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08-08

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What You Need to Know: August 8, 2014
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Sam Miller, Daniel Rathman, Andrew Koo and Morris Greenberg

06-18

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

06-06

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

05-22

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

05-16

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

05-08

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

05-01

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

04-15

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2014 Preseason Preview
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Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine

12-18

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More Moneyball
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Andrew Koo

12-09

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The Week in Quotes: December 2-8
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

12-02

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The Week in Quotes: November 23 - December 1
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

11-18

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The Week in Quotes: November 11-17
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

11-11

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The Week in Quotes: November 4-11
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

11-04

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The Week in Quotes: October 28-November 3
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

10-28

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The Week in Quotes: October 21-27
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

10-21

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The Week in Quotes: October 14-20
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

10-08

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The Week in Quotes: September 30-October 6
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-30

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The Week in Quotes: September 23-29
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-30

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What You Need to Know: A Wild Final Weekend
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-23

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The Week in Quotes: September 16-22
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-16

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The Week in Quotes: September 9-15
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Jose Fernandez's Closing Argument
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Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

09-09

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The Week in Quotes: September 3-8
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Nick Bacarella, Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-27

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What You Need to Know: The Other Way in Which Zack Greinke is Good
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-26

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BP Unfiltered: The Significance of Position Players Pitching in Extras
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Andrew Koo

08-26

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The Week in Quotes: August 19-25
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-19

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The Week in Quotes: August 12-18
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-12

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The Week in Quotes: August 5-11
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-05

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The Week in Quotes: July 29-August 4
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-02

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BP Unfiltered: Reliever Value at the Deadline
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Andrew Koo

07-29

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The Week in Quotes: July 22-28
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-25

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BP Unfiltered: ERA, Falling Slowly
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Andrew Koo

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Price Wrong for the Red Sox
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-22

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The Week in Quotes: July 15-21
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-15

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BP Unfiltered: Betting on the Home Run Derby
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Andrew Koo

07-15

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The Week in Quotes: July 8-14
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-08

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The Week in Quotes: July 1-7
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-01

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The Week in Quotes: June 24-30
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-24

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The Week in Quotes: June 17-23
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-17

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The Week in Quotes: June 10-16
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-10

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The Week in Quotes: June 3-9
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-09

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BP Unfiltered: A List of Home Run Streak Artists
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Andrew Koo

06-03

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The Week in Quotes: May 27-June 2
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

05-28

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The Week in Quotes: May 20-26
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

05-22

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Fantasy Freestyle: Travis Wood and the Winds of Wrigley
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Andrew Koo

05-20

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The Week in Quotes: May 13-19
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Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Satchel Price

05-13

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The Week in Quotes: May 6-12
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

05-06

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The Week in Quotes: April 29-May 5
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

04-29

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The Week in Quotes: April 22-28
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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August 8, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 8, 2014

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Sam Miller, Daniel Rathman, Andrew Koo and Morris Greenberg

Thursday's recaps and the weekend preview from, well, basically the entire staff

The Thursday Takeaway
Not much separates the Tigers, A’s, and Angels this year, so every little advantage might help in October. With an 83 percent chance of winning its division entering play Thursday, one edge the Tigers will likely have is a relatively stress-free march from here to October. While the A’s (60 percent division odds) and the Angels (39 percent) will be beating each other into a pulp, the Tigers should be able to use the final two months to, for instance, rest Miguel Cabrera, as they did Thursday for just the second time all season. And they can start to think seriously about such October questions as: Would we really move Justin Verlander to the bullpen to make room for Rick Porcello?

Verlander pitched Wednesday and had one of his finest starts of the year, going seven innings while allowing two runs, striking out five, and walking one. Porcello, facing the same club in the same inhospitable pitching environment, bettered him Thursday, going seven innings while allowing one run, striking out five, and walking nobody. The effort lowered his season ERA to 3.09 and improved his team-best ERA+.


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June 18, 2014 6:00 am

PECOTA Takes on Prospects

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Andrew Koo

Reviewing the prospects whom positional adjustments don't help.

Series introduction and methodology
Previous positions: Catcher | First Base | Second Base | Third Base | Shortstop


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June 6, 2014 6:04 am

PECOTA Takes on Prospects

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Andrew Koo

Bring on the elite infield athletes.

Series introduction and methodology
Previous positions: Catcher | First Base | Second Base | Third Base


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May 22, 2014 6:00 am

PECOTA Takes on Prospects

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Andrew Koo

What does PECOTA make of Joey Gallo, Miguel Sano, and the rest of the hot-corner crop?

Series introduction and methodology
Previous positions: Catcher | First Base | Second Base

Onward (and left-ward) we go.



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May 16, 2014 6:00 am

PECOTA Takes on Prospects

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Andrew Koo

PECOTA tackles a position where the offensive bar is set significantly lower than it was in last week's installment.

Series introduction and methodology
Previous positions: Catcher | First Base

Here’s a chart of production by position in 2013:

Position

PA

TAv

WARP

1B

20581

.281

63.6

2B

20638

.261

63.0

Last week, I talked about the offense required from first basemen to offset their negative positional adjustment. This week, we explore second base, whose occupants hit 20 points of True Average worse last season but produced the same total WARP. This demonstrates the defensive gap we’re familiar with while also illustrating the low offensive bar for second basemen. One needed to produce a TAv of only .261 while playing average defense to be a “league average” second baseman last year (league-average TAv is always scaled to be .260). Gregor Blanco personified the league average hitter in 2013—and he had the 114th-best TAv out of 141 qualified batters.

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May 8, 2014 6:00 am

PECOTA Takes on Prospects

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Andrew Koo

There was only one first baseman on BP's top 101 prospects list. Which players at the position does PECOTA like?

Series introduction and methodology
Previous positions: Catcher

First base is the safe haven of offense-only players who need a position. Of the league’s 30 current first basemen (the team leaders of PAs at the position), eight primarily played different positions in the minor leagues. They’re the usual bat-first players whose gloves demanded a move: Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis, Mark Reynolds, etc. For prospects, relegation to first base means they have nowhere else to go. If their hitting drops off in the slightest, they’ll have nothing else to compensate with, and they’ll be out of baseball.


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May 1, 2014 6:00 am

PECOTA Takes on Prospects

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Andrew Koo

Does PECOTA love catching prospects? And if so, which ones?

Does PECOTA love catchers?

After we released the PECOTA Top 100 prospects list last week, a few commenters remarked on PECOTA’s apparent catcher leanings. Eleven of them appeared on the list, some higher than nationally beloved prospects. How dare PECOTA! In comparison, Jason Parkstop 101 featured eight catchers, suggesting a small discrepancy in the position distribution of PECOTA’s rankings.

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A statistical take on top prospects.

When I reread Nate Silver’s PECOTA Takes on Prospects series, three themes emerged. One, minor-league statistics are pretty damn good at predicting future performance. Two, so many factors can derail a prediction, particularly for young prospects. Three—which doubles as a disclaimer for this series—I’m not Nate Silver. Apologies in advance.

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March 25, 2014 6:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2014 Preseason Preview

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Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine

The second installment in a division-by-division dialogue leading up to Opening Day.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus is conducting a division-by-division dialogue, asking and answering five questions about each team. Below, Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine discuss the American League East.

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December 18, 2013 6:40 am

More Moneyball

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Andrew Koo

In addition to exploiting lefty-righty matchups, the A's also have a significant edge in the air.

The Oakland Athletics finished 2013 with baseball's fourth-lowest payroll, fourth-best offense, and best clubhouse chemistry. Debate has centered on whether the latter two are related. There’s nothing objectionable about “good guy” genes—it’s a solid organizational goal to have. But chemistry alone doesn’t put runs on the board, and if a team is missing the talent, they better find the runs elsewhere. The 2002 Athletics discovered them in walk deities and college arms; once those methods pervaded front offices, the A’s slipped back into losing. Was chemistry the only undervalued commodity of their recent resurgence?

As the baseball community obtains more knowledge, roster construction strategies evolve. Previously undervalued talents like walks and defense are now accepted constructs. The A’s are Hollywood-infamous for adopting them before their competitors while prices were low. After a 74-win 2011, they cheaply signed Brandon Inge and Jonny Gomes, who Brandon McCarthy claimed bolstered the clubhouse DNA to the tune of 20 wins. But Inge and Gomes were two of several players who also bolstered a less-visible statistic: fly ball-to-ground ball ratio.

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

NEW TEAMMATES, OLD TEAMMATES AND RIVALS REACT TO CANO SIGNING

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

HOT STOVE SEASON CONTINUES

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