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How hard would it be to add age to these charts? Would be helpful to those of us trying to target breakout possibilities in the 26-28 age range.
Thanks for the AL-only coverage.
Do we get a redo now that Dombrowski just moved four guys on this list? Or should we wait a couple days just to make sure he doesn't trade any more prospects?
I liked this article more than I should have. Nice work!
Control is throwing strikes. Command is painting corners. Price still has control of his pitches but when his command slips, the ball go far.
I love those "performance vs <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=PECOTA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('PECOTA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">PECOTA</span></a>" charts. Would love to see them for other teams.
I look forward to future articles with the "Teen Drama" tag.
"Insert Adverb Here" could be a pretty good band name.
"it’s named after the non-detestable player with the most career home runs"
You missed the part about non-detestable.
Always great to see your articles, Joshua!
Cron went for $14 in the LABR-AL auction. What do they know that we don't?
Is there a comment missing for Cecchini?
Regarding Moncada, do you seriously expect him to be starting in 2017? At which position?
I would love to grab him this season for $1 and then own him for only $11 from 2017-2019 (assuming best case scenario in my AL-only league) but, on the other hand, I don't want him taking up space on my 2016 roster if he's not close to playing in 2017.
Ugh. Is the AL that bad for catchers?
Extra points for making me look up the definition of "farrago".
Great stuff as always, Joshua.
Welcome to BP. Enjoyed the article. Looking forward to more.
Why do I feel like that AL West scout works for the Angels?
Glad to see you writing here again, Joshua.
Always love to hear what scouts are saying. I read this even when my favorite team's prospects aren't featured.
Anything on AJ Griffin?
Why do you think the D-backs forbid sliders and cutters? Do they think it's going to lead to fewer injuries among their staff?
Good stuff here. The GIFs make it a lot easier for me to follow the arguments in the article as well.
In my AL-only league, I thought I had a really strong rotation but I spent big on Rodon and Salazar anyway. Now I've lost Cobb and Parker (and Kluber is 0-5) and those other guys are needs, not depth.
In fantasy, as in real life, you can never have too much pitching.
I love these articles.
"couldn't touch the mid-90s if he were playing tag with Mobb Deep"
Golf clap for this one. Well done.
Anything regarding Gausman to the 'pen or Hardy being hurt?
Can you guys keep an eye on <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Brandon+Magee">Brandon Magee</a></span>? I'm curious to see how he fares in his switch from football to baseball.
I already had <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=59016">Avisail Garcia</a></span> at $14. Did you mean to move him up to $17?
I love articles like this. More, please.
Would love to see an article on hitters who are walking and not striking out, and pitchers doing the reverse.
"what we really need from our late-round picks is—you guessed it—value."
This. I need this in front of me at the end of every draft. Thank you for the reminder.
Thanks for this. Makes hunting for potential saves at the end of an AL-only draft a little easier.
Why such a low number of ABs for Jaso? Injury-related or no place for him to play?
Latest from Farrell is that (as of today, at least) Victorino is the starting RF.
Assuming Castillo is the CF, that doesn't leave any room for Betts, never mind Bradley.
Wait, you're telling me there's a 23 year old who's still working his way through the minors because he's not ready for The Show just yet? Thanks for the heads up.
What Prospectus disaster?
Glad to see you healthy and back here posting.
I love the Bat Signal. The more readers that remain confused by it, the more time the BP Fantasy Staff has for my questions.
From a fantasy standpoint, does it matter where Jaso plays in 2015? He's catcher-eligible no matter where they stick him.
Best of luck to you, Joshua. Hope to see another of your articles here soon.
Can't wait to use the Bat Signal again. Best part of the expanded Fantasy content, as far as I'm concerned.
I want to follow you around the Winter Meetings and I don't even want a job in baseball!
Great story. Thanks for sharing.
So what's your verdict on the 2015 version of Craig?
Can you run this analysis, or have you already and I missed it, for the Royals and Giants of 2014?
This is very useful stuff but I wonder if it would also be useful to go a level deeper and understand why you bid what you did, and why that worked/didn't work.
Sometimes my rationale for drafting a player is relatively simple, like "age 26-28, prime breakout years" or "had a great August/September last season" and it would interesting to see if those rationales were smart or not.
Not sure if you can break down your thought processes on players as easily as I can, most of the time.
So you're keeping Rubby at $10 in a 10 team AL-only league? You think he's going to be that much better next year to earn $10 and more?
Or you're only keeping him because you think you can flip him to someone else?
Good stuff. More like this, please.
Logan Morrison < Corey Hart?
Great stories, keep them coming.
This might be my favorite type of article. I love scouts commentary.
More articles like this, please.
Have you thought about giving a discount on the PDF version for those who buy the print edition? I like having the paper book but I do a fair amount of fantasy scheming at work and it would be nice to not have to cart the physical book around...
I enjoyed reading this. Love these inside looks.
"Cron has role-5 potential"
Remind me what this means again?
Thanks for this. Completely forgot it was here. Great tool.
I like the way you're now grouping the notable stat lines by game.
Does everyone really think Ivan Nova is that bad?
We all assume that the Sox would like to avoid paying the luxury tax this season so they can afford to next season. Why not pay it now, get Oswalt, and do 2013 on the cheap?
The answer, I assume, is that the Sox are planning on spending more cash next season. Does anyone know what they're planning on spending it on?
I like the visual display of what's hot on the blogs. Wonder if it's possible to edit out the name of the team and the blog, though?
If you remove Uehara from the equation, how likely is it that Mike Gonzalez gets a shot at beating out Gregg for the closer spot?
Or is he going to have to wait until Gregg does poorly and Buck needs a change?
I guess from a journalistic point of view, you probably should have mentioned that you edited out the questions, but from a reader enjoyment perspective, I liked that format a lot and would like to see more of it.
Thanks for this. Very interesting and entertaining.
Why so down on Erick Aybar? He is still young enough to have a little positive projection in him, yes? And perhaps his disappointing 2010 could have been at least in part related to his injuries?
Or am I just wishing it were so because he's my keeper?
Has CHB been relevant or interesting in any way since the Jurassic Carl years? I'm surprised anyone still reads his particular brand of curmudgeon-friendly crapola.
If we're talking strictly fantasy, Kubel beats Drew in every single category. I went back and re-read your comments on Drew in the RF article and you said you didn't like Drew's forecast but then you seemed to acknowledge he's going to miss a lot of time over the season.
So what is it that makes you still pick Drew over Kubel (or any of the next five guys below him, to be honest)? I appreciate that the difference here may be very fine but, on the face of it, Kubel's a no-brainer. Do you think Drew will miss less time than PECOTA predicts or that he'll produce more in his limited ABs?
Can we hear your opinion on Joey Devine, Will?
Love your Web site and glad to see you at BP!
45,300 Canadians died fighting the Axis in World War II. You disrespect their sacrifice by suggesting America fought the war all by itself.
It's ironic that you mention an earlier time when you grew up as being better than today. I'm fairly certain most people during that time were much more respectful of other people's opinions, unlike yourself. They weren't afforded the luxury of false courage that comes with Internet anonymity.
When I think about things "changing for the worse" today, I think of people like you well before people like Evan come to mind.
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Ever see a BBC show called Connections? In every episode, they look at the flow of history and show the connections. To cite just one example, how is the size of a nuclear missile silo connected to the width of an ancient Roman donkey's ass?
Considering how deftly Christina got us from a history of the 1920 Presidential election to potential mass suicides in Chicago around early April 2010, she must be a fan of the show as well!
I would have to agree with the posters who liked receiving the newsletter when the day's new content had been posted.
Has anyone ever looked at run support-neutral measures of pitchers similar to this? I don't know, something like Quality Starts?
I'm interested in your opinion of Dontrelle Willis now that he's close to returning to the big leagues.
Love the daily minor league update. Thumbs up.