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05-24

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

05-24

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West Coast By Us: Day 3: Nice
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-23

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West Coast By Us: Day 2: Taco the Town
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-23

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Going Yard: The Near Perfection of Pederson
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Ryan Parker

05-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 22
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Matt Sussman

05-22

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What You Need to Know: Bummed!
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Daniel Rathman

05-22

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West Coast By Us: Day 1: In The Land Where Everybody Is Immediately Put On TV
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Jeff Moore

05-22

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Fantasy Rounders: The Young and the Splitless
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Doug Thorburn

05-22

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Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Season Odds Report
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Matthew Trueblood

05-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

05-22

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Deep League Report: Week Seven
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Keith Cromer

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-22

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: 10 Players to Pick in May Supplemental Drafts
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
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Wilson Karaman

05-21

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What You Need to Know: Ump Show!
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Daniel Rathman

05-21

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Noah Syndergaard
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 21, 2015
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BP Prospect Staff

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: All's Well That Ends Wel
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

05-21

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West Coast By Us: California Stars
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-21

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Release Points: How Bryce Harper Beat The Book On Bryce Harper
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Dan Rozenson

05-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Jeff Moore

05-21

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Pitching Backward: How Offense is Created
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Jeff Long

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rebuilding = Opportunity
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J.J. Jansons

05-21

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The Stash List: Sixth Edition, 2015
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Bret Sayre

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Revisiting the AL-Only Reliever Landscape
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Nick Shlain

05-21

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Fantasy Rounders: Diversification
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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An Agent's Take: An Offer
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Joshua Kusnick

05-20

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Fantasy Rounders: The Life of Bryce
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Doug Thorburn

05-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 20
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Matthew Kory

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Back-End Breakouts
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Wilson Karaman

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Fluctuations
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Jeff Quinton

05-20

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 19
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Jeff Moore

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Evolution of Lucas Duda
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-20

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Difo
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CJ Wittmann and Bret Sayre

05-20

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What You Need to Know: As Predicted!
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Daniel Rathman

05-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Rafael Furcal's Retirement Retrospective
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BP Staff

05-20

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Some Projection Left: Frankie Say Re...liever?
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Christopher Crawford

05-20

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Rubbing Mud: Royal Change
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Matthew Trueblood

05-20

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The Lineup Card: Seven Memories of Randy Johnson's Hall of Fame Career
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Baseball Prospectus

05-19

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Fantasy Rounders: Happy Holliday
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Doug Thorburn

05-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 18, 2015
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Jeff Moore

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: AL-Only Adds, Part Two
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Nick Shlain

05-19

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Baseball's Seven Wonders
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Sam Miller

05-19

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Prospect Profile: The Reevaluation of Dominic Smith
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Jeff Moore

05-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week Seven
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Mike Gianella

05-19

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Closer Report: Eighth Edition
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Matt Collins

05-19

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Baseball Therapy: The Left-Fielder Behind The Catcher Shift
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Russell A. Carleton

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Corey Math
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Chris Mosch

05-19

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Transaction Analysis: Marlins Do Odd Thing
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R.J. Anderson

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May 22, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Eight

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

If these players are available, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

Welcome to Week Eight of The Free Agent Watch, Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent answer to Dear Abby. This column is designed to offer a brief glimpse into the top free agents in 12-team mixed, 15-team mixed, and AL and NL-only formats, with the idea being that while we can’t address every unique free agent situation in your league, we can guide you through the waters and help with the broader strokes of the decision making process. In case you missed the news last week, based on popular demand*, we decided to move this column from Monday to Friday.

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The outcomes offer recommendations on 10 players in each league, then mock draft the 38th round on the podcast.

While the June supplemental draft is one of the annual highlights of the Scoresheet calendar, as the top Rule 4 draft picks get picked over by teams, May is probably the best chance to pick up some early breakouts and respond to trends. Here are our recommendations for the upcoming supplemental draft, again looking only at players still available in a majority of leagues. You may also want to review our April recommendations, as we still stand behind… well, most of them.

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May 22, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

After a week of scarcity, this week our two-start cup runneth over. No clubs will play short schedules, which means a bump back up into the mid-40s for two-start options. American Leaguers will have significant advantages in both quality and quantity, while managers in NL-only leagues will be stuck pecking through a bunch of uncertain options after a shakier-than-you’d-like top five of startable hurlers. Personal pick of the week: Atlanta’s Williams Perez, whose nasty secondaries and bad-ass histrionics last week highlighted one of the more entertaining big-league starting debuts I can remember watching.

As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:

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May 21, 2015 11:55 am

What You Need to Know: Ump Show!

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Daniel Rathman

The Giants beat the Dodgers again, Bryce Harper gets ejected again, Bartolo Colon struggled with command agai--er, for the first time in a while, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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May 21, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Noah Syndergaard

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Doug Thorburn

One of the top pitching prospects in the game has now made two starts in the bigs. He's been pretty impressive, but how does he grade mechanically?

Prior to the season, Noah Syndergaard placed as the no. 9 overall prospect in the game and ranked third among pitching prospects, trailing only Lucas Giolito and Dylan Bundy on the Baseball Prospectus Top 101. Both Giolito and Bundy are working their ways back from Tommy John surgery (Giolito in particular has a lot of ladder still to climb), but Syndergaard beat them to the bigs in 2015. The Mets needed a pitcher to fill in when Dillon Gee hit the disabled list, and Syndergaard got the call.

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Updates on Aaron Judge, Jhoan Urena, Cole Tucker, Tito Polo, and Styker Trahan.

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Welington Castillo heads north by northwest, while the Astros acquire international bonus slots for a minor prospects.

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The Cespedes boys head west.

On January 24, 1848, a man named James W. Marshall changed America forever. While working on his sawmill in Coloma, California, he spotted a speck of gold in a stream below. This small discovery soon reverberated throughout the country as Americans trekked West in hope of profiting from the Gold Rush. The Gold Rush transformed the demographics of America as hundreds of thousands of people made California their home. Families courageously gave up everything they had for the promise of a better future out West. These pioneers were admirable, brave, and true representatives of the spirit of the American dream.

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To understand Harper's breakthrough, look at what he's done to the breaking balls pitchers threw.

Bryce Harper hit one of the more ridiculous home runs Tuesday night against the Yankees, one of those “oh my goodness I love baseball” ones, on a fast-sinking slider that was about five inches below the strike zone. With what seemed like just a flick of the wrist, Harper had his 10th home run in 12 games. He has as many opposite field homers through 40 games as he did in his first 40 games last year to any field.

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May 21, 2015 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Jeff Moore

Updates on Aaron Nola, Miguel Sano, Jake Thompson, and more.

Hitter of the Day: Clint Coulter, OF, Brewers (Brevard County, A+): 2-4, 3 R, 2B, HR, BB. Coulter isn’t a favorite among scouts, given his lack of elite tools or premium athleticism. His move to the outfield didn’t take any pressure off of his bat either. Still, the converted catcher continues to hit despite hitting mechanics that make many question his ability to continue his success at higher levels. He would hardly be the first hitter to get away with an unorthodox swing, and despite the mechanical quirks, he does have good bat speed and feel for the barrel. The more he continues to hit, the more converts he’s going to have.

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May 21, 2015 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: How Offense is Created

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Jeff Long

Visualizing the components of offensive production.

By now the decline of offense has been well documented and thoroughly discussed. Knowing that, this post isn’t going to be about how offense is down, or why, or whether the trend can be reversed. This post has a simple goal: to better visualize how offense is created across the MLB player pool. More specifically, we want to look at the distribution of offensive value through the lens of linear weights.

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Don't forget the forgotten heroes of the sport's past.

My birthday was May 3rd. I'm 33 now. As I always do on my birthday, I turned dark. To quote Mitch Hedberg, “I bought a pack of carefree gum but it didn’t work, so I went back to pondering my own mortality.” So, while in Baltimore—I was cleared to travel in April—my wife and I went on a tour of cemeteries that included the grave sites of Edgar Allen Poe and John Wilkes Booth. When I Googled to see whom else was buried in those cemeteries, to my surprise many former ballplayers were laid to rest there, and long forgotten. It's amazing to me how long the lineage of baseball really goes. I went to the grave of Steve Brodie. Brodie was an outfielder for the Boston Beaneaters, St Louis Browns, the former Baltimore Orioles, New York Giants, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The guy was a .300+ career hitter in 12 years and nobody on earth in my estimation has ever heard of him. Imagine what kind of attention a guy like that would get today. What kind of life would he have had if he'd been born a hundred years later, hit .300+ a hundred years later? The rotten luck of being born in the wrong century sucks. But to be there, to be reminded again that baseball's story began well over a century ago, blew my mind. It’s a fact we're all well aware of, but to actually physically touch a gravestone of someone who played a game that I work in is mind boggling. It made it real. It made me appreciate my own life even more.

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