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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
by
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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4

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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11

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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3

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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4

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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Early ADP Analysis: Shortstop
by
George Bissell

02-09

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

02-09

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7

Welcome to Splitsville: Shortstop
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Dan Strafford

02-08

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8

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

02-08

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The Quinton: Shortstops, Uncertainty, and Scarcity
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Jeff Quinton

02-08

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11

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

02-08

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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
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Rian Watt

02-08

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

02-08

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Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstop
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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?
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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
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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

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

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What the past says about the futures of three once-bright stars.

About 13 months ago, I wrote a piece for Banished to the Pen examining the brutal 2014 seasons of three previously promising young hitters (Arismendy Alcantara, Jackie Bradley, Jr., and Wil Myers) and the implications of those campaigns on those players’ futures. The concept was a rough, statistical sketch of the players’ likely career arcs, without relying either on scouting information or the general narrative.

The piece seems to have mostly pegged Alcantara and Myers correctly. You can read the piece itself to see exactly what I found, but the gist for Alcantara was that the odds were stacked against long-term success for him because of his excessive strikeout rate, and indeed, that shortcoming crippled him in 2015, even after his demotion to Triple-A Iowa. Myers, meanwhile, managed a .288 TAv and 114 OPS+ when he was healthy—numbers that hew eerily closely to those of the people I found who compared closely to him through 2014.

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The Diamondbacks reinforce their bullpen, the White Sox reinforce their rotation, and more.



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February 11, 2016 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops

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Bret Sayre

Stacking up the six-spotters for the long haul.

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Looking beyond the top 50 for long-range contributors at the position.

Welcome down to the depths below the positional top 50, where each week we scavenge for potential crumbs among the current professional ranks and look mercifully into the future for the next wave of fantasy talent at each position. This series is geared towards those of you in deeper dynasty formats, particularly those either with a mid-season minor league draft or with no eligibility restrictions on the player pool. Here are links to the previous articles in this series:

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February 11, 2016 6:00 am

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

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Greg Wellemeyer

Is the Athletic or the Yankee the better fantasy bet at shortstop for the long haul?

As you probably know by now, Thursday is dynasty day in our positional coverage. In addition to the top 50 rankings by Bret Sayre and the supplemental pieces by Wilson Karaman, J.J. Jansons and I are taking turns giving you a head-to-head comparison of two closely ranked up-and-comers. Today it’s a showdown between a pair of 20-year-olds who haven’t reached Double-A yet.

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A pair of tooled-up outfielders lead the next 30 names off the board.

For Rounds 1-2, follow this link.

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February 10, 2016 12:52 pm

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops

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J.J. Jansons

Stacking up the six-spotters based on their value from now through the end of the 2018 season.

As was pointed out in previous editions, positional three-year rankings are perhaps most useful for keeper-league owners, but they can serve a number of purposes for dynasty-league owners as well, particularly those who are in (or approaching) contention and not knee-deep in the perpetual rebuild that many owners seem to enjoy. If your contention window is now and you’re wondering who to keep and who to deal, the three-year rankings are for you, as they won’t feature any prospects who are just legally able to vote.

It’s especially important to note that these rankings are decidedly not the consensus rankings of the BP Fantasy Staff; they are the rankings of the selected author.

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February 10, 2016 6:00 am

Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects

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Ben Carsley

Examining future fantasy contributors at the six spot.

Previous entries in this series:

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February 10, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops

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Scooter Hotz

Scouring the senior-circuit six-spot menu.

National League shortstop might be the most wide-open position group we’ll cover across the AL-only and NL-only landscapes here at Baseball Prospectus this year. The top earners in 2015 didn’t earn much compared to other positions. This year’s crop of NL-only shortstops looks similarly thin at the high end, with a lot of uncertainty throughout the ranks.

Three of the top 10 players in Mike Gianella’s bid limits going into the 2015 season have moved to the AL. Troy Tulowitzki was the top dog in the NL last year at shortstop, going into the season at $30, but he ended his year on the losing side of the American League Championship Series with Toronto. Starlin Castro had the third-highest bid limit ($21) at SS in the NL last spring but will be manning the keystone for the Yankees in the AL in 2016. Andrelton Simmons and his middling, will-he-or-won’t-he-hit-for-power profile had the seventh-highest bid limit at SS in the NL in 2015 ($12). He’ll be making GIF-able stops and insanely perfect throws in front of the rockpile in Anaheim in 2016.

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February 10, 2016 6:00 am

The NRI Watch

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R.J. Anderson

Look who's coming to camp this year, ma!

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Florida and Arizona in a week and a half, it's time to prep for camps. That means, among other things, familiarizing yourself with each team's non-roster invitees. Below is a team-by-team look at the American League, with a focus on a player deemed noteworthy—be it due to their chances of cracking the roster, their story, or some combination thereof.

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February 10, 2016 6:00 am

The NRI Watch

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Bryan Grosnick

These lucky souls have a better chance of making an NL team out of Spring Training than you do. Barely.

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Florida and Arizona in a week and a half, it's time to prep for camps. That means, among other things, familiarizing yourself with each team's non-roster invitees. Below is a team-by-team look at the National League, with a focus on a player deemed noteworthy—be it due to their chances of cracking the roster, their story, or some combination thereof.

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On the decisions that lead to Logan Morrison being the fastest man on a bench.

It’s a hidden shame among baseball writers with any kind of national focus that we can’t watch every minute of every game. At 7 p.m. Eastern I usually put on MLB.tv and watch the first few innings of the best East Coast pitching matchup, with one of the two teams I get on cable (Astros or Rangers) in the background, until one of those games gets boring, at which point I hop around to whichever game is on and closest.

As a result, I didn’t watch an enormous amount of Seattle Mariners action in late 2015, by which point they were already out of contention. So I was shocked, on one occasion upon which I saw this phenomenon live, to discover that Lloyd McClendon, then the manager of the Seattle Mariners, had called upon Logan Morrison as a pinch-runner, in a game in which he had an expanded roster to draw from.

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