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12-09

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Prospect Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

11-26

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Prospect Mechanics
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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

11-14

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Going Yard: Swing Dancing with Josh Harrison
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Ryan Parker

11-11

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Prospect Mechanics
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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

11-04

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Jason Hammel
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Ryan Parker

10-29

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Pablo Sandoval
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Ryan Parker

10-10

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Going Yard: Cage Work
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Ryan Parker

09-26

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Going Yard: How Jose Altuve Got His Groove
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Ryan Parker

09-11

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Going Yard: The Magical Swing of Giancarlo Stanton
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Ryan Parker

08-19

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Going Yard: Four Impressive High School Hitters
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Ryan Parker

08-05

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Going Yard: The Great Javier Baez Boomstick
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Ryan Parker

07-24

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Going Yard: J.D. Martinez Gets A Degree In Hitting
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Ryan Parker

07-08

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Going Yard: Super Hits of the 70s
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Ryan Parker

06-10

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Going Yard: Joey Gallo
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Ryan Parker

05-21

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Behind the Curtain: Hunter Harvey
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CJ Wittmann, Ryan Parker and Jason Parks

05-20

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Going Yard: The Swing Problems Troubling Trout
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Ryan Parker

05-01

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Going Yard: How Hunter Pence's Freak-Show Swing Works
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Ryan Parker

04-15

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Going Yard: How Carlos Gomez Got His Groove
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Ryan Parker

03-31

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Going Yard: The Violence of Bryce Harper's Swing
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Ryan Parker

03-17

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Going Yard: The Power in Javier Baez's Swing
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Ryan Parker

03-14

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Going Yard: The Many Swings of Chris Davis
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Ryan Parker

03-12

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Going Yard: The Science of Swinging
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Ryan Parker

01-16

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Clayton Kershaw
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Ryan Parker and Steffan Segui

01-03

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Grant Balfour
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Ryan Parker

01-02

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Nelson Cruz
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Ryan Parker

12-18

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Ervin Santana
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Ryan Parker and Steffan Segui

12-17

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Matt Garza
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Ryan Parker

12-13

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Robinson Cano
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Ryan Parker

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December 9, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Mechanics

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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

The mechanics of some of the top pitching and hitting prospects in the AL East are broken down.

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November 26, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Mechanics

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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

The mechanics of some of the top pitching and hitting prospects in the NL Central are broken down.

Baseball Prospectus's mechanical mavens Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker turn to the NL Central as they continue their examination of select Top 10 prospects featured in the BP Top 10s (see their breakdown of NL East prospects here). Doug tackles a well-known high-floor back-ender, breakout power arm that may or may not be destined for the pen, and a young righty with a chance to reach elite status if he can continue to build upon second-half improvements. Parker highlights two talented lumber-wielders—one skewed to hit, one skewed to power—both possessing impact potential. Hope you enjoy! –Nick J. Faleris

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November 14, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: Swing Dancing with Josh Harrison

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Ryan Parker

Josh Harrison suprised many with a great 2014 and finished ninth in MVP voting. Was it just a fluke or did something tangibly change?

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November 11, 2014 6:00 am

Prospect Mechanics

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Ryan Parker and Doug Thorburn

The mechanics of some of the top pitching and hitting prospects in the NL East are broken down

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"Will not lead a staff but is a solid depth piece for most teams."

Jason Hammel

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"Bat-to-ball skills might be some of the best in the league."

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October 10, 2014 10:23 am

Going Yard: Cage Work

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Ryan Parker

Our resident hitting coach gives us the details on what type of work hitters should do in the cage, both physically and mentally.

I love my job. When I’m not writing for Baseball Prospectus or at the ballpark in standard issue jeans, polo shirt, and Accusplit, you can find me in a batting cage. Specifically cage four of the facility I’m lucky enough to work at ECBA (cage 4 is the one closest to the fans— got to stay cool). First thing you’d notice is that I’m probably already hitting off a tee. No you’re not late, but hitting off a tee is my yoga and has kept my sanity intact. Whenever I start working with hitters I have them run through a quick stretch then get about 10-20 practice swings off the tee.

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September 26, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: How Jose Altuve Got His Groove

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Ryan Parker

A relatively minor fix can make a big difference.

I love watching Jose Altuve hit. There’s a ton to love. He’s the little guy who fights. He’s the scrappy leader on an up-and-coming team. He can flat-out rake. He hits everything. He’s his own unit of measurement. That’s all fine and dandy. That’s not specifically why I love him. I love him because he has the potential to be the model hitter for the current generation of kids.

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September 11, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: The Magical Swing of Giancarlo Stanton

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Ryan Parker

What makes Giancarlo Stanton so special isn't just his athleticism.

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August 19, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: Four Impressive High School Hitters

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Ryan Parker

The Perfect Game All-American Classic was fertile ground for watching the next generation of batsmen.

Going to San Diego for the Perfect Game All-American Classic was an experience I will never forget. I got to see the best amateur hitters in the country show off their craft. I saw lots of good things and lots of things I would change if I could. For all the attention these kids are getting, they are just that: kids. I work with athletes like this every day and I know all of these players have swings that are constantly evolving. Keeping that in mind, I won’t nitpick my way through their swings and flaws. Rather, I want to celebrate particular hitters that caught my eye.

The most talked-about hitters in the draft are Daz Cameron and Brendan Rodgers. They put on shows as expected. I knew they would be elite and they did nothing to diminish this standing. Therefore, I want to explore some of the less hyped hitters:

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Javier Baez's swing is striking, but how does it actually work?

Javier Baez and his Chuck Yeager bat speed are finally in The Show. I already examined him in one of the very first editions of Going Yard but time has passed, there is new film of Baez, and I have learned more about hitting. He might be my favorite hitter on the planet to watch so I couldn’t pass up putting him under the microscope once again.

The last time I looked at Baez, I examined his swing and broke down the bigger motions: his pronounced bat trigger and big leg kick. Very few hitters have one movement as extreme as either of Baez's, but he makes it work. Rather than look again at the motions themselves I want to dive deeper and explore how he makes them work inside the swing and how he could refine them.

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How did J.D. Martinez go from Astros waiver bait to Tigers slugger?

Here are some reasons why people will say J.D. Martinez’s season is a fluke:

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