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A picture is worth a thousand words - see how teams stack up by position at a glance with Visual Depth Charts!

There are two products at BP that use the name "Depth Charts." Here's a quick explanation of the differences, and a reminder that one of them is Visual Depth Charts (complete with Visual Year-to-Date stats).

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How to get all of our preseason player projections in one place.

Note: this piece was originally published on July 11, 2013.

Welcome back to another installment of Feature Focus! I’m your host, Richard Kiley. (We spared no expense.) This week, I want to talk to you about the PECOTA Weighted Means Spreadsheet.

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The Sortable Statistics feature offers some powerful data-mining features unavailable elsewhere.

The Sortable Statistics at Baseball Prospectus offer the ability to dig up data on players and teams as introduced in articles on the site and in books over the years. Most of this data is available for all the years for which it's possible to compute it, which can be delved into by selecting custom reports that mine the various databases. The easiest way to get introduced to the reports is via the "stock" options, each of which is available via a link when clicking "Statistics" on the navbar at the top of the page:

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The Team Audit page has many facts you need to know about a team, all in one convenient location!

One of the oldest offerings at Baseball Prospectus is the Team Audit, handily available from the home page by selecting a team and clicking "Audit Team." Doing so for the top team in the list (organized alphabetically), it's immediately apparent that this page is chock full of a wide variety of information:

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Depth Charts are the first glimpse many get of PECOTA projections, but they offer much more information.

Fantasy players are used to looking at depth charts and seeing the players who are most likely to stand on the field in the following game for a given team. At Baseball Prospectus, the depth charts have long meant something more—a representation of expert opinions on who will play for each team at each position for the remainder of the season. While this doesn't help fantasy hyperactivity so much—for that, we offer the MLBDepthCharts section of the site—it provides the mechanism to best determine how a team will do the rest of the way (or all season long, when viewed before the season starts). On that note, the starting Depth Charts page is actually a listing of projected team performance by division, as predicted by PECOTA forecasts for the various players.

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The Hit List Factor and Adjusted Hit List Factor explained.

This is the city, Baseball Prospectus, The Internet. I work here. I carry a spreadsheet. My partner’s Bill Gannon. My name’s Wyers. We were working out of Feature Focus when we got a call about a Daily Hit List.

Let’s look at the navigational options first:

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See the latest transactions, and filter all transactions in recent years by any number of criteria.

On the surface, the Baseball Prospectus Transactions Browser appears to be just another list of transactions—which, while useful, you could find in plenty of other places. But the Transactions Browser is much more than that. Here's the default page:

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More tricks available using the most sophisticated stat-tracking tool available on the web.

On our ongoing guided tour of features and utilities available at Baseball Prospectus, we'll pick up where we left off in our Team Tracker walkthrough last week, with my NL-Only Yahoo roster having been quickly and easily entered into Team Tracker. Notice that the default display statistics are interesting, but perhaps not exactly what's needed for a given purpose—such as my Yahoo league, which uses Runs, RBI, SB, OBP, and SLG (instead of batting average and HR, giving two rate stats for batting, as there are for pitching). To see these different categories, simply click on "Change Display Statistics" while viewing a stats report (there are different stats displayed—separately selectable—for projections). This brings up a page where various stats can be selected or deselected for either batters or pitchers:

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A walkthrough of all the info available on BP's player cards.

It’s time for another episode of Feature Focus! Now this is the last time we’re doing the home game… I know, I know.

Oh, wait, that’s the episode of Press Your Luck where TV game shows were broken forever. Instead, we’re going to talk about the BP player cards. A key note is that I’m showing off the full cards, including subscriber-only features, so if you don’t see all of these things, you may want to get yourself a subscription.

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A guided tour of the most sophisticated stat-tracking tool available on the web.

The Baseball Prospectus Team Tracker is the most sophisticated stat-tracking tool available on the web. But that doesn't mean it has to be complicated to use. Starting at the beginning, when you click on the Team Tracker page for the very first time, an empty report is presented to you, as such:

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A guided tour of BP's financial tools.

Welcome to another installment of Feature Focus. I’m your host, Colin Wyers. When last we checked in with our intrepid he… oh, sorry, wrong spiel. The point of Feature Focus is to put a spotlight on what’s available at Baseball Prospectus and help guide you around.

With the trade deadline coming up soon, a lot of people are going to be wondering about player salaries and contracts. We have two products that can help with this.

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The tool for tracking the current top prospects, reviewing prospects from past seasons, and following your team tracker teams across all levels.

Welcome to the inaugural post of Feature Focus! We've spent years building useful baseball products, and we've found that some readers and subscribers are unaware of some of the many great offerings available at Baseball Prospectus. In this series, we'll be highlighting some of those features as a reminder of what you may have been missing. We're kicking things off with a fairly new addition to the site: Prospect Tracker, which gives BP users a convenient method of monitoring the progress and performance of baseball's top prospects.

Prospect Tracker was announced early in 2012, and some new features were added this season to make it even more powerful.

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