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02-12

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 75: Shortstops
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

02-12

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12

Fifth Column: The Death of Nostalgia in Baseball Broadcasting
by
Michael Baumann

02-12

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Shortstops
by
Mike Gianella

02-12

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Baseball Prospectus Mock Draft
by
Mike Gianella

02-12

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9

Prospect Debate: Turner 'Round and Lemme' Arcia
by
Ezra Wise and Adam McInturff

02-12

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8

Pebble Hunting: I Read the Entire Collective Bargaining Agreement and Here's What I Learned
by
Sam Miller

02-12

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4

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops
by
BP Fantasy Staff

02-12

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Player Profile: Eugenio Suarez
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J.J. Jansons

02-12

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56

Fantasy Prospect Rankings
by
Bret Sayre

02-11

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13

2016 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
by
Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-11

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5

Soft Toss: The Need For Bat Speed
by
Brendan Gawlowski

02-11

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3

Players Prefer Presentation: Politics in The Show
by
Meg Rowley

02-11

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1

Rubbing Mud: Three Evolving Hitters
by
Matthew Trueblood

02-11

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3

Transaction Analysis: That's a Lot of Goggles
by
R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Matthew Trueblood

02-11

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
by
Bret Sayre

02-11

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Shortstops on the Ocean's Floor
by
Wilson Karaman

02-11

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3

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Franklin Barreto vs. Jorge Mateo
by
Greg Wellemeyer

02-11

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2

BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 3-4
by
Bret Sayre

02-10

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops
by
J.J. Jansons

02-10

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5

Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

02-10

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops
by
Scooter Hotz

02-10

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3

The NRI Watch
by
R.J. Anderson

02-10

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The NRI Watch
by
Bryan Grosnick

02-10

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3

Fifth Column: Worst Runner Up
by
Michael Baumann

02-09

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13

Baseball Therapy: The Crack in the Defensive Spectrum
by
Russell A. Carleton

02-09

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Rumor Roundup: The Next Two Cubans
by
Daniel Rathman

02-09

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17

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstops
by
Mike Gianella

02-09

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23

2016 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
by
Ezra Wise and BP Prospect Staff

02-09

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The Adjuster: Shortstop
by
Wilson Karaman

02-09

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7

Prospect Debate: Alex Reyes vs. Tyler Glasnow
by
Adam McInturff

02-09

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2

Early ADP Analysis: Shortstop
by
George Bissell

02-09

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2

Tale of the Tape: Elvis Andrus vs. Brandon Crawford
by
Matt Collins

02-09

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7

Welcome to Splitsville: Shortstop
by
Dan Strafford

02-08

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8

Rubbing Mud: A Few Facts About the Designated Hitter
by
Matthew Trueblood

02-08

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The Quinton: Shortstops, Uncertainty, and Scarcity
by
Jeff Quinton

02-08

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11

State of the Position: Shortstop
by
J.P. Breen

02-08

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7

Tools of Ignorance: Forget It, Jake
by
Jeff Quinton

02-08

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Transaction Analysis: Floyd the Barber
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R.J. Anderson, Bryan Grosnick and Ezra Wise

02-08

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5

Life at the Margins: You've Got Males
by
Rian Watt

02-08

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7

Prospect Debate: How Far Has Appel Fallen?
by
Brendan Gawlowski, Adam McInturff and Kate Morrison

02-08

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Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstop
by
BP Fantasy Staff

02-05

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4

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Rafael Devers vs. Ryan McMahon
by
J.J. Jansons

02-05

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Rubbing Mud: Seven or Eight Shortstops
by
Matthew Trueblood

02-05

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24

Life at the Margins: What Comes After Sabermetrics?
by
Rian Watt

02-05

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Third Basemen on the Ocean Floor
by
Wilson Karaman

02-05

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9

Prospect Debate: Can Smith Drop the Hammer?
by
Christopher Crawford, Jeffrey Paternostro and Ezra Wise

02-05

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Players Prefer Presentation: The Year's Most Literary Hit By Pitch
by
Meg Rowley

02-05

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

02-05

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
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Bret Sayre

02-05

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Caught Looking: Two New Looks at Umpires and Racial Bias
by
Michael Wenz

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February 12, 2016 11:25 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 75: Shortstops

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes rank the six-spotters for Scoresheet formats and discuss on the podcast

With a spate of young stars at the top of each league, the shortstop position is better equipped for the future than at any point since the heyday of Jeter, Garciaparra, A-Rod, and Tejada. There likely has never been more striation between haves and have-nots either, as your team either has bought into a young star (or has one of the rookies who are not eligible for this list), or your team is found wanting, outside of a few durable veterans. In the American League, there is enough veteran depth to make your weaker shortstops somewhat fungible, and in the National League, much of the depth falls well below the keeper line.

As always, these ratings are based upon a standard, ten team continuing league, and players who can play multiple positions are being evaluated as a third baseman alone.

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Modern baseball still can't reliably produce a good broadcast crew.

Last Friday, Rian Watt stirred up some controversy in these pages by wondering if sabermetrics, as we understand the term, is going to be replaced by intersectional analysis—the study of baseball as it fits into the world at large—as the bleeding edge of baseball writing. As someone who writes and thinks primarily in the style he described, I certainly hope that’s where the future takes us.

But even the idea of the end of sabermetrics as we know it brings up a separate point. The concepts of turn-of-the-century sabermetric analysis have pervaded all aspects of independent media, and empiricism of some form or other is the byword of all 30 front offices. Even among casual fans, there’s a curiosity about the science of the game that just didn’t exist 20 years ago, and the kind of cranks that used to be ridiculed by Fire Joe Morgan, and their disciples, are now consigned to relative irrelevance, the last holdouts defending antediluvian ideals as the state of the art has passed them by.

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February 12, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Shortstops

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Mike Gianella

Examining a group that benefited greatly from welcoming Carlos Correa and Troy Tulowitzki midyear.

It was a quiet offseason where American League starting shortstops were concerned, but the landscape at the position was altered significantly by the midseason promotion of Carlos Correa by the Astros and the trade-deadline acquisition of Troy Tulowitzki by the Blue Jays. These moves gave the AL an immediate boost at shortstop, and more top talent at the position than it has seen in years. The AL continues to offer more speed at the position than power when contrasted with the National League. This year’s AL player pool features six shortstops (played 50 percent or more games at the position) who hit 10 or more home runs in 2015, as opposed to nine shortstops who stole 10 bases or more. However, where the AL once seemed to have a cadre of shortstops who stole 15 bases or more, only Elvis Andrus (24) and Alcides Escobar (15) turned the trick in 2015. With Erick Aybar and Alexei Ramirez both moving to the NL in the offseason, the paradigm in the AL isn’t quite as speed-oriented as it once was.

Twelve months ago, Correa was a 20-year-old prospect whose highest level of professional experience was 293 plate appearances in High-A ball. A year later, Correa is one of the top players in real and fantasy baseball after an eye popping campaign that saw him hit 32 home runs, steal 32 bases, and hit .299 across two minor-league levels and 99 major-league games. Correa earned $22 in those 99 games, good for second-best among AL-only shortstops and 29th overall among AL hitters. It will be tempting to extrapolate those stats and earnings across a full season and assume that Correa will earn $37 this year, but some regression to the mean should likely be built into Correa’s projection. My guess is that Correa will cost at least $35 in AL-only leagues. While he feasibly could earn this, paying this close to Correa’s ceiling without building any safety into his bid limit is a risky play. The power is the biggest question, as Correa’s minor-league track record and robust groundball rate do not speak to a 30-35 home-run hitter. The talent, however, is above reproach.

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February 12, 2016 6:00 am

Baseball Prospectus Mock Draft

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Mike Gianella

Mike breaks down his selections from the recent staff mock.

If it is February and there is snow on the ground (cram it, people who live in the bottom part of the United States) that means it is mock draft season. While articles on player valuation and rankings can help immensely, there is nothing quite a mock draft to help you prepare for live, on-the-ground conditions as you get ready to go do battle…er, play in a fun and relaxing league with your friends.

With the LABR Mixed Draft only five days away, Bret Sayre and I assembled 13 other Baseball Prospectus’ staffers together this past Monday evening so that we could have a practice run before we go and do battle with some of the industry’s best and brightest in our title defense. Since this was a LABR prep auction, we mirrored the format of LABR: a 15-team, mixed league, snake draft with 23-man rosters. In the interest of time and everyone’s sanity, we did not have a reserve round. This league will not play through, but it is important for me to let you know that Bret drafted the best mock team last year.

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February 12, 2016 6:00 am

Prospect Debate: Turner 'Round and Lemme' Arcia

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Ezra Wise and Adam McInturff

Who ya got: the major league-ready SS with elite speed or the smooth-gloved SS with more upside?

Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers (will likely start 2016 season in Colorado Springs, PCL)

Advocated for by Adam McInturff

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Finding the soul of the modern game in legalese.

It’s easy to underestimate how important baseball’s collective bargaining agreement is. I know how easy, because I’ve been doing it for years without even trying. The CBA has been mostly defined in my mind as “not a strike, yay.”

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February 12, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might be better off letting someone else draft or buy these players in your leagues this spring.

These introductions have been filled with C- jokes and should probably be avoided. Just like the players below should be avoided, based on the recommendations of our Baseball Prospectus staff.

(You see, this is a joke that should be avoided which makes it like the jokes I am describing so it is meta. This paragraph fits this model as well, so it is another joke of this ilk. This is awful and I apologize for subjecting you to it.)

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February 12, 2016 6:00 am

Player Profile: Eugenio Suarez

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J.J. Jansons

The Reds infielder's multi-position eligibility, including shortstop, could make him an underrated fantasy asset.

Player Background
Suarez was signed out of his native Venezuela by the Tigers in 2008, and spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as a part of Detroit’s Venezuelan Summer League squads. He posted a .311/.389/.396 line in 261 plate appearances in 2010 before coming stateside to the Gulf Coast League to start the 2011 season, where he was moved up to the New York-Penn League after just 12 games. Playing his age-19 season in the NYPL, Suarez hit for a .749 OPS with five home runs and nine steals in 229 plate appearances, before being moved up to the Midwest League for the entirety of the 2012 season, where he put himself on the prospect map by hitting for a .288 AVG and showing strong on-base skills (.380 OBP), walking in just under 11 percent of his 603 plate appearances while adding six home runs and stealing 21 bases (in 30 attempts). His breakout campaign placed him at no. 9, in Jason Parks’ eyes, among a relatively barren Tigers system at the time. His 2013 season began in the Florida State League, but he only stuck around for 25 games, hitting for a .311 AVG before his promotion to Double-A Erie, where he spent the remainder of the year and the start of the 2014 season. In 153 games at the Double-A level, Suarez hit for a .261/.336/.417 line with 15 home runs and 16 stolen bases (in 29 attempts), while walking nine percent of the time. After his strong start at Erie in 2014, he moved up to Triple-A Toledo for 12 games and was promoted to Detroit after Jose Iglesias’ season-ending injury.


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February 12, 2016 12:06 am

Fantasy Prospect Rankings

56

Bret Sayre

From the next great shortstop to a pair of electric pitchers on the mend, and all the brightest fantasy futures in between.

Plenty has been written about the underwhelming state of the minor leagues overall, but this certainly applies in dynasty leagues as well. The wave of graduations that we saw during 2015, combined with a general lack of high-end prospect depth in the minors heading into the season, has left a plush underbelly in these rankings—quite possibly the softest since I started writing about fantasy prospects more than a half-decade ago. Of course, this is not to take away from the excitement of the names at the top, as there are future superstars on here, but the names in the 75-100 range represent players and player profiles who would not have made this list in years past.

This is something that most of us know, but some owners still let it affect them as they make decisions heading into the 2016 season. There’s such an aura involved with being a Top 100 or Top 101 prospect that we forget that not all Top 100 or Top 101 lists are created equally. This can, and possibly should, lead to a switch in methodology for rebuilding owners. The common belief out there is that in order to reverse the fortunes of your dynasty league roster, you need to shift your equity into your farm team. Invest in the future, as they say. However, with the minor leagues in a down cycle right now, the better use of those resources might be investing in post-hype players as a primary source.

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Colorado's system features impressive depth whether you're at sea level or a mile high.

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What we talk about when we talk about bat speed.

Ask most scouts about bat speed and you’ll often get a succinct definition.

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The stakes of talking about baseball--all of it.

Last Friday, Rian Watt wrote about what comes after Sabermetrics, pointing to what he termed “intersectionalist” writing as the next great paradigmatic shift in baseball analysis. This writing, he claims, is about, “sports within the context of the broader society, and about the renewed humanity of the game.” He asserts that his favorite writing of the last year has, “been about politics, and race, and gender, and sexuality, and money, and power, and how they all come together in this game we love.”

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