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09-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: Scouting Closers in the Batter's Box
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Ben Lindbergh and Jason Parks

06-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: Scouting Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer
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Jason Parks

04-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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Jason Parks

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

07-21

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

06-27

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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
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Jason Parks

06-09

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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
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

05-23

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

05-22

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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
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CJ Wittmann, Ryan Parker and Jason Parks

05-19

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

05-01

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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
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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

04-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
by
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

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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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May 12, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 12, 2014

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Updates on Clint Frazier, Courtney Hawkins, Gabriel Guerrero, and others.

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Eyes on Alex Gonzalez, Marco Gonzales, Teoscar Hernandez, Joey Gallo, Chance Sisco, and Colin Moran.

Alex Gonzalez

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Eyes on Hunter Harvey, Lucas Giolito, Carlos Correa, and other prospects.

Steven Matz

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Eyes on Jake Thompson, Bryan Mitchell, Julio Urias, Dilson Herrera, Matt Skole, and Lance McCullers.

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In a relaunch of the Eyewitness Accounts series for 2014, the BP Prospect Staff profiles Jorge Alfaro, Bubba Starling, Josh Hader, Aaron Sanchez, Lucas Sims, Tim Anderson, Brandon Nimmo, and Anthony Kemp.

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A big step for prospect content at BP.

Back in the fall of 2007, I was sitting with a few scouts and various team officials at an instructional league game, and I was open-eared to some their criticism of the scouting and player development coverage found on the internet. Specific to my work at the time, the Rangers prospect content I was producing offered very little substance to anybody outside of casual minor league fans, and the opinions I put forth on my boutique site weren’t taken seriously by the industry. I always wanted to write scouting reports—the kind of reports that my heroes in the stands would construct and submit, the kind of reports that offered far more significance than the surface player interviews or simple field observations I was producing. But I lacked the necessary skill-set to pull off such a scouting endeavor, so I chose not to fake it and continued with the primitive prospect work I was familiar and comfortable with.

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May 5, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 5, 2014

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Updates or introductions to Ben Lively, Victor Reyes, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, and more.

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What Mookie Betts' .400-plus batting average has us reconsidering.

I was first introduced to Mookie Betts on a baseball field back in 2012. It was the New York-Penn League, and the setting was pleasant even if most of the talent would eventually need to buy a ticket to participate in a major-league game. Betts was small and thin, and I didn’t pay much attention to him other than to highlight his name because he was drafted relatively high in the 2011 class and that alone is enough to justify a deeper look in the late-round mecca that is short-season ball. That was my first offseason to rank prospects, and Betts didn’t sniff the Red Sox top 10 list, and I don’t recall his name coming up in the discussion for the “On the Rise” candidates either. We ranked Bryce Brentz over Betts, if that gives you any indication how far off our radar Betts was at the time.

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Is a tendency to favor fire-breathers a bias, or sound wisdom?

“Doesn’t pitch with enough fire.” He’s soft.” “Doesn’t attack.” “Lacks fortitude on the mound.” “Doesn’t pitch with confidence.” “I question the sack.” “Doesn’t act the part of a number one starter.” These are all descriptions found in various scouting reports on pitcher Mark Appel going back to his amateur days and continuing in the present. Validity of the scouting assessments aside, the number of evaluators questioning the fortitude of a recent 1:1 player is significant for several reasons, but for this particular article, I want to focus on the role fortitude plays in the scouting process, and why some pitchers take a hit based on such a subjective and often biased means of categorizing talent.

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