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08-11

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The Call-Up: Ryan McMahon
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

08-08

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Transaction Analysis: Two Years in Four Acts
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Wilson Karaman, Bryan Grosnick, Jeffrey Paternostro and Greg Goldstein

08-01

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The Call-Up: Ozzie Albies
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

08-01

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 20: DFA Deadline Extravaganza
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Bryan Grosnick, Craig Goldstein, Patrick Dubuque, Jeffrey Paternostro, Emma Baccellieri, Kate Morrison, Aaron Gleeman and Shawn Brody

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: The Seller's Detour
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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Altitude Frisbee
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Aaron Gleeman, Zack Moser, Greg Goldstein, Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Anderson

07-27

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The Call-Up: Chris Flexen
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

07-26

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The View From Behind The Backstop: If You Prefer A Milder Prospect Writer, Please Ask For One
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Jeffrey Paternostro

07-24

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The Call-Up: Rafael Devers
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Ben Carsley

07-14

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The View From Behind The Backstop: Known Unknowns
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Jeffrey Paternostro

07-13

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Transaction Analysis: Chicago Blockbuster
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Bryan Grosnick, Jeffrey Paternostro, Greg Goldstein and George Bissell

07-06

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 140: Midseason Top 50 Prospects & Second-Half Fantasy Storylines
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George Bissell, Eric Roseberry and Jeffrey Paternostro

07-06

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2017 Prospects: Midseason Top 50
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

06-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Florida Glove Exchange
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Bryan Grosnick, Steve Givarz, Jeffrey Paternostro and Jarrett Seidler

06-28

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The Call-Up: Tyler Wade
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

06-23

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The View From Behind The Backstop: Don't Leave Me Hanging On The Telephone
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Jeffrey Paternostro

06-13

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The Call-Up: Josh Hader
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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

06-09

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The Call-Up: Sean Newcomb
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

06-01

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The View From Behind The Backstop: It Takes A Teen Age Riot To Get Me Out Of Bed
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Jeffrey Paternostro

05-19

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The Call-Up: Anthony Alford
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

05-15

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The View From Behind The Backstop: Six Ways of Thinking About Sixto
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Jeffrey Paternostro

05-03

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Short Relief: Onomastics, A LeBlanc Slate, and One Hero's Trial
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Nathan Bishop, Jeffrey Paternostro and Jason Wojciechowski

04-26

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The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

04-24

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The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-14

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The Call-Up: Jesse Winker
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-07

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The Call-Up: Kyle Freeland & Antonio Senzatela
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

04-07

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The Call-Up: Amir Garrett
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Eric Roseberry

03-02

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2017 Prospects: Organizational Rankings
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-27

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BP Job Postings: The BP Prospect Team Wants You
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Craig Goldstein, Bret Sayre and Jeffrey Paternostro

02-17

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The View From Behind The Backstop: Gabriel Ynoa Transaction Analysis
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Jeffrey Paternostro

02-13

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2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Prospects of 2017
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-13

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Transaction Analysis: Old Second Basemen Never Die
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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

02-10

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2017 Prospects: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-08

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2017 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-06

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2017 Prospects: Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

02-02

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2017 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Steve Givarz and BP Prospect Staff

01-31

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2017 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-27

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2017 Prospects: San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-25

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2017 Prospects: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-23

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2017 Prospects: San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-20

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2017 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-18

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2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-16

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2017 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-12

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2017 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-10

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2017 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-05

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 113: Statcast and Prospects
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George Bissell, Tim Finnegan and Jeffrey Paternostro

01-05

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2017 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

01-03

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2017 Prospects: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

12-22

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2017 Prospects: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

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August 11, 2017 8:08 pm

The Call-Up: Ryan McMahon

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

Quarterbacks turned baseball players have a nice history in Coors.

The Situation: Mark Reynolds is nursing a sore hand, so the Rockies might be able to use an infielder with some defensive flexibility and a .354/.401/.587 line in the upper minors this year.

The Background: McMahon was drafted 42nd overall in 2013 out of Mater Dei High School in California. A prep shortstop, he was moved to third base as a pro and mashed his way to Double-A in short order, posting .500+ slugging percentages at each of his stops on the minor league ladder. He hit a speed bump in Hartford last year, struggling with the jump to Double-A to the tune of .242/.325/.399. A return engagement to the Insurance City went much better—and the cozy confines of the new stadium didn't hurt either—and he’s continued to mash in Albuquerque.

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Sean Rodriguez returns to Pittsburgh in style, J.D. Davis arrives in Houston, and Baltimore sells off more international spending room.

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August 1, 2017 2:51 pm

The Call-Up: Ozzie Albies

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

I'm just a dreamer / I dream my life away / I'm just a dreamer / Who dreams of better days

The Situation: The Braves first-choice 2017 shortstop—top prospect Dansby Swanson—scuffled for the first half of the season, so the Braves are turning to another high-end infield prospect to take up-the-middle reps for the dog days of summer.

The Background: Ozzie Albies signed out of Curacao in July 2013 for $350,000. He was aggressively moved though the Braves system, coming stateside as a 17-year-old, heading to full-season ball as an 18-year-old, skipping Advanced-A as a 19-year-old, and spending his entire age-20 season so far in the International League. Albies has hit at every level, posting a career line in the minors of .304/.365/.424, while splitting time between second base and shortstop.

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On the 20th episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan hosts an all-star collection of BP writers in our first live episode! Listen in as Craig Goldstein, Patrick Dubuque, Jeffrey Paternostro, Emma Baccellieri, Kate Morrison, and Aaron Gleeman all share their thoughts on the major and minor moves as the deadline comes and goes. It's a must-listen!

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA!

(Welcome to the club, Stolen Signs!)

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What do the Mets want with Marlins closer A.J. Ramos?

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Colorado picks up bullpen help in Pat Neshek, Washington calls up Andrew Stevenson, and Minnesota unloads one of the old regime's mistakes.

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July 27, 2017 12:15 pm

The Call-Up: Chris Flexen

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

Just ... just don't make a "flexing" pun.

The Situation: Zack Wheeler has hit the shelf with a “stress reaction” in his right arm (plz do not call it a stress fracture). The Mets are quickly running out of arms to plug into their beleaguered major-league rotation (ah the halcyon March days waxing about their pitching depth), and have turned to Chris Flexen, who might be their best pitching prospect period. He is certainly the closest to the major-league ready despite tossing just 48 innings above A-ball.

The Background: The Mets selected a 17-year-old Flexen in the 14th round of the 2012 draft as a California prep arm, eventually signing for an over-slot $374,000. He progressed to full-season ball as a 19-year-old in 2014, showing low-90s velocity and a potential plus curve, before his season was cut short by a torn UCL that required Tommy John surgery. He returned to the mound in late-2015, but scuffled in A-ball for the next season-plus. The Mets added him to the 40-man roster after 2016 anyway, but his 2017 campaign was delayed by Spring knee surgery to remove a bone chip. He hit the ground running in May, dispatching with a St. Lucie rehab assignment, before dominating the Eastern League to the tune of a 1.66 ERA and near-30 percent K-rate.

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Not gonna tour with Trent Reznor. Third of three, bottom of the bill. You can’t pay me to make that kind of music. Not gonna swallow that pill.

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There’s a Stewart Lee bit in one of his recent stand-up specials that has always stuck with me. Lee’s an Edinburgh Fringe Festival stalwart, the British version of the comedian’s comedian. His persona is a smug intellectual—only partially a put-on for the stage—at best maintaining a chilly detente with his audience, but usually he descends into haranguing, mocking, or expressing his sincere disappointment in them.

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July 24, 2017 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Rafael Devers

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Ben Carsley

The Third Baseman Who Was Promised.

The Situation: It’s July 23rd. Red Sox third baseman have hit .224/.284/.307. Rafael Devers can probably do better than that.

The Background: Devers signed out of the Dominican Republic as part of the 2013 IFA class for $1.5 million. He came stateside the following summer after just 28 games in the DSL. In 2015, he was given an aggressive assignment to the South Atlantic League as an 18-year-old. He held his own—batting .289/.323/.443—and jumped up our 101 from No. 90 to No. 35. He almost xeroxed his line in 2016 as a 19-year-old in Advanced-A, and that was after an ice cold start to the season. The continued development of his offensive tools—along with solid on-field performance as one of the youngest players in the Carolina League—made him one of the top-20 prospects in baseball coming into this season, despite questions about his ultimate defensive home. If a top-20 prospect in baseball could “break out,” Devers 2017 would qualify. He mashed in Double-A, hitting .300 with 18 bombs in a half season before a recent promotion to Pawtucket. It took a mere week of additional mashing to get the call to Boston. Devers checked in at No. 5 on our Midseason Top 50, but he had a case for No. 1.

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July 14, 2017 6:00 am

The View From Behind The Backstop: Known Unknowns

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Jeffrey Paternostro

In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know.

I was chatting with my colleague Meg Rowley recently when Harry Frankfurt’s essay “On Bullshit” came up. This was not actually about our midseason list making process, but it could have been. Frankfurt separates “bullshit” from “lying” by virtue of the speaker’s knowledge of the truth. You lie knowingly. You bullshit merely to convince. No one can claim objective, absolute truth of ordinal rankings or prospect outcomes. Some of us sure act like it of course. But especially within a midseason list I find myself on slipperier footing. The tiers get mushier. “I don’t know” feels like an appropriate answer more often than it should in this line of work. Here are five prospects we ranked last week. I really don’t knowing the numbers are right, but I must still venture to convince.

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Jose Quintana goes from the South Side to Wrigleyville, as the Cubs pay a premium for a frontline starter under contract through 2020.

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George Bissell and Jeffrey Paternostro, BP’s senior prospect writer, discuss the BP Midseason Top 50 prospects list, and Eric Roseberry #FriendOfThePod stops by to draft the biggest second half fantasy storylines.

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