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09-23

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10

Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
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Jeff Moore

09-23

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2

Transaction Analysis: Wren's End
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R.J. Anderson

09-23

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10

Fantasy Freestyle: Backing Off Backstop Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

09-23

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20

Baseball Therapy: Will StatCast Cure Our Defensive Metric Blues?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-22

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6

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 22
by
Matthew Kory

09-22

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The Week in Quotes: September 16-22, 2014
by
Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-22

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Interleague Report: Week 26
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Jeff Quinton

09-22

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What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-22

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2

Fantasy Freestyle: DFS and the State of Fantasy Baseball
by
Mike Gianella

09-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Circling Back to The Holy Trinity
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J.P. Breen

09-22

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28

Monday Morning Ten Pack: The Season's Most Disappointing Prospects
by
BP Prospect Staff

09-19

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Daily League Strategy: Coors, Coors, Coors
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Paul Sporer

09-19

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2

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, September 19
by
Matthew Kory

09-19

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14

Fantasy Freestyle: Power Outage
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Craig Goldstein

09-19

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10

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 26
by
Wilson Karaman

09-19

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1

The View from the Loge Level: The Alex Jackson Interviews
by
Daron Sutton

09-19

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1

Pebble Hunting: Cueto's Quirks
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Sam Miller

09-19

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14

Notes About Baseball: The Second-Hardest Part of Baseball
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Rocco DeMaro

09-19

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5

Moonshot: Detecting the Best Medicine
by
Robert Arthur

09-19

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3

Raising Aces: Carlos in Charge
by
Doug Thorburn

09-19

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What You Need to Know: September 19, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

09-18

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2

They Hold No Quarter: Outfielders
by
BP Fantasy Staff

09-18

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Free Agent Watch: Week 25
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-18

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Small Moves That Might Matter
by
Jeff Quinton

09-18

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3

The BP Wayback Machine: The Many Moments of Paul Konerko
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BP Staff

09-18

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4

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 35
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

09-18

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9

Pitching Backward: Big Situation James
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Jeff Long

09-18

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14

Painting the Black: The Plightin' Showalters
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R.J. Anderson

09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, September 17
by
Matt Sussman

09-17

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8

The Lineup Card: Eight Memorable Final-Week Storylines
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Baseball Prospectus

09-17

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 17, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Strikeouts
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J.P. Breen

09-17

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5

Skewed Left: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
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Zachary Levine

09-17

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

09-16

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Daily League Strategy: Easy Peavy
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Paul Sporer

09-16

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Transaction Analysis: Rays to the Top
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R.J. Anderson

09-16

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13

Prospectus Review: 'That Foul Tip Had Better Have Hit Your Testicles'
by
Miles Wray

09-16

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8

Deep Impact: Week 25
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Ben Carsley

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-16

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4

Baseball Therapy: Starving Young Royals, Battle-Tested Tigers, and an Unsquarable Circle
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-15

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 15
by
Matt Sussman

09-15

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The Week in Quotes: September 8-14
by
Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-15

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In A Pickle: How To Lose Lots of One-Run Games
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Jason Wojciechowski

09-15

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Interleague Report: Week 25
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Jeff Quinton

09-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part Two: National League
by
Mike Gianella

09-15

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21

Minor League Update: Games of September 12-14
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Jeff Moore

09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
by
Daniel Rathman

09-15

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 15, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

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What are we talking about when we talk about disappointment?

"(A box score) doesn't tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election. It just tells what kind of baseball player you were on that particular day."Branch Rickey

If only it were still that simple. Back when Rickey was making personnel decisions for major-league organizations, and those last three traits were actually factors in how people were judged, it was a lot easier to evaluate a ballplayer without knowing too much about him. But with phones and tablets now as essential to the scouting toolbox as a stopwatch, with three different prospect rankings appearing on players’ Baseball-Reference pages, with signing bonuses public (and publicy debated), with the conversation about some players’ draft stock now rivaling the lifespan and intrigue of a presidential primary, that’s no longer the case.

Colin Moran is not a bad baseball player. The University of North Carolina doesn’t recruit bad baseball players. Bad baseball players don’t get popped sixth overall in the major-league draft. And bad baseball players don’t hit .296 between High- and Double-A, as Moran did in 2014, his first full year among the professional ranks.

Yet to hear many evaluators talk—to hear me at certain points during this season—you might think Moran is just terrible. Throughout a season of sitting behind home plate, I saw no player inspire more head shakes, shoulder shrugs and eye rolling than Moran. "How was this guy the sixth-best amateur player in the country last year,” I heard from more than one scout. I wasn't terribly kind in my initial write-up of Moran, saying "I came away feeling very underwhelmed with the player."

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September 23, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Wren's End

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R.J. Anderson

The Braves fire a GM, the Angels add a 39th man to their active roster, and the Rockies recall a top prospect.



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September 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Backing Off Backstop Prospects

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Ben Carsley

A look at the perils of falling in love with promising catchers down on the farm.

There’s nothing quite as alluring as a stud fantasy catching prospect.

Predicting which catchers beyond the obvious names will produce on a yearly basis is a tedious, difficult exercise that often leads to disappointment. Just ask people who drafted Miguel Montero, Wilson Ramos, or Matt Wieters this season, only to see the likes of Yan Gomes, Dioner Navarro, and Kurt Suzuki outperform their backstops by a long shot.

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Single-year outfield defense might be an intractable problem.

Remember a few weeks ago when Alex Gordon was leading the American League in WAR? No one questions that Gordon is having a(nother) really good season and should rightly get some down-ballot MVP votes, but the best player in the American League? People quickly noticed that a good chunk of Gordon’s WAR came from his defensive ratings, where, at the time, he was picking up roughly two wins worth of value in left field. Gordon’s regarded as a good left fielder, but “good left fielder” is also the “great personality” of fielding aficionados.

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September 23, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Lots of good pitching, occasional horrible pitching, and long, LONG game highlight yesterday's action.

The Monday Takeaway

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September 22, 2014 11:13 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 22

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Matthew Kory

Don't worry, Braves Fans. Don't worry. That's it. There no pain, it's over, it's over.

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

GARZA TOSSED FOR PLUNKING MCCUTCHEN TWICE

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September 22, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 26

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Jeff Quinton

Examining how 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 Domonic 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 who is gaining at-bats.

Last Week

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September 22, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Tigers and Royals play one of the games of the year, while the rest of the wild card races have exciting weekends.

From good pitching to timely hitting, questionable bunting to controversial umpiring—and on the heels of the early excitement, a dose of late-inning drama—Saturday’s American League Central battle between the Tigers and Royals had it all.

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September 22, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: DFS and the State of Fantasy Baseball

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Mike Gianella

Will daily leagues one day supplant rotisserie and head-to-head formats?

If you play fantasy sports, you are familiar with DFS, even if you don’t play DFS. Short for Daily Fantasy Sports, in the past two years DFS has gone from a novelty to a mainstay, carving out a significant share of the fantasy sports marketplace. As a result, most websites that cater to fantasy baseball have started devoting a portion of content to DFS and/or partnering with a DFS service. Baseball Prospectus is no exception; in 2014, BP and Draft Street entered a working partnership, which then became a partnership with Draft Kings when Draft Kings purchased Draft Street earlier this year.

DFS arguably represents the biggest paradigm shift in fantasy sports since the Internet changed fantasy gaming from a game you played with friends in your neighborhood or your college to a game you could play with anyone anywhere in the world who had a working modem. Even if you haven’t played DFS, the appeal of the game is obvious. There are a number of great things about DFS, but the three biggest positives to in my mind are:

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September 22, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Circling Back to The Holy Trinity

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J.P. Breen

A look at the pitchers who excelled in the three statistical areas fantasy owners cherish most.

The Holy Trinity is nothing new ‘round these parts. Bret Sayre discussed the concept and gave it its moniker last season, and I brought it up once again in my first piece at Baseball Prospectus. For those who are unfamiliar with The Holy Trinity, though, it’s pretty simple. As fantasy owners, we like pitchers who can either strike guys out, limit walks, or generate copious amounts of ground balls. But we love pitchers who can do all three. Thus, The Holy Trinity occurs when a pitcher posts better-than-average strikeout, walk, and ground-ball rates.

In short, they’re generally the guys to covet in fantasy leagues. They tend to be the anchors for your starting rotation, as they can provide above-average production in all categories. We’re not talking about someone like Francisco Liriano, who will rack up the strikeouts but drag down the WHIP category. These are guys like King Felix who provide value in strikeouts, wins, ERA, and WHIP.

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The prospect team tackles the year's disappointments, including Aaron Sanchez, Mark Appel, and Luke Jackson.

Alberto Tirado, RHP, Blue Jays (Short-season Vancouver)
Tirado entered 2014 the no. 3 prospect in Toronto's system and no. 76 on our Top 101, fueled by strong reports on his stuff. It was noted, though that his command needed work and the delivery was inconsistent. Fast forward to the end of this season and those highlighted areas are exactly what came to the surface. We need to remember Tirado is only 19 and developmental paths are often jagged when isolating short-term sections. I’m labeling Tirado's 2014 a “disappointment” more because his present weaknesses were too much for the strengths to overcome than due to a long-term decline in forecast. Still, some of the initial shine has diminished and warts were exposed. We now have concrete areas of focus when evaluating Tirado next season. –Chris Mellen

Austin Hedges, C, Padres (Double A San Antonio)
Hedges was the top-ranked catcher in the minors entering 2014, and he maintained that title when the midseason Top 50 rolled out in July. While the Junipero Serra (San Juan Capistrano, CA) prep product continues to outstrip his contemporaries on the defensive side of the ball, Hedges ran into a buzzsaw on the offensive side in the form of Texas League pitching.



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