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10-31

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Minor League Update: Games of October 30
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Bradley Ankrom

10-30

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Minor League Update: Games of October 29
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Bradley Ankrom

10-29

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Minor League Update: Games of October 28
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Bradley Ankrom

10-26

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Minor League Update: Games of October 25
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Bradley Ankrom

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Minor League Update: Games of October 24
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Bradley Ankrom

10-23

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Minor League Update: Games of October 22
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Bradley Ankrom

10-22

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Minor League Update: Games of October 21
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Bradley Ankrom

10-19

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Minor League Update: Games of October 18
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Bradley Ankrom

10-17

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Minor League Update: Games of October 16
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Bradley Ankrom

10-16

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Minor League Update: Games of October 15
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Bradley Ankrom

10-15

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Minor League Update: Games of October 14
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Bradley Ankrom

10-12

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Minor League Update: Games of October 11
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Bradley Ankrom

10-11

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Minor League Update: Games of October 10
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Bradley Ankrom

10-01

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BP Announcements: Current and Historical Umpire Stats Now Available
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Bradley Ankrom

09-14

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Minor League Update: Games of September 13
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Bradley Ankrom

09-13

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Minor League Update: Games of September 12
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Bradley Ankrom

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of September 11
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Bradley Ankrom

09-11

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Minor League Update: Games of September 10
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Bradley Ankrom

09-10

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Minor League Update: Games of September 9
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Bradley Ankrom

09-10

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Most Memorable Prospect Debuts
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Jason Parks, Bradley Ankrom, Hudson Belinsky and Chris Mellen

09-07

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Minor League Update: Games of September 6
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Bradley Ankrom

09-06

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Minor League Update: Games of September 5
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Bradley Ankrom

09-05

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Minor League Update: Games of September 4
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Bradley Ankrom

09-04

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Minor League Update: Games of September 3
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Bradley Ankrom

08-17

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The Process: Resetting the Astros Roster
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Bradley Ankrom

08-08

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BP Unfiltered: Who Assumes Trout's Vacated Title of Baseball's Best 20-Year Old?
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Bradley Ankrom

08-02

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The Process: The Mariners' Missed Opportunity
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Bradley Ankrom

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Liriano Heads to Rival White Sox
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Bradley Ankrom and Kevin Goldstein

07-26

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The Process: When Will We Know Who Won the 10-Player Trade?
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Bradley Ankrom

07-18

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BP Unfiltered: Never Underestimate the Value of a Hot Start
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Bradley Ankrom

07-03

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What the Contenders Need
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Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

07-03

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BP Unfiltered: Livan of Many Skills
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Bradley Ankrom

06-27

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What the Contenders Need
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Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

06-26

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BP Unfiltered: Adam Dunn Doing Adam Dunn-like Things
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Bradley Ankrom

06-22

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BP Unfiltered: Can Carlos Correa Be Jose Offerman?
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Bradley Ankrom

06-21

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BP Unfiltered: Futures Game Rosters Announced
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Bradley Ankrom

06-15

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What Scouts Are Saying: Pitchability Is My Middle Name
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Kevin Goldstein and Bradley Ankrom

06-09

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BP Unfiltered: Taking A Look At Our Preseason Predictions
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Bradley Ankrom

06-07

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The Process: How to Evaluate Precocious Prospects
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Bradley Ankrom

05-17

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The Process: Fixing the Phillies
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Bradley Ankrom

05-10

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What Scouts Are Saying: Mixed Reviews
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Adam Sobsey, Bradley Ankrom and Kevin Goldstein

05-04

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Harper Overshadows Kemp, or Vice Versa?
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Bradley Ankrom

05-01

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The Process: Post-Draft Rankings: You're Doing it Wrong
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Bradley Ankrom

04-30

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BP Unfiltered: Prospect Tracker Adds Leaderboards
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Bradley Ankrom

04-23

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BP Unfiltered: Prospect Tracker Returns
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Bradley Ankrom

04-19

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Research Mailbag: James McDonald, Professional Hitter
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Bradley Ankrom

04-18

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The Process: Was Brien Taylor the Worst Number-One Pick Ever?
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Bradley Ankrom

04-16

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BP Unfiltered: Tracking 2012's Top Prospects
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Bradley Ankrom

04-12

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Research Mailbag: More Than a Mouthful
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Bradley Ankrom

04-10

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The Process: Have Teams Used Extra Draft Picks Efficiently?
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Bradley Ankrom

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August 17, 2012 11:05 am

The Process: Resetting the Astros Roster

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Jeff Luhnow's first task was to clear the mess Ed Wade made, and he's already given the Astros a fresh start.

Since taking over as the general manager in Houston last December, Jeff Luhnow has turned over a good chunk of the 40-man roster he inherited, a collection of players who contributed to the Astros’ first 100-loss (106-loss, to be precise) season in franchise history in 2011.

Lame-duck GM Ed Wade was able to unload the Astros’ top marketable assets—Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn—last summer, but the task of moving the team’s more onerous veteran contracts was left to Luhnow. That process picked up in earnest this summer when Houston shuttled veterans J.A. Happ, Chris Johnson, Carlos Lee, Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, and Wandy Rodriguez off to contenders in exchange for more than a dozen minor-league prospects from five organizations.

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Happy belated birthday, Mike Trout.

If you spent any amount of time on Twitter yesterday, you probably noticed that Angels wunderkind Mike Trout celebrated his 21st birthday on Tuesday. Now that Trout is of legal drinking age, who assumes the title of Baseball's Best 20-Year Old?

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August 2, 2012 5:00 am

The Process: The Mariners' Missed Opportunity

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Dealing Felix Hernandez at this year's non-waiver trade deadline could have significantly brightened the Mariners' future.

A true no. 1 starter is the rarest commodity in baseball, and the Seattle Mariners have had one in Felix Hernandez for the better part of a decade. Unfortunately, much of Hernandez’s value has been wasted on uncompetitive clubs: only twice since he reached the big leagues in 2005 have the Mariners finished above .500.

The subject of dealing their homegrown superstar is a sensitive one for Mariners fans, but an objective look at the facts suggests that the future of the organization would be much brighter if general manager Jack Zduriencik had moved Hernandez to a contender for a package of young impact bats that are close to big-league ready prior to this summer's non-waiver trade deadline.

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The White Sox acquire Francisco Liriano from their division rival, the Minnesota Twins.



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The youth involved in last week's 10-player trade between the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays means we might have to wait awhile for closure.

Houston and Toronto kicked this summer’s trading season into high gear by consummating a 10-player deal on July 20. Pitchers David Carpenter, J.A. Happ, and Brandon Lyon became the latest exiles in the Astros’ veterans-for-prospects purge, heading north in exchange for veterans Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, four low-minors prospects, and a player to be named later. R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein wrote about it here.

July 2012: Houston sends David Carpenter, J.A. Happ, and Brandon Lyon to Toronto for Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Joseph Musgrove, Carlos Perez, David Rollins, Asher Wojciechowski, and a player to be named.

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Since May Day, Bryan LaHair and Casey Kotchman have been virtually the same player.

As the calendar flipped from April to May, two 29-year-old first basemen in America's Heartland were off to very different starts. In Chicago, minor-league veteran Bryan LaHair was the feel-good story of the season's first month, hitting .390/.471/.780 for the otherwise-moribund Cubs. A few hundred miles to the east, Casey Kotchman and the Indians were the subject of plenty of "I told you so"s when, to the surprise of few, Kotchman failed to sustain his surprising 2011 production, carrying a .149/.240/.254 slash line into May.

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July 3, 2012 5:00 am

What the Contenders Need

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Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

What do the Nationals, Braves, and Mets need heading into the deadline, and where might they find it?

With a little less than a month to go until the non-waiver trading deadline, talks between teams are heating up. In a seven-part series, several BP authors will be covering the needs, potential fits, and more for the contenders in each division, as well as a rundown of the top 10 player trade targets. Today, we take a look at the NL East.

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Where else could Livan wind up this year?

If things don't work out with the Milwaukee Brewers, perhaps Livan Hernandez's agent should give Billy Beane a call. Not to offer help from the mound, but rather the batter's box:

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June 27, 2012 5:00 am

What the Contenders Need

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Bradley Ankrom, Jeff Euston and Kevin Goldstein

What do the Dodgers, Giants, and Diamondbacks need heading into the deadline, and where might they find it?

With a little over a month to go until the non-waiver trading deadline, talks between teams are heating up. In a seven-part series appearing over the coming week, several BP authors will be covering the needs, potential fits, and more for the contenders in each division and wrapping up with a look at the top 10 player trade targets. Today, we get things started with a look at the NL West.

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The poster boy for "three true outcomes" is on a record-setting pace.

Adam Dunn is usually one of the first players to come up when the three true outcomes are discussed, and his bounce back year on Chicago's South Side has him on pace for the most Adam Dunn-like (or Rob Deer-like) season in baseball history. 

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Taking a look at players whose careers were as productive as the average first-overall draft pick.

The first-overall pick of the Rule 4 draft has delivered an average of 19.12 career WARP (using 1965-2007). Here is a team of players whose careers were roughly as productive as the average number-one pick:

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The U.S. and World rosters for this year's Futures Game have been announced.

The rosters for this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, taking place on July 8th in Kansas City, were announced today. Complete rosters and current-season statistics for all 50 players named to the U.S. and World teams can be found right over here, and the game will be televised live via ESPN2 and MLB.TV.

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