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06-02

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6

Closer Report: 10th Edition 2015
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Matt Collins

06-02

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2

Fantasy Freestyle: Who Is This Williams Perez?
by
Wilson Karaman

06-02

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1

Fantasy Freestyle: Coming Up Rosales
by
Nick Shlain

06-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Chris Young Enigma
by
George Bissell

06-01

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2

The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco
by
J.P. Breen

05-29

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12

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine
by
Wilson Karaman

05-29

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2

Fantasy Freestyle: Table-Setting Thieves
by
J.J. Jansons

05-29

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 57
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-29

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7

Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
by
Keith Cromer and Nick Shlain

05-28

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16

The Stash List: Seventh Edition
by
Bret Sayre

05-28

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3

Five to Watch: South Atlantic League Hitters
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-27

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21

Dynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: American League Central
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-27

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Deep League Report: Week Eight
by
Keith Cromer

05-27

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2

The Quinton: What Buyers Sell in Keeper Leagues
by
Jeff Quinton

05-26

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The Buyer's Guide: Josh Reddick
by
J.P. Breen

05-26

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8

Closer Report: Ninth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Two American League Outfielders of Interest
by
Nick Shlain

05-22

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4

Deep League Report: Week Seven
by
Keith Cromer

05-22

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2

Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-22

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3

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: 10 Players to Pick in May Supplemental Drafts
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-22

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2

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight
by
Wilson Karaman

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Rebuilding = Opportunity
by
J.J. Jansons

05-21

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19

The Stash List: Sixth Edition, 2015
by
Bret Sayre

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Revisiting the AL-Only Reliever Landscape
by
Nick Shlain

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early-Season Back-End Breakouts
by
Wilson Karaman

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Fluctuations
by
Jeff Quinton

05-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Evolution of Lucas Duda
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: AL-Only Adds, Part Two
by
Nick Shlain

05-19

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7

Closer Report: Eighth Edition
by
Matt Collins

05-18

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4

Fantasy Freestyle: In Search of the Next Joc Pederson
by
J.J. Jansons

05-18

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5

Free Agent Watch: Week Seven
by
Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-18

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4

The Buyer's Guide: Christian Yelich
by
J.P. Breen

05-18

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 55
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-15

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The Quinton: Strategy and Process: A Pseudo Mailbag
by
Jeff Quinton

05-15

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2

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven
by
Wilson Karaman

05-15

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Deep League Report: Week Six
by
Keith Cromer

05-14

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5

Fantasy Freestyle: Danny Salazar: On the Cusp of Stardom?
by
Greg Wellemeyer

05-14

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13

The Stash List: Fifth Edition, 2015
by
Bret Sayre

05-13

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The Quinton: Please Spend Your FAAB
by
Jeff Quinton

05-13

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13

Dynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: National League Central
by
Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

05-12

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5

Closer Report: Seventh Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-12

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Fantasy Freestyle: Finesse the Pitching
by
Nick Shlain

05-11

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6

The Buyer's Guide: Brian Dozier
by
J.P. Breen

05-11

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9

Free Agent Watch: Week Six
by
Keith Cromer and Jeff Quinton

05-08

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 54
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

05-08

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5

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Six
by
Wilson Karaman

05-08

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11

Deep League Report: Week Five
by
Keith Cromer

05-08

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3

Rotisserie-Style In-Season Valuations
by
Mike Gianella

05-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Changed Expectations
by
Nick Shlain

05-06

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Fantasy Freestyle: Hey, So What Happened to Jason Heyward?
by
Wilson Karaman

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June 2, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: 10th Edition 2015

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Sean Doolittle heads back to the disabled list

Last week, I said that Doolittle’s return from injury meant it was safe to drop Tyler Clippard in most leagues. I really hope you didn’t listen to me. After just one outing, Doolittle felt discomfort in his shoulder and will be shut down for two more weeks before starting another throwing program. This should give Clippard the closer role for at least three more weeks, if not longer. His team is struggling this year, his walks are way up, and his strikeouts are way down, so Clippard is certainly not a high-end closer option. With that being said, he’s still going to grab the save chances in Oakland, and that’s obviously valuable. Evan Scribner could be a sneaky add if you think Clippard’s performance will start looking more like his peripherals, as Scribner’s been phenomenal this year and is likely next in line for saves.

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June 2, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Who Is This Williams Perez?

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Wilson Karaman

Can the Braves righty sustain his hot start?

After a solid big-league debut against the Rays on May 20th in which his fiery mound presence stole the show, I spotlighted Perez as an interesting two-start candidate last week, and he responded with 13 innings of one-run ball and wins against the Dodgers and Giants. That brings his tally to 18 innings as a starter in which he’s allowed two runs while collecting 17 Ks. So who is this guy, and how much value, if any, does he have going forward?

An unheralded international signee out of Venezuela, Perez made his stateside debut as a 19-year-old in 2010. After a couple of seasons in Rookie ball, he’s been a level-a-year player as a solid-if-unspectacular rotation piece, with an arsenal built around a sinker/changeup combination that’s gotten him grounders and limited his vulnerability against left0handers. Over the past three seasons through High-, Double-, and Triple-A, he’s posted ground-ball rates north of 50 percent with a 3.61 FIP against lefties compared to a 3.20 mark against right-handers.

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June 2, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Coming Up Rosales

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Nick Shlain

Examining three junior-circuit bats who could help you in deeper formats, including Rangers utility man Adam Rosales.

It’s almost week 10 of the baseball season, so you know the drill by now. Here’s what I have to say about a few American League bats who should help in deeper formats.

David MurphyCleveland Indians

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June 1, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Chris Young Enigma

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George Bissell

No matter how you slice it, there isn’t anyone else even remotely like Chris Young in fantasy baseball.

It’s an exciting time to be coming aboard here at Baseball Prospectus. You’ve already heard from some new voices over the last few weeks in Greg Wellemeyer and J.J. Jansons, and I’m proud to be joining them in contributing the fresh, hot fantasy baseball content you’ve come to expect week-in and week-out.

Injecting a plethora of new faces into the fantasy rotation is just the tip of the iceberg. The entire fantasy team, which you have grown to know and love, is embarking on an exciting challenge with the brand-new Baseball Prospectus fantasy app. It’s the first of it’s kind and best of all, it’s free. In the latest edition you'll find:

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June 1, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Carlos Carrasco

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J.P. Breen

Has the Indians righty actually ascended into the elite ranks?

In the baseball world, it’s admittedly difficult to stay current on the latest and greatest advanced statistics. Moreover, at least for me, many of the advanced statistics serve as sobering reminders of my limited intelligence, which instinctively causes me to shy away from them.

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

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Wilson Karaman

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Oh, to be young and the owner of a National League ace this week. Chances are, if you’ve got one, he’s going twice in Week Nine. Between the true aces and the near ones, NL-only leaguers will have a full nine glorious, “safe” options at their disposal, while junior circuit riders will once again be left weighing options from a lengthy “consider” column.

Uncertainty persists as of press time in Oakland, where Scott Kazmir’s MRI yesterday will likely reveal a delayed next turn at the least and put the Oakland rotation slot @DET and @BOS into someone else’s hands. That’s not a great lineup, and with neither Gray nor Hahn—the two other guys in Oakland’s rotation I’d consider running here—anywhere near on turn, it’s unlikely this slot will yield much interest even in AL-only formats. It’s also unclear who will take the injury-ravaged Marlins’ two-start slot. I’m not sure that one much matters either, however, as we’re down to about the eighth or ninth guy on the Miami depth chart at this point, and a trip to Coors Field looms for whoever ends up stepping into the fire.

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Table-Setting Thieves

2

J.J. Jansons

Dynasty league owners should be taking notice of these leadoff hitters for their future stolen-base potential.

As power numbers have dwindled in recent years, dynasty owners have been focused on adding speed to their rosters in any way possible. Billy Hamilton stole 56 stolen bases in 2014 and finished as a top-50 contributor in virtually all formats, despite hitting .250 and compiling a sub-.300 on-base percentage. Hamilton’s 72 runs scored were not good enough to rank him in the top 60 hitters overall, so the vast majority of his value was tied to one category. Fantasy overlord Bret Sayre ranked Hamilton the 16th-best outfield dynasty commodity this winter, outlining the value that a top-flight base-stealer can add to a dynasty league roster.

As a dynasty owner, finding speed in the minors is often a tricky proposition. A prospect like Garin Cecchini can swipe 51 bases in Low-A ball in 2012 but fail to surpass 15 steals in a season as he’s moved up the latter due to the more advanced ability of pitchers and catchers to control the running game. That’s why it’s always important to listen to the great BP Prospect team to have them tell you who has elite speed and who is feasting on poor battery combinations in the lower minors.

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 57

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

Digging through the reader mailbag, and much more.

On the Podcast:

This week we dig through the mailbag and answer some listener questions—thanks for sending them in, keep it up! We talked about banked stats, projection systems, online data resources, and some pointers on how to handle trade negotiations. We also discuss potential buy and sell trade candidates in both leagues, with each of us highlighting a couple players of each kind in each league.

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May 29, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Nine

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Keith Cromer and Nick Shlain

If these players are available, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

12-Team Mixed

Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers

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May 28, 2015 7:28 am

The Stash List: Seventh Edition

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Bret Sayre

A new number one, yet again.

I went to a cobbler to fix a hole in my shoe. He took one look at my face and I’ve got some guys to stash for you.

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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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May 27, 2015 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: 2015 U25 Rankings: American League Central

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Byron Buxton and Eric Hosmer lead the way.

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