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04-25

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The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger
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Jeffrey Paternostro

04-25

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Stacey Gotsulias

04-25

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Baseball Therapy: The Disappearing Left Fielder?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-25

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Closer Report: Week 4
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Matt Collins

04-25

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Banjo Hitter: Mr. April
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Aaron Gleeman

04-25

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Notes from the Field: April 24, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

04-25

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 4
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Mike Gianella

04-25

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Minor League Update: Games of April 24
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Steve Givarz

04-25

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Short Relief: How Baseball Killed America, A Rabbit Killed Baseball, and History Killed a Fun Fact
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Mary Craig, Kate Preusser and Emma Baccellieri

04-25

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The Call-Up: Christian Arroyo
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

04-24

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The Prospectus Hit List: April 24, 2017
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Ben Carsley

04-24

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The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-24

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Player Profile: Tyler Skaggs
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Wilson Karaman

04-24

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Players Prefer Presentation: Manny Machado's Almost Beanball
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Meg Rowley

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Funk Blast
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Ashley Varela

04-24

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 23, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

04-24

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Marte, McCutchen, and Foolish Consistencies
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Rob Mains

04-24

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Short Relief: Of Sad Lexicons and Sad Hardware
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Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

04-24

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Minor League Update: Games of April 21st-23rd
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Mark Anderson

04-24

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The Buyer's Guide: Chase Anderson
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Eric Roseberry

04-23

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Baseball Prospectus Announcement
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Bret Sayre

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

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April 25, 2017 9:31 pm

The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger

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Jeffrey Paternostro

Consider this a renewed request not to use "Bae-llinger."

The Situation: Joc Pederson is on the DL with a groin strain and the Dodgers could use a left-handed center field bat to pair with Enrique Hernandez. So they called up…a first baseman? Yes, but this first baseman also plays center (and left) field. And mashes dingers.

The Background: Bellinger was the fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2013 as an Arizona prep and signed for $700,000. He was drafted as a first baseman, where he played exclusively for the first two season of his pro career. The Dodgers aggressively assigned Bellinger to Advanced-A in 2015 and started playing him occasionally in center field as well. Bellinger broke out in a big way, socking 30 home runs. He proved it was no Cal League mirage last season, mashing his way through Double-A while spending time at all three outfield spots in addition to first. He got off to a hot start in Albuquerque this year, batting .343/.429/.627 at the time of his call up.

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Eric Thames continues to crush baseballs, Justin Turner makes a baserunning blunder, and the Bears beat the Steelers.

The Monday Takeaway

MLB’s attack on baseballs continued Monday, with Eric Thames leading the charge. The Brewers’ first baseman connected on two more long balls, bringing his season total to 10. And somehow even more impressive than that, they were his sixth and seventh homers against the Reds. Thames is currently on pace to hit 80 home runs. No one is able to keep up that kind of pace, but for now Thames’ at-bats are must-see TV.

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April 25, 2017 6:45 am

Baseball Therapy: The Disappearing Left Fielder?

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Russell A. Carleton

Once the home of plodding sluggers, left field is now being treated much differently by managers.

The left fielder has become an endangered species. That's an odd statement to make, but the data say it’s true, and the reasons why tell us some interesting things about where the game of baseball is going. And it starts in this graph right here:

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April 25, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 4

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Matt Collins

Closing situations in Washington and Anaheim remain fluid. Also: Is it time to worry about Francisco Rodriguez?

Welcome back to the Closer Report. There were multiple changes in the reliever world over the weekend, and some messes yet to be cleaned up. Just a quick reminder that you can keep up with all of the changes at the Closer Grid. As always, the sections that are highlighted represent changes since the last iteration of this column.

Another injury in the Angels bullpen

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Bryce Harper is off to a great start, which is business as usual for one of the best April hitters of all time.

I realize, given the Nationals’ lack of October success, that using a “Mr. April” moniker in relation to Bryce Harper may be viewed as criticism of some sort. That’s not my intention. Harper has hit four career playoff home runs—tied with Miguel Cabrera, Jimmie Foxx, Johnny Bench, Chipper Jones, and Jose Canseco for the 10th-most ever through age 24—and I have no doubt that he’ll put up plenty of big playoff numbers in the future. For now, though, his opening-month numbers are the ones worth drooling over, because few players in baseball history have ever hit like Harper in April.

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April 25, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: April 24, 2017

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BP Prospect Staff

Notes on Justus Sheffield, Yusniel Diaz, Cody Sedlock and more.

Chaz Fiorino
Justus Sheffield, LHP, New York Yankees (Double-A Trenton)


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What if Taylor Motter's season were set to showtunes? Is Chad too Kuhl for the room? Will they write songs about the guys filling in for the Dodgers injury brigade?

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.

LABR Mixed
Trevor Rosenthal $11. Other bids: $4, $3, $1. Tout Auction: $99
Entering 2017, Seung Hwan Oh was considered one of the five or six “reliable” closing options in fantasy. His average ADP of 70th put him behind only Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, Zach Britton and Mark Melancon. On Opening Night, Oh blew a save in horrific fashion. It was against the Cubs, so no one thought much of it at the time, but ever since Oh hasn’t quite looked like his dominant self. The results have been solid after a rocky first week (in his past six outings, Oh has allowed one run in six innings with one walk, six strikeouts and five saves), but he also has had moments where he looked vulnerable, something we didn’t see much of with Oh in 2016.



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April 25, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 24

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Steve Givarz

Edwin Rios, Spencer Adams, Conner Greene, Daniel Brito and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Edwin Rios, CIF, Los Angeles Dodgers (Double-A, Tulsa): 5-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI
The heartthrob of one Mr. Wilson Karaman, Rios has plus to better raw power and can utilize it in games, but he has a lot of swing and miss and is likely to be a 1B only given his 20 run and lack of quickness at 3B.


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Mary discovers a world delivered to Hitler by baseball, Kate watches a rabbit destroy the human facade, and Emma searches for Lithuanian baseball and winds up in Boston.

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April 25, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Christian Arroyo

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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

Mister Christian / Oh the time has come / And you know that you're the only one...

The Situation: The Giants are rocking a collective .236 TAv, which is 25th in baseball, and while their 69 runs scored entering play yesterday was nice and all, it rated just 23rd. Starting third baseman Eduardo Nunez has been a big ol’ part of that problem, sitting on a .208 TAv his own damn self, and the now-DFA’ed Chris Marrero had failed to plug the hole left behind by left fielder Jarrett Parker’s broken collarbone. Enter number two prospect Christian Arroyo, owner of a ho-hum .446/.478/.692 line through 16 games at Triple-A Sacramento.

The Background: The Giants drafted Arroyo 25th overall in 2013 as a prep shortstop, signing him to a slot deal and sending him to the Arizona Rookie League, where he promptly hit .326 in a 45-game professional debut. Outside of a briefly rude introduction to full-season pitching the following year, he hit everything thrown at him up to Double A, climbing to the organizational top spot heading into the 2016 season. Still just 21, he yesterday became the lucky thirteenth member of the first round of his draft class to step between the lines of a big-league baseball game.

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April 24, 2017 11:00 am

The Prospectus Hit List: April 24, 2017

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Ben Carsley

It took a while, but the Padres are at the bottom.

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April 24, 2017 10:48 am

The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

We promise we don't do a "Hu's on first" joke. We make no other promises.

The Situation: Rays long man Tommy Hunter has hit the DL after suffering a calf injury covering first base this past weekend. In his stead the Rays have called up pitching prospect Chih-Wei Hu to take over his role in their bullpen

The Background: Hu was signed out as an 18-year-old of Taiwan by the Minnesota Twins in 2012 for $220,000. He made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League the following season and proceeded level-by-level from there. Although he never posted big strikeout numbers in the minors, his performance was never anything less than stellar at any extended stop. So yeah, he was basically a Twins pitching prospect. Hu was dealt to the Rays in August 2015 as part of the Kevin Jepsen deal and continued to have success while posting average-ish K-rates. A strong Double-A campaign—that level was always going to be an important test of the profile—in 2016, along with flashes of better velocity, was enough to make him the sixth-best prospect on the 2017 Rays Top Ten list.

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