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05-29

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What You Need to Know: Blown Away
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Ashley Varela

05-29

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The Call-Up: Franchy Cordero
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

05-29

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Short Relief: And Now Some Words On Our Sponsors
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BP Staff

05-29

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Prospectus Feature: The Ervin Santana Disagreement
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Jonathan Judge

05-26

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Weekly Wrap: May 26, 2017
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Javier Barragan

05-26

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Minor League Update: Games of May 25
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Wilson Karaman

05-26

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TDGX Transactions: Week 8
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J.J. Jansons

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: So About That Nick Castellanos Breakout
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Wilson Karaman

05-26

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 9
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Mark Barry

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Miggy's Decline?
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Matt Collins

05-26

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Free Agent Watch: Week 8
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George Bissell

05-26

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The Stash List: Eighth Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-26

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Deep, But Playable: Jurickson Profar's Path Forward
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Craig Goldstein

05-26

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Circle Change: Truth Comes to the Mound
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Zach Crizer

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: Big City, Georgia
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Incomplete Nova
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Demetrius Bell

05-26

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Short Relief: The Intricate Dreams of Papas and Weavers
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Mary Craig and Matt Sussman

05-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: May 25, 2017
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Ben Carsley

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Bouncing Sevy
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Ben Diamond

05-25

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Guarding The Lines: The Grind
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Jarrett Seidler

05-25

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Transaction Analysis: Putting the Fun in Fungible
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Bryan Grosnick

05-25

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Flu-Like Symptoms: You Gotta Love a Slugfest
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Rob Mains

05-25

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Short Relief: Toasting Bartolo, Reviewing Bryzzo, and Eating Hats
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David Temple, Rian Watt and Zack Moser

05-25

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Fantasy Freestyle: Fantasy Draft Rankings for Imaginary Players
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Mike Gianella

05-25

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 25, 2017
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Javier Barragan

05-25

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Minor League Update: Games of May 24th
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Steve Givarz

05-24

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What You Need to Know: Shutouts and Almost Shutouts
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Emma Baccellieri

05-24

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The Call-Up: Sam Travis
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Scott Delp and Ben Carsley

05-24

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Banjo Hitter: Mike Trout's First 50 WARP
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Aaron Gleeman

05-24

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Minor League Update: Games of May 23rd
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Steve Givarz

05-24

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Short Relief: Votto's Insult Comedy, Weaver's Embarrassment Comedy, and Nancy's Achievement
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Jason Wojciechowski, Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

05-24

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Dynasty Dynamics: Checking on Some Prospect Sleepers
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Ben Carsley

05-24

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Deep League Report: Week 8
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Scooter Hotz

05-24

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Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta's Broken Breaking Balls
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Matthew Trueblood

05-23

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Closer Report: Week 8
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Matt Collins

05-23

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Notes from the Field: May 23, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

05-23

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Minor League Update: Games of May 22nd
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Steve Givarz

05-23

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 8
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Mike Gianella

05-23

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Short Relief: The Laws of Trout, The Heart of Biagini, and the Power of Dirt
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Kate Preusser, Emma Baccellieri and Trevor Strunk

05-23

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Baseball Therapy: How Long Can You Keep a Secret?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-23

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What You Need to Know: First to Thirty
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-23

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BP Milwaukee
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Jack Moore

05-22

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The Buyer's Guide: Justin Smoak
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Eric Roseberry

05-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: May 22, 2017
by
Ben Carsley

05-22

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 98
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-22

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Minor League Update: Games of May 19-21
by
Mark Anderson

05-22

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Transaction Analysis: Have Gloves, Will Travel
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Bryan Grosnick

05-22

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Detroit's Earthworm Preservation Society
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Rob Mains

05-22

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What You Need to Know: The Name is Bonds, Mike Bonds
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Ashley Varela

05-22

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 22, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

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May 26, 2017 6:00 am

Deep, But Playable: Jurickson Profar's Path Forward

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Craig Goldstein

Brandon Phillips and the illusion of hindsight, by way of the one-time elite prospect.

Jurickson Profar first graced the electronic pages of Baseball Prospectus in Kevin Goldstein’s 2011 Top-101 prospect list. He checked in at 78th overall, sandwiched between Jake Odorizzi and one-time teammate Tanner Scheppers. By August of that same year, Jason Parks was listing him neck-and-neck with Manny Machado as the top shortstop prospect in the minors, extolling his five-tool talents and confidence, projecting him as a “first-division starter with All-Star appearances in his future.” We all know Profar’s story from that point on. He slotted in fourth overall by the next year’s list, and was a consensus no. 1 overall prospect on the 2013 iteration.

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The push and pull between hitters and pitchers is changing.

Unique pitching lines typically don’t tell us anything about baseball, not in the sense of helping us understand the current state of the game anyway. They might tell us something about the expanse of possibility within the confines of the game, or about nature of the individual pitcher making that small bit of history. But very seldom are these lines worthy of including in a hypothetical time capsule.

Carlos Martinez’s start against the Yankees on April 15 doesn’t seem likely to offer a representative picture of any version of baseball—past, present, or future. It does, however, allow us to spend a moment in that unlikely—but possible—world where real, familiar phenomena progress to their illogical extremes. Like an episode of Black Mirror that edges too close to the realm of the believable.

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May 26, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Big City, Georgia

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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

Atlanta ditches James Loney for Matt Adams as Freddie Freeman's replacement and the Padres mercifully put Jered Weaver on hold.

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Ivan Nova almost finishes what he started, Big Sexy gets robbed, and Odubel Herrera goes platinum.

The Thursday Takeaway

Ivan Nova has five complete games to his name as a member of the Pirates, including three last season and two this season. His quest for a third complete game of 2017 took a weird turn Thursday afternoon in Atlanta. Nova was two outs away from throwing his third complete game of the season, but as his start progressed it transformed from being a masterpiece of a performance to being a testament to his ability to grind his way through tough situations.

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Mary foretells the downfall of the Mets, and Matt does some research just for you.

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May 25, 2017 11:36 am

The Prospectus Hit List: May 25, 2017

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Ben Carsley

There's a real dog fight for the bottom in the NL West.

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Luis Severino gets back on track, Sonny Gray looks like his old self, Jose Berrios dazzles with his hook, and Billy Hamilton is very fast.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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May 25, 2017 6:00 am

Guarding The Lines: The Grind

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Jarrett Seidler

How much should we read into a slow start - relative to expectations - from a top overall pick?

I’ve often said that the hardest thing to evaluate in baseball is whether a player will hit. This is an inversion of an old Ted Williams line which is just as true for our purposes: the hardest thing to do in sports is to hit a baseball.

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May 25, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Putting the Fun in Fungible

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Bryan Grosnick

Doug Fister joins the rotation-starved Angels and the Mets pick up more depth than they expected to need.

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Two teams, double-digit runs, by decade.

Recently on Effectively Wild, listener Andrew emailed: “How many runs need to be scored in a game in order for it to be considered a slugfest? Is it strictly a runs thing? Do a certain amount of home runs need to be hit? Do both teams need to be doing the slugging?”

Hosts Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan kicked around the definition of a slugfest. They didn’t come up with a firm definition, though Lindbergh thought that both teams had to score double-digit runs.

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David congraulates Birthday Boy Bartolo Colon on a job reasonably well done, Rian breaks down the Bryzzo Souvenir commercials, and Zack... well, it says it right there in the title.

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Hooray for Hollywood! From Henry Rowengartner to Clu Haywood, how much would these well-known dramaticized ballplayers go for in the fantasy game?



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