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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
by
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
by
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
by
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
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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
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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

05-22

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Rubbing Mud: The Muscle Memory of Bunting
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Matthew Trueblood

05-22

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Short Relief: Witnessing Assault, Keeping a Journal, and Mixing Baseball and Board Games
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Meg Rowley, Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

05-19

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The Call-Up: Anthony Alford
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

05-19

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TDGX Transactions: Week 7
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J.J. Jansons

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When the best gets better, no one is safe.

Consistent greatness in sports is incredibly difficult to achieve. There are off years and injuries and aging and all sorts of other factors conspiring to keep athletes from remaining at the very top of their sport for long stretches. And yet in the rare instances when someone comes along and actually does it, they’re often taken for granted eventually. Michael Jordan won “only” five MVP awards despite most media, fans, and players agreeing that he was the best player for perhaps twice that many seasons, because on some level a fatigue set in. The best player in the world being the best player in the world became monotonous.

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May 24, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 23rd

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Steve Givarz

Gavin LaValley isn't merely a rejected character name from The OC. He's a prospect too.

Hitter of the Day:

Gavin LaValley, 1B, Cincinnati Reds (High-A, Daytona): 4-5, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, K
Once a prominent football recruit, LaValley instead followed the diamond where he was a fourth-rounder in 2014. Featuring more hit than power, LaValley has good bat speed and an all-fields approach. The over the fence power is playing more than it has before, which is good. He will need that as he is confined to the cold-corner.


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Jason breaks down a baseball player's roast, Patrick attends a kid's friend's birthday party, and Nathan enjoys some slow radio airtime.

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May 24, 2017 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: Checking on Some Prospect Sleepers

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Ben Carsley

Bo Bichette continues to look like the real deal. Others, such as Yeyson Yrizarri, look to be in trouble.

Ah, late May, one of the more awkward times in the dynasty calendar. If your team is good, you’re likely trying to prey on would-be contenders who are realizing they need to pack it up. If your team is awful, you’re likely getting a head start on scouting the 2017 crop of prospects. If you’re stuck in the middle, well, you know you have about 6-8 weeks left to make some big decisions.

Because we’re sort of in no-man’s land, it is be a good time to look in on a few of my favorite dynasty sleepers from the “next 112” list I published in mid-March. Are the samples too small to draw super-meaningful conclusions? Of course. But since these guys were sort of on the periphery of fantasy relevance in most leagues anyway, we can be a little quicker to cut bait or invest than we would be with more-established names.

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May 24, 2017 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 8

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Scooter Hotz

Anthony Alford gets a chance with the Jays and Jared Hoying gets one with the Rangers.

The over-under for the number of starting pitchers featured in the Deep League Report each week is 0.5. This week, we have 3.5. Hope you pounded the over. On the offensive side, we have a couple of players on opposite sides of the same platoon trying to take playing time from each other, and a veteran infielder with a good-glove, no-bat reputation tearing the cover off the ball. This game, it’ll make you cry. Seriously. There’s a link to some sincere tears in the NL-only section. Let’s get going.

AL-only position players

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May 24, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta's Broken Breaking Balls

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Matthew Trueblood

Is the dominant Jake Arrieta from 2015 and part of 2016 still lurking, underneath an ugly ERA?

It’s been a grotesquely uneven start to the season for Jake Arrieta. From mid-2014 through the end of last season, few pitchers were as consistently tough to hit as Arrieta. The Cubs could send him to the mound knowing he would work deep into the game, miss bats (or at least the barrels of them), and put the team in a position to win, even if he lacked the sharp command that made him (for a year or so) one of the most brilliant pitchers the game has ever seen.

This year, though, he’s having problems he hasn’t had in years. There are pitches elevated in a way they haven’t been, first within the strike zone, then into the bleachers. There are far fewer swings and misses, which is leading to long at-bats and short outings. This isn’t happening every time, and indeed, he got more ground balls in his latest outing—an easy win over the Brewers in which he surrendered just one unearned run over six innings, with six strikeouts and one walk. However, even then he threw 111 pitches in order to get through those six frames.

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May 23, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 8

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Matt Collins

Koda Glover has a firm grip on the Nationals closer job—for now. Keep your eyes on Brad Hand in San Diego in case Brandon Maurer falters. Be patient with Edwin Diaz in Seattle; he'll soon be closing again.

It was something of a quiet week in reliever land, which has been a rarity in 2017. There were still a few notable happenings, of course, and the quiet does give me a chance to highlight some situations that would otherwise be put on the back burner. Before we get to that, though, another reminder that you can keep up with bullpen changes at the Closer Grid. As always, recent changes are highlighted in yellow. Now, on to the fun stuff.

Koda Glover emerging in Washington

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May 23, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: May 23, 2017

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BP Prospect Staff

Notes and video on Tatito, Gavin Lux, and more.

Wilson Karaman
Mason McCullough, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia)


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May 23, 2017 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 22nd

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Steve Givarz

Notes on Cionel Perez, Miguel Andujar, Brett Cumberland, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, 1B, Washington Nationals (Double-A, Harrisburg): 5-6, 3 R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI
The Nationals Minor League Player of the year for both the 2015, and 2016 seasons, Jose is a natural hitter with a smooth left-handed stroke. While the power might not play to what you would expect it at 1B, his ability to hit and get on-base will surely find a way to the big leagues.


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Ian Happ finds playing time in Chicago. Bradley Zimmer is given a chance in Cleveland. Matt Adams finds a lifeline (for a while) Atlanta. Don't look now at Whit Merrifield. Just don't. His name is Rio and the bid is $82.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at free-agent bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free-agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday's games.

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Kate wants to protect Joe Biagini from the world, Emma unlocks the secrets of an ancient ritual, and Trevor unearths new truths about Mike Trout.

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One team's brilliant discovery eventually becomes the entire league's status quo.

Baseball is a game of secrets and half-truths. All 30 teams employ a man whose entire job (well, most of it) is to stand there and dance around in code to relay instructions to the batter and runners. The pitcher and catcher have their own gestural language. After the game, players usually speak in a strange code in which they appear to be speaking English and answering questions, but they somehow don’t manage to say anything coherent at all. Then there’s the front office, where the secrets run so deep that depending on the day of the week, you might not be able to get the people there to admit that they are running a baseball team.

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