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06-26

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BP Toronto
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Dave Church

06-26

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BP Mets
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Bryan Grosnick

06-26

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Team Chemistry: Explaining the DRA-Beaters
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John Choiniere

06-26

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BP South Side
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Ethan Spalding

06-26

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BP Bronx
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Nicolas Stellini

06-25

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The Call-Up: Dillon Overton
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

06-25

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The Call-Up: Brandon Nimmo
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

06-25

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The Call-Up: A.J. Reed
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-25

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The Call-Up: Chad Kuhl
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

06-25

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BP Bronx
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Nick Ashbourne

06-25

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BP Boston
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Matthew Kory

06-25

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BP Wrigleyville
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Mike Banghart

06-25

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

06-25

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Raising Aces: Command and Conquer
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Doug Thorburn

06-24

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What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams?
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Nicolas Stellini

06-24

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Deep League Report: Week 12
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Scooter Hotz

06-24

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 24
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Matthew Kory

06-24

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Weekly Wrap: June 24, 2016
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Will Haines

06-24

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

06-24

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Notes from the Field: Carolina League All-Stars: Batters
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Wilson Karaman and Adam McInturff

06-24

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-24

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Prospectus Feature: Baseball and the Chinese Room
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Trevor Strunk

06-24

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Player Profile: Zach Davies
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Jeff Quinton

06-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Bargains and Busts, Midseason Edition
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Mike Gianella

06-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, June 23rd
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Wilson Karaman

06-23

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The Stash List: 12th Edition, 2016
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J.J. Jansons

06-23

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BP Mets
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Jarrett Seidler

06-23

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The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System
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Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

06-23

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Eyewitness Accounts: June 23, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

06-23

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Players Prefer Presentation: I Care About All-Star Voting
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Meg Rowley

06-23

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Prospectus Feature: The Increasingly Lopsided Everybody-Wins Trade
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Aaron Gleeman

06-23

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Dynasty Dynamics: Six Dynasty Prospects to Stash or Flip
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Ben Carsley

06-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 22nd
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Christopher Crawford

06-23

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What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises
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Demetrius Bell

06-22

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What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-22

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The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System
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Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

06-22

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TDGX Transactions: Throwing the Kitchen Sink
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George Bissell

06-22

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Some Projection Left: What If Anderson Espinoza Had Been Draft Eligible?
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Christopher Crawford

06-22

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Prospectus Feature: Groundballs Through the Decades
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Rob Mains

06-22

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The Fantasy Verdict: Duvall You Believe?
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J.P. Breen

06-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 21st
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Mark Anderson

06-21

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Notes from the Field: June 21, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

06-21

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What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots!
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Daniel Rathman

06-21

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The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System
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Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

06-21

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Cold Takes: David Wright Is Not to Blame
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Patrick Dubuque

06-21

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Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle
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Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-21

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Closer Report: Week 12
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Matt Collins

06-21

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Five to Watch: Triple-A Hitters
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-21

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Prospectus Feature: Goin' Down Slow
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Aaron Gleeman

06-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, June 20th
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Christopher Crawford

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June 25, 2016 6:00 am

BP Milwaukee

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Seth Victor

The trajectory of Jimmy Nelson's career has taken a sharp turn downward in the past couple months.

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Notable performances this week from Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Wei-Yin Chen.

There’s no time to waste, as the commander has ordered double-time for this week’s pitching notes. Permission to come aboard.

Corey Kluber
Kluber has been going through this rigmarole for a year and a half. Perhaps he was fortunate to string together so many dominant starts during his Cy-winning campaign of 2014, but Kluber continues to confound, with a glaring tendency toward disaster starts throughout the past two seasons. The peripherals far surpass the ERA numbers—he has a K/BB ratio of 5.2 over the past season and a half but just a 3.52 ERA to show for his work—and his excellent stuff combined with A-grade mechanics provide a steady basis for command and consistency. Yet he gets bombarded by hits and runs every few starts, and his past two turns serve as exhibits 1A and 1B.


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The Cubs are suddenly losing, the Mariners are seriously losing, and Zack Greinke moves up a special leaderboard.

The Thursday Takeaway
Arnold Schwarzenegger would have you believe that “If It bleeds, we can kill it.” Perhaps this is true, perhaps it isn’t. All we know at this moment is that the Cubs have lost four games in a row for the first time since last year’s NLCS.


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June 24, 2016 11:06 am

Deep League Report: Week 12

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Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

One of the position players in this week’s Deep League Report has taken the mound in an MLB game, and his average four-seam fastball velocity is about the same as one of the pitchers profiled this week. That’s kinda neat. And I saw one of the players profiled below in High-A last year before his first appearance on any Top Prospect lists, which is also kinda neat. But most importantly, I answer the question posed by Ayn Rand nearly 60 years ago: Who is John Gant?

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Gotta get down on Friday.

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June 24, 2016 10:07 am

Weekly Wrap: June 24, 2016

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Will Haines

Kevin Newman, Ian Happ, and Austin Meadows lead a slew of promotions this week.

Promotions have dominated the news this week, as teams return from their respective All-Star breaks and draftees begin to sign with their clubs. The minors get shaken up again as most of their dominant stars move up to a higher league and new talent arrives. It’s an exciting time. Let’s get to it!

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June 24, 2016 10:02 am

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Craig Brown

An oft-criticized offseason move has started to go sour in Kansas City.

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A look at the batters from the Carolina League All-Star Game, from the perspective of a single look, and the benefit of a half-season of play.

We have the good fortune of having BP Prospect Team members all over the country, taking in games and giving you eyewitness reports and notes from the field. Unfortunately, they don’t always get to travel, which is why the California/Carolina League All-Star Game is always a treat for some of our team, as they get a brief look at guys they’d never otherwise see. Wilson Karaman was the beneficiary this year, as California hosted, and he took copious notes on guys he normally doesn’t get to catch. We’re presenting you with those notes and providing the backup of Adam McInturff’s season-to-date looks at many of the same players. This gives you the benefit of seeing what we’re able to take away in one viewing, and the nuances that bear out over a longer set of looks. We’ll start with hitters and tackle pitchers in a second installment. —Craig Goldstein

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June 24, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13

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Greg Wellemeyer

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

Welcome to the starting pitcher planner, where every Friday I’ll be taking a look at the pitchers slated for two turns in the upcoming week. The hope is that the planner can help guide lineup and FAAB decisions that need to be made over the weekend. Of course, my information isn’t perfect and I don’t have a crystal ball. Rain, injuries, and teams reshuffling between when I write and Monday’s first pitch will definitely happen. If new information comes to light after we publish, I’ll try to tackle it in the comments. Feel free to beat me to it if you have any info, and I’ll be glad to offer my opinion there if you want it.

Let’s get some ground rules out the way before getting started. The pitchers will be split by league and then by category. Here are some general thoughts about the categories:

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Good play on the field is not just indistinguishable from the qualities of the people playing, but homologous to it.

In a fit of writer’s block, I asked a friend what he wanted to read about baseball. My friend, who’s a pretty incisive guy, tells me to write against the sabermetric orthodoxy and argue for the importance of personalities and character on baseball teams. Basically argue against the stats-for-all approach to team building and management and make a case for the oft-beleaguered “character” types.

I thought about this for a while and at first I was going to go in a different direction, because I think the baseball community has pushed back against some of our earlier blindspots about the human element. Managers like Joe Maddon have shown the power of not only solid game planning, but also good people management. (Writers like Russell Carleton have shown the power of those managers.) And the rise of fun, young players that galvanize and characterize teams—think, for instance, of Jose Fernandez’ smile or Trevor Story’s precociousness—have shown us that, even if they can’t be quantified in terms of “wins,” players’ characters matter to the overall aesthetics of the game. So it isn’t like we haven’t grown some nuance as a group: We no longer, to paraphrase the Great Old Man of the game Joe Morgan, root for computer numbers.

But we still have our biases and it might be worth reconsidering how we think about things like character and personality, about “the human element” as opposed to the pure optimization of efficient team-building. As I suggested in my piece on international free agents, these are in fact people being drafted, signed, used, and released by our favorite teams, and there is a story behind all of them. One reaction to this realization is digging into these stories, trying to put more of a face on the game; this generally leads to depression or despair, a lack of true alternatives to recognize the mass of humanity that makes up baseball. What’s that second option, then?

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June 24, 2016 6:00 am

Player Profile: Zach Davies

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Jeff Quinton

A look at whether the Brewers righty can sustain his first-half breakout.

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June 24, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Bargains and Busts, Midseason Edition

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Mike Gianella

Examining the players who've earned their fantasy pay to this point in the season and those who haven't.

We are about 72 games into the season and closing in on the true halfway mark. So it seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the hitters and pitchers who have delivered for their fantasy teams so far and the ones who have not.

Table 1: Top 10 Salaries, 2016 AL Pitchers Through June 22

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