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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 28
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Matthew Kory

07-28

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The HOF Rule Change
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano
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J.P. Breen

07-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: FAAB in Review: Asking the Non-Experts
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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Interleague Report: Week 18
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Jeff Quinton

07-28

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Minor League Update: Games of July 25-27
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Jeff Moore

07-28

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Closer to Me: Week 18
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Mauricio Rubio

07-28

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: The House Hideki Built
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-28

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

07-28

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 28, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back Together
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R.J. Anderson, Jason Parks and Mike Gianella

07-28

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The Week in Quotes: July 21-27, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

07-25

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The Call-Up: Chris Taylor
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

07-25

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The View from the Loge Level: Ode to Joe
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Daron Sutton

07-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 25
by
Matt Sussman

07-25

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Skewed Left: The Mismatched Incentives of Draftees and Their Agents
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Zachary Levine

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Kendrys Redux
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-25

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Feature Focus: Visual Depth Charts
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Rob McQuown

07-25

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-25

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Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel
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Chris Rodriguez

07-25

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Daily League Strategy: (Alex) Wood is Good
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Paul Sporer

07-25

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 24
by
Jeff Moore

07-25

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What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

07-25

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Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
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Doug Thorburn

07-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All About Failure
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 23
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Jeff Moore

07-24

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The Lineup Card: Seven Unsigned Top Draft Picks
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Baseball Prospectus

07-24

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Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth
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R.J. Anderson

07-24

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 24, 2014
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Tucker Blair

07-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Sustained Success and the Red Queen Hypothesis
by
Jeff Quinton

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-24

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What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry
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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

07-24

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Going Yard: J.D. Martinez Gets A Degree In Hitting
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Ryan Parker

07-23

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 23
by
Matthew Kory

07-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-23

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The Stash List: 14th Edition
by
Bret Sayre

07-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers
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J.P. Breen

07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
by
Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-23

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2014 Draft
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Nick J. Faleris

07-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 22
by
Jeff Moore

07-23

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 23, 2014
by
Chris Mellen

07-23

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Headley Chased
by
Sam Miller, Mike Gianella and Jeff Moore

07-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Steven Matz
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Jason Parks

07-22

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Daily League Strategy: Two Servings of Flande
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Paul Sporer

07-22

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My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later
by
Bret Sayre

07-22

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Deep Impact: Week 16
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Ben Carsley

07-22

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Notes About Baseball, 7/22
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Rocco DeMaro

07-22

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Moonshot: Accounting for Count
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Robert Arthur

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July 28, 2014 9:29 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 28

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Matthew Kory

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

The HOF Rule Change

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Mike Gianella

How many players will be negatively affected by a change in voting rules?

On Saturday, the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame made its most significant rule change to Hall of Fame voting rules in nearly 30 years, reducing the amount of time a candidate can spend on the ballot from 15 years to 10.

How would this change have impacted earlier Hall of Fame candidates? Would reducing the eligibility requirement from 15 years to 10 years have eliminated worthy candidates for the Hall? Is this change relevant to the Hall of Fame landscape now?

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano

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J.P. Breen

The Pirates lefty has fared well in July, but is that reason to believe that the tide has turned on his 2014 season?

It’s no secret that Francisco Liriano remains one of the more electric arms in baseball. He still has a lively fastball, as well as a devastating slider-changeup combination that can induce a myriad of swings-and-misses. When he throws strikes consistently and stays healthy, he can be dominant. Last year, he missed a few starts and only threw 161 innings, but he decimated the NL Central with a 3.02 ERA (2.92 FIP) and struck out more than a batter per inning. Ultimately, he was a top-30 starter and a wonderful surprise in all formats.

Fantasy owners remained skittish when drafting Liriano this spring. His average draft position didn’t reflect his 2013 performance, as owners worried about his health and whether he had truly discovered something that would lead to consistent, reliable performance on the mound.

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: FAAB in Review: Asking the Non-Experts

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Mike Gianella

Mike digs into some league-mates' strategies when bidding on NL-only imports Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Every decision influences the next set of decisions that we make. Like a pebble in a pond, what we do today has a definitive impact on what we do tomorrow.

In fantasy baseball, this is true in every facet of the game. The auction or draft we have impacts what kind of trades or free agent moves we make during the season. The trades we make impact whether or not we make additional trades. The free agent pickups we make impact future free agent pickups and future trades. This series of actions and subsequent actions goes on until the season is over. In keeper leagues it goes on until you leave the league or the mortal coil.

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 18

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Jeff Quinton

Looking 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 Dominic 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 that is gaining at bats.

Last Week

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 25-27

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Addison Russell, Bradley Zimmer, Jose Peraza, and Julio Urias.

Friday, July 25

Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics (Stockton, A+): 1-3, 2 R, HR, 2 BB, 2 K. This is a very Matt Olson day, taking five plate appearances and achieving one of the three true outcomes each time. That’s Olson’s game, hitting home runs and drawing walks. The strikeouts will keep his average down, but as long as he’s walking in almost 20 percent of his at-bats and slugging over .500, no one will care. It will be interesting to see how his power holds up when he transitions to Double-A Midland, as that jump has been trouble for A’s power prospects in the past, but his power is more legitimate than many of his predecessors’.

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

Closer to Me: Week 18

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Mauricio Rubio

Keeping tabs on the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Chicago White Sox
Jake Petricka notched back-to-back saves on July 21 and 24 in place of the injured Zach Putnam. He’s said to be getting more save opportunities than not for the White Sox and he’s been dependable all season with a few minor hiccups. Contrast that with Ronald Belisario, who has continued to be a mess in his outings, and I think there’s a clear path to saves for Petricka in the short term. Matt Lindstrom is looming, but he isn’t so compelling that he will immediately take the job from Petricka upon his arrival. My advice: Hold on to Petricka in the short term and wait for health to clear itself up regarding Lindstrom.

Chicago Cubs
There are a few rumors flying around Neil Ramirez and his demotion to Triple-A Iowa. Let’s clear a few things up. I don’t think the demotion was made with converting him into a starter in mind. Ramirez has worked well with a simplified repertoire and he is finally in a groove. There were some arm concerns earlier in the year so for me this seems like a move that was made to rest the pitcher more than anything. The Cubs have an odd roster crunch that includes a revolving door for the fifth starter job. There’s going to be a shuttle between Chicago and Iowa until the roster issues are cleared up. I think Ramirez is a reliever in the short and long term as I think it’s unlikely they waste the development time and risk the possibility of ruining him to try and squeeze starter upside out of him. In the meantime, Hector Rondon is still your guy in this ‘pen.



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Jake and Jordan take in a game at Yankee Stadium, where the ghosts of over five years of baseball history reside.

Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman, the proprietors of Cespedes Family Barbecue, are taking another baseball road trip and chronicling their travels at Baseball Prospectus.

New York City is a place with lots of stuff. In fact, it probably has the most stuff, of anywhere, in the entire world. Besides the 10 Million or so people who live here, New York has lots of parks, buses, angry people, nice people, and a whole lot of smelly trash. Most importantly, New York City has baseball. From the early days of the New York Knickerbockers and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms to the current day Yankees and Mets, New York has a long and passionate baseball history. Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Willie Mays played in this city. So did Benny Agbayani and Lyle Overbay! Baseball means a lot to New York and New York means a lot to baseball, so we thought we’d do our best to mess it all up.

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Good pitching, triples, and sloppy baserunning are the weekend that was; pitchers on the trade block are the day that is.

The Weekend Takeaway
When the Angels, winners of five straight to wrap up the “first half,” looked up their schedule coming out of the All-Star break, here’s what they saw:


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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 28, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

Scouting notes on Michael Conforto, Aristides Aquino, Mike Yastrzemski, and even some prospects not blessed with 80 names.

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The Giants get a buy-low pitcher. Did they buy low?

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

COOPERSTOWN BUZZES WITH HALL OF FAME FANFARE

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