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08-27

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BP Toronto
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Joshua Howsam

08-27

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BP Mets
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Jarrett Seidler

08-26

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The Call-Up: Jorge Alfaro
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

08-26

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, August 26
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Matthew Kory

08-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: DRA Do-Gooders
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Wilson Karaman

08-26

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Weekly Wrap: August 26, 2016
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Will Haines

08-26

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What You Need to Know: Nope, Hit
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Nicolas Stellini

08-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 25th
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Mark Anderson

08-26

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
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Scooter Hotz

08-26

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Prospectus Feature: Coleman/Hamilton, Pt. 1: What We're Missing Out On
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Rob Mains

08-26

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Pebble Hunting: A Sense Of Where You Are
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Sam Miller

08-25

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Dynasty Dynamics: What the Hell Is Happening: AL Edition
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Ben Carsley

08-25

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 24th
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Christopher Crawford

08-25

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Eyewitness Accounts: August 25, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

08-25

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Pitching Backward: Zach With No K
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Jeff Long

08-25

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What You Need to Know: Beltway Goes Balt's Way
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Demetrius Bell

08-25

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Banjo Hitter: Baseball's Unlikeliest Slugger?
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Aaron Gleeman

08-24

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Transaction Analysis: Go-Go Goes to Texas
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Bryan Grosnick

08-24

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Rubbing Mud: Alex Reyes, Game-Changer
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Matthew Trueblood

08-24

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What You Need to Know: Gsellman Is Just In Time
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Emma Baccellieri

08-24

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Two-Strike Approach: Verlander's Third Act
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Cat Garcia

08-24

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Outta Left Field: 1 Percent Playoff Odds, 110 Percent Effort
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Dustin Palmateer

08-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 23rd
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Wilson Karaman

08-23

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What You Need to Know: Homer Story
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Daniel Rathman

08-23

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Baseball Therapy: If I Had A Million Dollars
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Russell A. Carleton

08-23

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Prospect House: Risky Business
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Mauricio Rubio

08-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Keon Broxton
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J.P. Breen

08-23

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Notes from the Field: August 23, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

08-23

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Closer Report: Week 21
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Matt Collins

08-23

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Rubbing Mud: Should Probably Trade Cespedes
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Matthew Trueblood

08-23

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Cold Takes: Introducing The Dubuque Plan
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Patrick Dubuque

08-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 22nd
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Mark Anderson

08-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 21
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Mike Gianella

08-23

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The Call-Up: Robert Gsellman
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mike Gianella

08-22

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

08-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, Aug. 22
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Matt Sussman

08-22

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Prospectus Feature: Something Not Worth Forfeiting
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Henry Druschel

08-22

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Deep League Report: Week 21
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Scooter Hotz

08-22

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Soft Toss: Scouting a Series: Hillsboro vs. Everett
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Brendan Gawlowski

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of August 19-21
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Christopher Crawford

08-22

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Players Prefer Presentation: We Still Have Time
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Meg Rowley

08-22

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What You Need to Know: Flaherty, Floperty
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Ashley Varela

08-22

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: August 22, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

08-21

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BP Toronto
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Jenn Smith

08-21

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

08-21

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Deep, But Playable: The Pirates Played for 2017
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Craig Goldstein

08-20

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BP Mets
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Jarrett Seidler

08-20

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

08-20

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Raising Aces: There's A New Sheriff In Taillon
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Doug Thorburn

08-20

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The Call-Up: Jeff Hoffman
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James Fisher and Scooter Hotz

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August 27, 2016 11:15 am

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Joshua Howsam

Nothing comes without unintended consequences.

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August 27, 2016 11:11 am

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Jarrett Seidler

Viewing Yoenis Cespedes' opt-out not as an escape valve but as leverage.

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August 26, 2016 3:27 pm

The Call-Up: Jorge Alfaro

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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

El Oso gets to hunt in Philly for a bit.

The Situation: The Phillies dealt Carlos Ruiz, one of the last vestiges of the 2008 World Series champions, to the Dodgers. They did get erstwhile Clayton Kershaw personal catcher A.J. Ellis back in the deal, but he’s not expected to report until Saturday or Sunday. Therefore, Jorge Alfaro gets at least a day in the majors—and wins the lifetime healthcare coverage lottery—by virtue of being the only other catcher on the 40-man roster.

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We've reached the soup-and-pizza-restaurant-idea part of the season.

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August 26, 2016 10:53 am

Fantasy Freestyle: DRA Do-Gooders

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Wilson Karaman

Our advanced pitching metric suggests brighter days ahead for some of these hurlers.

As we head into the homestretch of the season some of you are angling for a title run, or a challenge for the money, or waiting in vain for your one-category “Perfect Games” league to get more interesting. I, however, play in at least two full keeper leagues in which mine eyes are affixed squarely upon the great horizon beyond 2016. And that means using this time of the year to start searching for potentially undervalued acquisition targets, either for your end-of-year FAAB queue or your off-season trade list. So let’s start in a basic and logical place with some pitchers who have performed much worse than their underlying metrics suggest they should have performed to date. Below is a table of the hurlers with the biggest gaps between their DRA and ERA. I’ve isolated guys who have performed at least a run and a half worse by ERA than their DRA suggests. And for the sake of weeding out some additional riffraff I’ve limited the pool to those arms who have performed as at least a roughly league-average level.

So without further ado, here’s our list:

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August 26, 2016 6:00 am

Weekly Wrap: August 26, 2016

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Will Haines

News and notes from around the minor leagues.

It’s that exciting time of year where the next crop of prospects we’ll fawn over and dream on reach High-A and face advanced hitting and pitching on a regular basis. Let’s get to it!

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Matt Moore pitches forever and all he gets to show for it is a huff of exasperation, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
Two things stood between Matt Moore and a no-hitter.


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August 26, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 25th

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Alberto Tirado, Lewis Brinson, Roman Quinn, and Fernando Romero.

Prospect of the Day:

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August 26, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21

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Scooter Hotz

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Welcome to the starting pitcher planner, where every Friday we’ll be taking a look at the pitchers slated for two turns in the upcoming week. The hope is that the planner can help guide lineup and FAAB decisions that need to be made over the weekend. Of course, my information isn’t perfect and I don’t have a crystal ball. Rain, injuries, and teams reshuffling between when we write and Monday’s first pitch will definitely happen. If new information comes to light after we publish, we’ll try to tackle it in the comments. Feel free to beat us to it if you have any info, and we’ll be glad to offer our opinion there if you want it.

Let’s get some ground rules out the way before getting started. The pitchers will be split by league and then by category. Here are some general thoughts about the categories:

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Modern baseball is smarter, which isn't always as fun.

At this year’s Saberseminar, I was out for dinner and one of the people in our group asked what contemporary player we think we could tell our grandchildren, “I saw him play.” Mike Trout was a gimme, but we had a hard time coming up with someone else. My thought was that Billy Hamilton would be such a player, but he was born about 30 years too late.

I know, Billy Hamilton is not a great player. He’s having his best season, and his career on-base percentage is still below .300. And it’s not like he compensates with power: Of the 172 players with 1,200 or more plate appearances from 2014-2016, his .088 ISO ranks 164th. He does play a good center field, but he’s got a .236 career TAv. That’s a lot of bad bat to carry with a glove.

But he can run. Man, can he run. Through games of August 16, when he was sidelined by a knee contusion, he has 29 stolen bases. Since the All-Star break. The only players, other than Hamilton, with that more swipes all year to that point were Jonathan Villar, Starling Marte, and Rajai Davis. And that doesn’t include plays like this:

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A night with baseball's newest prospect.

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Give it up for 'the next Jamey Carroll.'

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier leads all major-league middle infielders in homers this season with 30. He also led all major-league middle infielders in homers last season with 28. And dating back to 2013—his first full year in the big leagues—Dozier leads all major-league middle infielders in homers with 99, ahead of Robinson Cano (90) and Troy Tulowitzki (84). Dozier is baseball’s premier slugging middle infielder. How the hell did that happen?

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