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04-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Jared Wyllys

04-22

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BP Kansas City
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Hunter Samuels

04-22

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BP Mets
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Sara Novic

04-22

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BP South Side
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Nick Schaefer

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Fantasy Investment Portfolio—Minor Leaguers I Own Across Multiple Leagues
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Scooter Hotz

04-21

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Free Agent Watch: Week 3
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George Bissell

04-21

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Prospectus Feature: TIDES Report: Gender and Race in MLB
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Kate Morrison

04-21

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Short Relief: A Murder of Orioles, Unsolicited Career Advice, and the Best Deja Vu
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Annie Maroon

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Eric Thames is Back at it Again
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Demetrius Bell

04-21

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Minor League Update: Games of April 20th
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Wilson Karaman

04-21

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 4
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Mark Barry

04-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: April 20, 2017
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Ben Carsley

04-20

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TDGX Transactions: Week 3
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J.J. Jansons

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Blasts
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Ben Diamond

04-20

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Wearing One
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Rob Mains

04-20

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Circle Change: Pico de Gallo?
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Zach Crizer

04-20

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Notes from the Field: April 20, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

04-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets
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Mike Gianella

04-20

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Minor League Update: Games of April 19th
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Steve Givarz

04-20

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The Stash List: Third Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

04-20

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Short Relief: The End of Cy Young and the Statcast TV Guide
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Patrick Dubuque and Zack Moser

04-19

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The Quinton: Where To Find the Trades
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Jeff Quinton

04-19

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Guarding The Lines: Deep Sixto
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Jarrett Seidler

04-19

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Deep League Report: Week 3
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Scooter Hotz

04-19

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Short Relief: Business Decisions, Minor League Affinities, and Unforgettable Oral Histories
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Mo Bjonski, James Fegan and Jason Wojciechowski

04-19

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Cold Takes: How to Attack Baseball's Weakest Hitters
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Patrick Dubuque

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Eight Is Enough
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Emma Baccellieri

04-19

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Rubbing Mud: What Ozzie Smith Thinks Can (and Can't) Make Baseball Better
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Matthew Trueblood

04-19

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Minor League Update: Games of April 18th
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Steve Givarz

04-18

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Liner Notes: Trey Mancini Will Never Be Frank Ernaga
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Bryan Grosnick

04-18

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

04-18

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BP Boston
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Cam Ellis

04-18

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

04-18

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Baseball Therapy: Reliably Stable (You Keep Using That Word)
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Russell A. Carleton

04-18

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Minor League Update: Games of April 17
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Steve Givarz

04-18

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Short Relief: Rabbit Revenge, Minor Celebrity, and 2017 Baseball Fashion
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Emma Baccellieri, Brian Duricy and Kate Preusser

04-18

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 3
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Mike Gianella

04-18

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Closer Report: Week 3
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Matt Collins

04-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: April 17, 2017
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Ben Carsley

04-17

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The Buyer's Guide: Jason Vargas
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Eric Roseberry

04-17

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Blowin' In the Win
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Rob Mains

04-17

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

04-17

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Minor League Update: Games of April 14th-16th, 2017
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Mark Anderson

04-17

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What You Need to Know: Less Than Perfect
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Ashley Varela

04-17

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Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Tim Beckham
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Aaron Gleeman

04-17

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Short Relief: Three Stories About Justin Bour and One About Michael Martinez
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Trevor Strunk and Holly Wendt

04-15

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BP Toronto
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Matt Gwin

04-15

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BP Bronx
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Andrew Gargano

04-15

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BP South Side
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Collin Whitchurch

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April 22, 2017 11:03 am

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Jared Wyllys

Something is definitely off with last year's Cy Young candidate.

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April 22, 2017 10:58 am

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Hunter Samuels

Royals pitchers have thrown the most changeups in baseball this season.

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April 22, 2017 6:00 am

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Sara Novic

Mets closer Jeurys Familia's 15-game suspension for domestic violence came to an end Thursday.

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April 22, 2017 6:00 am

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Nick Schaefer

Davidson is off to a great start, but is also clearly aware that work remains to be done.

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April 22, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

The Good Face might need a better bat.

The Situation: Jorge Soler still isn’t healthy, and Paulo Orlando has a .333 OPS. Yes, OPS. So the Royals will turn to one of their best position player prospects—and apple of our minor league editor’s eye—Jorge Bonifacio to try and help jumpstart an offense averaging just a tick over three runs a game.

The Background: Bonifacio was signed for $135,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, and has been kicking around as a prospect for so long that he first showed up on a Royals team list during the Kevin Goldstein era. A strong 2013 campaign in which he hit .298/.372/.429 between the Carolina and Texas leagues brought him to national attention and he snuck onto the back of the 2014 BP 101. Bonifacio’s bat stagnated in Double-A however, and he would spend all of 2014 and 2015 at that level. He did slowly start to get more of his plus raw power into games—a hamate injury cost him some of 2013—and at the end of 2016 got some post-hype chatter after he set a career high in home runs with 19 for the Storm Chasers. Although he’s been around forever in prospect terms, he is still only 23, and the power is major-league-ready. We are about to find out about the rest of the profile.

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If Franklin Barreto and Francisco Mejia blossom, Scooter will score big-time.

This past week, I went through my fantasy investment portfolio for major leaguers across my seven leagues. This week, I’m going to walk through the minor-league side of my fantasy investment portfolio across my five leagues that allow minor leaguers.

Here’s a high-level rundown of the configuration of those five leagues:

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April 21, 2017 6:59 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 3

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George Bissell

Ryan Zimmerman is back—what are you waiting for?

12-Team Mixed Leagues (Must be available in at least 50 percent of ESPN, Yahoo, or CBS leagues)

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The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport's annual report card shows that MLB continues to struggle with racial and gender diversity.

This week, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) released their 2017 report card for Major League Baseball’s hiring and employment practices regarding racial and gender diversity. When grading MLB, TIDES looks at a variety of positions at the league level, the team level, and the organization itself, including the makeup of on-field or field-related staff as well as executives.

Their findings were not surprising to anyone who has been following the recent news cycles around hiring within Major League Baseball. While the league itself (specifically, the commissioner’s office, MLB Advanced Mecia, and MLB Network) scored the highest in both racial and gender diversity, the gender diversity number specifically dropped from 2016. On a team level, the gender diversity situation was even worse, with senior team administration receiving a D+ and professional administration a C-.

If we break these numbers down further, and look at how many of the women filling 27 percent of the “team senior administration” and 28.1 percent of the “team professional administration” roles are in positions that are—while incredibly important to the health of the team as a business—not related to the product on the field, the world is even bleaker. TIDES provides a breakdown of every woman and person of color in these senior roles, and the list of women only has six out of 82 women in roles that could be considered to have an impact on-field (athletic trainers, coaches, or scouts), and two of these are general “vice president” positions, with two others being “general partner” roles[1].

When we look at the 28 percent of women employed in “professional administration roles,” we have to take into account that TIDES includes specialists, technicians, analysts, engineers, and programmers alongside “assistant managers, coordinators, supervisors, and administrators in business operations such as marketing, promotions, publications, and various other departments.” When restricted to, again, roles that directly impact the product on the field, that 28 percent is almost certainly much lower.

While MLB overall scored a B for racially diverse hiring practices in 2017, this again represented a falling off from their score in 2016—somehow, in a single year, the league lost 8.5 points off their TIDES-given score. People of color fill 44.3 percent of coaching roles, but as we know, only three current MLB managers are men of color. The league office employs the next-highest level of people of color in all positions, at 28.1 percent, with the teams falling off steeply from that—only 11.7 percent of vice president or equivalent positions.

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Matt ranks the current Orioles first base depth chart, Mary looks at a former two-way player and thinks of new ways, and Annie enjoys an old, familiar feeling.

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Chris Sale was his usual self, Eric Thames was Babe Ruth, the Rangers won after going 27 batters without a hit.

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April 21, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 20th

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on Yoan Moncada, Austin Meadows, Yency Almonte, Franklin Barreto, and dank Herb.

Hitter of the Day:

Yoan Moncada, 2B, Chicago White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-3, BB, 3 R, HR, RBI, 2 SB, K
On a night when Chris Sale punched out 13 for Boston, Moncada reminded everybody in Chicago that he can fill up a stat sheet just fine his own damn self, thank you very much. He continues to strike out at a semi-alarming rate, but the power/speed combination is as elite as they get in the minor leagues. Pour one out for this poor Henry Owens fastball, y’all.


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April 21, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 4

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Mark Barry

Amir Garrett steps forward, Matt Cain moves back on the radar, and welcome back, Dallas Keuchel! (And maybe King Felix, too.)

Every Friday I’ll be previewing the hurlers scheduled for two starts in the upcoming week. Hopefully that will give enough insight to make educated lineup moves and FAAB decisions over the weekend. As the old wrestling promoters would always say “Card Subject to Change," because lots can happen between the time this goes up and first pitch. Unfortunately, weather, injuries, and tinkering managers make this less than a science. I’ll do my best, though, and should new information present itself after this posts, we can go over it in the comments. We’ll crowdsource this as well, so if you hear anything, feel free to comment and we all can offer our takes, hot or not.

Here’s how this works. The pitchers will be split by league using these categories:

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