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04-26

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What You Need to Know: Losing the Crown
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Emma Baccellieri

04-26

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The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta
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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

04-26

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The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

04-26

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Short Relief: Two Science Fiction Short Stories
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Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

04-26

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Deep, But Playable: Winning the Battle of Attrition by Surrender
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Craig Goldstein

04-26

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Minor League Update: Games of April 25
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Steve Givarz

04-26

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Dynasty Dynamics: Should You (Try and) Trade (for) Starling Marte?
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Ben Carsley

04-26

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Deep League Report: Week 4
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Scooter Hotz

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

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King Felix looks shakier than ever, Trea Turner goes for the cycle, Danny Duffy dares everyone, and Eric Thames did it again.

The Tuesday Takeaway

After two seasons of slipping velocity, miscellaneous injury struggles, and other various signs of the aging process, Felix Hernandez is no longer the ace that was once crowned king. He’s still, for the most part, recognizably himself—just less consistently and often less effectively and simply less so. But decline in and of itself is neither interesting nor surprising; it’s the how and the when that provide that color. For Felix, this year seems potentially key to answering both. Were last season’s career-worst numbers truly the beginning of the end, or just an anomalous spike on a gentle downward slope? His first four starts of the season didn’t do so much to provide context there, but his fifth was a discouraging nod toward the former.

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta

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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

The return for Jonathan Papelbon, Pivetta has gotten off to a hot start this year.

The Situation: Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day DL as the result of a strained lower back. The Phillies have called up 24-year old pitching prospect Nick Pivetta to start on Wednesday.

The Background: Pivetta was a 2013, fourth-round selection of the Washington Nationals out of New Mexico Junior College. He was then traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in July, 2015 for Jonathan Papelbon. Added to the 40-man roster following the 2016 season, Pivetta is off to one of the hottest starts in MiLB, throwing 19 innings, allowing only 12 hits, two earned runs, two walks, against 24 strikeouts, with an 0.95 era with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His hot start combined with his scheduled turn in the rotation lines up perfectly for Pivetta as the logical choice to get this opportunity.

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

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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Joe Nuxhall approaches the biggest game of his year, and the Oakland Athletics dabble in the forbidden arts to win a championship.

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When a rested bullpen so often beats a tired starter, it's time to stop treating early exits as a sign of weakness.

There’s something about knocking the opposing starter out of the game that feels right, even if you aren’t scoring runs. It means you’ve removed the opposition’s best option for that day; it means you’ve created havoc; it means the other team has to get through more innings with inferior options, and those inferior options are going to be tired for the subsequent games in the series. Knocking out the starter is a mile marker on the way to victory, the baseball equivalent of field position—it doesn’t mean you’ve made it, but you’re getting there.

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 25

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Steve Givarz

Another day, another perfect game.

Pitcher of the Day:

Domenic Mazza, LHP, San Francisco Giants (Low-A, Augusta): 9 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 9 K
That’s right a perfect game. This was also a Maddux, as he accomplished the feat in 85 pitches. Mazza is not a prospect, he is a strike throwing, mid-to-upper 80s arm. It helps to have quality off-speed you can throw for strikes. While this was the first mention of Mr. Mazza on these pages, it might take more moments like this to garner more mentions.


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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Should You (Try and) Trade (for) Starling Marte?

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Ben Carsley

Making the most of Marte, who has been suspended for 80 games because of PEDs.

Starling Marte is suspended. From baseball. For 80 games. He did the steroids.

If you own Marte in redraft leagues, this is extremely bad. Odds are he was your second- or third-round pick. At best, he’ll probably end up playing in about 60 games this season. And you can’t even stash him on the DL. You are, to use an industry term, screwed.

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 4

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Scooter Hotz

Big names from the prospect world enter the morass of utility players and middle relievers.

A couple of notable call-ups are mixed in with the usual cast of utility players and middle relievers in today’s column. Hang the garland, pop the champagne and fire up the band—it’s a banner week here at the Deep League Report.

AL-only position players

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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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