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08-22

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What You Need to Know: 88-35
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Stacey Gotsulias

08-22

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Rubbing Mud: They Might Be Rebuilding
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Matthew Trueblood

08-22

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Liner Notes: Kenny, Boomer, Bobo, and the Hobo Heroes
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Bryan Grosnick

08-22

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Notes from the Field: August 22, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of August 21
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Steve Givarz

08-22

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BP South Side
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Collin Whitchurch

08-22

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Short Relief: The Wonderful Vulgarity of Miami's Home Run Machine
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Emma Baccellieri and Kate Preusser

08-22

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Closer Report: Week 21
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Matt Collins

08-22

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 21
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Mike Gianella

08-21

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The Prospectus Hit List: August 21, 2017
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Ben Carsley

08-21

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 21, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

08-21

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Minor League Update: Games of August 18-20
by
Mark Anderson

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: Grand Exit
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Matthew Trueblood, Bryan Grosnick and Scott Orgera

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: Clips and Hatch
by
Bryan Grosnick

08-21

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Vin Mazzaro's Second-Worst Day
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Rob Mains

08-21

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What You Need to Know: Return of the Baby-Faced Assassin
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Ashley Varela

08-21

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Short Relief: Boys To Men To Marriage To Exploitation
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Meg Rowley, James Fegan and Patrick Dubuque

08-18

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What You Need to Know: Engel in the Outfield
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Demetrius Bell

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of August 17
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Wilson Karaman

08-18

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 20
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Mark Barry

08-18

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Guarding The Lines: Here The Fastball Are Now Going To The South Side
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Jarrett Seidler

08-18

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Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Alex Bregman
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Aaron Gleeman

08-18

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Weekly Wrap: August 18, 2017
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Javier Barragan

08-18

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Circle Change: The Best Failure in Baseball
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Zach Crizer

08-18

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Cold Takes: Doomed and Determined
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Patrick Dubuque

08-18

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Short Relief: Underappreciated Player Week: Guillen, Kahnle, and Langston
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Matt Sussman, Cat Garcia and Meg Rowley

08-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: August 17, 2017
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Ben Carsley

08-17

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What You Need to Know: The Thin Line Between Diaz and Rzepczynski
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Ben Diamond

08-17

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 17, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

08-17

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Short Relief: Underappreciated Player Week: Jackson, Sizemore, and Zambrano
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David Temple, Emma Baccellieri and Zack Moser

08-17

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Pitching Panacea?
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Rob Mains

08-17

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Rubbing Mud: Lineups Are Just a Social Construct
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Matthew Trueblood

08-17

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Minor League Update: Games of August 16
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Steve Givarz

08-17

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The Stash List: 20th Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

08-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Quietly Valuable Lorenzo Cain
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Matt Collins

08-16

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What You Need to Know: The Slugger Who Was Promised
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Nicolas Stellini

08-16

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Banjo Hitter: Eddie Rosario, Reformed Hacker
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Aaron Gleeman

08-16

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Notes from the Field: Amateur Notes: August 16, 2017
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Skyler Kanfer

08-16

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BP Milwaukee
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Sean Roberts

08-16

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Deep League Report: Week 20
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Scooter Hotz

08-16

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Rubbing Mud: How the Pendulum Swings
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Matthew Trueblood

08-16

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Minor League Update: Games of August 15
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Steve Givarz

08-16

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Short Relief: Underappreciated Player Week: Greer, Grieve, and Ryan
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Matt Ellis

08-15

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What You Need to Know: Bettis 1, Cancer 0
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Stacey Gotsulias

08-15

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Baseball Therapy: Whether to Waxahachie
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Russell A. Carleton

08-15

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Prospectus Q&A: Twins GM Thad Levine
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Aaron Gleeman

08-15

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Notes from the Field: August 15, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

08-15

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BP Toronto
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Mike Passador

08-15

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Minor League Update: Games of August 14
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Steve Givarz

08-15

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Short Relief: Underappreciated Player Week: Sojo, Marte, and Trujillo
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Kate Preusser, James Fegan and Patrick Dubuque

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It might be scoreboard-watching time for the 2001 Mariners.

The Monday Takeaway

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August 22, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: They Might Be Rebuilding

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Matthew Trueblood

The Statue Got Me High, but Don't Let's Start the Spiraling Shape.

On Thursday afternoon, I hosted a chat on this site, and one of the questions asked was about the immediate future of the Giants. Obviously, this season has been a catastrophe, but they still have a number of guys to whom they’re committed not only financially and emotionally, but on a baseball level. The core of the next good Giants team was supposed to be this core, when the season began, and it’s not clear that the team has significantly altered that general mindset, even as they hurtle toward 100 losses.

When I was asked about them, I found I had relatively little to say. They’re as uninspiring, in that way, as they are bad right now. I mentioned, I think, that it will be very interesting to see if Johnny Cueto can even pitch well enough down the stretch to make what seemed to be an almost automatic opt-out clause in his contract come to fruition. I also said that, if I were to start taking on the task of rebuilding this franchise, I might begin with a front office shakeup. A few days later, I find myself certain that the Giants need to rebuild—urgently, and drastically.

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Appreciating the best of baseball's nomads.

Toil away on BP’s Transaction Analysis beat long enough and you start to get a feel for the tides. There’s a certain ebb and flow in the way styles of players drift from team to team—which guys tend to find their way through waivers, which bench bats are most likely to bop from harbor to harbor. Certain franchises keep churning to find the right mix of guys on the come-up or past-their-prime vets in need of one more shot. And for the most part, players who tend to end up on more than a fistful of teams are of a certain stripe: just-a-hair-above-replacement utility bats and relief pitchers.

That is, at least in part, why Octavio Dotel is the worldwide leader in MLB teams played for (with 13) and Matt Stairs is his position-player counterpart (with 12). These are players who fit a niche that nearly every team tries to fill: you can never have enough competent relief pitchers, and you can never have enough power off the bench. But while Dotel and Stairs were good, they rarely really fell under the umbrella of “great.” So let’s try a different view, shall we? Let’s examine the players who suited up for many, many teams and pluck out the best of them. Can we find any patterns in their movements, any styles that seem en vogue, or any ties that bind together the greats who never found a regular home?

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August 22, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: August 22, 2017

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BP Prospect Staff

First-hand looks at Yu-Cheng Chang, Mike Papi, Taylor Trammell, Bryan Reynolds, Ademar Rifaela, and more.

Greg Goldstein

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August 22, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 21

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Steve Givarz

Notes on Daulton Varsho, Corbin Burnes, Royce Lewis, Michael Chavis, Anthony Banda, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Daulton Varsho, C, Arizona Diamondbacks (Short-Season, Hillsboro): 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K
While you were all watching the eclipse early, Varsho was hitting bombs into the eclipsed sky. Taken in the Competitive Balance (B) Round, Varsho is an odd duck. While he catches, he has well-below average arm strength, but is regarded as a well above average defender, and is a plus runner to boot. At the plate he has a short lefty stroke and is built strongly, giving him plus raw power.


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August 22, 2017 6:00 am

BP South Side

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Collin Whitchurch

Garcia was always supposed to be here, but his path to playing time was not without its travails.

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Also: the freedom of speech exhibited with (certain) baseball cards.

By: Emma Baccellieri

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August 22, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 21

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Matt Collins

Big news for three playoff contenders and the White Sox remain... interesting in the ninth inning.

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. There wasn’t a ton of news in Reliever Land over the past week, though there were a couple of big news points that did come down as well as a couple of tough situations to crack adding new wrinkles. Before we get to all of that, though, just a reminder that you can keep up with any changes on the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get on to the good stuff.

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Can Luke Weaver become a fantasy dream weaver?

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free-agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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August 21, 2017 11:32 am

The Prospectus Hit List: August 21, 2017

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Ben Carsley

Only Mark Reynolds can look directly into the eclipse.

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August 21, 2017 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 21, 2017

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BP Prospect Staff

Notes and video on Fernando Tatis Jr., Corey Ray, J.B. Bukauskas, Touki Toussaint, and more.

Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres (Double-A San Antonio)

Fernando Tatis Jr, just promoted to Double-A, has generated significant – and deserved – attention for his record-setting season as an 18-year-old in Low-A. He paced Fort Wayne to the playoffs, and will now join a Double-A club that will also be in the playoffs. Tatis Jr. has great body language and always seems to be at the center of a conversation with teammates or coaches in the dugout. He stands out on the field for his long build and legs and has projection through the upper half and shoulders. He clocked in at 4.25 to first base, just at above average for a right-handed batter, which will tick down a bit as he fills out. What won’t tick down is his effort, as he runs hard with energy and perceptive baserunning instincts (e.g. anticipating passed-balls, taking an extra base).

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August 21, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of August 18-20

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Mark Anderson

Notes on Sandy Baez, Victor Robles, Jorge Mateo, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Ronald Acuna, and more.

Prospect of the Weekend:

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