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02-27

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Raising Aces: The Eyes of March
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Doug Thorburn

02-25

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting PItchers, Part Two
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Doug Thorburn

02-23

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers, Part One
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Doug Thorburn

02-11

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Prospect Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

02-06

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Raising Aces: Trailblazers of Funk
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Doug Thorburn

02-03

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Raising Aces: Grading the Funk
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Doug Thorburn

01-23

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

01-20

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Prospect Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

01-16

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

01-09

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

01-07

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Prospect Mechanics
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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

12-31

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL Central
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Doug Thorburn

12-19

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

12-09

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Prospect Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

12-05

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Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL West
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Doug Thorburn

11-26

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Prospect Mechanics
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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

11-21

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier
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Doug Thorburn

11-11

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Prospect Mechanics
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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

11-10

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Raising Aces: Partners in Crime: The Long Home Runs of 2014
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Doug Thorburn

10-31

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Raising Aces: Bum Deal
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Doug Thorburn

10-24

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Raising Aces: Ghosts of World Series Past
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Doug Thorburn

10-17

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Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3
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Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, Reliever Edition
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Doug Thorburn

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: The Bunt Heard 'Round the World
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Doug Thorburn

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Giants 3, Nationals 2
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Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Raising Aces: Daniel Norris, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Giants
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Mike Gianella and Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
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Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

09-30

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot
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Doug Thorburn

09-19

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Raising Aces: Carlos in Charge
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Doug Thorburn

09-12

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Raising Aces: Angelic Arms
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Doug Thorburn

09-05

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Raising Aces: Cub Replacement Level
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Doug Thorburn

08-29

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Raising Aces: Mis-Priced
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Doug Thorburn

08-22

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Raising Aces: Police and Thieves
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Doug Thorburn

08-15

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Raising Aces: Have Pitch Counts Gone Too Far?
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Doug Thorburn

08-08

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Raising Aces: The Road to Recovery
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Doug Thorburn

08-01

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Raising Aces: The Rabbit Hole
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Doug Thorburn

07-25

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Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
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Doug Thorburn

07-18

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Raising Aces: Outta Nowhere
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Doug Thorburn

07-11

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Raising Aces: Breakout Breakdown: Corey Kluber and Garrett Richards
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Doug Thorburn

06-27

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Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off
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Doug Thorburn

06-20

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Raising Aces: A Tale of Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

06-13

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Three
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Doug Thorburn

06-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Two
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Doug Thorburn

05-30

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part One
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Doug Thorburn

05-23

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Raising Aces: Going Vertical
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Doug Thorburn

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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: The Eyes of March

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Doug Thorburn

Which pitchers to watch and what to look for this spring.

Much digital ink has been spilled over the beauty behind the four words that ignite the spring for a Baseballholic: pitchers and catchers report. But it's a tease, because after pitchers and catchers report to spring training we are left with two weeks worth of recycled stories about players who are or aren't in the best shape of their lives. The spring doesn't begin in earnest until ballgames are being played in March, with the first slate on tap to begin next week.

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February 25, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting PItchers, Part Two

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Doug Thorburn

2014 breakout performer Collin McHugh leads off the second part of the list.

Previous articles in this series:

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February 23, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting Pitchers, Part One

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Doug Thorburn

Sizing up the top 50 arms from now through the end of the 2017 season.

We can take the typical aging curves of position players and throw them out the window for the pitchers, whose performance over time follows a far less predictable pattern, though birth dates did come into consideration on the extreme ends of the age scale. Expect a mechanics bend in these evaluations, as a pitcher's physical baselines take on added importance when looking at the multi-year landscape—well, that and the fact that I can't help but notice this stuff, since mechanics are kinda my thing. Many of the pitchers within individual tiers also share a common thread, a reflection of drafting tactics as well as the situational dynamics of the fantasy game.

Some of these rankings will deviate from convention, and I welcome feedback and/or discourse in the comments section.

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February 11, 2015 6:00 am

Prospect Mechanics

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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

The mechanics of some of the top pitching and hitting prospects in the AL West are broken down.

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February 6, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Trailblazers of Funk

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Doug Thorburn

After breaking down some of the funkier deliveries in baseball history, we now take a look back at those who were the original bringers of funk.

In the previous edition of Raising Aces, we attempted to establish a grading system for pitcher funk, and this week we look at how some of that funk has translated across time and cultures. A key ingredient to funk is novelty, but what might seem novel to the modern observer might actually have been commonplace 60 years ago, and the techniques that are common in specific areas across the globe might be considered uncommon here in the States. So let's dive into some of the specific forms of funk that have appeared multiple times in the major leagues, and see if we can attach a grade that teases out some of the contextual factors.

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February 3, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Grading the Funk

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Doug Thorburn

Some of the odder deliveries in the history of baseball are broken down.

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January 23, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL East

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Doug Thorburn

The best and worst pitcher mechanics in the NL East are broken down.

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January 20, 2015 6:00 am

Prospect Mechanics

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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

The mechanics of some of the top pitching and hitting prospects in the AL Central are broken down.

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January 16, 2015 9:42 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL East

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Doug Thorburn

The best and worst pitcher mechanics in the AL East are broken down.

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January 9, 2015 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL Central

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Doug Thorburn

The best and worst mechanics in the NL Central are broken down.

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January 7, 2015 6:00 am

Prospect Mechanics

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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

The mechanics of some of the top pitching and hitting prospects in the NL West are broken down.

Baseball Prospectus's mechanical mavens Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker turn to the NL West as they continue their examination of select Top 10 prospects featured in the BP Top 10s (also see their breakdown of AL East, NL East, and NL Central).

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December 31, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL Central

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Doug Thorburn

The best and worst pitcher mechanics in the AL Central are broken down.

Our journey through baseball's mechanical extremes continues with a tour of the American League Central, a division that is teeming with power deliveries that created bottlenecks at the top and fueled stiff competition in every category. Before we get started, here's a quick refresher on the rules: pitchers must have thrown 40 or more innings in 2014 and finished the season playing for a club in the AL Central.

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