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Saturday, April 20

Premium Article The Call-Up: Allen Webster

by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Red Sox summon a groundballing righty to face the Royals.

BP Unfiltered: Who's on First, Jean Segura Edition

by Colin Wyers

The better question is why.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 20, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 20, 2013.

Friday, April 19

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Search for the Missing Steals

by Sam Miller

Stolen bases are down so far this season. Why?

Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/19

by Ben Lindbergh

The best missed and stolen strikes of the week, and the best and worst backstops so far.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Trending: National Grade

by Doug Thorburn

What role have mechanics played in the Nationals' strong starting staff?

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Waking Sleeping Giants

by Daniel Rathman

The Giants' rotation is off to a sluggish start in 2013. Tonight, Carlos Gonzalez will attempt to break his hitless streak against Ian Kennedy.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 19

by Matthew Kory

We made it, everybody. We made it to the end of the week! (Unless you're a major-league baseball team. Keep playing!)

Pitcher Profile: Rookie Rotation Arms

by Harry Pavlidis

Harry examines the stuff used by four first-year starters, including Jose Fernandez.

Fantasy Mailbag: Matt-for-Matt?

by BP Fantasy Staff

This week's edition begins with a question about trading Matt Cain for Matt Moore, and tackles many other topics.

BP Unfiltered: The Startlingly Selective Yuniesky Betancourt

by Ben Lindbergh

Has Yuniesky Betancourt left his free-swinging ways behind?

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 18

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 18: Todd Frazier does good, Yovani Gallardo goes yard, Francisco Cervelli speeds home.

Wezen-Ball: A Few of Baseball's Best Moments

by Larry Granillo

A look at some of baseball's best moments found at MLB.com.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Four

by Paul Sporer

Paul tells you which starters are worth using and which ones to avoid in your fantasy leagues this week.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 18

by Zach Mortimer

Yankees catcher J.R. Murphy is looking to return to the prospect radar and making the Update is a good place to start.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 19, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 19, 2013.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Hiram Burgos

by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The skinny on the Brewers' new starter.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 185: Trading International Bonus Pool Space/Shortening the Time Between Pitches

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the implications of teams' ability to trade international bonus pool space, and whether it makes sense to enforce the rule about time between pitches.

The BP Wayback Machine: Remembering Jackie Robinson, and the Man Who Taught Me About Him

by Jay Jaffe

How Jay found out about Jackie.

Thursday, April 18

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Checking in On: Shortstops, Part 2

by Jason Parks

Looking at the early-season returns on shortstops who might stick at the position.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Brett Gardner Gets Aggressive

by Ben Lindbergh

One of baseball's most selective hitters gets into the swing of things.

Premium Article On the Beat: Choo-sing to Look on the Sunny Side

by John Perrotto

The Reds have battled injuries early on, but some scouts think the 2013 squad might be better than the 2012 team. Our beat man also checks in on Yovani Gallardo, the Blue Jays, Ubaldo Jimenez, and the Red Sox.

Premium Article Skewed Left: The Uptons in April

by Zachary Levine

B.J. Upton is off to a slow start, while Justin Upton is on fire. But are they really that different from 2012?

Premium Article In A Pickle: Torii of Relativity

by Jason Wojciechowski

About Torii Hunter and aggression and strike zones and adjusting.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Going on Strike(outs)

by Daniel Rathman

Yesterday, the Tigers and Mariners battled deep into extra innings with plenty of whiffs. Today, Nick Swisher will look to continue his success against Jon Lester and the Red Sox.

Premium Article Perfect Game Presents: Updated 2013 Top 100 Draft Rankings

by Allan Simpson

Perfect Game's Allan Simpson updates his top 100 draft prospects.

Fantasy Article Five to Watch: Contact Watch!

by Bret Sayre

These five players could see their values increase or decrease if their early-season contact markers persist.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, April 18

by Matthew Kory

An extremely, extremely important fact about Ryan Braun and the Brewers.

BP Unfiltered: Why Pull J.D.?

by R.J. Anderson

What did the Astros outfielder do to get yanked from the game?

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 17

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 17: Jason Giambi's first Cleveland home run, Everth Cabrera says "me-ow!"

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Early Lineup Movers

by Paul Singman

Two weeks into the year, managers are already shuffling their batting orders. Paul examines the fantasy impact of those shifts.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 17

by Zach Mortimer

Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson is showing added thump in the early going.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 184: Brett Gardner Makes an Adjustment

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Brett Gardner's new approach at the plate, and how hitters adjust to pitchers.

Fringe Average Podcast: Fringe Average: Episode 3

by Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

Jason Parks & Mike Ferrin, drink beer, talk baseball, and then talk baseball and drink beer.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 18, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 18, 2013.

Wednesday, April 17

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Statistical Oddities of April

by Sam Miller

What we see when looking at leaderboards, maybe before we should be.

Premium Article Painting the Black: Have You Had Your Breaking Ball Today?

by R.J. Anderson

James McDonald seeks a happy medium.

The Lineup Card: 8 Favorite One-Tool Players

Baseball Prospectus

The BP staff takes a moment to acknowledge one-tool wonders.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Terrible Twin Bill

by Daniel Rathman

The Rockies and Mets played a twin bill in horrendous conditions yesterday. Today, Matt Wieters will be delighted to see Matt Moore on the mound for the Rays.

Baseball ProGUESTus: When Good Things Come in Three Years

by Chad Finn

Three of the best rapid talent influxes of the past few decades.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, April 17

by Matt Sussman

Ice-cold Hit List action!

Premium Article The Call-Up: Tony Cingrani

by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Reds have called up pitching prospect Tony Cingrani to start in place of Johnny Cueto

BP Unfiltered: The Week In Albert Pujols Playing Through Pain

by Sam Miller

Albert Pujols is having a hard time running

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 16

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 16: David Wright's shots in majestic Coors Field, two speedy trots from Heyward and Gomez.

BP Unfiltered: Hot Prospect Video: Lewis Brinson

by Jason Cole

Jason catches up with the Rangers' promising outfield prospect.

Wezen-Ball: "Rise of the Robot Umpires"

by Larry Granillo

A new project promises to be one of the more entertaining baseball books in recent years.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Beware of Young Catchers

by Paul Sporer

Positional scarcity makes highly regarded backstop prospects attractive, but recent history offers a cautionary tale.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 16

by Zach Mortimer

With a strong showing in Double-A, Jesse Biddle is inching closer to the majors.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Big Spending in FAAB Leagues

by Mike Gianella

After watching a Tout Wars owner break the bank early on two young pitchers, Mike wondered whether spending in April is a sound strategy.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 183: How to Set Up a Rotation/The DH of the Future/Batting Stanton Leadoff/Pitchers and Handwarmers/Quad-A Hitters

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the future of the DH role, whether teams rest starters in games they expect to lose, whether it makes sense to bat Giancarlo Stanton leadoff, and more.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 17, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 17, 2013.

Tuesday, April 16

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Checking in On: Shortstops, Part 1

by Jason Parks

Looking at the early-season performances at one of the minors' deepest positions.

Premium Article Skewed Left: The Historical Quirks of "42"

by Zachary Levine

Some expanded historical background on the events of the new movie about baseball's integration.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, April 16

by Matt Sussman

A light day for baseball action; a heavy day for baseball jokes.

Premium Article Western Front: The Continuing Development of Dexter Fowler

by Geoff Young

Last year, it looked like Dexter Fowler had become more of a power hitter, but then he tailed off. Is this year's hot start proof he has honed his skills?

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Hammerin' Halos

by Daniel Rathman

Two of the most efficient pitchers in the majors put on a show last night. Tonight, the Angels will attempt to not get lit up again.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Transactions Spell Relief

by R.J. Anderson

A couple teams go hunting for formerly famous relievers, while a Wells gets added and a Wells gets DFA'd.

Premium Article Punk Hits: Road Games

by Ian Miller

Ian plays the East Coast; the East Coast plays for Ian.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Believing in Buchholz

by Jason Collette

Clay Buchholz has rewarded Jason's faith ih his first three starts this year.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 15

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 15: Eric Stults has a very memorable first career home run, Peter Bourjos gives us the quickest trot of the year.

BP Announcements: Historical Pitcher DL Data at Baseball Prospectus

by Corey Dawkins

Corey's painstaking research produces a new treasure trove of pitcher injury information.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 15

by Zach Mortimer

The Red Sox' rotation has been solid to date, but if it needs reinforcement, Allen Webster could soon be ready to provide it.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 16, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 16, 2013.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 182: How Much Will Mark Appel Make?/Is Mike Scioscia's Job Safe?

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss how big a signing bonus Mark Appel will get in the amateur draft, then assess Mike Scioscia's job security.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Three

by Paul Singman

Two Athletics pitchers, one already in the majors and one knocking on the door, are among this list of 10 players worthy of your attention.

Monday, April 15

Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 15

by BP Prospect Staff

Thoughts on prospects after the first two weeks.

Premium Article Profiles in Lack of Lineup Protection: Giancarlo Stanton So Far

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Can Giancarlo Stanton succeed without a good cleanup hitting behind him?

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Boys Will Be Boys?: The Carlos Quentin and Zack Greinke Story

by Russell A. Carleton

How baseball's latest brawl was emblematic of American culture.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Braving the East

by Daniel Rathman

Despite a host of injuries, the Braves sit atop the NL East. Tonight, their NL East rivals, the Phillies, will take on the Reds in Cincinnati.

The Week in Quotes: April 8-14

by Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Searching for Value in Contract Clauses

by Mike Gianella

Mike examines whether games-finished clauses are indicative of future save opportunties.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, April 15

by Matt Sussman

Within: an important update on team sacrifice bunt totals.

BP Unfiltered: Running Down The Joe Maddon/Zooey Deschanel Newsworthiness Checklist

by Sam Miller

Joe Maddon does something quirky.

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 14

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 14: Todd Helton's slows down in San Diego; Austin Jackson and Hunter Pence have a footrace.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild 181: Giancarlo Stanton's Lineup Protection Problem

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss how the Marlins' lack of lineup protection has affected Giancarlo Stanton so far.

Wezen-Ball: Jackie Robinson Talks Sacrifices in "Boys' Life"

by Larry Granillo

An article in the June 1948 issue of "Boys' Life" shows us how quickly Jackie Robinson was recognized as a role model.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Three

by Josh Shepardson

Reds prospect Tony Cingrani, who got the call to replace Johnny Cueto, highlights this list of senior-circuit players available in most fantasy leagues.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of April 12-14

by Zach Mortimer

Jameson Taillon's curveball made a scout whom Zach spoke with giddy.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Oswaldo Arcia

by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

Arcia might only be up for a few days, but a strong first impression could lead to an everyday outfield role before long.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 15, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 15, 2013.

Sunday, April 14

BP Unfiltered: Morosi on the Blue Jays

by R.J. Anderson

Is Toronto doomed due to their waiver claims?

Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 13

by Larry Granillo

The tater trots for April 13: Josh Hamilton gets on the board, Wilin Rosario walks through it.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 14, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 14, 2013.

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