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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third Base
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

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Player Profile: Adrian Beltre
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Jeff Quinton

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Player Profile: Chris Davis
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Wilson Karaman

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2015 Prospects: Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects
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Jordan Gorosh and BP Prospect Staff

01-30

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Transaction Analysis: Big Giant Snider
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Jeff Quinton

01-30

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-30

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Daisy Cutter: How the Indians Ended Up With Stars
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Sahadev Sharma

01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Brandon Beachy Cares Not For Your Impatience
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Daniel Rathman

01-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: PFM vs. the 'Experts,' Part One (Hitters)
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Mike Gianella

01-29

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Prospectus Feature: The PECOTA Release
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Mike Gianella and Rob McQuown

01-29

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Maikel Franco vs. D.J. Peterson
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Ben Carsley

01-29

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-29

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BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 3-4
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-29

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15

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Science of Forecasting
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Nate Silver

01-29

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron Sanchez Is This Close To Saving 38 Games and Winning Rookie of the Year
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Chris Mosch

01-29

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Why College Bats Disappeared From the Top of the Draft
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Christopher Crawford

01-28

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The Lineup Card: Eight Final Moves
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Baseball Prospectus

01-28

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Transaction Analysis: Reds' Mes Around
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R.J. Anderson

01-28

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15

Skewed Left: Favorite PECOTA Comps
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Zachary Levine

01-28

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
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Nick Shlain

01-28

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The Quinton: Third Base and Avoiding Result-Driven Strategy
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Jeff Quinton

01-28

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The Adjuster: Third Base
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Wilson Karaman

01-28

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 30 Third Basemen
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J.P. Breen

01-28

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2015 Prospects: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Only Half Of These Rumors Concern Kevin Correia
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Daniel Rathman

01-27

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Rumor Roundup: The Dodgers + Yoan Moncada Is So Obvious
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Daniel Rathman

01-27

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Before They Were Prospects
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Patrick Ebert and David Rawnsley

01-27

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Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. Carlos Santana
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Matt Collins

01-27

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The Week in Quotes: January 19-26, 2015
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Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-27

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Get to Know: Third-Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-27

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Fantasy Infographic: Third Base
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Mauricio Rubio

01-27

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Baseball Therapy: Why Saber-Savvy Teams Might Want a Shift Ban
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Russell A. Carleton

01-27

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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Craig Goldstein

01-27

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BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 1-2
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Bret Sayre

01-26

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Pebble Hunting: What It Means To Have The Best Farm System In Baseball, Part Three
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Sam Miller

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Miami Ich
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R.J. Anderson

01-26

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State of the Position: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

01-26

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2015 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

01-26

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Daisy Cutter: (A)nother (S)eason (T)hreatening (R)ecords (O)f (S)trikeouts
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Sahadev Sharma

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: Papelbon Not Proven Closer To Milwaukee
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Chris Mosch

01-26

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Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-23

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The Lineup Card: Eight Intriguing PECOTA Projections
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Baseball Prospectus

01-23

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Pebble Hunting: The Pitchers Who Changed PECOTA's Mind
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Sam Miller

01-23

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Player Profile: Arismendy Alcantara
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Nick Shlain

01-23

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL East
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Doug Thorburn

01-23

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Second Base
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-23

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Bonus Podcast: Mock Draft
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-23

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-23

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Rumor Roundup: Everth Cabrera is a Wanted Man
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Daniel Rathman

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January 28, 2015 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

The Rangers system continues to be stocked with high-end talent oozing with potential.

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January 28, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Only Half Of These Rumors Concern Kevin Correia

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Daniel Rathman

The Indians are counting on more from one of their stars, while the Astros are talking to [quizzically stares at cue card for 15 seconds before saying] one of the best pitchers available.

Indians expect more steals from Michael Bourn
The first two years of Michael Bourn’s four-year hitch with the Indians have been a boon for the player and a disappointment, if not an abject disaster, for the team. Bourn has raked in $20.5 million in exchange for 1.6 WARP, sliding both defensive and at the plate, and virtually collapsing on the base paths.


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January 27, 2015 6:09 am

Rumor Roundup: The Dodgers + Yoan Moncada Is So Obvious

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Daniel Rathman

The Royals haven't ruled out bringing back their ace, but that's a far cry from bringing back their ace; the Brewers and K-Rod might be stuck with each other; and the Dodgers workout Moncada.

Royals have yet to close door on James Shields
Don't mistake that statement, straight from general manager Dayton Moore and relayed by Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, for a sign of serious discussions between the right-hander and his most recent employer. Moore is keeping in touch with Shields, but a reunion is still unlikely. The GM himself said, “I’m not sure there’s a fit.”


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January 27, 2015 6:00 am

Before They Were Prospects

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Patrick Ebert and David Rawnsley

A look back at some of the top prospects in the AL Central, including Kohl Stewart, Clint Frazier, and Kyle Zimmer.

As part of Perfect Game's partnership with Baseball Prospectus, David Rawnsley and Patrick Ebert will be conducting a “Before They Were Pros” series, providing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in baseball from when they were in high school attending PG events. This six-part series (one for each division in MLB) will appear once Baseball Prospectus has provided their own detailed scouting reports of the top prospects, team-by-team, as part of their own series.

We continue with a look at the American League Central. Be sure to read Baseball Prospectus' features on each of the five teams:

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January 27, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. Carlos Santana

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Matt Collins

Which of these power bats is a better fantasy bet this year?

I think, by this point, we all get the drill with these Tales of the Tape. For those just tuning in, I’ll be covering two players ranked next to each other in our tiered rankings for third base category-by-category, declaring a winner at the end. This week, we have Evan Longoria pitted against Carlos Santana. An important note before we begin: with some early ADP data in, Longoria is crushing Santana thus far, with an average draft position around 54 to Santana’s 74. As we’ll see, that is not representative of the production gap we can expect from them. Now, on to the good stuff.

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

ERNIE BANKS PASSES AWAY AT 83

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January 27, 2015 6:00 am

Get to Know: Third-Base Prospects

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Ben Carsley

Looking into the pipeline for future contributors at the hot corner.

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January 27, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Infographic: Third Base

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Mauricio Rubio

A visual ranking of the players at the hot corner and their projected statistical contributions.

Here’s the primer for this series.

Notes
Kris Bryant is going to get a lot of roto love in drafts coming up, but if we look at the graph PECOTA charts out for him, we find him lacking. This is a situation we’ve encountered before with players like Matt Wieters and Jurickson Profar: PECOTA doesn’t like his playing-time forecast but it does have him putting up a solid slash line. Ultimately, Bryant is the wildcard of the position—he could out-earn everyone or merely be a middle-tier third baseman.


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Maybe stathead teams don't love their favorite strategy as much as you'd think.

Well, congrats go out to Rob Manfred on assuming the post of Commissioner of Major League Baseball. And congratulations go out to Rob Manfred on igniting his first Twitter controversy about three hours into his lifetime term. In an interview that he gave to ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Manfred spoke of his desire to introduce “the clock” into the game, but then continued on to this tasty nugget:

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January 27, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base

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Craig Goldstein

Breaking down the position into fantasy-value-based bins.

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The top 30 names come off the board.

In all of our responsibilities, we make decisions and come up with ideas that are not our finest moments. It’s human nature. It’s what drives us to do better. When I came up with the idea to create a mock prospect draft for dynasty leagues years ago, it was one that frankly I wasn’t sure would be super helpful or entertaining—but it has turned into one of my favorite exercises of the off-season. And it’s only become more fun as the participants have gotten stronger. This year we added names from CBS, BaseballHQ, and Rotoworld—along with many of our household-name-in-the-fantasy-community participants form last year.

Just like we did last year (and the year before that), we first must examine the parameters. There are always parameters. These were the instructions for the participants of this draft, straight from the email I sent out prior to kickoff:

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Last year it was the Twins. The year before, the Cardinals. This year, probably the Cubs. But what's it worth when your favorite team has the league's best farm system?

Two years ago, we did a year-by-year retrospective of the Brewers’ 2004 farm system, which had been the best in baseball at that time. Last year, we did the same for the Angels’ 2005 farm system, which had been the best in baseball at that time. The idea was to see how valuable such a farm system is over time, and, more interestingly, how long the value of such a farm system holds. Does it open a team’s competitive window for three years? Five? Ten? Beyond?

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