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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

07-23

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BP Wrigleyville
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Kazuto Yamazaki

07-23

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BP South Side
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James Fegan

07-23

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BP Toronto
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Nick Dika

07-23

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Prospectus Feature: Nine Things We Would Change About Major-League Baseball
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Brendan Gawlowski

07-22

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BP Bronx
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Ben Diamond

07-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 22nd
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Wilson Karaman

07-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Yasiel Puig's Missing Pop
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Wilson Karaman

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure
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Nicolas Stellini

07-22

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, July 22
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Matthew Kory

07-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

07-22

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The GM Trade Game!
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Sam Miller and BP Staff

07-22

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Weekly Wrap: July 22, 2016
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Will Haines

07-22

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Prospectus Feature: DRA 2016: Challenging the Citadel of DIPS
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Jonathan Judge

07-22

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The View From Behind The Backstop: This Is All Arbitrary, Isn't It?
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Jeffrey Paternostro

07-22

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Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 16
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Greg Wellemeyer

07-22

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Prospectus Feature: Good Deal?
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Trevor Strunk

07-21

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 89
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

07-21

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The Stash List: 16th Edition, 2016
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J.J. Jansons

07-21

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BP Boston
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Matt Collins

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Legend of Vogelbach, Now In Seattle
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Christopher Crawford, Rian Watt and Brendan Gawlowski

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Seattle's Got A Neat Trick
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Demetrius Bell

07-21

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Prospectus Feature: The Players Who Are Just Dying To Be Traded
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Aaron Gleeman

07-21

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Potential Impact Call-Ups: Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

07-21

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 21, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

07-21

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Some Projection Left: Prospect-For-Prospect Trades, Or Baseball's Fourth Wall
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Christopher Crawford

07-21

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Rubbing Mud: Why the Yankees Should Sell Hard
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Matthew Trueblood

07-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 20th
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Christopher Crawford

07-20

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BP Milwaukee
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Seth Victor

07-20

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What You Need to Know: Fret No More
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Daniel Rathman

07-20

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TDGX Transactions: Let's Talk About Yulieski Gurriel
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George Bissell

07-20

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Team Chemistry: Fringe Effects on Called Strikes
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John Choiniere

07-20

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Notes from the Field: Eastern League ASG, Eastern Division
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Grant Jones and Adam McInturff

07-20

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Transaction Analysis: Where Does Yuliesky Gurriel Fit?
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Bryan Grosnick

07-20

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The Quinton: Is There a Best Day (of the Week) to Trade?
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Jeff Quinton

07-20

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Two-Strike Approach: How Good Is Cleveland?
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Cat Garcia

07-20

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Life at the Margins: Seager See, Seager Do
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Rian Watt

07-20

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 19th
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Mark Anderson

07-19

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What You Need to Know: J-Fer Effort
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Emma Baccellieri

07-19

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BP Bronx
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Kenny Ducey

07-19

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Cold Takes: Catches Up With You?
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Patrick Dubuque

07-19

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Prospectus Feature: Twin Killing
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Aaron Gleeman

07-19

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Notes from the Field: Eastern League ASG, Western Division
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Grant Jones and Adam McInturff

07-19

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Notes from the Field: July 19, 2016
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BP Prospect Staff

07-19

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Closer Report: Week 16
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Matt Collins

07-19

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 16
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Mike Gianella

07-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 18th
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Christopher Crawford

07-19

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Baseball Therapy: The Pink Elephant Effect
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Russell A. Carleton

07-18

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 18
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Matt Sussman

07-18

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The Call-Up: Reynaldo Lopez
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Christopher Crawford, Adam McInturff and Scooter Hotz

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The world's been terrible, but the Seagers have been joy.

This is a curiosity, really, more than anything else. There’s no deeper meaning to it, and you probably won’t leave this piece with a better sense of why the sky is blue, the sea deep, or the winter cold. But it’s a fun curiosity, I think, and moreover it’s possible you’ll find the 10 minutes you invest in reading the words I’m about to write a worthwhile diversion from your ongoing journey toward nonexistence. Here’s Corey Seager’s 2016 line, through games played on Monday night:

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July 20, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 19th

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Joe Musgrove, Sean Reid-Foley, Raul Mondesi, and Manuel Margot.

Prospect of the Day:

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Two young studs get into a pitchers duel, while bullpens cost a couple of older studs.

The Monday Takeaway

Jose Fernandez’s night didn’t get off to a particularly auspicious start—an Odubel Herrera double, later driven in for a run to put the Marlins in a 1-0 first inning hole.

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July 19, 2016 10:41 am

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Kenny Ducey

Aroldis Chapman threw 105 miles per hour, twice. But how long will he stay with the Yankees?

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The season is getting on in days. The corn is getting overripe, the kids are getting sick of midday TV, the fields have turned into kindling. Have the catchers become exhausted?

Catching, for lack of a better word, is hard. You strap on 18 interlocking pieces of gear, some of them plated in solid gold, and then squat for hours at a time working with maybe 25 percent visibility, getting hit by bounced splitters and backswings, feeling the cartilage twist and fray inside your knees, worrying about what each batter wants to hit and what pitch the pitcher wants to throw and how well you can fake that awful slider into almost being a strike. And then you head back into the dugout, strip off all the armor, head to the plate and get cheered half-heartedly by the fans who don’t understand why you don’t hit as many home runs as the right fielder. You develop late, fade early, play through constant pain and tear, and maybe get Sundays off.

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The Twins finally change course, firing longtime GM Terry Ryan and perhaps setting the club up for its first real philosophical change in decades.

In a move that’s somehow simultaneously a long time coming and shocking, the Twins fired Terry Ryan after two stints and 18 total years as general manager. Ryan’s teams won four division titles in five years from 2002-2006, but that success was limited to the regular season and bookended by ineptitude. Overall with Ryan as GM the Twins had a .474 winning percentage and were 149 games below .500, including a 318-421 (.430) record in his second stint. Their lone postseason series win under Ryan was 15 years ago and they haven’t won a playoff game in 13 years.

Few, if any, teams would have stuck with a GM for that long given the limited amount of winning amid 11 losing seasons in 18 years, but for better or worse Ryan—old school, conservative, loyal, and ultimately not all that successful—has represented everything about the Minnesota Twins for two decades. In firing Ryan the Twins named his longtime right-hand man Rob Antony as interim GM and it speaks to the culture of inertia and in-house loyalty that there’s legitimate reason to worry he may given the full-time job after 30 years in the organization.

At the very least Antony is now tasked with making several key decisions about veteran players leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Ryan spent the past month saying repeatedly that he planned to be active at the deadline, uncharacteristically making public pronouncements about how the Twins couldn’t afford to stand pat when they’ve typically done just that in recent years. His departure two weeks before the deadline raises eyebrows, as does putting an interim GM in position to immediately make significant trades.

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Notes on those who made an impression from the West representatives in the latest minor league all-star game.

Last week the Eastern League held its all-star game, and Adam McInturff and Grant Jones were there to take in the festivities. Today we’ll examine the standouts from the league’s Western Division, with notes on the best of the East coming forth tomorrow.

Christian Arroyo, SS, San Francisco Giants (Richmond)

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July 19, 2016 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: July 19, 2016

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BP Prospect Staff

Notes from all around the minors, including some FSL arms and Mariners' short-season prospects.

Joe Rizzo, 3B, Seattle Mariners (AZL Mariners)

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July 19, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 16

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

We’re coming off a three-day week in the baseball world, but there was still plenty of closer news to unwrap. As always, you can keep up with the changes in real time with the closer grid. The recent changes are highlighted in yellow. Now, on to the news.

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A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Welcome to The FAAB Review, the series that looks at the expert bidding in LABR mixed, Tout Wars NL, and Tout Wars AL every week in an effort to try and help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Bret Sayre and I participate in LABR mixed while I have a team in Tout Wars NL, so I can provide some insight on the bids and the reasoning behind them. LABR uses a $100 budget with one-dollar minimum bids, while the Tout Wars leagues use a $1,000 budget with zero-dollar minimum bids. I will also be including Bret’s winning bids in Tout Wars mixed auction league where applicable.

LABR and Tout Wars both use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET.

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July 19, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 18th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Anthony Alford, Gleyber Torres, Amir Garrett, and Chris Paddack.

Prospect of the Day: Anthony Alford, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 2-for-6, R, 2 BB, K, 3 SB.
This has been a disappointing season for Alford, without question, but it’s games like this that remind you just how talented he is. Keep in mind that not only is he only 21 years old, but he also had his development in baseball delayed by that egg-shaped sport. He’s still a tremendous athlete who has shown he has a game plan at the plate, and he’s going to be a big-leaguer because of his speed and ability to go get it in center field. It’s not a fast-track profile, but if you’re patient, this could be a leadoff hitter someday.

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Do different looks give hitters fits? You won't BELIEVE the answer. (You probably will.)

Now pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers. Number 21. Jeremy Jeffress.

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