he has managed to accomplish at such tender ages in his career to date. He has rung up five and a half strikeouts for every walk this season at Triple-A while pitching eight (that’s right eight) years younger than his average league-mate. His ERA, WHIP, and batting average-against all pace the circuit.

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May 26, 2016 12:27 pm

BP Toronto

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Joshua Howsam

Pitchers have stopped throwing the Blue Jays fastballs and, so far at least, their hitters have yet to adjust.

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May 26, 2016 11:29 am

The Stash List: Eighth Edition, 2016

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J.J. Jansons

Trea Turner is still in the minors and still atop this list.

For a refresher on the four types of players that are eligible for inclusion on this list, please see the first edition of the year to find out why players like Carlos Carrasco, A.J. Pollock, Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo, Yu Darvish, and Raisel Iglesias are not listed below.


Last week’s Stash List can be found here.


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The Cubs ace loses one incredible streak but keeps another alive, while Corey Kluber and Nomar Mazara put on shows.

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The improbably predictable Giants.

The Giants won yesterday, 4-3 in extra innings against the Padres, and even before they did, they had the best week of any team in baseball. By BP’s own reckoning, in the form of our Playoff Odds report, their chances of making a postseason appearance this year increased by the largest amount—17.0 percent—of any other team this week, and that’s before the system had a chance to consider Brandon Crawford’s walkoff single by the bay last night. When it does, their odds of tasting October in this, an even year, will go up further, not only because the Padres are a division rival but because, as well, the season is one day closer to its end.

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May 26, 2016 6:00 am

Eyewitness Accounts: May 26, 2016

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BP Prospect Staff

Eyes on Rockies' starters Jeff Hoffman and Kyle Freeland, a red-hot Sandy Alcantara, two young Cal Leaguers and more.

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What do two scouts think of the Cubs center fielder?

There have been a lot of fun stories over the six weeks of the season, and one of the best has been the rise of Cubs outfielder Albert Almora. The sixth-overall pick of the 2012 draft, Almora has seen his share of ups and downs over his three-plus years in the Chicago system, but it’s only been up in 2016, as he’s hitting .333/.352/.482 with three homers and five stolen bases over the first 41 games of the year for Triple-A Iowa while playing outstanding defense in center field.

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Within an unusual and thought-provoking trend, there is an extremely unusual and extremely thought-provoking subtrend.

We, as an internet, have thoroughly discussed the player opt-out, but oversaturation and (a lack of) timeliness have never stopped us before here at Tools of Ignorance and they will not stop us now. In December, at the beginning of the height of player opt-out-mania, I wrote about why this contract structure might have increased in popularity. I hypothesized, among other things, that players might be valuing the opt-out and flexibility it brings more than teams valued it, or that players were just flat out overvaluing the opt-out, or both. It felt right; it felt like it made sense.

Then word came out that David Price did not want a player option, but rather that Dave Dombrowski insisted on including one. The future, it turns out, can be a real know-it-all.

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Can baseball thrive in cities where nostalgia is suffocated?

The Texas Rangers are getting a new ballpark. We’re used to thinking about the stadium question in terms of tax dollars, and it is an obviously smart way to approach it because of all the things tax dollars turn into that aren’t baseball. Tax dollars are schools and roads and recycling bins, and their allocation is a collective expression of what is important to us, or ought to be. It’s an exceptionally boring way of declaring that most of us like this thing more than this other thing, not merely as sports fans or consumers, but as citizens and parents and people. So when the Arlington City Council voted to approve a master plan for a new stadium for the Texas Rangers, they kicked off a process by which voters will decide if they like air conditioned baseball more than whatever else you can buy with $500 million. Like recycling bins or public transit or a comical number of two-foot-long hot dogs. We’re used to thinking of this question in that way, and it is a good way to think about it.

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Somewhere, a recreational Sunday softball league is about to get really, really good.

Seemingly every year or two for the past decade when David Ortiz has gone through a rough stretch—a bad April, a slow start coming back from the disabled list, or even just a hitless key series—it has become a story in Boston, with attention-grabbing headlines asking if he’s washed up. The answer has always been a resounding no. In fact, few players in baseball history have as thoroughly and convincingly avoided being washed up for as long as Ortiz.

At age 26 he was released by the Twins—as a Minnesotan, the state ban prevents me from discussing this matter any further—and from the moment Ortiz started putting up big numbers in Boston many people have been waiting for him to come crashing back down to earth. He never has, topping an .850 OPS in 13 of the past 14 seasons, with a low-water mark of .794 in 2009 that really pressed the “he’s washed up!” alarm.

Just last season Ortiz was hitting .219 in early June when a local television reporter asked him about being washed up, which led to this memorable rant a few days later:

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May 26, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week Eight

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Welcome to the Deep League Report, where each week you can find out which pedestrian starting pitchers are scheduled to face the Braves, A’s, or Twins and which reserve players on bad teams have been hot enough to grab a share of a starting role, if only for a few weeks. Given the fact that we’re in the last week of May, your might be focusing more on potential trades than you are on the free agent pool. That would be a mistake—there’s still a lot of value out there. Let’s get started.

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May 26, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 25th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Matt Chapman, Joe Musgrove, Jorge Bonifacio, and Ryan Borucki.

Prospect of the Day:

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