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05-19

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Player Profile: Joe Biagini
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05-16

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Minor League Update: Games of May 15
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05-12

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Minor League Update: Games of May 11
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05-11

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Player Profile: Aaron Altherr
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05-05

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Minor League Update: Games of May 4
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05-04

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Cheese in the Kitchen: A Darwinian Critique of Starting-Pitcher Height
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Wilson Karaman

04-28

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Minor League Update: Games of April 27
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04-25

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The Call-Up: Christian Arroyo
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

04-24

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Player Profile: Tyler Skaggs
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Wilson Karaman

04-21

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Minor League Update: Games of April 20th
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04-14

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Minor League Update: Games of April 13th
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Wilson Karaman

04-14

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Cheese in the Kitchen: On Bat Speed and the Prospects Who Have It
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Wilson Karaman

04-11

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Notes from the Field: April 11, 2017
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Wilson Karaman and Greg Goldstein

04-07

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Minor League Update: Games of April 6
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Wilson Karaman

04-07

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The Call-Up: Kyle Freeland & Antonio Senzatela
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

04-06

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Cheese in the Kitchen: The First One
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03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Boom, Boom, and Hope the Rest Don't Bust
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Wilson Karaman

03-30

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Wilson Karaman

03-30

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 30
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Wilson Karaman and Steve Givarz

03-24

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Hype Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

03-22

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Colorado Rockies
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Wilson Karaman

03-16

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

03-15

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 15
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Steve Givarz and Wilson Karaman

03-09

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Relief Pitchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

03-02

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Starting Pitchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

03-01

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Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 1
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Wilson Karaman and Steve Givarz

02-28

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Player Profile: Cole Hamels
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Wilson Karaman

02-22

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Notes from the Field: Cal State Fullerton v. Stanford
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Wilson Karaman

02-17

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Player Profile: Keon Broxton
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Wilson Karaman

02-17

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Outfielders on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

02-13

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2017 Prospects: PECOTA Takes on The 101
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Wilson Karaman

02-09

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Shortstops on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

02-02

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Third Basemen on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-31

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Player Profile: Josh Donaldson
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Wilson Karaman

01-26

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Second Baseman on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-25

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2017 Prospects: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-20

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2017 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-19

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: First Basemen on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-18

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2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

01-17

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Player Profile: Hanley Ramirez
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Wilson Karaman

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-06

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: OBP
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Wilson Karaman

12-22

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2017 Prospects: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects
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Jeffrey Paternostro, Wilson Karaman and BP Prospect Staff

12-15

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: WHIP
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Wilson Karaman

12-07

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Transaction Analysis: For Sale: Red Sox Prospects
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Ben Carsley, Adam McInturff, Jarrett Seidler, George Bissell and Wilson Karaman

11-30

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Stolen Base Over/Underachievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Career-Years and Old Upside
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Jeff Quinton, Wilson Karaman and Bret Sayre

11-22

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The ERA Over/Underperformers
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Wilson Karaman

11-15

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Minor League Update: Games of November 14th
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Wilson Karaman

11-15

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Home Runs: The Over/Under Achievers
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Wilson Karaman

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April 11, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: April 11, 2017

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Wilson Karaman and Greg Goldstein

Notes on the lower levels of the Diamondbacks and Rockies system, including Forrest Wall, Riley Pint, and more.

Wilson Karaman
Peter Lambert, RHP, Colorado Rockies (High-A Lancaster)


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April 7, 2017 8:28 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 6

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Notes galore from minor-league Opening Day.

Ahhhhh, it feels good to be back, baby!

Prospect of the Day:

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April 7, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Kyle Freeland & Antonio Senzatela

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

Breaking down the back end of the Rockies rotation.

The Situation: Coors Field is an unceasing, Kakfaesque nightmare for pitchers. It has the same gravitational resistance to big flies as the surface of Ganymede. You might as well be trying to grip a snooker ball when you break off a curve. But somebody has to take two-fifths of these starts.

The Background: Freeland was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of the University of Evansville, and used his advanced four-pitch repertoire to move quickly through the minors despite missing time in 2015 shoulder fatigue and bone chips in his elbow. Freeland wasn’t as dominant in the minors as you’d expect a pitching prospect of his pedigree, but he also didn’t encounter any real bumps in the road—on the field at least.

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April 6, 2017 6:00 am

Cheese in the Kitchen: The First One

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Bridging the worlds of scouting and fantasy.

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March 31, 2017 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: Boom, Boom, and Hope the Rest Don't Bust

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Wilson sticks with the two-stud approach, betting big on a couple of $40+ bats.

In the “My Model Portfolio” series, the fantasy staff will create their own team within a $260 auction budget using Mike Gianella’s latest mixed league Bid Limits for 2017. The scoring is 5x5 standard roto. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, 2 UTIL, and 9 P.

The Process

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Vin Scully is retired, but the Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, and all kinds of PECOTA love.

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March 30, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 30

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Wilson Karaman and Steve Givarz

Notes and video on potential day-one pick Keston Hiura, and others.

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Seth Romero, LHP, University of Houston
6-foot-2, rounded, dense frame, pretty physically maxed; quick through early progressions, can lack for consistent flow into leg kick; high kick, can get unbalanced, hips open early, struggled to sync with upper-half; yanked balls arm-side consistently at start of innings, struggled to make adjustments; deep arm action, above-average arm speed to low three-quarters slot, struggled to stay on time to consistent release point all night; front arm will come up, can pitch uphill; minimal effort, consistent foot strike, easy deceleration, clean finish.


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March 24, 2017 6:00 am

Five to Watch: NL Post-Hype Pitchers

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The prospect shine might've worn off these arms, but they're still worthy of your attention.

Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Atlanta Braves (ADP: 85th SP, 312th Overall)

It might be a touch early to label Foltynewicz a post-hype guy, but the former 19th overall pick has logged nearly 230 innings across parts of the last three seasons in the big leagues with a 5.46 DRA, so I’m going to assume there are enough skeptics in the room to warrant some discussion here.

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It's all about the gloves, man.

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March 16, 2017 10:45 am

Five to Watch: American League Hitters

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A handful of junior-circuit bats who warrant your attention.

Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit TigersIt feels a little like cheating to include Castellanos in this piece, as all signs were pointing squarely in the direction of full-throated breakout last year before his hand bone connected to a fastball and shattered in August. I wrote nice things in advocating for Castellanos to be the third baseman you target a couple months back, and since then his ADP has barely budged, even in spite of signals that he’s primed to hit second in front of Miguel Cabrera and Justin Upton.

Castellanos is and always has been a line drive machine, and while that continued last year he also posted a second straight year with a three percentage point jump in fly-ball rate, and he pulled more of those fly balls. The result was a guy who finished 26th out of over 600 registered big-league hitters in Adjusted Exit Velocity-based Predicted Runs (that’s Kris Bryant/Freddie Freeman territory, for reference). You marry an excellent pure hitter with a mature 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame and a more pull-happy, fly ball-oriented contact profile, and you’ve got yourself a real interesting hitter there, don’t you?

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March 15, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Draft Notes, March 15

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Steve Givarz and Wilson Karaman

Notes and video on Hagen Danner, Nick Pratto, and more.

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Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic High (CA)
Elite physicality, quick-twitch athleticism, has some growing into his body to do, can struggle at times—particularly in the field—to harness his quickness and strength; plus range at short, quick feet, top-shelf mobility, fielding actions will get a little quick and jabby, electric field-and-transfer, shows quality footwork around the bag; above-average arm strength, sloppy mechanics, below-average accuracy on the move; lacks innate smoothness and feel of a shortstop, athleticism to give it a go anyway; high leg kick, balanced off back side, simple load, creates torque, plus bat speed; lower half gets too quick, back knee will fold and he’ll lose his hips, becomes an arms swing; leverage to the pull side, bat speed and strength projection for above-average, potentially plus raw depending on how he fills out; advanced approach, flashes command of the zone, patient hitter, average or better hit and power tool potential; plus-plus runner, 4.04 from the right side, very quickly into second gear, stole second comfortably on a 1.27 pitcher and 2.0 pop; disruptive baserunner, aggressive, manufactures extra bases and pressures defenses.


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A deeper dive to find future fantasy assets at this position.

While actively refraining from dropping any Boyz II Men lyrics in here, I’ll instead note that we’ve come…a long way in our journey to the corners of organized baseball where the bright lights of Bret’s Top 50 Dynasty lists don’t shine. And for our trouble, we didn’t even get a lousy t-shirt, we got an article all about marginal and minor-league relievers. Weee! I tried to make what follows as helpful and potentially useful in some capacity as I could. And as always, if I didn’t mention one of the 8.6 million other relievers in the world that you happen to like, feel free to inquire within the comments. Bret’s Top 75 relievers can be found here, while previous pieces in this positional series can be found here:

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