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08-28

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pain Don't Hurt
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Jason Parks

08-27

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5

Fringe Average Podcast: Episode 30
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Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

08-02

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The Call-Up: Mike Foltynewicz
by
Jason Parks and Mauricio Rubio

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Astros, Marlins, Swap Sell-Low Guys
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Zachary Levine, Jeff Moore, J.P. Breen and Jason Parks

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Trade from the Depths
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Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella and Jason Parks

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back Together
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R.J. Anderson, Jason Parks and Mike Gianella

07-25

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The Call-Up: Chris Taylor
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

07-22

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15

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Steven Matz
by
Jason Parks

07-21

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14

Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 21, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

07-07

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The BP Top 50
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

07-07

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14

Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

07-03

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14

BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Jason Parks and Ron Shah

06-27

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17

BP Top 50
by
Jason Parks, Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and CJ Wittmann

06-24

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BP Top 50
by
Jason Parks, CJ Wittmann and Nick J. Faleris

06-12

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Series Notes
by
Jason Parks

06-09

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6

Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 9, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

06-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Mock Draft 2014
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Jason Parks

06-02

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 2, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-31

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The Call-Up: Oscar Taveras
by
Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

05-23

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Fringe Average Podcast: Episode 29: #RIPBachelorhood
by
Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

05-22

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24

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Brandon Nimmo
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Jason Parks

05-21

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Behind the Curtain: Hunter Harvey
by
CJ Wittmann, Ryan Parker and Jason Parks

05-19

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13

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-13

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 13, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-12

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 12, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-09

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 9, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-08

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Eyewitness Accounts: Eyewitness Accounts: May 8, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-07

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 7, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-06

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27

Eyewitness Accounts: Eyewitness Accounts for May 6, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Re-Introducing the Eyewitness Scouting Series
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Jason Parks

05-05

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14

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 5, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-01

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28

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Mookie Betts
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Jason Parks

04-30

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Scouting Fortitude
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Jason Parks

04-28

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 28, 2014
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

04-22

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Fringe Average Podcast: Episode 28. We Think.
by
Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

04-22

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The Call-Up: Luis Sardinas
by
Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

04-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

04-07

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Prospects We're Most Excited to See This Year
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-31

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: 10 Prospects Who Turned Heads in Spring Training
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Jason Parks

03-28

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/28
by
Jason Parks and Jordan Gorosh

03-26

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/26
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-25

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/25
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-24

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/24
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-21

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/21
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-20

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Notes from the Field: Spring Scouting Notes, 3/20
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-19

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/19
by
Jason Parks and Mark Anderson

03-17

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/17
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-13

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Fringe Average Podcast: Episode 27
by
Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

03-10

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Notes from the Field: Spring Notes
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-04

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Notes from the Field: Spring Training: March 2-3, 2014
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Jeff Moore, Jason Parks and Steffan Segui

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June 27, 2014 11:43 am

BP Top 50

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Jason Parks, Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and CJ Wittmann

Three of our writers debate three catchers that we have touted aggressively in the past.

Links to Other BP Top 50 Debates

Tim Anderson vs. J.P. Crawford | Daniel Norris vs. Jose Berrios | Albert Almore vs. Stephen Piscotty

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June 24, 2014 6:00 am

BP Top 50

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Jason Parks, CJ Wittmann and Nick J. Faleris

Jason Parks and CJ Wittman debate the merits of two top shortstop prospects.

The Rules
Rather than re-printing the BP Prospect Team Midseason Top 50 debates—much of which involves discussion of multiple players at the same time—we thought it would be interesting to call out some of the more interesting pairings among players in consideration for the #BPTop50 and allow an advocate for each to make his case for why that player should be ranked ahead of the other.


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June 12, 2014 6:00 am

Series Notes

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Jason Parks

Looks at Jesse Biddle, Kyle Crick, Angel Villalona and many others.

Reading (Phillies)

Extra Explanation: Jesse Biddle (Phillies): It’s been a while since I’ve seen Biddle look the part of a frontline arm, and it’s likely he has already peaked as a prospect, at least as far as status is concerned. The body is good, and I actually like the delivery even though his command is well below average; at times, he’s almost too smooth and easy, with his struggles coming with his finish, as he doesn’t get over his frontside and can’t work low in the zone. The fastball is pedestrian, working mostly in the 90 mph range, and the curveball is too long and soft, and without a setup fastball that will force bats to move, upper levels hitters can keep their weight back and track the offering. It’s not a major-league out pitch on any level, and I’m not sold it will play as anything more than a steal-a-strike offering in the majors. The changeup wasn’t a featured player in this start, but I feel it to be the most promising of his secondary arsenal and a future average pitch.

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June 9, 2014 9:46 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 9, 2014

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Updates on Kyle Crick, Roman Quinn, Angel Villalona, and others.

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It's not too late.

Pick: 1:1
Team: Houston Astros
Projected Selection: Brady Aiken
Reason: Since Jeff Luhnow jumped behind the wheel of the Astros franchise, the team has been in the business of selling hope, which they cryptically bottle in their own process, and deliver from within by growing an infrastructure of young, cost-controllable talent. But up until now, this talent was merely physically impressive on the field and not all that aesthetically pleasing in the face. Things will change on that front, as I have it from a good source that the Astros’ Laboratory of Analytical Science Conclusions has discovered this weakness and will work to correct the deficiency by drafting Brady Aiken, a high school lefty with a tan that just won’t quit and a facial bone structure of an in-demand and slightly Scandinavian Tommy Hilfiger model. Bonus that he’s a lefty that can actually pitch.




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June 2, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 2, 2014

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Updates on Michael Lorenzen, Hunter Dozier, Roman Quinn, and others.

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May 31, 2014 2:03 pm

The Call-Up: Oscar Taveras

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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

The best bat in the minors makes the major leagues.

The Situation: The Cardinals need an offensive boost and Taveras bleeds rocket fuel.

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Have you heard that song Your Body is a Wonderland by John Mayer? Whatever you think of that song, I love the way he describes lovemaking. He talks about his lovely woman's skin, lips, hair, and shape. He's into all of her. But thousands of years before Mayer penned his lyrics, the Lover in the Song of Songs described his Beloved's "wonderland." Three different times, the husband goes into detail about the beauty of his wife's body, including this passage: Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of a craftsman's hands. Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. Your waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies. Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus. Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses. How beautiful you are and how pleasing, O love, with your delights! Take time to find pleasure in all of your wife's gorgeous form on this first night.

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Did we get too tethered to prototypes when it came to the Mets' top 2011 pick?

The 2011 amateur draft was a talent smorgasbord that could satisfy the most esurient of appetites, the significance of which we are only beginning to scratch the surface of. Starting up top with Pirates’ ace Gerrit Cole, the players taken in the first round read like a who’s who for the next generation of baseball—names like Bundy, Bradley, Lindor, Baez, Fernandez, Gray, Meyer, Springer, and Stephenson. Sandwiched between these hyped warriors of the future is Brandon Nimmo, the 13th overall selection in the class, taken right after Taylor Jungmann and right before Jose Fernandez. At the time, Nimmo was a relatively unknown prospect from the relatively unknown state of Wyoming, a player without a high school team and a narrative that was more focused on his lack of playing experience than his exploits. At the time, it was a head scratcher given the talent still available on the board, and even years later the revisionist commentary has been easy to come by. Brandon Nimmo over Jose Fernandez? Really?

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Ryan Parker and CJ Wittman debates the merits of Hunter Harvey and explain their thought processes in evaluating him.

Every offseason, we publish our team top 10 lists. These don’t just drive traffic to the site; they drive debate and discussion with our readers. Concurrently, we often publish companion pieces that pull back the curtain on our own Socratic scouting, revealing our internal debates, discussion, disagreements, and often-terse tete-a-tetes. As it turns out, voyeurism can be valuable, as some of these articles eclipsed the shine and popularity of the lists they formed the skeletons of. With each subsequent team release, questions were asked about the companion pieces featuring the internal dialogue. Our audience had spoken.

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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Raving about Eddie Butler, hesitating on Javier Baez, and updates on Henry Owens, Franchy Cordero, Kohl Stewart and others.

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Eyes on Aroni Nina, Steve Okert, Henry Owens, Steven Moya, and Bubba Starling.

Aroni Nina

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