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03-22

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Rumor Roundup: My Toothpick for a Closer
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Emma Baccellieri

03-22

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Baseball Therapy: The Secret Powers of the Foul Ball
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Russell A. Carleton

03-22

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Baltimore Orioles
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Craig Goldstein

03-22

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Colorado Rockies
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Wilson Karaman

03-22

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Player Profile: Lorenzo Cain
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Eric Roseberry

03-22

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Five to Watch: American League Post-Hype Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-22

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 22
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Steve Givarz

03-22

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Short Relief: L'Essene du Danks / The Last Show
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Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: My First Draft of 2017
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Scooter Hotz

03-21

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Five to Watch: National League Prospects
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-21

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Rubbing Mud: Lift Yourself Up By Your Launch Angle
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Matthew Trueblood

03-21

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Player Profile: Alex Bregman
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Tim Finnegan

03-21

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

03-21

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Chicago White Sox
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Collin Whitchurch and Nick Schaefer

03-21

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Short Relief: Fielding as Metaphor, Teams as Monsters, and Sumo Suits as Disguises
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Patrick Dubuque, Bryan Grosnick and Emma Baccellieri

03-20

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Tampa Bay Rays
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Matthew Trueblood

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: The Waiting Game
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Ashley Varela

03-20

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Has the Modern Bullpen Killed Late-Inning Comebacks? (Part One)
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Rob Mains

03-20

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Short Relief: Spring Gimmickry, Intranational Exceptionalism, and Baseball's Hockey Player
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Trevor Strunk, Matthew Provenzano and Holly Wendt

03-20

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Five to Watch: American League Prospects
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George Bissell

03-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Adjusting for Smaller Leagues
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Mike Gianella

03-18

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BP Bronx
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Stacey Gotsulias

03-18

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BP Mets
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Scott Simon

03-18

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BP Mets
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Jarrett Seidler

03-18

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BP Milwaukee
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Jack Moore

03-18

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BP South Side
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Collin Whitchurch

03-18

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BP Toronto
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Kyle Matte

03-18

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BP Toronto
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Elie Waitzer

03-17

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The Quinton: Selecting Relievers and Anticipated Discounts vs. Realized Discounts
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Jeff Quinton

03-17

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Toronto Blue Jays
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Joshua Howsam and Matt Gwin

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Kissing Your Sister
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Demetrius Bell

03-17

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Houston Astros
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Rob Mains

03-17

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Rubbing Mud: Roberto Osuna's Complicated Relationships
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Matthew Trueblood

03-17

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Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition, 2017
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Mike Gianella

03-17

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Position Battles: American League East
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Matt Collins

03-17

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Short Relief: Imaginary Players and Imaginary Victories
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Mary Craig, Jen Mac Ramos and Matt Sussman

03-16

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

03-16

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Position Battles: American League West
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Mark Barry

03-16

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Position Battles: National League West
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George Bissell

03-16

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Guarding The Lines: When Spring Matters
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Jarrett Seidler

03-16

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Milwaukee Brewers
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Nicholas Zettel

03-16

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Flu-Like Symptoms: One Not-So-Fine Day: Reliever Edition
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Rob Mains

03-16

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Oakland Athletics
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Patrick Dubuque

03-16

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Short Relief: Disputing Crash, Remembering Bonderman, and Forgetting Pham
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Zack Moser, David Temple and James Fegan

03-15

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-15

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 15
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Steve Givarz and Wilson Karaman

03-15

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Los Angeles Angels
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Matthew Trueblood

03-15

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Detroit Tigers
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Bryan Grosnick

03-15

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Rumor Roundup: Everybody Hurts
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Emma Baccellieri

03-15

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Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

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Didi Gregorius is hurt, the Nationals are trying to find a closer, and Matt Harvey is trying to find his velocity.

Gregorius to begin season on DL

After straining his shoulder earlier this spring in an exhibition game for the Netherlands’ World Baseball Classic team, Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has officially been shut down from all baseball activities for two weeks and will be put on the 10-day disabled list to start the season. Initial estimates from general manager Brian Cashman were that the shortstop could be out for up to six weeks, which isn’t great news for the Yankees.

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March 22, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Secret Powers of the Foul Ball

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Russell A. Carleton

Some are good, some are bad, and some are just Souvenirs.

I’ve never caught a foul ball. I’ve been to a couple of games where I was in the right section and came close to snaring one, but I never got a chance to make a play on a batted ball off the bat of a major leaguer, even if it was one that went the wrong way.

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Come for the pitching analysis, stay for the emoji chart.

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It's all about the gloves, man.

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March 22, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Lorenzo Cain

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Eric Roseberry

Casting the fantasy spotlight on the Royals outfielder.

Player Background

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March 22, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Post-Hype Prospects

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Ben Carsley

The prospect shine might have worn off these players, but they're still worthy of your attention in fantasy formats.

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard this before, but prospects will break your heart. Most of them don’t pan out. Many of them fall off the face of the earth all together. And nearly all of them, even the ones who do turn out the way you dreamed, don’t do so right away.

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March 22, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 22

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Steve Givarz

Notes and video on some lesser known talents.

Taylor Walls, SS, Florida State University
Seen in 2 games at SS from 3/14-3/15. From both sides; hits from an even stance with good rhythm and a slight crouch, hands close to chest. Average bat speed from both sides; more contact oriented and lacks juice from the right side. From the left side has more line-drive approach and can lift balls. Extremely patient; waits pitchers out; leadoff mentality; will take walks; takes in all counts; will take until he gets a strike most of the time; is vulnerable to better arms. Lacks raw power from the right side; all power from the left; more doubles power; should play to full utility given hitting ability. Average runner; 4.20 (LH) 4.32 (RH). Average arm strength; can be a little short for plays deeper in the hole; but is accurate enough. Good hands; struggled with plays to his right; but makes plays around him with good feet and hands. Average to below-average tools across the board; see as a utility defender.

Brody Rodning, LHP, Minnesota State University (D2)
Seen in a 5 IP start on 3/3. Pitches from a full windup with a compact arm action; gets extended and deep after hand break; lots of depth; three-quarters slot. Has crossfire; not an easy or simple delivery; had struggles repeating delivery in outing. Fastball 90-91, T92; quality arm-side tail; crossfire adds deception; has a history of throwing strikes; just didn't have quality control in this outing. Curve 74-77 T79; long, large break; not sharp but has quality depth and action; somewhat slurvy; better vs LHH for strikes and finish. Change 80-81; not comfortable with offering; could be a change of pace pitch in future; but lacked feel at this stage; very raw. 1.27-1.33 in slide step; 1.92 with leg kick. Interesting D2 arm; has pedigree and quality FB/CB combination; see as a lefty bullpen option.



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Jason travels to a Benedictine monastery in search of an old pitcher, while Patrick visits a nearby elementary school cafeteria.

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March 21, 2017 11:58 pm

Fantasy Freestyle: My First Draft of 2017

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Scooter Hotz

Scooter breaks down his keepers and recaps his selections in his first draft of the spring.

Last night, I had my first draft or auction of the season. It’s my second season in the league, which is a fairly casual one with friends, a lot of whom are more inclined towards fantasy football than fantasy baseball. Here are some other league settings for background:

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March 21, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Prospects

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Greg Wellemeyer

Identifying a handful of senior-circuit prospects who are worthy of your attention.

Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley gave you their top 100 dynasty prospects a couple weeks ago and Carsley dropped 112 more names on you last week. As is my wont, I’m wading into still deeper waters to cover five guys that missed those lists. Applicability depends on league size, of course, but there should be a little something for everyone here, including re-drafters.

Eliezer Alvarez, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals

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Reds prospect Zach Vincej explains how he changed his hitting approach through tinkering and ignoring cliches.

Late last May, Zach Vincej’s career was on life support. He’d turned 25 years old a few weeks earlier and was playing for the Reds’ Double-A affiliate in Pensacola—or, worse and more accurately, not playing for them.

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March 21, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Alex Bregman

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Tim Finnegan

Casting the fantasy spotlight on the Astros third baseman.

Player Background

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