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04-29

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The Call-Up: Michael Lorenzen
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Mark Anderson and Wilson Karaman

04-20

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The Call-Up: Kevin Plawecki
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: The Last Blockbuster of the Offseason
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Matthew Trueblood, Mark Anderson, Bret Sayre and Wilson Karaman

04-02

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League Preview Series
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Mark Anderson

03-23

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League Preview Series
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Mark Anderson

02-17

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25

2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational Rankings
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Mark Anderson, Jeff Moore and BP Prospect Staff

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Rangers Get Durable
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson and J.P. Breen

11-17

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Trade For Jeremy Hellickson
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-13

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Justin Masterson
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Mark Anderson

10-30

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Nelson Cruz
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Mark Anderson

09-05

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Prospect Debate: Steven Moya's Feast or Famine
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Jeff Moore, Mark Anderson and Tucker Blair

09-02

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The Call-Up: Daniel Norris
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Craig Goldstein and Mark Anderson

09-02

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6

Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

09-02

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The Call-Up: Maikel Franco
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-30

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 30, 2014
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Mark Anderson

07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-02

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Mark Anderson and Jeff Moore

06-30

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The Call-Up: Mookie Betts
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

06-17

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The Call-Up: Andrew Heaney
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-05

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The Call-Up: Eugenio Suarez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

05-29

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The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella
by
Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

05-13

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The Call-Up: Rafael Montero
by
Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

05-01

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The Call-Up: Robbie Ray
by
Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-29

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The Call-Up: Randal Grichuk
by
Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

03-19

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

03-05

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12

Top Tools: Best Slider/Changeup/Command
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

03-04

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34

Top Tools: Best Fastball/Curveball
by
Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

03-03

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Top Tools: Best Catcher Defense/Catcher Arm
by
Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-28

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Top Tools: Best Outfield Defense/Outfield Arm
by
Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-25

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Top Tools: Best Infield Defense/Infield Arm
by
Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-20

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Top Tools: Best Speed/Makeup
by
Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-19

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Top Tools: Best Hit/Power
by
Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

10-04

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Advance Scouting Series: Prince Fielder
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Mark Anderson

10-04

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Advance Scouting Series: Miguel Cabrera
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Mark Anderson

09-18

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Transaction Analysis: McDonald's Grimace
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Mark Anderson and R.J. Anderson

09-13

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Covering the Call-Ups, Part Two
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Mark Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jason Cole, Craig Goldstein, Jeff Moore and Bret Sayre

09-13

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 13, 2013
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Mark Anderson and Zach Mortimer

09-04

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The Call-Up: Chris Owings
by
Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

09-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Schoop
by
Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

09-03

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The Call-Up: Nick Castellanos
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

08-22

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Youth Movement: New York-Penn League All-Star Game Scouting Notes: Part 2
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Mark Anderson

08-21

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Youth Movement: New York-Penn League All-Star Game Scouting Notes: Part 1
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Mark Anderson

08-19

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The Call-Up: Travis d'Arnaud
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

08-07

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Flores
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: The Tigers Fortify Their Bullpen
by
R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: Altuve, All the Time
by
R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

07-08

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Transaction Analysis: One Less Marlin, and a New National
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Mark Anderson, R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh

06-18

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The Call-Up: Zack Wheeler
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-11

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The Call-Up: Gerrit Cole
by
Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

05-30

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The Call-Up: Alex Colome
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

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March 19, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/19

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Jason Parks and Mark Anderson

Looks at Ricardo Sanchez, Christian Binford, Samir Duenez and Zach Eflin.

(3/17) LHP Ricardo Sanchez (Angels)
Short but strong build; noticeably athletic on the mound; arm speed is very good; it can look very smooth and easy; from ¾ slot, can create some angle by staying over the ball and working down; delivery features a high/tucked leg; wasn’t loud on the frontside; has good balance and explosion to the plate; it's compact and efficient, but had a tendency to finish across his body; fastball was 89-92; popped a few 93s and 94s on the gun; some cutting action because of the cross-fire; struggled with command in his inning of work; inning was banged before three outs were achieved; hit a batter and had multiple walks; showed a slow, loopy curve in the low 70s; can spin the ball and achieve some two-plane shape, but the pitch wasn’t effective; was slow to the plate with runners on (1.5); struggled to stay in his delivery and establish mechanical rhythm. Outing wasn’t sharp but I love the arm and I’m glad we [Baseball Prospectus] ranked him in the Angels' top 10 despite no professional record. We should have ranked him higher. Will pitch the entire season as a 17-year-old; athletic lefty with stuff and swagger; lacks size but body could be strong and hold stuff. Mid-rotation type if everything clicks; extreme risk but I was impressed despite the results. –Jason Parks


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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Top Tools: Best Slider/Changeup/Command

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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

The final installment of a seven-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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March 4, 2014 6:00 am

Top Tools: Best Fastball/Curveball

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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

Part six of a several-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Top Tools: Best Catcher Defense/Catcher Arm

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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

Part five of a several-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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February 28, 2014 6:00 am

Top Tools: Best Outfield Defense/Outfield Arm

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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

Part four of a several-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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February 25, 2014 6:00 am

Top Tools: Best Infield Defense/Infield Arm

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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

Part three of a several-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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February 20, 2014 6:00 am

Top Tools: Best Speed/Makeup

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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

Part two of a several-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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Part one of a several-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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October 4, 2013 10:03 am

Advance Scouting Series: Prince Fielder

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Mark Anderson

"Minimize damage to singles."

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October 4, 2013 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Miguel Cabrera

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Mark Anderson

"No obvious weakness."

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September 18, 2013 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: McDonald's Grimace

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Mark Anderson and R.J. Anderson

The Pirates' once-promising pitcher elects free agency, while Wilson Betemit gets DFA'd, Jose De La Torre gets claimed by Milwaukee, and the Astros add a young, recouperating arm.

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Scouting and fantasy takes on hitter prospects promoted to the majors this month.

We’ve devoted full articles to the most promising prospects promoted to the majors late this season, but we're offering scouting and fantasy takes on the best of the rest in a two-part series. The pitchers ran yesterday. Here are the position players.

JR Murphy, C, Yankees
Scouting Take:
A converted infielder, Murphy has made significant progress as a defender behind the plate, but even that progress leaves him as an adequate defensive catcher. His arm is just average and while he shows occasional quickness with his feet, pop times in the 1.95-2.00 range are relatively unique for Murphy. His receiving is not clean and there is still work to be done to polish his defensive tools. Offensively, Murphy has the balance and strength in his swing to project as a fringe-average hitter with average overall power once he settles into the big leagues. He makes frequent contact and has solid pitch recognition skills that should allow him to contribute in the bottom third of an MLB lineup. —Mark Anderson


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