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Friday, March 22

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

The Reds have some impact talents prepared to join a strong under-25 core.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Ranking Rivera

by Ben Lindbergh

Can the best reliever ever hold a candle to history's strongest starters?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Lies, Damned Lies, And That One Barry Zito Factoid

by Sam Miller

Baseball statistics are always trying to mislead you.

Pitcher Profile: A Prospect, a Non-Prospect, and a Blast From the Past

by Harry Pavlidis

The latest batch of PITCHf/x newcomers features a Dodgers minor leaguer and two members of the Dutch national team.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Dearth of Infield Depth

by Will Woods

The Dodgers may have a packed rotation, but it's a different story in their infield. It also looks like Aroldis Chapman's days as a starter are over.

Fantasy Article Raising Aces: Pulling the Pin

by Doug Thorburn

Which pitchers have most often sabotaged their fantasy owners' seasons with disaster starts?

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: ROI: Keeper League Edition

by Mike Gianella

Mike examines the merits of category dumping with two keeper-league scenarios.

Fantasy Mailbag: Profar or Taveras?

by BP Fantasy Staff

The fantasy team tackles questions submitted by you, the readers, via email.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, March 21

by Zach Mortimer

Brad Peacock's strong outing was one more step toward securing a spot in the Astros' rotation.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstops

by Paul Singman

This position has an obvious one-two punch at the top, but there are plenty of counting-stat bargains available late in drafts.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 165: The Worst Team to Work For/Baseball Without Outfield Fences/When to Give Up on Top Draft Picks/Would Mariano Rivera Make an All-Time Team?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the worst team to work for, what baseball would look like without outfield fences, when it's okay to give up on high draft picks, and how Mariano Rivera compares to top starting pitchers.

Thursday, March 21

Premium Article Top Tools: Best Hit/Power

by BP Prospect Staff

The minor leagues' best hitters for average and power.

Baseball Prospectus News: Dollar Sign On The Muscle Rides Again

by Dave Pease

The groundbreaking book about the world of baseball scouting returns to print this year.

Premium Article On the Beat: Sights of Spring

by John Perrotto

BP's resident beat writer runs through observations from the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, the World Baseball Classic, and touches base on the Reds and Braves.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Is Brandon Inge Worth 10 Wins Behind Closed Doors?

by Russell A. Carleton

An attempt to quantify the effect a good clubhouse guy has on his teammates.

Premium Article Skewed Left: The WBC and Dominican Demographics

by Zachary Levine

Did rooting against Team USA in the WBC make sense?

In A Pickle: Becoming an Empowered and Informed Member of Society

by Jason Wojciechowski

Jason learns about some guys that, we swear, exist on 40-man rosters.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Turnover in Miami

by Daniel Rathman

Jacob Turner's poor spring might have him ticketed for Triple-A, and the Giants might be working on an extension for Buster Posey.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 37: Custer Had a Plan

by Jason Collette and Mike Gianella

Jason is back and is joined by Mike Gianella as they talk about the depleting third base pool, Aroldis Chapman, concerns with Tommy Hanson, the latest installment of the ESPN top 500 list, Jason's NFBC draft, and what the two of them have planned for their Tout Wars drafts this weekend.

Wezen-Ball: A Plane Crash in Indianapolis

by Larry Granillo

The Indianapolis Indians have a long history in professional baseball. In 1929, the club's owner had an unfortunate accident.

BP Unfiltered: Tommy Hanson, Shaun Marcum, and Causes for Concern

by Ben Lindbergh

Why it makes sense to fret about about fragile pitchers.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, March 20

by Zach Mortimer

Although Collin Cowgill lacks the tools to be a first-division regular, he could see significant time with the Mets this year.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 164: Dan Evans on Being a Baseball Renaissance Man and His New Job with the Blue Jays

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to former Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Dan Evans about his history as a baseball renaissance man and his new roles with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Northern League.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Basemen

by Bret Sayre

The defending Triple Crown winner earns his own perch at the top, and the party might be over after tier three.

The BP Wayback Machine: Q&A: Rick Porcello

by David Laurila

Flash back to the first time Porcello competed for a spot in a crowded Tiger rotation.

Wednesday, March 20

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Undefeated Dominicans

by Ben Lindbergh

The Dominican Republic defeats Puerto Rico to win the World Baseball Classic.

Pebble Hunting: Watching Jered Weaver

by Sam Miller

Jered Weaver's arm slot might be back to where it was several years ago. What would that mean?

The Lineup Card: 11 Horribly Wrong Predictions We Have Made

Baseball Prospectus

The BP staff recounts some of its worst baseball predictions.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Angels Take a Backup Snyder

by R.J. Anderson

The Angels sign Chris Snyder, the Yankees pick Boesch over Diaz, and Guillermo Moscoso gets claimed.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Not Breathing a Sigh of Relief

by Daniel Rathman

Ryan Madson suffers another setback, and Matt Hobgood is converting to relief.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Tiered Rankings: First Basemen

by Josh Shepardson

The trio at the top won't make it out of many first rounds, but there are values to be found in lower tiers.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Basemen

by Bret Sayre

What once was a big three is now a lone star and two lesser studs; beyond that, the keystone pickings get slim in a hurry.

BP Announcements: Starting Pitcher Guide Available Now

by Paul Sporer

Paul Sporer & Doug Thorburn have released their 2013 SP Guide

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, March 19

by Zach Mortimer

The Dodgers' $42 million man is impressing evaluators and fans in spring training.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Saves Are Everywhere

by Jason Collette

Using data from recent seasons, Jason explains why drafters are waiting longer than ever to select their closers.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 163: All About the International Draft

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the rumored approach of the international approach with highly informed guest Jorge Arangure.

Tuesday, March 19

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Magic of Mondesi

by Jason Parks

Seeing something great.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Baseball's Great Unresolved Debates

by Zachary Levine

And you thought the DH debate was divisive.

Premium Article Punk Hits: Not Just Another Night at the Yard

by Ian Miller

On the ground at the WBC.

Baseball ProGUESTus: Roger Angell and The Benefits of Writing About Baseball

by Tim Britton

Springtime with Roger Angell, who doesn't feel bad about writing about baseball.

Premium Article Western Front: Pieces of Peoria

by Geoff Young

Spring training is an excellent time to lose sleep, catch up with friends, make your broadcasting debut, and see which players have good bodies.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks in the Rough

by Daniel Rathman

The Diamondbacks are nearing a decision on their number-five starter, and the Indians hope to extend two of their young position players.

Premium Article Out of Left Field: The More You Know

by Matthew Kory

What we hope we learned from Robinson Cano.

BP Unfiltered: The New Shifters

by R.J. Anderson

Which pitchers are sliding on the rubber this spring?

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, March 18

by Zach Mortimer

The Marlins' top prospect is flashing his offensive potential in Grapefruit League play.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers

by Josh Shepardson

The defending NL MVP is in a tier of his own, but there are plenty of intriguing options down below.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 162: Aroldis Chapman and Player Preferences

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Aroldis Chapman's role and how much control players should have over the way they're used by their teams.

Monday, March 18

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Eight Predictions About Mike Trout

by Sam Miller

None of which will be proven wrong.

Baseball Prospectus News: Replacement Level and 10-Year Projections

by Joe Hamrahi

A few announcements about fixes for and changes to our statistical offerings.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated

by Russell A. Carleton

Does separating starters of the same type in the same rotation make sense?

Premium Article Skewed Left: Spring Stats You Can (or Can't) Believe In

by Zachary Levine

Assessing the regular-season outlooks for six players who've played well this spring.

Premium Article Painting the Black: Occam's Rubber, Part II

by R.J. Anderson

Looking at another pitcher who found benefits in a small shift.

Premium Article Rumor Roundup: The Hole in the Plan

by Daniel Rathman

Dayton Moore's off-season dealings have left him without an adequate offense, and multiple teams are searching for back-up backstops.

The Week in Quotes: March 11-17

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

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Fantasy Article Five to Watch: The Top Prospect Edition

by Bret Sayre

A look at five erstwhile top 100 prospects that could have surprising fantasy value in 2013.

BP Unfiltered: Two Probably Unrelated Baseball Highlights

by Sam Miller

Al Barlick and Bobby Richardson; a GIF of a man falling down.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 161: Breaking Down the WBC

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Ian Miller about his WBC experience and the response to the tournament in the US and abroad.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Auction Values: Fifth Edition, March 18

by Mike Gianella

A slew of injury updates and a few uncertain closer scenarios take center stage in the latest auction values update.

BP Announcements: Name the Sequel to the Up and In Podcast...We Have a Winner!

by Joe Hamrahi

New Podcast Name Fringe-Average

Sunday, March 17

BP Announcements: David DeJesus Family Foundation to Host Celebrity Bartending Night

by Joe Hamrahi

DDFF announced that it will host the third annual "Celebrity Bartending Night," Wednesday, March 20 at American Junkie in conjunction with Issues Concerning Athletes

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