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07-27

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Advance Scouting Series: Jose Bautista
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Erich Rothmann

07-27

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Double Dip Dissection
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Rob Mains

07-27

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Prospectus Feature: A Series Look: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
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Steve Givarz

07-27

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Short Relief: A Pair of Disappearances, and the MLB Extended Universe
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David Temple, Zack Moser and Patrick Dubuque

07-27

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Minor League Update: Games of July 26th
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Steve Givarz

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Kansas City Buyers
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Bryan Grosnick, Zach Crizer, Craig Goldstein and George Bissell

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: Nunez and His Helmet Fly to Fenway
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Shawn Brody, Erich Rothmann and Mark Anderson

07-27

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What You Need to Know: First Time For Everything
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Ben Diamond

07-27

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The Stash List: 17th Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Getting Ready for the Trade Deadline
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Mike Gianella

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Hug Watch
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Martin Alonso

07-26

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Advance Scouting Series: Dan Straily
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Scott Delp

07-26

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The Cooperstown Casebook
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Jay Jaffe

07-26

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Advance Scouting Series: Lorenzo Cain
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Keith Rader

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: The Bridge to Knebel
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Kate Morrison, Nick Schaefer, Scott Delp and Gideon Turk

07-26

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The View From Behind The Backstop: If You Prefer A Milder Prospect Writer, Please Ask For One
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Jeffrey Paternostro

07-26

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Short Relief: Of Errors and Epics
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Jason Wojciechowski, Nathan Bishop and Matt Ellis

07-26

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Minor League Update: Games of July 25
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Steve Givarz

07-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Paying for Utilities
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Mark Barry

07-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Salvador Perez: The Most Valuable Catcher in Fantasy Baseball?
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Eric Roseberry

07-26

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Dynasty Dynamics: Ignore the Trades
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Ben Carsley

07-26

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Deep League Report: Week 17
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Scooter Hotz

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Relentless Royals
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Stacey Gotsulias

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Panda 2.0
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Patrick Dubuque, Brett Cowett, Aaron Gleeman, Martin Alonso and Mark Anderson

07-25

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Advance Scouting Series: Jay Bruce
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Scott Delp

07-25

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Advance Scouting Series: Jaime Garcia
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Wilson Karaman

07-25

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Closer Report: Week 17
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Matt Collins

07-25

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 17
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Mike Gianella

07-25

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The GM Trade Game
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Patrick Dubuque and BP Staff

07-25

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Short Relief: The Sub Shop and Other Stories
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Patrick Dubuque, Kate Preusser and Emma Baccellieri

07-25

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Minor League Update: Games of July 24
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Steve Givarz

07-25

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Baseball Therapy: The Justin Smoak Problem
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Russell A. Carleton

07-24

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The Prospectus Hit List: July 24, 2017
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Ben Carsley

07-24

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What You Need to Know: Taking Care of Business
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Ashley Varela

07-24

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 24, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

07-24

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The Buyer's Guide: Gerardo Parra
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Eric Roseberry

07-24

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

07-24

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Coming Popup Plague
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Rob Mains

07-24

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The GM Trade Game
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Bryan Grosnick and BP Staff

07-24

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Short Relief: Friends, Fantasy, and Going Mainstream
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James Fegan, Holly Wendt and Meg Rowley

07-24

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The Call-Up: Rafael Devers
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Ben Carsley

07-21

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Weekly Wrap: July 21, 2017
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Javier Barragan

07-21

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Minor League Update: Games of July 20
by
Wilson Karaman

07-21

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Prospectus Roundtable: Should the Royals Buy or Sell?
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Rob Mains, Ben Diamond, Craig Goldstein, Wilson Karaman, Matthew Trueblood and Zach Crizer

07-21

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
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Mark Barry

07-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Anthony Rendon's Leap to Superstardom
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Matt Collins

07-21

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Cold Takes: A Time and A Place
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Patrick Dubuque

07-21

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Short Relief: Objection!
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Matt Sussman and Mary Craig

07-21

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Guarding The Lines: A Song About Velocity
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Jarrett Seidler

07-21

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What You Need to Know: You Are Who You Are
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Demetrius Bell

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July 27, 2017 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Jose Bautista

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Erich Rothmann

If the Jays sold on the season, what would teams be getting in Jose Bautista?

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July 27, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Double Dip Dissection

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Rob Mains

Are doubleheaders different?

In Episode 1080 of the Effectively Wild podcast, co-host Jeff Sullivan noted that several of the batters who’ve reached base via error three times in a game did so in doubleheaders (1:06:06):

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July 27, 2017 6:00 am

Prospectus Feature: A Series Look: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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Steve Givarz

An at-bat by at-bat look at Vladito over a three-game series.

Unlike Bo Bichette, I don’t have a personal history with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. I was unable to see him during Extended Spring Training in 2016, and instead of an assignment to the Gulf Coast League; he was sent to the Appalachian League. Our first mention of him was back in 2015 by Christopher Crawford, but since then we have not had many in-person looks before this season. One of them was by Emmett Rosenbaum in a Ten Pack, as well as various updates from myself, Mark Anderson, and Wilson Karaman in the Minor League Ten Pack. Then we ranked him No. 13 in the Midseason Top 50.

Game 1 v. Tampa 7/12

First AB: Erik Swanson, RHP
Guerrero takes a first pitch fastball from Swanson at 95 for a called strike. I already notice that he isn’t nearly as aggressive a hitter as Bichette. He likes to get comfortable with his at-bats and see what a pitcher has to offer instead of swinging out of his shoes at the first pitch. The next pitch is a fastball that he fouls off. He seems comfortable now, but his swings are also quite violent. Swanson brings a third straight fastball, and Guerrero fouls it off again. It seems like Guerrero can use the whole field and was just working with what the pitcher was giving him, which was high heat. On 0-2 again, Swanson tries a slider at 86: no luck, and called a ball. On 1-2, Swanson fires a 96 mph fastball. Guerrero swings and misses. Our hero is 0-1 in High-A.

Second AB: Erik Swanson, RHP
Like he did in his first at-bat, Guerrero takes a first called strike. I’ve watched enough low-level baseball to learn that most of the time, you could just stand there and you will eventually find yourself at first base. Once you get to High-A, that strategy ceases to work and you have to start thinking like a pitcher. “How will they attack me? What are they most comfortable with? When do they fall into patterns? Where are they likely to throw certain pitches? Why are they throwing this pitch?” On 0-1, Guerrero sees another fastball up in the zone and he pops it up for a weak out to the second basemen. Our hero is 0-2.

Third AB: Andrew Schwaab, RHP
Schwaab is a different look for Guerrero. Unlike Swanson, who had a big fastball with a high slot, Schwaab is a side-armer who throws a lot of sliders and relies more on deception and location. Like he has done before, Guerrero takes the first pitch, this time a slider at 83 for a called strike. The next offering is another slider; swing and miss. This is probably the best pitch I have seen Schwaab throw all year—it flashed above-average with late depth, fooling Guerrero. On 0-2, Schwaab goes to another slider, and Guerrero takes it for strike three. I am sure Guerrero was expecting a slider, but that it would be one out of the zone for a chase pitch, not one that would paint the corner. Through three at-bats, I have not seen him put one ball in play.

Fourth AB: Jose Pena, RHP
Like Schwaab, Pena is here to fill a role. Mainly his role is to eat innings and provide depth to the bullpen. Also like Schwaab, he is a side-armer. Pena is fairly generic; he is 88-89 with sink, and a true sweeping slider at 75-78. He has had success this year, and has even made a brief cameo in Double-A, which is a far cry from rookie ball, which was where he had spent the majority of the past 6 seasons.





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Brooks Pounders is on the case, Tyler with the Cubs tackles another missing person, and Rob Manfred hatches an exciting business opportunity.

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July 27, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 26th

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Steve Givarz

A big night for minor league pitching...especially White Sox prospects.

Minor League Update, July 26th

Hitter of the Day:

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San Diego is always selling, so Kansas City added three pitchers for what might be one last run.

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Boston sends a pair of pitching prospects to San Francisco for veteran utility infielder Eduardo Nunez.

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Luis Severino starred, Chris Sale did his usual thing, Rafael Devers and Lewis Brinson homered for the first time, and Justin Turner walked it off.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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July 27, 2017 6:00 am

The Stash List: 17th Edition

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Greg Wellemeyer

Waiting for the light to come on for David Dahl.

The Stash List: 17th Edition

by Greg Wellemeyer

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July 27, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Getting Ready for the Trade Deadline

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Mike Gianella

A few simple but important steps you can make, regardless of overall strategy, as we hit the stretch run.

In one of the first fantasy leagues I ever joined, for years the trade deadline was Aug. 1. This is an AL-only league, so the Aug. 1 date gave fantasy managers 24 hours to try and fill any holes created by trades to the National League. This gives away how old the league is. -Only leagues are becoming a thing of the past, and the ones that do exist have mostly switched to permitting players traded to the “other” league to remain on a team’s roster until the end of the regular season.

Most of the leagues I play in now have a trade deadline in late August or early September. In a typical keeper league, nearly everyone already has decided if they are in or out for 2017. But unless your season is going perfectly, you probably are going to need to make some free-agent pickups or trades down the stretch in order to win. This advice is not limited to teams in contention. If you have already given up on your season the last thing you want to do is let your team lie fallow and miss potential keepers for 2018 and beyond.

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Oakland's hug watch, Harrison Bader's debut, Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off slam, and Yoenis Cespedes' little league home run.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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July 26, 2017 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Dan Straily

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Scott Delp

The Marlins have thus far resisted overtures for Straily, but what would an acquiring team be getting?

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