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Sunday, June 26

BP Unfiltered: How To Celebrate A Walkoff Strikeout

by Sam Miller

What to do when the batter fails and the team succeeds?

Team Chemistry: Explaining the DRA-Beaters

by John Choiniere

The Cubs' pitchers are on a historical DRA-beating pace. Are there some factors that explain why some teams do this?

BP Mets: Be Better Than Jose Reyes

by Bryan Grosnick

Is it really worth making your fans root for a bad person for a half-win upgrade?

BP South Side: Baseball's Most Caught-In-Between Team

by Ethan Spalding

Where do the White Sox go from here?

BP Toronto: The Marcus Stroman Demotion Discussion

by Dave Church

The Blue Jays' 'ace' has been horrible. Is it time for something drastic?

BP Bronx: Is .500 Killing the Yankees?

by Nicolas Stellini

The trade deadline is approaching and the Yankees aren't getting any meaningful clarity.

Saturday, June 25

The Call-Up: Brandon Nimmo

by Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

His twitter handle is @you_found_nimmo. You're welcome.

Raising Aces: Command and Conquer

by Doug Thorburn

Notable performances this week from Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Wei-Yin Chen.

Premium Article The Call-Up: A.J. Reed

by Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

After burning through first baseman of the future in Jon Singleton and Tyler White, the Astros turn to A.J. Reed.

The Call-Up: Dillon Overton

by Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

It's Overton's window in Oakland.

The Call-Up: Chad Kuhl

by Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

Don't make the obvious Kuhl/cool joke. Don't make the obvious Kuhl/cool joke. Don't make the obvious Kuhl/cool joke.

BP Bronx: ARod's Lost

by Nick Ashbourne

A hamstring injury put Alex Rodriguez on the shelf, but it's been his approach that has ruined his return.

BP Wrigleyville: An 11-Man Staff, For Reasons Other Than Nostalgia

by Mike Banghart

The Cubs right now have a real case for an 11-man pitching staff.

BP Boston: The Unusual Danger in Upgrading

by Matthew Kory

If the Red Sox are going to improve at the trade deadline, the cost could be exorbitant.

BP Milwaukee: Breaking Down Jimmy Nelson's Struggles

by Seth Victor

The trajectory of Jimmy Nelson's career has taken a sharp turn downward in the past couple months.

Friday, June 24

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 24

by Matthew Kory

Gotta get down on Friday.

Fantasy Article Deep League Report: Week 12

by Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, June 23rd

by Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Thomas Szapucki, Josh Bell, Aaron Judge, and Nick Neidert.

BP Kansas City: Ian Kennedy Has A Home Run Problem

by Craig Brown

An oft-criticized offseason move has started to go sour in Kansas City.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 912: Three Teams on the Buy-or-Sell Bubble

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss their fatalistic feelings concerning Noah Syndergaard, banter about fun facts and Fernando Abad, and talk about impending trade-deadline decisions for the White Sox, Yankees, and Pirates.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Bargains and Busts, Midseason Edition

by Mike Gianella

Examining the players who've earned their fantasy pay to this point in the season and those who haven't.

Fantasy Article Player Profile: Zach Davies

by Jeff Quinton

A look at whether the Brewers righty can sustain his first-half breakout.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13

by Greg Wellemeyer

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

Prospectus Feature: Baseball and the Chinese Room

by Trevor Strunk

Good play on the field is not just indistinguishable from the qualities of the people playing, but homologous to it.

What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams?

by Nicolas Stellini

The Cubs are suddenly losing, the Mariners are seriously losing, and Zack Greinke moves up a special leaderboard.

Premium Article Weekly Wrap: June 24, 2016

by Will Haines

Kevin Newman, Ian Happ, and Austin Meadows lead a slew of promotions this week.

Premium Article Notes from the Field: Carolina League All-Stars: Batters

by Wilson Karaman and Adam McInturff

A look at the batters from the Carolina League All-Star Game, from the perspective of a single look, and the benefit of a half-season of play.

Thursday, June 23

What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises

by Demetrius Bell

Beltran continues his reboot, the Astros are bona fide hot, and Andrelton Simmons makes a play.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 911: Good Knuckleballs, Bad Ballpark Deals

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Professor Alan Nathan about the physics of knuckleballs, then talk to WFAA's Brett Shipp about his reporting on public funding for the Rangers' new ballpark.

Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 96: I Want To Say Schrimpf

by George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus take a deep dive into current fantasy baseball topics.

BP Unfiltered: How to Read a Canadian Leaderboard

by Sam Miller

Translating the unrecognizable French abbreviations for baseball stats.

Fantasy Article The Stash List: 12th Edition, 2016

by J.J. Jansons

The top two remain the same this week, but the top five welcomes an entrant who ranked outside last week's top 10.

BP Mets: What are the Mets doing with Michael Conforto?

by Jarrett Seidler

From soft platooning to hard platooning and now maybe injured.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 22nd

by Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Yoan Moncada, Charlie Tilson, Tyler Glasnow, and Christin Stewart.

Fantasy Article Dynasty Dynamics: Six Dynasty Prospects to Stash or Flip

by Ben Carsley

Examining a half-dozen minor leaguers who might be worth grabbing in your leagues.

The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System: Part 4: The Invisible Hand Holding the Baseball

by Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

Are front offices nurturing a garden where great new ideas can sprout?

Prospectus Feature: The Increasingly Lopsided Everybody-Wins Trade

by Aaron Gleeman

Fielder for Kinsler was supposed to be the fix for both teams' surpluses, but the 2016 season has put the clubs' returns in stark relief.

Players Prefer Presentation: I Care About All-Star Voting

by Meg Rowley

Which we're not supposed to do.

Premium Article Eyewitness Accounts: June 23, 2016

by BP Prospect Staff

Eyes on Tyler Jay, Miguel Diaz, Johan Mieses, Kevin Newman, and more.

Wednesday, June 22

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 910: Mike Trout's Identical Twin

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Steven Wright and knuckleball physics, then answer listener emails about the least interesting inning, the one-baserunner leash, an all-or-nothing Ichiro, Mike Trout's hypothetical twin and more.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 21st

by Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Aaron Judge, Conner Greene, David Dahl, and Cavan Biggio.

Fantasy Article The Fantasy Verdict: Duvall You Believe?

by J.P. Breen

Court is in session as J.P. evaluates a few reader-submitted trades.

Fantasy Article TDGX Transactions: Throwing the Kitchen Sink

by George Bissell

A look at the moves made by the experts in the TDGX dynasty league this week.

The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System: Part 3: The Rise of Ivy

by Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

The path to a front office job starts in the college application process.

Some Projection Left: What If Anderson Espinoza Had Been Draft Eligible?

by Christopher Crawford

When we say "Anderson Espinoza just got picked" you say "how high?"

Prospectus Feature: Groundballs Through the Decades

by Rob Mains

Did groundball pitchers have the same impact in the past that they do today?

What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?

by Emma Baccellieri

The Mets face the World Series champs again, but their starter gets knocked out by a line drive in the first. Meanwhile, Belt whiffs against a position player pitching, and an inside-the-parker that technically wasn't.

Tuesday, June 21

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 909: Vin Scully Meets Mount Rushmore

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Clayton Kershaw and clarify five-man infields, then discuss who would be on a baseball Mount Rushmore and dig through Sports Illustrated's archives to pinpoint what makes Vin Scully so great.

Fantasy Article Expert FAAB Review: Week 12

by Mike Gianella

A look at how the wise guys spent their money in expert leagues this week.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, June 20th

by Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Scott Schebler, Stephen Tarpley, Cody Bellinger, and Joe Jimenez.

Fantasy Article Five to Watch: Triple-A Hitters

by Greg Wellemeyer

Examining a handful of bats who could soon be knocking on the big-league door.

Fantasy Article Closer Report: Week 12

by Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System: Part 2: The True Cost of Interning

by Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

The path to a career in baseball runs increasingly through one very expensive toll booth.

Prospectus Feature: Goin' Down Slow

by Aaron Gleeman

Five years ago this summer, Jered Weaver signed a deal that would keep him in Anaheim through the rest of his prime.

Cold Takes: David Wright Is Not to Blame

by Patrick Dubuque

There’s no reason, no virtue attached, no matter how desperately we wish otherwise.

What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots!

by Daniel Rathman

The low-scoring slugfest between 1993's hottest expansion teams, and more from Monday's action.

Premium Article Notes from the Field: June 21, 2016

by BP Prospect Staff

Notes on Derek Hill, Isan Diaz, P.J. Conlon, and more.

Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle

by Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

Randal Grichuk plays himself back to Triple-A, Mat Latos wears out another welcome, and the Dodgers and Mariners make an intriguing minor swap.

Monday, June 20

Premium Article Eyewitness Accounts: FSL All-Stars

by Steve Givarz and Thomas Desmidt

A deeper look at the members of the Florida State League All-Star Game

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 908: Remember the Rays?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Santos Saldivar and discuss Tim Lincecum's comeback, two player demotions, and the decline of the Tampa Bay Rays.

BP Boston: Craig Kimbrel Is Still Unhittable

by Nick Canelas

Craig Kimbrel's first season in Boston got off to a rough start, but he's been his usual dominant self of late.

Fantasy Article The Buyer's Guide: DJ LeMahieu

by J.P. Breen

Are the Rockies second baseman's drastic home-road splits cause to move on from him in fantasy?

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of June 17-19

by Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Ian Happ, Phil Bickford, Reynaldo Lopez, and Austin Meadows.

The Perils Of MLB's Sorting System: Part 1: Where Do Front Office Workers Come From?

by Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton

The first in a four-part series about the path to working in a major-league team's front office.

Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter

by Tim Britton

'I always chuckle when I hear someone say, 'We're on a five-year plan.' Look out. Somebody's just trying to cover their ass. We're on today.'

Rubbing Mud: Can Ian Desmond Be The Last?

by Matthew Trueblood

The Rangers' star was a steal last winter--though how much of a steal we can't say.

What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time

by Ashley Varela

Tim Lincecum impresses in Angels debut, the Marlins pitch their way out of a shutout, and Jake Arrieta finds new and unsurprising ways to keep winning.

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 20

by Matt Sussman

The Hit List is the champion of the National Basketball League! The wait is over!

The Call-Up: Cody Reed

by Kourage Kundahl and George Bissell

The last piece of the Cueto deal to make the bigs might end up being the real prize.

Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 20, 2016

by BP Prospect Staff

Notes on Miguel Diaz, Joe Musgrove, Dalton Pompey, and more.

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