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07-21

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Weekly Wrap: July 21, 2017
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Javier Barragan

07-21

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Minor League Update: Games of July 20
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Wilson Karaman

07-21

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Prospectus Roundtable: Should the Royals Buy or Sell?
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Rob Mains, Ben Diamond, Craig Goldstein, Wilson Karaman, Matthew Trueblood and Zach Crizer

07-21

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
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Mark Barry

07-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Anthony Rendon's Leap to Superstardom
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Matt Collins

07-21

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Cold Takes: A Time and A Place
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Patrick Dubuque

07-21

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Short Relief: Objection!
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Matt Sussman and Mary Craig

07-21

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Guarding The Lines: A Song About Velocity
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Jarrett Seidler

07-21

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What You Need to Know: You Are Who You Are
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Demetrius Bell

07-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: July 20, 2017
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Ben Carsley

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: First We Take Manhattan
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Bryan Grosnick, Greg Goldstein, Steve Givarz, Ryan Schultz, Mike Gianella and George Bissell

07-20

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What You Need to Know: Easy as 1-2-3
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Ashley Varela

07-20

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 20, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

07-20

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Minor League Update: Games of July 19
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Steve Givarz

07-20

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The GM Trade Game
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Russell A. Carleton and BP Staff

07-20

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Short Relief: Tanking, Titling, and Tilting
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Trevor Strunk, Patrick Dubuque and Zack Moser

07-20

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The Stash List: 16th Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-19

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BP Mets
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Noah Grand

07-19

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: JD to AZ
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Wilson Karaman, Stacey Gotsulias, Mark Anderson and George Bissell

07-19

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Prospectus Feature: A Series Look: Bo Bichette
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Steve Givarz

07-19

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Short Relief: Baseball In Between Pitches
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Nathan Bishop, Matt Ellis and Jason Wojciechowski

07-19

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Banjo Hitter: Trade Deadline Guide to Starting Pitchers
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Aaron Gleeman

07-19

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Minor League Update: Games of July 18
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Steve Givarz

07-19

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Deep League Report: Week 16
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Mike Gianella

07-18

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What You Need to Know: Burials, Bombs, and More Bombs
by
Stacey Gotsulias

07-18

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Circle Change: Manny Machado's Missing Hits
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Zach Crizer

07-18

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Transaction Analysis: Stearns Goes Bargain Shopping
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Colin Anderle, Aaron Gleeman, Jarrett Seidler and Nicholas Zettel

07-18

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

07-18

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Closer Report: Week 16
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Matt Collins

07-18

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Minor League Update: Games of July 16
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Steve Givarz

07-18

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Short Relief: Up and Running
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Kate Preusser, Emma Baccellieri and Patrick Dubuque

07-18

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 16
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Mike Gianella

07-17

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What You Need to Know: Marathons, Robberies, and Debuts
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Ben Diamond

07-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: July 17, 2017
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Ben Carsley

07-17

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 17, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

07-17

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Boring Index
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Rob Mains

07-17

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Minor League Update: Games of July 14th-16th
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Mark Anderson

07-17

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Short Relief: Feats of Man-Made Baseball
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Meg Rowley, James Fegan and Holly Wendt

07-17

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The Buyer's Guide: Jhoulys Chacin
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Eric Roseberry

07-17

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Transaction Analysis: Our Long Nationals Nightmare Is Over
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Bryan Grosnick, Ben Diamond, Javier Barragan, Greg Goldstein and George Bissell

07-14

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Rubbing Mud: This is Really All We Know: The Wests
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Matthew Trueblood

07-14

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Minor League Update: Games of July 13
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Wilson Karaman

07-14

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Banjo Hitter: Aaron Judge is Out of Control
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Aaron Gleeman

07-14

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The View From Behind The Backstop: Known Unknowns
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Jeffrey Paternostro

07-14

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 15
by
Mark Barry

07-14

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Cold Takes: Waxing Moonshots
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Patrick Dubuque

07-14

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Notes from the Field: Eastern League All-Star Game
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Erich Rothmann

07-14

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Short Relief: The Return of Short Relief
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Matt Sussman, Zack Moser, Mary Craig and Bryan Grosnick

07-14

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Weekly Wrap: July 14, 2017
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Javier Barragan

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July 21, 2017 10:10 am

Weekly Wrap: July 21, 2017

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Javier Barragan

News and notes from around the minor leagues.

To The DL
Reds placed Cuban RHP Vladimir Gutierrez on the DL. He features a sinker in the 88-93 mph range with fringe-average movement. His secondary offerings are led by his big 11-5 curveball that projects to be fringe-average. His slider needs improvement coming out soft from the hand, but his changeup needs more work, as it is presently well-below average. As for the delivery, it is not efficient as he occasionally over rotates. Take this with a grain of salt, however, because this information stems from his last outing before landing on the DL. He could have been pitching hurt.

Pirates placed LHP Taylor Hearn on the DL with a strained right oblique. I missed Hearn here in Southeast Florida, but you can read Steve Givarz’s report here. Hearn, six-foot-five and lean, has the potential to close. On the same High-A team, Mitch Keller left the game after being struck on the shin with a line drive. The positive from this game is that he was straight fire, hitting 101 mph according to our own Josh Turner. He recently came off the DL for his back issue. No word on the severity of this potential injury.


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July 21, 2017 9:33 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 20

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on Brendan McKay, Michael Kopech, Tyler O’Neill, Walker Buehler, A.J. Reed, Ryan Mountcastle, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Oneil Cruz, SS/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 5-5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Well, then. Cruz has undergone plenty of literal and figurative growing pains this year as he’s continued along on his journey to figure out how to consistently corral his 6-foot-6 frame. But games like yesterday’s offer a glimpse into the kind of impact talent that’s in there.


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Go out on your collective shield or give a boost to the inevitable rebuilding process?

Kansas City is 47-47 and within two games of both first place in the AL Central and a Wild Card spot. But with BP pegging their playoff odds around 17 percent and much of their championship core set to become free agents after the season, the Royals have a tough decision to make before the trade deadline. Our roundtable debates the pros and cons of each side.

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July 21, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16

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Mark Barry

Gerrit Cole, your table is ready (again).

It's time to preview the hurlers scheduled for two starts in the upcoming week. As the old wrestling promoters would always say: “Card Subject to Change,” because injuries and tinkering managers can make this less than a science. Should new information present itself, we can go over it in the comments.

Most of these recommendations are based on a combination of ADP/auction price and PECOTA projections for opponent strength. As the season progresses and we get more concrete data points for how the pitchers and their opponents perform, the formula will evolve into a performance-based projection. For more information on some key terms—Auto-Start, Start, Consider and Sit—click here.

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July 21, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Anthony Rendon's Leap to Superstardom

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Matt Collins

Rendon has been one of the top five or so offensive performers in 2017.

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From Jim Thorpe and Jimmy Wynn to Dustin Fowler and Dinelson Lamet, timing is everything.

There is, I think, embedded deep within the American culture, an unyielding sense of destiny. It’s in not only the nation’s history, its self-determination and expansion and rise to globalism, the manifest kind taught in eighth-grade social studies textbooks. It’s also in the individual. The personal arc, the Horatio Alger-branded developmental arc of youth, so similar to the typical baseball player, so deeply embedded into their individual narratives: determination, hard work, sacrifice, and then glory and denouement by 35, the long victory lap of wealth.

There’s an inevitability to it all, the mechanical precision of an economic structure at full speed: Success is available to anyone. Work hard enough and you will attain it. If you do not attain it, you did not follow the steps correctly. It’s so easy this way. Socrates paced his life away seeking justice when it was the default setting all along. Just make money, look out for yourself, follow the rules, advance. Justice isn’t blind; she just doesn’t need to look. Everything that happens was already destined through the strength and the characters of the actors, wheeled along by the conveyer belt of practice.

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A flashback to Kato Kaelin's testimony, and a common trade target evaluates their self-worth.

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July 21, 2017 6:00 am

Guarding The Lines: A Song About Velocity

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Jarrett Seidler

Evaluating velocity alone is easy, interpreting it has gotten a little harder.

In a strict sense, evaluating fastball velocity is the single, easiest thing for a prospect analyst to do. You find a reliable gun (read: a dude that has a Stalker) and start recording numbers. The gun tells you everything you need to know, and unlike even a stopwatch, there really isn’t anything the end user can screw up (outside of reading off a crappy gun). Grading it is easy: you just follow the chart that tells you what velo equals what grade.

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St. Louis doesn't know the first thing about first base, Justin Smoak continues his breakout year, and Joey Bats flashes some glove.

The Thursday Takeaway

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July 20, 2017 10:36 am

The Prospectus Hit List: July 20, 2017

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Ben Carsley

Now with 30 percent more trade-related puns.

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New York adds a third baseman and two high-end bullpen arms, and limits Boston's options in the process.

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Nolan Arenado dismantles the Padres, Giancarlo Stanton catches up to Aaron Judge, and Carlos Beltran's glove is resurrected.

The Wednesday Takeaway

Perhaps it’s too soon to call 2017 the best season of Nolan Arenado’s career, but it’s not unreasonable to think that Wednesday’s 18-run beatdown of the Padres was among his best single-game performances.

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