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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin Goldstein brings his industry standard prospect scouting reports to Baseball Prospectus Premium readers every weekday.

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04-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Another Opening Day
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Kevin Goldstein

02-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Agents, the Draft, and the NCAA
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Kevin Goldstein

01-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Who Yu Gonna Call?
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Kevin Goldstein

12-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Managing Expectations
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Kevin Goldstein

09-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: Tuesday Morning Ten Pack, 9/05/06
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Kevin Goldstein

07-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: Development Disasters
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Kevin Goldstein

05-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: How the Indians Were Built
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Kevin Goldstein

12-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: Firing Up the Wayback Machine
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Kevin Goldstein

09-04

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15

BP Podcast: Episode 102: I Shouldn't Say Anything
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Kevin Goldstein

08-31

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Baseball Prospectus News: Goodbye to the Internet
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Kevin Goldstein

08-29

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 28
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Kevin Goldstein

08-29

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Future Shock: 2013 Rookie of the Year Award
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Kevin Goldstein

08-27

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

08-27

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Transaction Analysis: L.A. Consequential
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R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein

08-22

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Future Shock: Raising Draft Stock
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Kevin Goldstein

08-21

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 20
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Kevin Goldstein

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: The A's Acquire Stephen Drew *UPDATED*
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Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein

08-20

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

08-17

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 16
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Kevin Goldstein

08-15

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 14
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Kevin Goldstein

08-15

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Future Shock: The Bundy Dilemma
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Kevin Goldstein

08-14

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Chiefs/Snappers Edition
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Kevin Goldstein

08-13

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

08-10

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BP Podcast: Episode 101: Let's Just Not Even Try
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Kevin Goldstein

08-10

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 9
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Kevin Goldstein

08-09

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The Call-Up: Manny Machado
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Kevin Goldstein

08-09

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What Scouts Are Saying: How Soon is Now?
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Kevin Goldstein and Jason Collette

08-08

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 7
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Kevin Goldstein

08-08

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Future Shock: Considering a Trout Extension
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Kevin Goldstein

08-07

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 6
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Kevin Goldstein

08-06

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The Call-Up: Josh Vitters
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Kevin Goldstein

08-06

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The Call-Up: Brett Jackson
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Kevin Goldstein

08-06

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack, Austin Wood Edition
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Kevin Goldstein

08-03

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BP Podcast: Episode 100: I Just Realized I Know Nothing About Baseball
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Kevin Goldstein

08-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Getting Dealt
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Kevin Goldstein

08-02

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The Call-Up: Ryan Lavarnway
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Kevin Goldstein

08-02

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The Call-Up: Dan Straily
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Kevin Goldstein

08-02

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The Call-Up: Mike Olt
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Kevin Goldstein

08-02

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 1
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Kevin Goldstein

08-01

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Future Shock: Ranking The Traded Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-01

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Future Shock: The Midseason Top 50 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-01

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The Call-Up: Domonic Brown
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Kevin Goldstein

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Dempster Doesn't Turn Blind Eye to Texas
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Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Giants Counter Dodgers, Acquire Pence
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Kevin Goldstein and R.J. Anderson

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Madness UPDATED
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R.J. Anderson, Kevin Goldstein, Ben Lindbergh and Colin Wyers

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Victorino Dons Dodger Blue
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Kevin Goldstein and Sam Miller

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Snider and Lincoln Change Scenery, LA Adds League, and Thames Joins the M's
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Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Deal Soto, Maholm UPDATED AGAIN
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Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein

07-30

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: Astros Cash in Johnson for Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein and R.J. Anderson

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On the first day of minor league games in full-season leagues, relive MiLB Opening Day from eight years ago.

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As you prepare for the first day of full-season minor league games, revisit Kevin's notes from a previous Opening Day in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a Future Shock column on April 7, 2006.

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The Phillies reportedly told on an unsigned draft pick for using an agent. Which raises the question: What's the difference between an agent and an advisor?

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After failing to sign him, the Phillies reportedly turned in 2013 fifth-round pick Ben Wetzler for breaking an NCAA rule by using an agent. Kevin Goldstein explained the subtle difference between an agent and an advisor in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on May 16, 2008.

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Flash back to a time when multiple industry insiders preferred Ian Kennedy to Yu Darvish.

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After the Rangers won the posting rights to Yu Darvish, Kevin Goldstein asked industry insiders to compare Darvish to five other starters in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on December 21, 2011.

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In which Kevin tried to temper the enthusiasm we all have about our team's minor league system.

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Kevin Goldstein tried to determine how much major-league talent the typical team can expect from its farm system in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on March 20, 2006.

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The final Ten Pack of the regular season, seven years ago.

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Flash back to the end of the minor-league season seven years ago in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on September 5, 2006.



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A look back at how far the Cubs organization has come.

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After a year of aggressively adding young talent, the Cubs of today have one of baseball's best farm systems. But the story was very different four years ago, as Kevin described in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on July 21, 2009.

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How the last exciting Indians team was assembled.

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The Indians have returned to contention in 2013, six years after the 2007 edition of the team won 96 games and appeared to be starting an extended run of success. In 2007, Kevin Goldstein took a look at how that last winning Indians team was assembled in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on October 16, 2007.
 


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Looking back at Kevin's look back at decades-old scouting reports.

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Kevin scouted old scouting reports from the 1960s in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on July 28, 2006.
 


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A goodbye and thanks to all of you, with special guests Steve Berthiaume of ESPN and one last visit from Not Jim Tracy. Thanks for listening everyone. We remain shocked and humbled by what this turned into. It was a great ride.

A goodbye and thanks to all of you, with special guests Steve Berthiaume of ESPN and one last visit from Not Jim Tracy. Thanks for listening everyone. We remain shocked and humbled by what this turned into. It was a great ride.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language and subject matter. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Kevin takes on an exciting new challenge: working for a big-league front office.

This one isn't easy. I don't even know where to start. I remember some editor yelling at some writer in some movie about not burying the lead, so I'll do that. This is my final piece at Baseball Prospectus, as I've accepted a position as Pro Scouting Coordinator for the Houston Astros. That doesn't sound real to me yet either, but there it is. Needless to say, I'm extremely excited about this opportunity and the challenge ahead of us. I've been nothing but incredibly impressed with the entire staff in Houston, as well as their plans for the future, and I'm absolutely honored to suddenly be a small part of it.

Yes, it's a dream job, no question, but this wasn't an easy decision. I love this place. Honestly and truly. In my six-plus years here, I've grown personally and professionally and was never asked to be anything but myself. You really can't ask for anything more from a place of work. I've seen a lot of changes since I was brought in by Nate Silver, and I can't tell you how excited I am for the future under Joe Hamrahi. There are many fantastic things happening at Baseball Prospectus, and so many more things coming because of Joe's leadership. Knowing the ship has such a fantastic captain at the wheel made this decision much easier, as does the content published here that continues to blow me away on a daily basis. People like Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, Colin Wyers and Bradley Ankrom are going to be huge in this world, and I can't wait to see it happen. And prospect coverage won't be any less comprehensive here, either. You should expect some exciting announcements in that regard, and soon.

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August 29, 2012 12:34 pm

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 28

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A trip around the day in the minors.

  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 3-for-5, HR (12), 2 R, 2 RBI. Never really surged after entering the year with big expectations; .277/.331/.421 in 129 games.
  • Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K. And that's 5 1/3 more innings he can't pitch in the big leagues; still could take on a '08 David Price role come September.
  • Byron Buxton, OF, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, 2 SB. No. 2 overall pick enjoying first extended hot streak of career; 15-for-38 (.395) in last ten games and .286/.368/.429 overall.
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August 29, 2012 10:46 am

Future Shock: 2013 Rookie of the Year Award

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With the AL RoY award a foregone conclusion this year, Kevin sets his sights on who might get some hardware from 2013's rookie class.

The 2012 American League Rookie of the Year race is over. Let's say Mike Trout doesn't get another hit for the rest of the year, going 0-for-125. He'd still finish the year with a .261 batting average, 24 home runs and 40-plus stolen bases. Now, anyone predicting Mike Trout for Rookie of the Year honors would not have exactly been going out on a limb, but how many people took Todd Frazier for National League honors before the season started? A look at winners of the award throughout history show a combination of obvious choices and plenty of surprises. So who does the crystal ball say are next year's nominees? Winning the RoY is a tough combination of talent and potential opportunity for playing time, so here are the big names, as well as some possible surprises in each league.

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