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Friday, June 1

Overthinking It: Bryce Harper's Brain is a Neural Net Processor

by Ben Lindbergh

How and why pitchers have dealt with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout in dramatically different ways, and how Harper has already adjusted.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Twitter, Mike Trout, and Mark Trumbo

by Sam Miller

Does anyone actually believe Albert Pujols isn't the Angels' best player?

Premium Article Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: Slot Machines

by Doug Thorburn

Doug issues Mechanics Report Cards for four pitchers who throw from high arm slots: Clay Buchholz, James McDonald, Johnny Cueto, and Joe Wieland.

Transaction Analysis: Roy Oswalt Finds His Contender

by R.J. Anderson

The Rangers sign an aging pitcher while the Rockies let an ancient one go.

Fantasy Article Weekly Planner: Week 10

by Paul Sporer

Another round of two-start pitchers awaits fantasy players this week.

Fantasy Article Resident Fantasy Genius: Adding Injury to Injuries

by Derek Carty

If you're unlucky enough to have a player injured, why should the pain by compounded by inflexible rosters?

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, June 1

by Corey Dawkins

The disabled list claims a couple more All-Stars.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, June 1

by Matthew Kory

Everything the Rays do is just so smart!

Future Shock Blog: Updated Mock: 1-15

by Kevin Goldstein

Phone calls change everything.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Yasmani Grandal

by Kevin Goldstein

The Padres have a new catcher, and here's what to expect.

Future Shock Blog: Mocking, Teasing

by Kevin Goldstein

A quick look at where the Top 10 picks on Monday might pan out.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 31

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for May 30 & 31: Barney's walkoff, Big Papi, and Curtis Granderson.

Wezen-Ball: A Guaranteed Draft Return?

by Larry Granillo

A hypothetical question as we get ready for the draft next week.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 6: Pot Meet Kettle

by Jason Collette and Paul Sporer

Jason and Paul review the stars falling like flies, the ESPN Franchise draft, rookies on their way, and your emails

What You Need to Know: Friday, June 1

by Daniel Rathman

Carlos Gonzalez's hot streak against the Astros isn't even the best of his career.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Adam Jones' Unusual Breakout

by Ben Lindbergh

Adam Jones' power spike hasn't come with any newfound patience. Does this mean the Orioles will regret extending him by six years?

The BP Wayback Machine: Taking a Step Back, Part One

by Kevin Goldstein

Bone up on the basics of scouting before the draft.

Thursday, May 31

Premium Article Future Shock: Top 30 Draft Prospects: Part Two

by Kevin Goldstein

Kevin runs down the remaining players who are good enough to go in the first round of this year's Amateur Draft.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: St. Louis Cardinals

by Jason Parks

St. Louis might not have Pujols, but they do have some prospects whose worst case scenarios are still pretty good.

On the Beat: Fireballer in the Hole

by John Perrotto

Dusty Baker feels that Aroldis Chapman's best use right now is as Cincinnati's closer, and a conversation with Jesus Montero.

The Lineup Card: 10 Things We Learned in May

Baseball Prospectus

Taking a look at some of the big lessons learned in the season's second month.

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 5/31/12

by Paul Sporer

Homer Bailey and Dillon Gee get the Sporer-style VP treatment this week.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Thursday, May 31

by Corey Dawkins

Matt Kemp might be heading back to the DL after re-aggravating his hamstring injury.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, May 31

by Matthew Kory

Josh Hamilton is nearly twice as likely to hit a home run as he is to draw an unintentional walk.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Alex Castellanos

by Kevin Goldstein

The Dodgers bring up their Triple-A second baseman, and here's what to expect.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Andrelton Simmons

by Kevin Goldstein

What to expect from the Braves new starting shortstop.

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 30

by Kevin Goldstein

The delayed breakout of Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and notes from around the minors.

What You Need to Know: Thursday, May 31

by Daniel Rathman

The Mariners raised the anchors and sailed to victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.

BP Unfiltered: About 3-, 4-, and 5-run saves

by Sam Miller

Hisashi Iwakuma did something weird Wednesday night, but that's not the weirdest part of this.

Wednesday, May 30

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Decline and Fall of the Texas Rangers

by Sam Miller

The Rangers are great, but some day, the Rangers are going to be terrible. How will the end come?

Premium Article Future Shock: Blocked Prospects

by Kevin Goldstein

The laws of physics dictate that two objects can't occupy the same space, as these blocked prospects can attest.

Manufactured Runs: Who Gives a Shift?

by Colin Wyers

Is the shifty Brett Lawrie truly the amazing fielder that some defensive metrics claim he is?

Premium Article Punk Hits: 2012 National League Upfronts

by Ian Miller

Baseball's Cousin Oliver, baseball's do-gooder cartoons, baseball's sadistic game show, and the most soap-opera name ever.

Premium Article Prospectus Game of the Week: Memorial Day Sale

by R.J. Anderson

Admire the beauty of two of the game's best young left-handers pitching exactly like two of the game's best young left-handers.

The Platoon Advantage: On the Padres, Cycles, Supercycles, and Pseudocycles

by Bill Parker

No Padre has ever hit for a cycle, but as far as interesting achievements go, they've done much better.

Fantasy Article Value Picks: Relief Pitchers for 5/30/12

by Dan Mennella

A number of closers graduate, and Dan digs deep for replacements in this week's VP.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Wednesday, May 30

by Corey Dawkins

A pair of aces are put on the shelf.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 30

by Matthew Kory

There are signs of life in the AL West.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 29

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for May 29: Willingham's walkoff, Soriano's tender trot, Bourn's razor-edge.

Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 29

by Kevin Goldstein

A bounce back season from White Sox outfielder Jared Mitchell and notes from around the day in the minors.

Wezen-Ball: The Anniversary of a Streak

by Larry Granillo

Thirty years ago today, Cal Ripken, Jr. began something very special.

What You Need to Know: Wednesday, May 30

by Daniel Rathman

Dan Haren's most recent starts have provided a sharp turnaround from his early-season slump.

Tuesday, May 29

Premium Article Future Shock: Top 30 Draft Prospects: Part One

by Kevin Goldstein

It's still early, but a lot of potential 2012 draftees are still in the mix to go in the Top Five picks.

Premium Article Bizball: Inside the 2012-16 CBA: The Luxury Tax Meets the Draft

by Maury Brown

Our first look inside the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Jonny Venters and What a High BABIP Looks Like

by Ben Lindbergh

Every bloop, bleeder, and swinging bunt that has contributed toward the Braves setup man's .458 BABIP in 2012.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: San Francisco Giants

by Jason Parks

Between the weather, the Mythbusters, and Full House reruns, life's pretty good in San Francisco. But that doesn't mean their top prospects can't fail like the rest of us.

Baseball ProGUESTus: No No-No, No Cry

by Craig Glaser

No Mets pitcher has ever thrown a no-hitter? How unlikely is their no no-no streak, and how many no-hitters would we expect them to have?

Premium Article Western Front: Attending to Center Field

by Geoff Young

How much does the success of a team dictate attendance? The Dodgers and Diamondbacks' narratives are still being written.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Montero Puts Down Roots

by R.J. Anderson

The Diamondbacks extend Miguel Montero, and the Cubs welcome back Carlos Marmol.

Fantasy Article Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/29/12

by Michael Street

As the fires from countless Memorial Day barbecues cool off, Michael looks at who's hot this week among corner infielders.

Premium Article Collateral Damage Daily: Tuesday, May 29

by Corey Dawkins

The Brewers might have caught an injury curse.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, May 29

by Matthew Kory

Three days until June and the Orioles are still in first place.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 28

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for May 28: 45 HRs around the league, including Trumbo's walkoff, Zimmermann's shot, Soriano's trot, and Rottino's sprint.

Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 28

by Kevin Goldstein

A pop up name in the Red Sox system and notes from around the minor leagues.

What You Need to Know: Tuesday, May 29

by Daniel Rathman

A brutal eight-game losing streak has taken the Atlanta Braves from first to worst in the NL East.

Monday, May 28

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 27

by Larry Granillo

The trot times for May 27: a bomb from Paul Goldschmidt; Matt Treanor beats out Bryce Harper.

BP Announcements: We'll Be Back Tuesday

by Ben Lindbergh

BP takes Memorial Day off and remembers Bob Neighbors, the last major leaguer to be killed in combat.

BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at the Big A - June 16, 2012

by Joe Hamrahi

Baseball Prospectus stadium tour reaches Anaheim

BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Visits Citi Field - June 2, 2012

by Joe Hamrahi

Ballpark tour continues at Citi Field

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