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05-04

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Fantasy Rounders: Surveying the Landscape
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Doug Thorburn

05-04

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Raising Aces: Postmortem: Chris Sale vs. the Minnesota Twins
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Doug Thorburn

05-01

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Fantasy Rounders: Yard Sale
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Doug Thorburn

04-30

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Fantasy Rounders: Under Construction
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Doug Thorburn

04-29

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Fantasy Rounders: Scooby Doo Gets #Weird
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Doug Thorburn

04-28

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Fantasy Rounders: Two Sides of the Schwartz
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Doug Thorburn

04-27

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Fantasy Rounders: Don't Rain on My Paredes
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Doug Thorburn

04-24

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Fantasy Rounders: Go Big or Go Home
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Doug Thorburn

04-24

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Raisel Iglesias
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Doug Thorburn

04-23

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Fantasy Rounders: The Thin Red Line
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Doug Thorburn

04-22

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Fantasy Rounders: Take Five
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Doug Thorburn

04-21

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Fantasy Rounders: The Catcher Curse Continues
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Doug Thorburn

04-20

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Fantasy Rounders: The Coors Stack Strikes Back
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Doug Thorburn

04-17

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Fantasy Rounders: Rookie Distractions
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Doug Thorburn

04-17

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Raising Aces: Walker on the Wild Side
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Doug Thorburn

04-16

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Fantasy Rounders: The Price of Context
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Doug Thorburn

04-15

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Fantasy Rounders: Left In
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Doug Thorburn

04-14

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Fantasy Rounders: Another One Bites the Dust
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Doug Thorburn

04-13

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Fantasy Rounders: Home is Where the Heart is
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Doug Thorburn

04-10

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Fantasy Rounders: What a Relief It Is
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Doug Thorburn

04-10

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Raising Aces: Mechanical Notes from Opening Week
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Doug Thorburn

04-09

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Fantasy Rounders: No Whammy
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Doug Thorburn

04-08

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Fantasy Rounders: Hello Again
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Doug Thorburn

04-07

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Fantasy Rounders: Run for Cover
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Doug Thorburn

04-06

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Raising Aces: Pitching Trident: Downers
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Doug Thorburn

04-06

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Fantasy Rounders: An Opening Day Salvo
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Doug Thorburn

03-27

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Raising Aces: Pitching Trident: Uppers
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Doug Thorburn

03-20

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Raising Aces: Auditing the Mechanics Report Card
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Doug Thorburn

03-18

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Every Team's Moneyball: San Diego Padres: Payroll Tetris
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Doug Thorburn

03-13

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Raising Aces: Over the Radar 3.0
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Doug Thorburn

03-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: Throwdown: Clayton Kershaw vs. Madison Bumgarner
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Doug Thorburn

03-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 3.0
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Doug Thorburn

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

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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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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL West

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Doug Thorburn

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

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December 9, 2014 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 East are broken down.

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December 5, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: AL West

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Doug Thorburn

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

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November 26, 2014 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 Central are broken down.

Baseball Prospectus's mechanical mavens Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker turn to the NL Central as they continue their examination of select Top 10 prospects featured in the BP Top 10s (see their breakdown of NL East prospects here). Doug tackles a well-known high-floor back-ender, breakout power arm that may or may not be destined for the pen, and a young righty with a chance to reach elite status if he can continue to build upon second-half improvements. Parker highlights two talented lumber-wielders—one skewed to hit, one skewed to power—both possessing impact potential. Hope you enjoy! –Nick J. Faleris

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