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07-28

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 28
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Matthew Kory

07-28

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The HOF Rule Change
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano
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J.P. Breen

07-28

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Fantasy Freestyle: FAAB in Review: Asking the Non-Experts
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Mike Gianella

07-28

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Interleague Report: Week 18
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Jeff Quinton

07-28

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8

Minor League Update: Games of July 25-27
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Jeff Moore

07-28

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Closer to Me: Week 18
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Mauricio Rubio

07-28

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4

This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: The House Hideki Built
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

07-28

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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

07-28

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 28, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back Together
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R.J. Anderson, Jason Parks and Mike Gianella

07-28

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The Week in Quotes: July 21-27, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

07-25

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The Call-Up: Chris Taylor
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

07-25

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The View from the Loge Level: Ode to Joe
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Daron Sutton

07-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 25
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Matt Sussman

07-25

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4

Skewed Left: The Mismatched Incentives of Draftees and Their Agents
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Zachary Levine

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Kendrys Redux
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-25

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5

Feature Focus: Visual Depth Charts
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Rob McQuown

07-25

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9

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
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Wilson Karaman

07-25

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14

Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel
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Chris Rodriguez

07-25

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Daily League Strategy: (Alex) Wood is Good
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Paul Sporer

07-25

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5

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 24
by
Jeff Moore

07-25

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What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014
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Chris Mosch

07-25

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6

Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
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Doug Thorburn

07-24

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: All About Failure
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 23
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Jeff Moore

07-24

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The Lineup Card: Seven Unsigned Top Draft Picks
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Baseball Prospectus

07-24

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Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth
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R.J. Anderson

07-24

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 24, 2014
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Tucker Blair

07-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Sustained Success and the Red Queen Hypothesis
by
Jeff Quinton

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-24

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What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Bullpen Gets Less Sorry
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R.J. Anderson and Jordan Gorosh

07-24

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Going Yard: J.D. Martinez Gets A Degree In Hitting
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Ryan Parker

07-23

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The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, July 23
by
Matthew Kory

07-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the Deadline
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

07-23

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14

The Stash List: 14th Edition
by
Bret Sayre

07-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers
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J.P. Breen

07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-23

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2014 Draft
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Nick J. Faleris

07-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 22
by
Jeff Moore

07-23

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 23, 2014
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Chris Mellen

07-23

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Headley Chased
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Sam Miller, Mike Gianella and Jeff Moore

07-22

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15

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Steven Matz
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Jason Parks

07-22

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Daily League Strategy: Two Servings of Flande
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Paul Sporer

07-22

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My Model Portfolio: Three-and-a-Half Months Later
by
Bret Sayre

07-22

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Deep Impact: Week 16
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Ben Carsley

07-22

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Notes About Baseball, 7/22
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Rocco DeMaro

07-22

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Moonshot: Accounting for Count
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Robert Arthur

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July 25, 2014 1:10 pm

The Call-Up: Chris Taylor

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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

Trading for Kendrys Morales isn't the Mariners' only attempt at an offensive upgrade this week.

The Situation: The Mariners aren’t getting offensive production from the shortstop position at the major-league level, and Taylor has been swinging serious wood at the Triple-A level.

Background: Taylor was an unheralded fifth round selection in the 2012 draft from the University of Virginia despite showing fundamental defensive skills and wheels at the collegiate level. He’s made steady progress since turning pro, hitting at every level and really shining last fall in the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League, with his gap-to-gap approach and leather ability at a premium spot.

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July 25, 2014 11:09 am

The View from the Loge Level: Ode to Joe

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Daron Sutton

Joe Garagiola will be honored in Cooperstown this weekend. Daron recounts some of Garagiola's best stories.

For five and a half seasons, it was a true blessing and gift to be able to call major-league baseball games several times a month with one of the legendary voices of several generations, Joe Garagiola. Spending those unforgettable years with Joe, it was amazing how one of the game's greatest personalities of all-time still maintained a humility that allowed him to serve as a mentor and friend to everyone he encountered. This weekend in Cooperstown, Joe will be honored the third recipient of the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, a fitting accolade at the very minimum.

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Seven a.m., waking up in the morning, gotta be fresh, gotta read Hit List.

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It's in the agent's interest to get the most money for his players. That's true... mostly.

When the Astros last took us back to economics class, it was for what was generally regarded as a good thing on their end. They showed how a team can use not only their leverage, but the misaligned incentives of individual players and their collective to get what appeared to be a good deal for Jon Singleton. (Whether or not Singleton’s .179/.263/.340 start with a 37 percent strikeout rate changes your opinion of the deal now, the economics do not change.)

Now somehow, a month later, we’re back. It’s probably not a coincidence that it’s the Astros again. This is what they do. From the first pick of baseball’s new amateur economy, this is what they’ve done. They play with the rules, they use their leverage, and now they’re going to be one No. 1 overall draft pick short of a trio at Camp Kissimmee next year.

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July 25, 2014 8:17 am

Transaction Analysis: Kendrys Redux

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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Mariners finally get their man (back)

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A picture is worth a thousand words - see how teams stack up by position at a glance with Visual Depth Charts!

There are two products at BP that use the name "Depth Charts." Here's a quick explanation of the differences, and a reminder that one of them is Visual Depth Charts (complete with Visual Year-to-Date stats).

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July 25, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18

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Wilson Karaman

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

Welcome to the Weekly Pitching Planner! This is a hectic time of the season, as the trade deadline for both real and many fantasy baseball approaches. The NL will be on tap to showcase the greatest amount of two-start talent this week, as the schedule gods conspire to give NL-only owners 24 options to just 17 for the AL. As of press time the Mariners have not announced a starter for their Tuesday-Sunday slot, but my money would be on Hisashi Iwakuma taking the ball in Cleveland and Baltimore. If that’s the case, I like him as a start despite the less-than-ideal draws. Obviously with the deadline looming there are also likely to be some teams left in flux if and when deals are made, so this week will be an important one in which to keep up on the latest news before setting your lineup.

On to the nuts and bolts: Outside of the elites, two-start pitchers are often as much or more trouble than they’re worth. Rare is the week in which the stars align to offer your starters not just one but two consecutive tasty matchups. As a result you’ll notice that sometimes the better starters will find themselves in the “consider” category, because they might have one good matchup but a second tough one. And similarly, less-talented hurlers might just meander their way into “start” territory on account of a plum schedule. The pitchers will be split by league, and then by categories:

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July 25, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel

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Chris Rodriguez

Will the Astros salvage the first-overall pick they did sign?

Take a moment to forget about the Brady Aiken mess and think about last year’s first overall selection. Mark Appel was supposed to be on the fast track. You aren’t supposed to struggle if you’re the first overall selection, and the 6-foot-5 right-handed starter with a prototype body had the look of a player who would move quickly, stopping only briefly in Lancaster and Corpus Christi to humble inferior hitters with his mid-to-upper-90s fastball. If you’ve been paying attention to his season, you know this hasn’t exactly gone as planned.

What has happened
First, appendicitis in January sidelined him for most of the spring. Regardless, the Astros aggressively sent him to Lancaster to begin the season. I was able to catch an early start of his, on April 10th, and was impressed with the raw stuff he brought to the table. Then 22, Appel showed a fastball that touched 98 mph, and paired it with a sharp, bat-missing slider (scouting report). Immediately after this start, on April 14th, Appel’s velocity dipped and only touched 91 mph. As has been well documented, the Astros installed a tandem or “piggyback” pitching rotation, where two “starters” would pitch back to back in the same game. Also, some pitchers would be subjected to only three days of rest, which happened to Appel in these two starts. This obviously took a toll on Appel, and there were rumors of shoulder soreness after the second start. He was sent to extended spring training to get some rest and have proper time to build stamina for the season. After returning, he had the worst start of his season on May 31st, surrendering 10 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Five days later, he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right thumb and scratched from his next start. After getting the standard four days of rest (and sometimes more), he continued to struggle. Recently, the Astros made it public that Appel had a right wrist issue and received a cortisone shot. It’s unclear whether the thumb tendinitis is connected. I took in his start on July 10th with intentions of pin-pointing his problems.


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The Braves' lefty is pitching well, and his matchup with the Padres cements his spot in Paul's suggested lineup.

With DraftKings’ acquisition of DraftStreet, I will now be using that site’s dollar values to select my players of the day.

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July 25, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 24

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Mariners outfielder Gabriel Guerrero.

Hitter of the Night: Gabriel Guerrero, OF, Mariners (High Desert, A+): 3-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR.
Many times with offspring of former players, we get lazy and take the path of least resistance to the easiest comp we can find and compare a player to his father/uncle, etc. When people compare Gabriel to his uncle Vladimir, it’s not laziness. No, he may not be as supremely talented, but few were as gifted as the future Hall of Famer. What we do see, however, are the same mannerisms, styles, and instincts that can only be transferred through DNA. He’s got the Vladdy starter kit, which makes him pretty lucky. What he does with it from here is on him.

Pitcher of the Night: Tyler Anderson, LHP, Rockies (Tulsa, AA): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K.
Primarily a fastball/changeup guy, Anderson gets by on command and control rather than velocity. He’s not a strikeout guy and profiles as a back-end starter, but he should be able to eat innings and keep the ball on the ground at Coors Field.



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July 25, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Standout pitching all around, as the Royals climb over the Indians, the Blue Jays get a glimpse of a bright future, and Joe Nathan earns another ninth.


The Thursday Takeaway

For the second night in a row, Blue Jays fans watched one of their talented young arms baffle Red Sox hitters. Wednesday night, it was Aaron Sanchez making an impact with two perfect innings out of the bullpen in his major-league debut. Last night, Marcus Stroman continued to work his newest weapon into his arsenal as he flirted with a no-hitter and dominated Boston in his best start to date.


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July 25, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace

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Doug Thorburn

The mechanical roots of Shelby Miller's struggles.

At this time last year, the National League was being steamrolled by a young Cardinal right-hander whose mid-90s gas and hard-breaking curveball led the way to a 2.79 ERA as the calendar flipped to August. The instant success of Shelby Miller put him on the short list of the game's future kings of the hill, but he faded down the stretch and the Cards kept him out of the rotation (and essentially off the mound) during their postseason run; his lone appearance was a one-inning stint in game two of the NLDS, coming in the eighth inning of a 7–1 ballgame.

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