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Rob McQuown 

Rob McQuown

SABR member Rob McQuown is a lifelong Cubs fan who was inspired by a Bill James Abstract to join STATS, Inc., where he was first published in the The Scouting Report, 1993. Since then, neither starting up multiple dot-coms or years in big corporate life could pull him convincingly away from his first love, baseball. Getting restarted in the industry in 2006 with Baseball Daily Digest, he was welcomed to the Baseball Prospectus team when BDD became a subsidiary of BP - as a programmer and writer, and has contributed extensive web content with both words and programs for numerous sites.

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08-29

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Feature Focus: Feature Focus: Playoff Odds
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Rob McQuown

08-14

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Feature Focus: Prospect Tracker
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Rob McQuown

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: If You've Got Asdrubal...
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Craig Goldstein and Rob McQuown

07-31

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Feature Focus: Pitch f/x Matchup Tool
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Rob McQuown

07-25

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Feature Focus: Visual Depth Charts
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Rob McQuown

06-02

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Out of the Park (OOTP) Baseball 15
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Mike Gianella, Rob McQuown and Mauricio Rubio

05-30

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BP Announcements: Eyewitness Accounts - Now Easier to Find
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Rob McQuown and Tim Collins

05-23

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BP Announcements: Visual Depth Charts - Pitching
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Rob McQuown

05-13

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BP Announcements: Minor League Schedule with Prospect Counts Now Available at BP
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Rob McQuown

04-18

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Baseball Prospectus News: New Stat Reports and Site Upgrades
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Rob McQuown

04-12

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BP Announcements: HACKING MASS Competition 2014
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Rob McQuown

03-21

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BP Announcements: Fantasy Resources Page
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Rob McQuown

03-20

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BP Announcements: Playoff Odds Report Now Available
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Rob McQuown

03-18

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Baseball Prospectus News: MLB.TV Discount Available to BP Premium Subscribers
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Rob McQuown and Ben Lindbergh

03-12

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Baseball Prospectus News: 10-Year Projections, UPSIDE, Percentiles, and Comparables
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Rob McQuown

02-04

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Baseball Prospectus News: Reintroducing PECOTA, the Depth Charts, PFM, and DraftAid
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Rob McQuown

01-27

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The Top 101 Prospects of 2014
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Rob McQuown and Mauricio Rubio

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Nolasco Heads North
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R.J. Anderson and Rob McQuown

08-28

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Feature Focus: Sortable Statistics (Introduction)
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Rob McQuown

07-30

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Feature Focus: Team Audit
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Rob McQuown

07-26

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Feature Focus: Depth Charts
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Rob McQuown

07-16

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Feature Focus: Transactions Browser
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Rob McQuown

07-09

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Fantasy Focus: Visual Depth Charts
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Rob McQuown

07-02

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Feature Focus: Team Tracker, Advanced
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Rob McQuown

06-25

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Feature Focus: Team Tracker, Basics
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Rob McQuown

06-19

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Feature Focus: Prospect Tracker
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Rob McQuown

05-29

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BP Announcements: Prospect Tracker Upgrades (Including Team Tracker Teams)
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Rob McQuown

05-23

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BP Announcements: Daily Roundup Emails for Team Tracker
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Rob McQuown

03-01

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BP Unfiltered: Spring Training Stats Don't Count (But Here They Are Anyway)
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Rob McQuown

02-26

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BP Unfiltered: Top 101 Prospects of 2013, Sliced and Diced
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Rob McQuown

02-15

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BP Announcements: Scoresheet Draft Aid 2013
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Rob McQuown

02-11

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Baseball Prospectus News: Now Arriving: PECOTA, Depth Charts, and the PFM
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Colin Wyers and Rob McQuown

08-10

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BP Announcements: Site Bug Fix: Replying to Comments in IE
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Rob McQuown

07-05

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BP Unfiltered: Visual Year-to-Date Stats
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Rob McQuown

05-18

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 5/18/12
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Rob McQuown

05-11

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 5/11/12
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Rob McQuown

05-04

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 5/4/12
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Rob McQuown

04-27

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 4/27/12
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Rob McQuown

04-13

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Value Picks: Outfielders for 4/13/12
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Rob McQuown

04-07

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BP Job Postings: Two Technical Positions Available
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Rob McQuown

03-21

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BP Unfiltered: Free Trial - Scoresheet Draft Aid
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Rob McQuown

03-17

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BP Unfiltered: Spring Training Stats Don't Count - But Here They Are
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Rob McQuown

03-09

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Preseason Value Picks: Outfielders for 3/9/12
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Rob McQuown

03-01

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BP Unfiltered: PECOTA and Depth Chart Update *UPDATED*
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Rob McQuown

02-29

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BP Beta Blog: Percentiles - Beta Testing Needed
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Rob McQuown

02-24

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BP Unfiltered: Scoresheet Prospectus
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Rob McQuown

02-17

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Preseason Value Picks: Outfielders for 2/17/12
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Rob McQuown

02-03

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 2/3/12
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Rob McQuown

01-20

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/20/12
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Rob McQuown

01-11

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The Keeper Reaper: Outfielders for 1/11/12
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Rob McQuown

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May 4, 2012 4:17 am

Value Picks: Outfielders for 5/4/12

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Rob McQuown

Tony Campana joins Span, Viciedo, and Murphy on VP this week

It's a good thing most leagues don't count slugging percentage as a category, since the three picks from last week slugged a combined .278 over the past seven days. Fortunately, our much-discussed hero (at least in the comments), Michael Saunders, hit three homers, so good work anyone who had him active. Also, Gerardo Parra continued his wanton running, swiping three bases, and they say steals are more important when slugging is down.

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April 27, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: Outfielders for 4/27/12

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Rob McQuown

Span, Parra, and Pierre join VP this week

This just in: Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton are good. While this column was one of the few sources to advise taking Kemp number one overall this season, it would be too easy—and misleading—to claim complete success in this piece of advice. After all, he's not going to hit .450 with 100 homers this season, and he hasn't been running nearly as much as he did last year. Such is the way of early-season predictions. A nameless author (ahem) picked the Nationals to finish last in the NL East, and while that prediction looks ridiculous in the early going, the Nats' success has had some measure of flukiness to it as well: playing weaker teams so far, out-performing their Pythagenport win projection, good health (the prediction was made after Storen was known to be injured), etc. The meta advice now is to capitalize on people who read too much into these hot (or cold) starts, to trade high or buy low.

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April 13, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: Outfielders for 4/13/12

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Rob McQuown

Viciedo, Murphy, and Schafer make a very intriguing initial VP class for the 2012 season

Back from a writing hiatus, your source for obscure outfielder observations returns with the baseball regular season, and a return to the usual format for Value Picks, as described by Michael Street Tuesday.  Before we get started, however, since I received so much mail (thanks, Mom) asking about my draft in the Fantasy Pros 911 Expert League on Wednesday, here's the squad.  Wish me luck; first place prize is a cruise:

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Baseball Prospectus has become even more Scoresheet Baseball-friendly in 2012. Check out the new features, in time for public league drafts!

A month ago, Baseball Prospectus introduced the Scoresheet Draft Aid to help Scoresheet Baseball players with their drafts. Since then, the most common piece of feedback by Scoresheet players who have used it is that it's "too good" and that it levels the playing field, erasing the edge that can be gained by an opponent through hours, days, or even months of research. Now, to put that to the test, Scoresheet players who are in the final rounds of their public league drafts can try it out for free for three days, from March 21-23.  

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NEW: Spring Training stats: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/fantasy/tt/spring/ (temporarily available from Team Tracker)

Not that anyone at Baseball Prospectus would be so shortsighted as to look at spring training stats when preparing for an important fantasy draft, but, um, connecting the Team Tracker to a sortable/searchable display of Spring Training statistics might have come out of such an endeavor.  

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March 9, 2012 3:00 am

Preseason Value Picks: Outfielders for 3/9/12

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Rob McQuown

Fowler, Harper, Bay, and J.D. Martinez make the cut for OF VP this week

Some of us have been sleeping this spring, including this author, who has been sleeping on baseball goingsons more than I'd like, due to other obligations.  But, in researching Value Picks this week, the real sleepers have been those fantasy owners who have allowed Dayan Viciedo's ADP to move from 215 to 283. If that includes you, dear reader, then wake up! He was a bargain at 215!

J.D. Martinez | OF | Houston Astros
Mixed: -$1 | NL-only: $11 | PECOTA OF Rank: 82 | OF ADP: 72


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Rob McQuown describes some fixes to PECOTA 2012 and how these will appear on the Depth Charts, PFM, Team Tracker, Scoresheet Draft Aid, and more.

Sometimes, when you realize you've stepped in something malodorous, there's nothing to do but pause and deal with the situation at foot. Keep walking, and the substance will remain on your shoe, where it will begin to attract unwelcome attention. We made a similar misstep, in a proverbial sense, with some of our PECOTA projections this season. Recently, we discovered that National League pitchers were projected to be substantially worse than PECOTA’s logic intended due to a bug that slipped past our testing.

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February 29, 2012 12:27 pm

BP Beta Blog: Percentiles - Beta Testing Needed

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Rob McQuown

Percentiles - Beta Testing Needed

Hi Beta Testers -

As the title says, we have Percentiles for batters ready a lot sooner this season, and would like to hear feedback. This URL has all the players projected for 100+ PA:

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Baseball Prospectus has become even more Scoresheet Baseball-friendly in 2012. Check out the new features, in time for public league drafts!

Some projects are a labor of love, and working on the latest Baseball Prospectus Fantasy product - Scoresheet Draft Aid - was that for me.  A look behind the scenes at how this unfolded involves resident  Scoresheet expert Ben Murphy discussing various possibilities with Scoresheet Baseball's crack programmer Dave Barton. With my inattention to this project - something about books and former Royals utility infielders kept me from thinking much about it - Mr. Barton wrote on January 26, "I don't know about aiming for opening day this year."  Well, I wasn't going to have any of that, and starting in the second week of February, I pitched a tent in the (virtual) Prospectus office and worked to get this out in time not only for Opening Day, but even in time for most Scoresheet drafts. 

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February 17, 2012 11:09 am

Preseason Value Picks: Outfielders for 2/17/12

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Rob McQuown

Mets Duda and Torres, Matt Holliday, and Tony Plush make the first outfield edition of Preseason VP

Preseason Value Picks” is an interesting notion to begin with… who is going to benefit from such analysis?  The obvious answer is owners whose drafts come the earliest, and Scoresheet baseball drafts are already progressing. These are very slow processes, from the perspective of traditional fantasy players, in keeping with the more ponderous tone of Scoresheet. Most Scoresheet leagues allow at least 13 keepers without salaries to worry about. The games are simulated, generating a weekly report with, you guessed it, score sheets for each game. So, before diving in to outfielders this week, I wanted to mention a tool we released yesterday for aiding with Scoresheet drafts (but which is available to all Fantasy and Premium subscribers): The Scoresheet Draft Aid. I'm working on a blog post with some more details, but in the meantime, feel free to utilize it knowing that it's specifically geared toward things that help a Scoresheet team (offense, defense, pitching), not typical fantasy categories.

Returning from that Scoresheet tangent to some “real” fantasy (is that an oxymoron?), drafts are kicking off very soon. Most people know that the top outfielders are Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista, Jacoby Ellsbury, Justin Upton, Carlos Gonzalez, Curtis Granderson, Mike Stanton, and Andrew McCutchen, in some order (and we've covered several of these guys with Keeper Reaper articles). The order in which they are taken is as much personal preference as cold, hard analysis. In the USA Today mock draft I participated in, those guys went: Kemp, Ellsbury, Bautista, [gap], Upton, CarGo, [gap], Granderson, McCutchen, then Jay Bruce and Josh Hamilton (this draft was held last December) went before Stanton.

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Josh Hamilton leads off this week's Keeper Reaper, followed by Craig, Campana, and Vernon Wells

ADP could stand for “Arlington's Drinking Problem” this week, as rumors surface about megastar Josh Hamilton being seen imbibing Monday. Also, reader requests for Craig and Campana, and a look at someone who won't be kept in any leagues but may be worth an earlier pick than is assumed.

Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers (ADP 30)
Shallow (30 keepers): NO
Medium (60 keepers): YES
Deep (90 keepers): YES
AL-only (60 keepers): YES
Super Deep (200 keepers): YES






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