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October 1, 2013 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Pedro Alvarez

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Jeff Moore

Alvarez can be beaten, but does more damage to mistakes than almost anybody.

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October 1, 2013 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Jay Bruce

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Nick J. Faleris

Bruce does damage but will let the pitcher dictate the at-bat.

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October 1, 2013 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Brandon Phillips

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Nick J. Faleris

Lower-body injuries have changed what you know about Brandon Phillips' game.

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October 1, 2013 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Joey Votto

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Nick J. Faleris

Predictably, the league's best on-base threat has few weaknesses.

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The key to getting Andrew McCutchen out.

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October 1, 2013 12:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Shin-Soo Choo

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Ron Shah

Attacking the Reds' leadoff hitter and OBP extraordinaire.

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The scouting team rolls out a new feature just in time for the postseason.

When we started the eyewitness scouting series at Baseball Prospectus, which focused on our in-person evaluations of minor league talent, it was quite common to receive questions about the scope of the series, specifically if we any intention of expanding it to include major-league talent. At the time, I wanted to keep the focus on the minor-league side, maturing that series in the hopes of creating a product delicious enough to satisfy the prospect appetite of our target audience. As the summer rolled on, I started exploring a more comprehensive scouting experience for the site, and with the help of several industry contacts, started to build a construct of a new series, one focused on major-league players.

Using the basic framework of a major-league advance report, we wanted to take a recent seven- to 10-game sample—or around 30-50 at-bats—and break down what a hitter is doing, why a hitter is doing it, who a hitter is doing it against, and the means to exploit the weaknesses in the offensive profile versus both left-handed pitching and right-handed pitching. It’s a very labor-intensive exercise, and requires that we form a legally recognized union with MLB.tv, complete with rings and a precious ceremony, but the process has been the most rewarding experience I’ve had as a baseball writer. Breaking down every pitch thrown to a player over the course of the sample has taught me more about tendencies and ticks of a hitter than ever before, and even though it’s a different form of scouting that what I’m familiar with, it has made me a better evaluator as a result. I’m really proud of the process and the finished product, and it’s my sincere hope that you feel the same. Today we introduce the series with reports on Andrew McCutchen and Shin-Soo Choo.

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