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Friday, March 15

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Yankees' system isn't among the best in baseball, but its quality might surprise you.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Trending: Over the Top

by Doug Thorburn

Comparing the rotations of the Rays and Brewers reveals two organizations with drastically different philosophies about pitching mechanics.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Retaliation, and Pitchers Hitting Pitchers

by Sam Miller

Do pitchers have reason to fear stepping into the box after hitting a batter?

Pitcher Profile: New Arms of the World

by Harry Pavlidis

Harry uses PITCHf/x data from recent WBC games to evaluate five pitchers' arsenals.

Premium Article In A Pickle: To Communicate a Failure

by Jason Wojciechowski

Is there an appropriate way to talk about failure?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: On the Block, or On the Clock?

by Daniel Rathman

The Rangers seem to have a plan with Elvis Andrus' upcoming free agency, and the Indians have several options to round out their rotation.

BP Fantasy Podcast: NFBC Update

by Jason Collette

How ADP's are changing over the past 5 weeks

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 36: Part 2 of SP

by Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

Doug and Paul finish off the impossibly long list of starting pitchers just in time for drafts this weekend.

BP Announcements: MLB Roundtrip with Baseball Prospectus Resumes Sunday

by Dave Pease

Perfect Game joins BP on MLB Rountrip beginning this Sunday

BP Unfiltered: The Most Surprising Players with Statues

by Ben Lindbergh

Among the greats, some pretty goods.

BP Unfiltered: A Bad Framer, a Bad Call, and an Encouraging Stat About Umpires

by Ben Lindbergh

The pitch before the pitch that sent the Dominican Republic to the WBC semifinals.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 160: The Outlooks for Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss their expectations for Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay after their disappointing 2012 seasons and struggles this spring.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: 4x4 Versus 5x5

by Mike Gianella

Although 5x5 leagues are now the mainstream format, 4x4 circuits still exist, and they require a distinct valuation strategy.

The BP Wayback Machine: Do Spring Speeds Matter?

by Mike Fast

Can velocity changes in March and April reveal whether the radar gun will be a pitcher's friend or foe throughout the season?

Thursday, March 14

Premium Article Overthinking It: 15 Questions I've Been Asking Myself Since the SABR Conference

by Ben Lindbergh

Days after getting back from the SABR Analytics Conference, Ben's brain is still buzzing about the subjects discussed.

Premium Article On the Beat: One Giant Leap for the Roster

by John Perrotto

The Giants have kept most of their championship roster together, and notes on Roy Halladay, Bryce Harper, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Gomez, and Christian Yelich.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Backfields Notes: Texas Rangers

by Jason Parks and Jason Cole

We got a look at the Rangers' prospect-heavy intrasquad game in Surprise.

Premium Article Covert OPS: How to Make Winning the WBC Worthwhile

by Doug Thorburn

A simple proposal to increase the quality of WBC competition.

Pebble Hunting: The Evolution of World Series Celebrations

by Sam Miller

Chronicling the decline and fall of the subdued on-field celebration.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Royally Flushed

by Daniel Rathman

The Royals' rotation picture is becoming clearer, though the team is still clinging to all of its starters, and multiple teams are calling Brennan Boesch.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Brewers Lock Down Gomez

by R.J. Anderson

Milwaukee extends its center fielder and the Yankees sign Francisco, while David Cooper, Brennan Boesch and Guillermo Moscoso get released.

Fantasy Article Sleeper Alert: Three Arms to Target

by Paul Sporer

The Marlins, Mets, and Rangers each landed a right-hander on Paul's list of pitching sleepers.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 159: The Carlos Gomez Extension and the 2013-14 Free Agent Class

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the Brewers' Carlos Gomez extension and the increasing scarcity of impact free agents.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: 11 Things to Know/Have at Your Auction

by Bret Sayre

Bret gives you a step-by-step rundown of his preparation process for annual auctions.

Wezen-Ball: Happy Pi (Pi) Day, 2013!

by Larry Granillo

Celebrating the geekiest day of the year.

Wednesday, March 13

Premium Article Top Tools: Glove

by BP Prospect Staff

The minor leagues' best defenders in the infield, outfield, and behind the plate.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Saberizing the Gold Gloves

by Zachary Levine

Gold Glove voting is getting a statistical side. Is that something to celebrate?

The Lineup Card: 9 Bets on Vegas Over/Under Odds

Baseball Prospectus

By the end of the season, we will know whether the BP staff should be allowed near the bookies in Las Vegas.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Trouble at the Doc's Office

by Daniel Rathman

Roy Halladay had a disaster start yesterday, leading to questions about the Phillies' chances in 2013, and the Diamondbacks are shopping John McDonald.

Premium Article Sobsequy: Notable AL Minor-League Free Agent Signees

by Adam Sobsey

Which players from this year's crop of AL spring training invitees could catch on?

Fantasy Article Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 40 Fantasy Relievers

by Paul Singman

Craig Kimbrel leads off a list that includes all 30 projected closers and 10 setup men who could threaten their teams' incumbents.

BP Unfiltered: Hochevar Heads to the Bullpen

by R.J. Anderson

Can the former No. 1 pick right the ship in shorter stints? Maybe.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 158: Combining Bad Teams/Blocking the Plate/The 26-Man Roster

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about how many games a team formed from the three worst teams in baseball would win, whether catchers (and non-catchers) should be allowed to block the plate, and expanding active rosters.

Fantasy Article Five to Watch: Drawing Blanks

by Josh Shepardson

An oft-injured Padres slugger is among the quintet of players Josh is monitoring this week.

Wezen-Ball: Globicide, or Murdering a Baseball

by Larry Granillo

The definition of one of the best moments in any baseball game.

BP Unfiltered: I worry what you just heard was give me a lot of Tim Wallachs. What I said was give me all the Tim Wallachs you have.

by Sam Miller

Give me all the Tim Wallachs you have.

Tuesday, March 12

Overthinking It: The Not-So-Secret Sabermetrics of Marketing

by Ben Lindbergh

At the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, the Indians introduce a new sort of sabermetrics, without some of the usual secrecy.

Baseball ProGUESTus: The Tyranny of Acronyms

by David Murphy

Is the dispute between statheads and those who prefer traditional metrics mostly a matter of semantics?

Premium Article Out of Left Field: The Letting Go

by Matthew Kory

Degree of greatness doesn't always correlate to the ability to say farewell.

Premium Article Painting the Black: Reality Show

by R.J. Anderson

MLB The Show 13 isn't flawless, but it continues to get impressively real.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Airing the Dirty Laundry in Flushing

by Daniel Rathman

Once again, the Mets have a starting pitcher with a beef, and the Dodgers might not be quick to sell on their bevy of starters.

Premium Article Western Front: Rime of the '83 Mariners

by Geoff Young

It's the 30th anniversary of the 1983 Mariners. The good news: The 2013 Mariners shouldn't be as bad. We think.

BP Unfiltered: Two Unrelated Baseball Highlights

by Sam Miller

Joe Ferguson, Roy Halladay, and baseball highlights.

BP Daily Podcast: Every 2013 Team Preview Podcast in One Place

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

A listing of all our 2013 podcast team previews.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 157: SABR Analytics Conference Recap

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Ben's trip to Phoenix for the SABR Analytics Conference, covering the sabermetrics of marketing, clubhouse chemistry, knuckleballers, bullpen usage, the WBC, Kyle Lohse, and other topics along the way.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Alex Cobb's Rising Auction Value

by Jason Collette

The Rays righty has become a popular breakout candidate, but there are reasons to temper short-term expectations.

Monday, March 11

Premium Article Top Tools: Arm Strength

by BP Prospect Staff

A look at the best cannons in the minor leagues and the signs evaluators use to spot them.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Backfields Notes: San Diego Padres

by Jason Parks

Ten impressive arms in the Padres system.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Maybe I'm Wrong

by Russell A. Carleton

Are sabermetricians too willing to blame their own mistakes on bad luck?

Transaction Analysis: Extending to Business

by R.J. Anderson

The Cardinals and White Sox make long-term commitments.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The End of First Basemen?

by Sam Miller

First basemen had a collective down year in 2012. Why was that, and will it last?

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: The Battle for the Keystone

by Daniel Rathman

The Padres and Cardinals are attempting to find creative solutions for their second-base voids, and Rick Porcello might have solved his lefty woes.

The Week in Quotes: March 4-10

by Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Fantasy Article Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects: Part Two: 51-100

by Bret Sayre and Josh Shepardson

Bubba Starling is the best of the rest, as Bret and Josh take you through the second half of their dynasty-league prospect rankings.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 35: Part One of Two

by Jason Collette, Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

Jason and Paul are joined by Doug Thorburn to break down the 1st half of their starting pitchers list.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Auction Values: Fourth Edition, March 11

by Mike Gianella

Matt Kemp moves up and fellow Dodger Carl Crawford moves down, among many other shifts in this week's update.

Friday, March 8

Raising Aces: Under the Gun

by Doug Thorburn

Which pitchers have lost velocity over the past few seasons, and why?

Premium Article Overthinking It: Ready For Their Close-Ups?

by Ben Lindbergh

Looking at some first-time starters in 2013 to see which ones will stick.

Pebble Hunting: Baseball, the Internet, and the Ease of Accuracy

by Sam Miller

Why the internet is the greatest threat to baseball stories that stretch the truth.

Rumor Roundup: Cold at the Corners

by Will Woods

The Yankees lack options at first and third base, and the Cardinals are now down a shortstop, but the Dodgers could soon be wheeling and dealing.

Painting the Black: Where America's Imports Play

by R.J. Anderson

The United States produces the most major-league starters, but there are exceptions.

Pitcher Profile: Four Growing Giants

by Harry Pavlidis

The 2012 World Champions stopped by the Royals' facility in Surprise last week, providing our first PITCHf/x view of four prospects' stuff.

Fantasy Freestyle: What Your Auction Dollar Gets You

by Mike Gianella

Mike breaks down the returns on recent LABR auction investments and puts a popular auction theory to the test.

Tater Trot Tracker: Hanley & the World Baseball Classic

by Larry Granillo

Hanley Ramirez got into mid-season form with his tater trot against Venezuela in the first round of the World Baseball Classic.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 156: 2013 Season Preview Series: Colorado Rockies

by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Rockies' season with Geoff Young, and Pete talks to MLB.com Rockies beat writer Thomas Harding (at 16:42).

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 80 Fantasy Starting Pitchers, Part Two: 41-80

by Paul Sporer and Jason Collette

Paul and Jason take you from Homer Bailey to A.J. Griffin, with 38 other pitchers in between.

Minor League Update: Games of March 7, 2013

by Jason Martinez

Notable prospect performances from March 7, 2013

The BP Wayback Machine: Passion

by Joe Sheehan

A day of games at the inaugural World Baseball Classic was enough to convert one skeptic.

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