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08-28

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pain Don't Hurt
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Jason Parks

07-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Steven Matz
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Jason Parks

06-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Mock Draft 2014
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Jason Parks

05-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Brandon Nimmo
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Jason Parks

05-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Re-Introducing the Eyewitness Scouting Series
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Jason Parks

05-01

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Mookie Betts
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Jason Parks

04-30

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Scouting Fortitude
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Jason Parks

04-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

02-26

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2014 Organizational Rankings
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Jason Parks

02-25

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

02-21

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

02-18

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: New York Mets Top 10 Prospects
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02-14

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

02-12

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Miami Marlins Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

02-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

02-05

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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02-03

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-31

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Baseball Prospectus 101: Just Missed the Cut
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Jason Parks and Mauricio Rubio

01-29

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-27

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Top 101 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-23

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-17

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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01-15

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects
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01-13

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-10

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: An Evening with Brian Kenny
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Jason Parks

01-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

12-20

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

12-16

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

12-11

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Baltimore Orioles Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

12-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

12-02

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-27

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-18

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-15

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-13

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-11

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-04

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-01

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The 2013 Baseball Prospectus Prospect Rankings Primer
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Jason Parks

09-12

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: On the Rise: Hits and Misses, Part One (American League)
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Jason Parks

08-01

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Top Ten Prospects Traded at the Deadline
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Jason Parks

07-17

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Futures Game Recap: On the Surface of the Sun
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Jason Parks

07-02

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Scouting Notes: New Britain vs. Reading
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Jason Parks

06-27

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Gettin' Down With the Futures Game Rosters
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Jason Parks

06-25

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects
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Jason Parks

06-04

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Poll the Industry: Sano vs. Buxton
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Jason Parks

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The White Sox system isn't near the top yet, but it's rising.

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The A's have one elite talent, but the rest of the system shows potential for growth.

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November 11, 2013 6:00 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects

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Even with promotions and trades, the Rangers remain loaded.

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Help is very much not on the way for the Angels.

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After a series of promotions, the Mariners' organizational depth is thin, but the future is still promising.

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Carlos Correa tops a deep farm system.

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Once again, Jason and his team begin an enormous journey. Here's what you'll get, and how best to enjoy it.

It’s that time of year again, when the failures of all but one team are forgiven and the dreams of a better tomorrow supplant the stinging agony of defeat. Please allow me to sell you hope, packaged in promise, tied with a bow of unlimited possibilities. I know of a player who can solve all your problems and keep your sleep patterns regulated, and if you buy a subscription to Baseball Prospectus you can read about that player. I’m a prospect prognosticator: the Zoloft salesmen of baseball. How may I comfort you?

In all seriousness, prospect rankings aren’t about selling hope or compartmentalizing a future joy to lessen the ennui of the offseason months; rather, prospect rankings are pop-up art shows, galleries of photographs that capture a particular moment in time. Not to lessen the appeal or diminish the importance of the work, but snapshots don’t have lungs and they don’t crawl to land and evolve over time. Rankings throw a net over a designated slice of the calendar, and then shine a bright light on the apprehended prospects. But the ebb and flow of player development has a chance to wash away any static snapshot when the mood sees fit, and the player who was cast in a starring role is quickly reduced to the fringes of the spectrum. The hope that was sold in the fall often confronts the reality that exists in the spring, and by the following fall, hope has officially transformed to helplessness.

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Reviewing our performance in identifying each AL organization's preseason sleeper.

One of the truisms of baseball is that everybody loves a good sleeper prospect, a player standing in the shadows of an organization’s top 10 just waiting to take a step forward into a brighter light. Whether or not we accept participation in one of the basic tenets of our social construct—that coolness is best served before the taint of ubiquity expands and dilutes the original item or action originally classified as cool—jumping on the bandwagon before that bandwagon becomes a city bus is the class signifier of sports fandom.

Going into the 2013 season, each individual team list featured an “On the Rise” section where these under-the-radar types were profiled and projected. Scouting introspection is an important part of the evaluation process, and looking back on the hits and misses of the 2013 sleeper class could encourage more debate and discussion about our process and methods of evaluation. I stress that it’s not about the pompous desire to be right, or the sententious stance against being wrong; rather, it’s about the [individual] player finding production on the field in the midst of a schizophrenic developmental process, and about our investigative approach to finding the prospects that are ready for those positive developmental steps. Anybody can pick three young names out of a system and sell the dreams of their sunny tomorrow. But dart throwing isn’t a process, it’s a parlor trick, one made more remarkable through the magic of alcohol and casual lighting. When the goal is depth, it’s important to understand where to dig and why to dig rather than just using Google searches and stat lines to unearth the dirt.

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Ranking the prospects who changed teams at the deadline.

The forecast called for a prospect-heavy deadline, with rumored deals involving proven major league talents like Cliff Lee and Jake Peavy who were expected to fetch some big names in the minor league world. However, the main haul in the Jake Peavy trade turned out to be young, major league ready talent, not names that appeared on the mid-season top 50. And despite a lot of words getting wasted on the possibilities, the Cliff Lees of the world were not turned into prospect treasure.

This led to a very lackluster deadline, with the Matt Garza trade responsible for moving around the most impact talent, while the majority of deals were centered around fringe prospects or relief arms that aren't easy to get excited about. While the book isn't written on any of the players, the minor leaguers who changed hands this summer are unlikely candidates to change fortunes, and without the dream of a high ceiling or high impact, it's hard to sell the reality of average-at-best skill-sets to fanbases that were anticipating a brighter tomorrow. I tried to anyway. Because I'm a good person.

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Jason Parks highlights his favorite performances, and what he loves so much about the Futures Game.

After nearly two weeks on the baseball road, which included stops in the Eastern League, Carolina League, and Sally League, I finally found myself back home in New York, weary from the travel and homesick for my home, but alive inside because of the events taking place in the borough to my immediate north. The Futures Game is the core of our molecular cloud, the thermonuclear fusion that makes us shine. We stand in the collective glow of their futures, and watch them inch toward the realities their skill sets suggest; major leaguers of tomorrow gathered on one field, the preface of a book yet unwritten. Simply put, this is the best day of the prospect year, a grand celebration of what is present and what is plausible. It’s awesome to witness the birth of a star.

The sun was intense at Citi Field, appropriate heat given the intensity of the event and our proximity to the source of the heat. I arrived early, already beaten down by transit. I love the G train. It’s the friend you never wanted who shows up late, drinks too much, doesn’t pay his tab, and then vomits on your girlfriend in an awkward attempt to kick game. The inconsistency is remarkably consistent.

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Putting eyes on Miguel Sano, Maikel Franco, Jesse Biddle, and others.

A four-game set between New Britain (Twins) and Reading (Phillies) was just what the heart needed: an occupational vacation to the resorts of the Double-A level, sipping radar gun readings on the beaches behind home plate. New Britain is a casual little town in the middle of Connecticut, slightly southwest of Hartford, and slightly southwest of being a city I ever want to find myself in again. But the action on the field swept me away, and the Rock Cats’ staff were some of the friendliest people I’ve encountered on the minor-league scene, so I will no doubt find myself on an Eastern League holiday again very soon. Here are some observations from the experience.

New Britain Rock Cats

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With rosters for the Futures Game released, Jason looks at the players he's most excited to see on a big stage.

It needs to be remembered that the Futures Game is not your standard all-star game, where the most worthy for inclusion are recognized for their first-half production or promise. While it’s certainly true that the rosters are thick with frontline talent, the roster limitations (two players per team; some could have three depending on the lucky winners of the fan vote), positional necessity and nationality help shape the selections. Ex: Carlos Correa is candidate for inclusion via the MLB fan vote, but was not included on the initial roster. Jordan Lennerton is on the initial roster. He’s a 27-year-old first baseman in Triple-A. He’s also Canadian. Life isn’t always fair.

Let’s take a quick journey through the rosters, looking at the impact talent that I’m most looking forward to watching.

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