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I LOVE the replies that add more lines from last night for info as much as I hate the replies that add a line and get upset their favorite guy didn't get mentioned.
Which is to say, a lot. Good stuff here, PH.
HOOK IT TO MY VEINS!
So glad to have this back.
This is my "homework" weekend for getting my values done for my 4/1 draft. I'm glad to see these today. Essential as always, Mike.
I'd keep CC, but it's close.
I enjoy this series every year. Good stuff.
Mike is a clear standout in the very crowded field that is fantasy baseball analysis.
Great work as always, I look forward to this every year. They have become essential for me as I prep for my drafts.
I don't want my time refunded, but do feel you owe me for a new keyboard. I spat coffee all over mine at "MGL."
Much better this than "don't bother with this guy" a dozen times, like you said.
Thanks for injecting some levity into a dull system.
My fantasy valuations this year are almost entirely based around HR-to-stabbing ratio.
I watched <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=256">Jon Lieber</a></span> throw a one-hitter in something like 1:45 at Wrigley one day, but was there for like 6 hours due to rain delays.
Great stuff, Scooter. This has become a go-to resource for me for my NL only prep. Thanks.
My BP sub would be worth every penny if this were just a fantasy site. That it's only one arm of the overall operation makes it like stealing.
Looking forward to the always excellent work from Mike and crew.
"He doesn’t look like his father"
Maybe not the body type, but that head shot shows the bloodlines for sure.
The Good: Love this series and am happy it's back and in good hands.
The Bad: Seeing 2000 DOB on guys makes me feel so very, very old.
My face is sore from smiling. I feel hungover and didn't drink a drop (though I'll be a one man victory parade this weekend). I'm so happy. That was so worth it.
Aaron, quick update on this game- The Cubs won.
Ha, seems wasteful to deploy the extra body in right, though.
1. As always, love these pieces.
Looks like Cotton really has the touch, the feel.
Steen's career isn't going anywhere until he changes his name to Owens and powerbombs Devers.
Love this series, great work as usual.
<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=102940">Magneuris Sierra</a></span>, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=27600">Boog Powell</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=100404">Franchy Cordero</a></span> are all at least plus-plus on the name tool.
Thanks for this.
SSS and all, but seeing Eddy and Eloy here the last couple of days is exciting.
I always forget how much I enjoy the MiLU until it's back each spring. Good stuff.
Good call on Salem.
Good stuff, love this series.
It might lack the sexiness of the last couple of years, but given what the Cubs have graduated, it's still nice seeing the 50s all the way down at the 10 spot on the list.
Great job on all of these by Mr. Crawford and the entire crew. I've said this before, but each loss BP takes, someone steps up and maintains or improves the quality of coverage. It really is second to none. Great stuff.
Was trying to do my NL-only reliever valuations last night and was getting frustrated. This will be incredibly helpful. Good stuff, thanks.
If Castro counts as one of the young guys, then Rizzo and Heyward are the same age, and they're out there every day. Ditto Bryant and Russell, and Schwarber on most days. Soler might feel the brunt of this, but Baez hasn't shown that he's going to live up to his billing, and that was showing even before the new influx of talent.
CJE is a pen arm, Almora isn't ready for the bigs and Dex is only here for one year, and has questions about his offensive profile anyway.
Bottom line- I'm very happy with the way the Cubs have handled the young players, in large part. The Cubs have a strong case for the best roster in the league and are still very young almost everywhere.
Terrific as usual, Mike.
We're going to start seeing "2000" next to DOB very soon and I'm going to have to go cry for a full 15 minutes. 1998 for Espinoza? Man, I'm getting old.
Greinke basically said exactly that when signing with the Dodgers. I've read rumors that he was unhappy there so maybe he's telling the truth again.
WHERE'S <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=CHRIS+DAVIS">CHRIS DAVIS</a></span>?!?
Oh, yeah, nevermind.
Coming on the heels of the Jays' system, the lack of IMDB-level Glamour shots in this system really shows through.
"We're not selling jeans here.....although....now that you mention it...."
Not trying to rouse the ghost of <a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/author/jason_parks">Jason Parks</a>, but- seeing a role 8 on a guy gives me tingly feelings all over.
WHERE'S <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=CHRIS+DAVIS">CHRIS DAVIS</a></span>?!?!?!
(sorry, couldn't help myself)
Bret- all the qualifying in the world at the beginning of your portion won't save you from #CubsTwitter
I'm going to need the balance of the day to decide if that's the best or worst headline ever. There's really no in-between.
You'd be hard pressed to find a fantasy-specific site that provides this amount and depth of content (not just this article, I mean the whole ball of wax), let alone a site that dives deep into analytics, prospects, etc.
This year's fantasy content is looking incredible guys. BP is one of the easiest luxury purchases for me to justify, year in and year out. Thanks for all the work.
Not a terribly exciting group, but the first one of these that wasn't depressing. Great work as always from the BP team.
Love the series as always, although that was a depressing list to read.
I really hope the Cubs do a bit more than what you're predicting. Good stuff, though.
Best of luck to you, Jeff. Enjoyed your work here.
Put Paps on the trading block for months
And told them all to convince me
They told me the demands were crazy
Now I'm stuck him him and Chase Ut-ley goddamn you.
Always thought "Just a Little Heat" by the Black Keys would be good.
"Preller traded his table..."
Ha, great line.
<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=101145">Tito Polo</a></span> has to be at least a 70 name.
Donger from ADDY RUSS, too.
I feel like I can subtract one from my usual number of cups of coffee each morning one of these articles pops up on my screen. Probably my favorite series on BP, great stuff as always.
Soooooooooo....DON'T draft <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=69095">Harold Castro</a></span> in dynasty leagues?
As a Cub fan, I'm ecstatic for this news. It's just gravy that most of the writers working there I'm already a fan of.
Removing my fandom, I can't fathom why anyone would be upset with the creation of more content that you're not under any obligation to read if you don't want to.
Keep up the great work, and the Wrigleyville site looks fantastic.
Enjoyed this article. Fun stuff.
I'm not sure which is more stunning about the Kershaw graph:
a. the graph itself, or
b. that the QS isn't also maxed out.
That thing is borderline pornographic.
Thanks for all the work you guys put in each year on the prospect stuff. Great as always.
I have serious doubts of the usefulness of any of those guys in AL-only leagues.
Agreed. We're getting 16 guys per team once you count On the Rise/Factors. I'd rather get this type of in depth info about the real prospects than get a shallower look at more guys who have a lesser chance of being big league factors.
Great stuff, guys. I had some of the same questions that others have asked, so thanks for taking the time to reply in the comments.
Thanks for keeping the prospect coverage at the same insanely high level that we're accustomed to. Keep up the great work.
The U25 list is pretty impressive, even if the prospects are less so.
Man, as a BP reader this stings.
As a Cub fan, F YEAH!
I've read/subscribed to BP seemingly forever, and each time I think a loss is going to sting, more amazingly talented people step up and the product becomes even better. That's a huge testament to the people that leave that they leave the place better than they found it. Keep up the great work.
To whom do I need to speak about getting someone from BP to cover my medical bills after injuring myself fainting?
Signed- A Cubs Fan
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the prospect coverage here is insanely ridiculous right now. Love this coverage.
Great work, Jeff. Love having the minors update back on a daily basis. A daily highlight to read.
Dangit! I had a hard enough time keeping tabs on my minor leaguer obsession, and now BP has gone and made me start reading about HS and college players. Great work.
That's great to hear.
From last year's report:
Overall Future Potential: High 6; first-division/all-star potential
Realistic role wasn't a section in these then.
I asked last year and I'll ask again-
How dare you not pick (guy I would have picked) for the best all-time tool? Are you nuts?
Just sent out a bat-signal and got an answer back in a matter of minutes. I'm going to love the new plan.
This article terrified me as a Cubs fan.
Glad to hear! Sounds like the Bat Signal alone with be worth upgrading, for me at least.
I just re-upped a couple days ago for the premium, too. Will I be able to pay the difference and upgrade to Super Premium?
I've been waiting for this since the series started, and wasn't disappointed. I realize that not all of these guys are going to pan out, but that's still a lot of talent.
I just want to comment (again) about how much I like the depth of fantasy coverage this season. I subscribe to BP mainly for prospect and fantasy coverage and those two areas have gone to new levels recently. Thanks to everyone involved and keep up the good work.
Love all the fantasy content. Great work, looking forward to the other positions.
Looking forward to reading your work, gents. Welcome.
I'd re-up every year for just the prospect coverage. All the other stuff is just bonus. Looking forward to this always excellent work.
Enjoying these updates. The MiL Update is one of my favorite features and I'm happy to have it back.
Wow, I'd say these are outstanding results. Good work.
Love the updates on the recent draftees. Thank you.
Any info on Corey Black? Or we will get something on him when it becomes official?
Thanks for the breakdowns!
Good work as always, Zach. These have become a daily highlight to read.
I got legit pumped up to see a sub-17 trot.
Happy to see the increased frequency of articles from the Professor on BP. Good stuff.
80 comment here
I'm not sure if I could forget whiffing 6 times in a game.
I trust your opinion on Hawkins, but Shiner Bock is awesome.
How dare you not choose (guy I would have chosen) for the all-time tool?!?
Yes, I didn't mean to exclude the rest of the team in my comment above. Great stuff by all of you guys.
Matt Garza not even one star?
Outstanding stuff in your first year doing the prospect lists, Professor. Here's to many more.
Really enjoying this series and the format.
I agree with the Angels trio being the best, but am I crazy to think that Votto/Bruce/Phillips (or Choo)warrant some consideration?
I'd argue that nothing put more butts in the seats than winning than a guy who can run fast and do little else.
I sure as #@$% wasn't ponying up to see Tony Campana hit the basepaths (and I realize he's not as fast as BH).
I'm eager to see Hamilton as much as anybody, and I'm "buying" him as a prospect. But, he's gotta hit a little to have value.
The humor in grammar-nitting then randomly capitalizing antecedent isn't lost on me, fwiw.
Just FYI- your first sentence on Rendon is missing an Antecedent, it makes it look like you're talking about Profar's college career and injury history.
Really enjoy this series, thanks again.
It still looks like the players in both tables cost more in LABR, where the wording indicates that the 2nd group cost less in LABR than CBS.
I like the new format and "jargon" just fine. I've come to like them better than the previous formats, and that's not a slight to those. I don't think 'average run' is something that should be considered over anybody's head. Especially when the primer is posted at the top of each.
Keep up the good work, and please realize that there are myriad people out there that appreciate your hard work and the style you bring to it.
Love seeing these breakdowns, they usually come from a helpful BP commenter. Thank for doing the legwork for us this year.
Also, got my book yesterday, and it's wonderful as usual.
Great work. Excited to see two Cubs in the top 20.
Excellent stuff. This is the type of fantasy content I was hoping BP would add. Thanks for the hard work.
I had high expectations when we were told Jason was taking over this series. He, and the rest of the BPers that put in work on the prospect end, have exceeded those expectations. Well done.
Yeah, that's an 80 name.
Well done as always, Jason. But, as a Cub fan, this article made me a bit ill.
Very cool addition. Thanks for this.
I like the new top 10s. Great work, Jason.
Enjoyed the article, glad to see the prospect content here is going to continue to be excellent.
Very happy to see that these will continue. Great job, Bradley.
If KG wrote about one guy every Monday, and suddenly switched up and wrote about 10, people would find a way to complain about that, too. "I pay for in-depth analysis, blah blah blah..."
I enjoyed the article, thanks Sarge.
*once or twice
I say it once a twice a baseball season, at least, but it bears repeating. This column is something I look forward to every day. Thanks for the good work, Sarge.
Picked it on Tuesday, so far my 7-week old has not allowed me to play it.
Good show. It would be awesome if you could have Law and Callis on more often. That was a great segment, IMO. I could listen to the three of you (and the Professor) talk prospects all day.
Is there a reason some people don't show up? I can't see Mesoraco, for instance.
Absolutely love this style of article. Cool stuff.
Thanks! That's excellent.
Is there a way we can add the ability to jump directly to the comments for articles that appear in the middle column, as we already can for articles that appear in the Blogs sidebar?
I like that cover, too.
Any chance of placing a dollar value on each of those categories at which the player is keepable?
Cool idea for an article, enjoyed this one.
I really don't feel that Victorino is worth keeping in an AL-only league.
Glad to have these back. One of my favorite series of articles of the year, anywhere.
Just watched on DVR; good work, Jay.
This series is always a highlight of the offseason. Keep up the good work, KG.
(Scurries to find Javier Baez's DOB)
Awesome idea, I've often wondered about all of those things.
Seeing "Cubs" by Hak-Ju Lee makes me profoundly sad.
Sad to see you go, Marc.
I'd like to see the Pitch f/x data on balls 1 and 3. They both look like they caught a chunk of the plate.
I'll take the under.
I've said it before, but this is something I look forward to every day, and it never disappoints. Thanks for the good work, Kevin.
I have to constantly remind myself that I shouldn't root against Cowgill just because his name reminds me so much of Colin Cowherd.
I'm sure this has been asked (and answered) before, but do you record trot times for every home run? If so, is there a master list?
Good stuff, I always look forward to these as well.
Good article, but I'm sort of glad that my league isn't this deep.
I'd agree with your assessment about the back-end players. I've managed to mess with the settings enough to make my values look about right, but my league has a different roster configuration- we only start 15 players per day.
My NL-only auction is Saturday, this was a fun read.
I really enjoy the content Larry has added to the site. Good work, it's always a fun and interesting read.
Good deal, I thought my brain was broken for a bit.
Josh Johnson didn't lose any days to injury last year?
Love all the new features, PFM is better than ever.
One thing I do miss, though, is the feature that told you what your max bid was based on your roster size and players remaining. It's not that hard to figure out on my own, but it was a nice touch.
The improvements more than balance this out for me, though.
I accidentally left the settings to MLB and it showed Pujols @ $50, which feels about right for my draft. However, when I changed it to NL-only, it bumps him down to $39, any idea why?
Excellent, can't wait.
That's more than 20 words!
Love the fantasy content on BP. Won a highly competitive NL-only league last year and BP was my only go-to resource. Thanks to you and the other guys for your hard work.
The Minor League Update is something I look forward to reading every day. Thanks for the good work, Kevin.
I don't find the hitting too hard at all. Love The Show.
How much higher would Dunn rank in a league that uses OPS instead of BA?
I had no issues with the old way, and really like this new system. I appreciate all the good work you do.
Good stuff, as always. Future Shock is one of my favorite features on BP, always look forward to it.