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Jon KK
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Jon KK
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Thanks all! Always a fun read to see the picks and comments.

Mar 06, 2017 8:51 AM on 2017 Rounds 1-2
 
Jon KK
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Thanks. Just thanks for all the prospects hard work.

Mar 02, 2017 5:28 AM on Organizational Rankings
 
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In the list at the beginning and in the descriptions below that, Azocar and Jones are flipped.

 
Jon KK
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Monday, 6:30 a.m. Probably already the best read of the week.

 
Jon KK
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Sure, I get that. They do great with development. But that wasn't the written context of the paragraph.

 
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I was commenting in relation to you writing "Ranking Cardinals prospects is a fool’s errand." You then list four players, one of whom is not like the others. Gyorko never had an at-bat in the StL minor league system.

 
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"Minor" detail: <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66729">Jedd Gyorko</a></span> was not a Cardinals prospect (SD).

 
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Chase Upside would be an awesome prospect's name.

 
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Rollins has already been claimed off waivers from the Cubs by the Rangers.

Nov 24, 2016 7:51 AM on Lefty, Lefty, Lefty
 
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Thanks as always for the hightlights. Guerreri may indeed want groundballs, and won't want home runs, but wont is the word you want.

 
Jon KK
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Fun reading, thanks! Does <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=103751">Kyle Schwarber</a></span> (1:5) visit family in Nebraska? Otherwise, I'm not sure why he'd spend much time there catching. (I believe you meant Indiana.)

 
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The write-up on Urena is missing.

May 17, 2016 4:57 AM on May 17, 2016
 
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The Cubs low-A team has not been in Peoria since the end of 2012....

 
Jon KK
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Jarrett, thanks for the insightful write-up of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=100294">Dietrich Enns</a></span>. But I just don't believe that you caught two of his starts. ;-)

May 03, 2016 7:46 PM on May 2, 2016
 
Jon KK
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I think the opening paragraph is lodged about half way through, right above the <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=47493">Dexter Fowler</a></span> section. Or, perhaps more likely, the second half of the article got put first.

 
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Two-Star Value Pick has Perkins with the NYY.

Mar 08, 2016 4:07 AM on Relief Pitchers
 
Jon KK
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Superb ceilings and floors. "A windmill."

 
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Not to belabor the issue, but you're really going with what *was*. All *is* signs point to 3B (and almost assuredly for the longer-term) where there is also existing eligibility and where many folks playing fantasy will consider Rendon. To twist your line, Ranking solely on past main eligibility is a frustrating exercise, so also go with what is. For players with multiple eligibility it would seem preferable/more helpful to your readers to include such players in the rankings at *all* their 20-game positions and simply note something like "For further comments see the 2B rankings."

Feb 06, 2016 9:24 AM on Top 50 Third Basemen
 
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You cite both Mesoraco and Gomes as the #3 fantasy catcher in 2014. Long term, what's the thinking about <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66719">Willson Contreras</a></span>?

Jan 11, 2016 4:29 AM on Catcher
 
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That's a Muenster of a cheese line about K.Johnson.

Jan 09, 2016 4:38 AM on Too Many Cooks
 
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Ah, never mind! After the comment I realized it was also a link....

 
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The year of original publishment needs to be fixed. :-)

 
Jon KK
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Very interesting read, with great commentary on everyone's plans, thoughts and adjustments. Thanks!

 
Jon KK
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Love the "Fielder's Choice Combination" title.

 
Jon KK
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Thanks, Mike, for the rationales, perspective and insight.

 
Jon KK
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Applause for the headline writer.

Oct 30, 2015 1:47 PM on Green Is The New Black
 
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Love the Kingbird reference and the phrase "an unholy alliance of inconsistency." Thanks for the reports, Wilson!

 
Jon KK
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According to the box score for the game he went 3-5.

 
Jon KK
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Apparently a new market inefficiency BP is now tracking.

 
Jon KK
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There's a year typo on Stephenson, unless you're actually projecting a bad year. ;-)

Dec 09, 2014 5:23 AM on Cincinnati Reds
 
Jon KK
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I am struck by how many of the T10T25&U came from outside the TB organization. Are they better at assessing international and minor league talent than prospective first-year player draftees?

 
Jon KK
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Please don't put each write-up in quote marks. There's no need for that, unless each one was actually transcribed from an oral presentation. But that would be a weird way of collaborating with each other.

Sep 05, 2014 1:59 PM on Shortstops
 
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Sam who? ;-) Thanks for an enjoyable column Jason.

 
Jon KK
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Arismendy Alcantara isn't in the long-term picture? He's making Top 100 lists, immediately after Schoop on BP's, and (sorry, Darwin) isn't blocked.

Jan 27, 2014 5:27 AM on Second Basemen
 
Jon KK
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Great article and perspectives, thanks! A layout nitpick: With the ranking numbers there's no need for bullet points.

Jan 17, 2014 5:27 AM on Top 50 Catchers
 
Jon KK
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Awesome recap. Thanks! "Dumb luck is only dumb if you don't follow up."

 
Jon KK
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Seems like an excellent overview of an intriguing book. Thanks Mike.

 
Jon KK
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Plus Kyuji Fujikawa should be back from Tommy John surgery for the Cubs in the second half.

Dec 18, 2013 11:37 AM on Musical Closers
 
Jon KK
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Love the prospect debates. Thanks.

Dec 09, 2013 7:46 AM on Stroman vs. Sanchez
 
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Which would be hilarious (and we could probably use more baseball execs like that,)except that he capitalized it. ;-)

Dec 05, 2013 11:44 AM on Last Call for Paul
 
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*Rick* Renteria

Dec 05, 2013 8:03 AM on Last Call for Paul
 
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Rasmussen "has a release point (relative to his size) and a four-pitch mix." Missing word? :-)

Dec 04, 2013 7:20 AM on Kratz All, Folks
 
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Congratulations guys! May your strong work find a new level of reward.

Nov 22, 2013 5:21 AM on A Commencement of Sorts
 
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Thanks Paul. And Curtis looks very sweet.

 
Jon KK
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But from the other side, would the Rangers "settle" for players from the Cardinals if they could move Profar or Andrus in a deal for David Price?

 
Jon KK
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Keeping Wins also allows you to value the pitchers who give up 3 runs in a third of an inning to lose it for the starter, then get the Win themselves when their hitters score 3 in the next half-inning to retake the lead. That is a crappy win that does not value *anything* pitching-wise.

Jun 19, 2013 12:58 PM on Time for a Change
 
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vinny, vidi, vici

 
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Alphabetical would be fine. Or alphbetical by league or alphabetical in position and pitcher groups. Thanks for providing the snapshots for as many days as possible.

 
Jon KK
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Unless you were just being sneaky and making it six for the price of five....

 
Jon KK
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The article is missing the header for Hill's section.

 
Jon KK
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And don't forget that while a Cub, Ryan Theriot inspired the acronym TOOTBLAN -- Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop.

Feb 05, 2013 6:27 AM on Tuesday, February 5
 
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Sam penned the Delmon writeup. I'm amused by your comment about Delmon carrying "weight" -- several kinds.

 
Jon KK
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It's a Tufts job but somebody has to do it.

Jan 21, 2013 7:18 AM on Monday, January 21
 
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Ah, now I see. Great article Sam.

 
Jon KK
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Zobrist appeared in over 20 games at 2B, SS and RF last year. Great positional flexibility.

 
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I am not at all a Gorzelanny apologist and think that's a bit of an overpay, but if you want to note ERA, it's 3.79 over the last three seasons and was 2.88 this past year (and has dropped in each of the past four seasons). Different circumstances than Romero and Feliciano.

Dec 21, 2012 7:01 AM on Games of December 20
 
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Stu Pomeranz (Balt) will have back surgery and miss 2013. Roch Kubato says the Orioles are arranging the surgery for Pomeranz.

Dec 03, 2012 5:39 AM on All the Non-Tenders
 
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Thanks for the amusing if not interesting article, Sam. Maybe "BMG" (better for making GIFs)can become a new category.

 
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"Feckless Bats" would be a great fantasy team name.

Nov 13, 2012 5:49 AM on Tuesday, November 13
 
Jon KK
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Great stuff and an awesome addition. Thanks!

 
Jon KK
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Awesome article. Thanks much.

 
Jon KK
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Welcome, Jason. Thanks for sharing your obsessiveness.

Nov 01, 2012 6:09 AM on Games of October 31
 
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So humor us with another hitter or two from the Phoenix game. :-)

Oct 25, 2012 5:58 AM on Games of October 24
 
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Just one reason why Len and Bob are among my favorite baseball gamecasters.

 
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Note to self: Clever writing; but quickly scan future reports first to see if there's even a smidgen of actual baseball info.

 
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I'm interested by the total absence of Jason Castro on this list and in BP2012. I realize he's coming off a significant injury and on a bad team, but what about as a late round/$1 flyer or free agent pickup?

 
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That $1 surprised me as well. My first thought was I want to be in a league where I can get Anibal for $1. My second thought was, I'm not sure I do.

 
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A great, fun read Bradford. Thanks.

Feb 23, 2012 6:20 AM on Ode to a Terrible Stat
 
Jon KK
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Thanks for these articles. One note, in the Hosmer section: B.J. is Justin's *older* brother (by three years), which perhaps makes your point even better.

 
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Thanks, though, for going to the tribble of making that graphic.

 
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TOOTBLAN dates back to 2008, when Theriot exhibited the trait too often as a Cub.

 
Jon KK
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Love the "players to be named later" item.

 
Jon KK
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Rizzo still being rookie eligible, however, provides a completely different context for leagues with prospect keeper slots.

 
Jon KK
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It was a truly awful April. But after the first three or four of those starts you didn't reserve him until he got back on track? Unless the league doesn't allow roster moves you have some responsibility too. (And Dempster provided a 3.94 ERA and 1.37 WHIP the rest of the season.)

 
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Thanks Jason! Interesting and enlightening. I need to remember the high percentage of these pitchers who lose value. One further thought: Was there any correlation between players returning at least $1 in value and particular league members? That is, are some people better (or luckier, perhaps) at recognizing productive pickups?

 
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I can no longer recall who all has already been covered, so apologies if some of these have been: Ryan Braun -50, Domonic Brown, Marlon Byrd, Michael Cuddyer in Col., Alex Presley, Jose Tabata

Jan 11, 2012 6:38 AM on Outfielders for 1/11/12
 
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Oh, and starting chats on time....

 
Jon KK
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Nicely done. And Joseph Figlock is a true story!

Jan 03, 2012 7:38 AM on The Three We Missed
 
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Thanks Kevin. Appreciate the winter league updates while the AFL is also going on and you're working on the Top 11s.

Nov 02, 2011 10:28 AM on Wednesday Ten-Pack
 
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Great topic choice and good insights into Nolasco's performances Jason, thanks much. He's a fantasy enigma. I have Nolasco in two Scoresheet leagues where I wasn't sure whether or not to protect him for next year. Now I'm more convinced than before that I'm unsure....

Oct 24, 2011 7:04 AM on The Nuisance of Nolasco
 
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"Speaking of Guzman… In the cage, he never failed to disappoint, prompting me to proclaim him as the best 16-year-old hitter I’ve ever had the privilege of watching in person." You mean "he failed to disappoint" or "he never disappointed," yes?

 
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Kevin ranked him at #36 in his 2011 pre-season list, but he didn't make the mid-season top 50.

 
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(Yes, I can see the heights. Just referring to the captions.)

 
Jon KK
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No one is exactly 5-foot-9?

 
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Great compilation and summary of links, Mike. Thanks! But honestly, my first thought was you were taking a look at Rickie Weeks.

Feb 27, 2011 4:52 AM on Week Links
 
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The Cubs minors is not mortgaged now. SP, OF and MI are all areas of depth. Yes, top prospects were traded (I think HJLee could be the gem of the bunch), but there are more and some of them look good.

Jan 11, 2011 6:04 AM on An Honest Exchange?
 
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My reaction as well, re Getz.

Dec 02, 2010 6:58 AM on A Dirty Half-Dozen
 
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That's not Barry Bonds. The head is way too small.

Sep 17, 2010 11:25 AM on Is Ryan's Way Working?
 
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There is an Oswaldo Martinez, but he's a pitcher in the Cubs system. The Marlins SS is Osvaldo.

 
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Did Rosario find an ash grove or a maple grove to help his bat? ;-)

Nov 06, 2009 11:58 AM on