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07-02

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Five to Watch: Pitcher Batted-Ball Exit Velocities
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-25

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Five to Watch: Your High-A All Stars
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-18

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Five to Watch: 3-2-1 Contact!, Pitcher Edition
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-11

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Five to Watch: 3, 2, 1, Contact!
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Greg Wellemeyer

06-04

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Five to Watch: Midwest League Hitters
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Greg Wellemeyer

05-28

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Five to Watch: South Atlantic League Hitters
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-25

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Five to Watch: National League Position Battles
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Wilson Karaman

03-24

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Five to Watch: American League Position Battles
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Nick Shlain

03-18

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Five to Watch: AL Post-Prospects
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Wilson Karaman

03-17

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
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Nick Shlain

03-16

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Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers
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Ben Carsley

03-12

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Five to Watch: National League Starting Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

03-11

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
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Nick Shlain

03-10

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Five to Watch: NL Post-Prospects
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J.P. Breen

12-08

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Five to Watch: Fantasy-Relevant Winter Meetings Rumors
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Ben Carsley

11-12

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Five to Watch: More Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
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Ben Carsley

11-06

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2015
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Craig Goldstein

03-20

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Five to Watch: American League Post-Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-19

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Five to Watch: National League Post-Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

03-18

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Five to Watch: National League Prospects
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Bret Sayre

03-17

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Five to Watch: American League Prospects
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Wilson Karaman

03-13

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

03-12

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Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers
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Craig Goldstein

03-11

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
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Mauricio Rubio

03-10

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Five to Watch: National League Pitchers With Elevated BABIPs
by
Craig Goldstein

09-20

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Five to Watch: The Save Rush
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Craig Goldstein

09-16

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Five to Watch: Hot Corner Conundrums
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Ben Carsley

09-10

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Five to Watch: Injured NL Starting Pitchers
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Craig Goldstein

09-06

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Five to Watch: Would-Be, Could-Be Closers
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Craig Goldstein

08-28

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Five to Watch: September Call-Ups Unworthy of Your Immediate Attention
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Ben Carsley

08-27

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Five to Watch: Positive Regression Candidates
by
Craig Goldstein

08-21

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Five to Watch: Good Prospects on Bad Teams
by
Ben Carsley

08-19

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Five to Watch: Post-Hype Prospects for 2014
by
Craig Goldstein

06-07

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Five to Watch: Checking in on the Holy Trinity
by
Bret Sayre

04-18

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Five to Watch: Contact Watch!
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Bret Sayre

03-18

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Five to Watch: The Top Prospect Edition
by
Bret Sayre

03-13

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Five to Watch: Drawing Blanks
by
Josh Shepardson

02-22

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Five to Watch: National League Hitters
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Bret Sayre

02-20

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Five to Watch: Impact Arms With Unclear Roles
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Paul Sporer

02-15

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
by
Bret Sayre

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July 2, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: Pitcher Batted-Ball Exit Velocities

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Greg Wellemeyer

These hurlers are worth monitoring because of the pace at which their offerings leave opponents' bats.

Exit velocity is a common topic of discussion this year, with Statcast data becoming part of MLB's Gameday presentation and subsequently available via the indispensable Baseball Savant. Witnessing a Giancarlo Stanton home run in today’s environment means not just watching the physical spectacle of it but being instantly able to quantify how far out of the stadium he hit it and how much faster than Jayson Werth’s preferred driving speed the ball came off his bat. As though Carlos Correa’s .287/.309/.543 line as a 20-year-old isn’t impressive enough, our appreciation is enhanced by knowing that his average batted-ball velocity sits between those of a resurgent Albert Pujols and potential home-run king Todd Frazier.

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June 25, 2015 7:26 am

Five to Watch: Your High-A All Stars

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Greg Wellemeyer

Here's a look at five players who represented their teams and could help your dynasty team.

This is all-star week for several minor leagues and in addition to being fun exhibitions, the games provide a good opportunity to check in on prospects who are popping up or boosting their dynasty league values with strong first halves. I covered a few prospects in the South Atlantic and Midwest leagues already, so today I’ll focus on the High-A leagues.

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June 18, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: 3-2-1 Contact!, Pitcher Edition

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Greg Wellemeyer

A handful of pitchers whose values have changed because of rises or falls in opponents' contact rates.

Last week I profiled five hitters whose early-season changes in contact rate are changing their fantasy value. This week, it’s the hurlers’ turn.

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June 11, 2015 7:22 am

Five to Watch: 3, 2, 1, Contact!

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Greg Wellemeyer

These five players have noticed a change in their contact rate this year, for better or worse.

You don’t need me to tell you that the rate at which a hitter makes contact with the baseball is integral to his value but hopefully you do need me to tell you who is getting better and worse at it, because that’s what I’m about to do.

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June 4, 2015 9:35 am

Five to Watch: Midwest League Hitters

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Greg Wellemeyer

A handful of Low-A bats who are worthy of your attention.

Last week I wrote up five South Atlantic League prospects whose dynasty league stock is trending up thanks to strong opening statements in 2015. This week I’ll give the same treatment to their Low-A brethren in the Midwest League. Whereas I’m very familiar with the Sally, the Midwest is a collection of cities and ball clubs I know relatively little about, save what I pick up online. It’s important to admit that I haven’t seen any of these players in person yet, making my “don’t scout the stat line” caveat even stronger than usual. As I reminded you last week, and always will when discussing prospects, evaluating minor-league statistics should be done in tandem with reading reports from folks who have eyes on these players and the latter should prevail.

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May 28, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: South Atlantic League Hitters

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Greg Wellemeyer

A handful of Low-A bats who are worthy of your attention.

If you read my first couple of articles here, you might think I’m a guy who spends way too much poring over the leaderboards and trying to spot trends using Pitchf/x data. And you’d be right. Having grown up in a city with a Carolina League team, I’m also someone who enjoys minor-league baseball immensely. Like many of you, I play in all manner of dynasty leagues and enjoy prospecting as much or more than I enjoy digging through major-league data. Today I’m going to get back to my roots and cover a few youngsters.

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March 25, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Position Battles

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Wilson Karaman

The latest on a handful of competitions ongoing in senior circuit camps.

Yesterday, Nick Shlain wrote about some fantasy-relevant position battles in the American League, and today we’ll turn our attention to the senior circuit. Here are a few I’ve had my eye on.

Chicago Cubs 2B: Et Tu, Javier?

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March 24, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Position Battles

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Nick Shlain

Examining a handful of competitions that are unfolding in spring training.

Tampa Bay Rays SP: Nate Karns in the rotation to start the season?

Injuries to Alex Cobb (forearm), Drew Smyly (shoulder), and Alex Colome (pneumonia) have the Rays rotation in flux. Nate Karns, a 27-year-old right-hander acquired from the Nationals prior to last season, went from battling for the fifth spot in the rotation to being locked in after these injuries. Spring training statistics can be deceiving, but Karns has had a good spring (9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K in 13 1/3 innings) after he posted a 5.08 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 27 starts with Triple-A last season.

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March 18, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: AL Post-Prospects

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Wilson Karaman

A handful of former blue-chippers still worthy of your attention.

Since we’re deep in the thick of draft season right now I figured I’d use this space to focus solely on those non-sexy no-longer-prospect types who’ve shown some legitimate reasons for intrigue over the past twelve months. In case you’ve missed them, here are our previous articles in this series:

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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Hitters

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Nick Shlain

A handful of senior-circuit bats worthy of your attention.

Kris BryantChicago Cubs

Any prospect carrying a career minor league batting line of .327/.428/.666 would have a tough time flying under the radar at spring training, but the former number two overall selection in the 2013 draft has grabbed a load of headlines after swatting six home runs in his first eight spring games. It’s not that Bryant needed to prove his power against top competition or expectations on him for this season have changed much necessarily, but it’s likely that he’ll be taken off the board even earlier in drafts after this showing. His current NFBC ADP of 107, which ranks 10th among third basemen, was already more or less commensurate with his expected value this year. While the national headlines, fantasy helium, and baseballs are flying around in Arizona, not much has actually changed in terms of Bryant’s value.

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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Starting Pitchers

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Ben Carsley

A closer look at a handful of junior-circuit hurlers, including Kevin Gausman and Jesse Hahn.

In this sentence, I’m introducing the following internet fantasy baseball piece about five starting pitchers in the American League who are of personal interest to me at this moment, live from Arizona.

Kevin Gausman, BAL

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March 12, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Starting Pitchers

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Wilson Karaman

A handful of senior-circuit hurlers worthy of your attention.

In case you missed it, J.P. and Nick got our “Five to Watch” series started this week with looks at NL Post-Prospects and AL Hitters. Today we turn our attention back to the bump, and in a surprising turn it actually proved tougher sledding last year to find top-tier pitching talent in the senior circuit. Twenty NL pitchers returned at least $20 of NL-only value last season, with 37 topping the $15 mark. That stacked up a little light against the AL, where 24 hit the $20 threshold and 46 topped $15. So in the interest of helping you navigate these choppier-than-expected waters, here are five NL starters who, for one reason or another, fan the flames of my heart as interesting hurlers to keep an eye on.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP, Dodgers

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