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09-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Young Birds Taking Wing
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Kevin Goldstein

09-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Matt Moore Prospect Days
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Kevin Goldstein

09-15

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The BP Wayback Machine: Yoenis Cespedes: The Showcase
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Kevin Goldstein

09-02

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The BP Wayback Machine: The 2007 Arizona Fall League Preview, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

09-02

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The BP Wayback Machine: The 2007 Arizona Fall League Preview, Part 1
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Kevin Goldstein

07-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Futures Game Viewing Guide, 2009 Edition
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Kevin Goldstein

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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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

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How the last exciting Indians team was assembled.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

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.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

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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August 27, 2012 7:19 am

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack

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Kevin Goldstein

The Braves and Rays see a young pitcher each raise their stock, and the Mariners have one who's puzzling us all.

Bryce Brentz, OF, Red Sox (Double-A Portland)
Brentz began the year as the No. 6 prospect in the system after hitting .306/.365/.574 with 30 home runs during a season that could easily be described as "streaky." The streaks are back, as clearly shown in Brentz' OPS by month: 584, 1072, 873, 576, 1173. Much of the 1173 OPS has been created recently, as with a 7-for-11 weekend, the 23 year-old is now 15-for-28 in his last six games to push his season numbers to .300/.360/.488 in 119 contests. A supplemental first-round pick in 2010, Brentz is not super big or toolsy, but he has hitting ability, enough strength for 55-60 power scores and enough of an arm to profile in right. If they can figure out what causes the crazy hot streaks, or the disturbing cold ones, Brentz could turn into a good everyday corner outfielder down the road.


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In one of the biggest trades in modern baseball history, the Dodgers would add an entire team payroll while the Red Sox would tear down a team that was supposed to be great.



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August 22, 2012 12:02 pm

Future Shock: Raising Draft Stock

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Thanks to the new draft rules quite a few 2012 draftees are already playing, and already increasing their stock.

There's been a lot of debate over how the new collective bargaining affects the draft, both in terms of how teams approach their picks and in how players get paid, but the one aspect of the new rules that nobody is complaining about is how the new system, with somewhat continued costs and a quicker signing deadline, gets draft picks playing professional baseball much sooner. In previous years, a large number of first-round picks would not even make their pro debut until the following year. This year, many have gotten significant playing time, and here are ten early 2012 picks who have already increased their prospect stock during their pro debut.

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August 21, 2012 1:16 pm

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

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Kevin Goldstein

The monster stats of Giants RHP Clayton Blackburn and a trip through the minors.

Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Giants (Low-A Augusta): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K.

Blackburn is having one of the best pitching seasons in the minors, as after another dominant outing on Monday night, he has a 2.55 ERA with a remarkable 137 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 123.1 innings.

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Oakland gets a new shortstop for the stretch run, as the Diamondbacks dump some cash commitments.



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August 20, 2012 8:09 am

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack

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Loads of pitchers from the weekend continued to reestablish themselves as players to watch.

Trevor Bauer, RHP, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno)
Bauer's four-game big league stretch in the middle of the season did not exactly go as planned. The third overall pick from 2011 allowed 28 base runners over 16 1/3 innings while averaging nearly 20 pitches per frame. The most frustrating part of Bauer's time—as well as much of the first half of the season—was his lack of aggression. Bauer has the stuff to get hitters out in the zone but, more often than not, he's trying to make the perfect pitch on the corner or trying to get hitters to chase. He seems to have gotten the message of late, as not only did he strike out a career high 12 batters on Friday during a complete game five-hitter, but he did it using just 102 pitches. If the lesson has been learned, there's nothing to be concerned about with those first four big league starts.


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