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Monday, May 13

Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 13

by BP Prospect Staff

Checking in on Oscar Taveras, Miguel Sano, Gabriel Guerrero, and others.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Keep Rizzo

by Ben Lindbergh

The Cubs take another step toward contention by locking up their slugging first baseman for several more years.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Strike Zone Solution

by Sam Miller

Maybe it's not the umpires that need to change.

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Helpless Hitter Who Finally Put His Foot Down

by R.J. Anderson

The A's are getting unexpected production out of third base this year. Why it might not be an illusion.

Perfect Game Presents: PG Pre-Draft to be Live-Streamed

by Jeff Dahn

For the first time ever, the Perfect Game Pre-Draft Showcase will be streamed live online.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Jays Power Up, Offense Powers Down

by Will Woods

As this weekend demonstrated, the Blue Jays can't get by on power alone. Tonight, the Dodgers will pin their hopes on Josh Beckett as they face Bryce Harper and the Nationals.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, May 13

by Matt Sussman

Zero Chris Sale puns, guaranteed.

The Week in Quotes: May 6-12

by Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

BP Unfiltered: The Week In Albert Pujols Playing Through Pain, May 6-May 12

by Sam Miller

Albert Pujols has trouble running, because of the pain.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 13, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 13, 2013.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of May 10-12

by Zach Mortimer

Yankees righty Rafael De Paula added 12 strikeouts on Friday to his season total of 58 in 33 1/3 innings.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 201: Drafting Age-25-and-Under Starters/Still No No-Hitters

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam draft starting pitchers age 25 and under, then discuss whether there's any significance to the fact that we haven't seen a no-hitter yet this season.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping Targets, a Look Back

by Mike Gianella

Mike uses evidence from 2008 top-prospect lists to evaluate the merits of targeting minor leaguers in "dump" trades.

Sunday, May 12

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 12th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 12, 2013.

Saturday, May 11

Baseball Prospectus News: UPDATED: The Baseball Prospectus Futures Guide 2013.

by Dave Pease and Jason Parks

Our first prospect guide is now available as an e-book and paperback. Here's what you need to know.

BP Unfiltered: Mark Reynolds and a Very Suspicious Break

by Sam Miller

Mark Reynolds and seeing: Can he?

BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at Nationals Park - July 7, 2013

by Joe Hamrahi

BP invades the nation's capital

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 11, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 11, 2013.

Friday, May 10

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Sub-Replacements

by Ben Lindbergh

Life is hard, and so is fielding qualified players at all eight positions.

Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/10

by Ben Lindbergh

The best and worst receivers of the week and the 2013 season so far.

What Makes A Good Changeup: An Investigation, Part 1

by Harry Pavlidis

Some pitchers' changeups get better results than others. Can we identify the factors that matter?

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Manny Machado

by Sam Miller

Visual confirmation that the Orioles' young third baseman is already good at baseball, and going to get better.

Premium Article Overthinking It: Where the Value of Robot Umpires Ends

by Ben Lindbergh

Robots aren't a realistic solution for all of umpires' ills.

Premium Article Raising Aces: Extending the Process

by Doug Thorburn

Pitching mechanics can have an impact even after the ball is put in play.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Turn Back the Clock Night

by Daniel Rathman

Yesterday, Scott Kazmir and the Indians turned back the clock in their victory over the A's. Tonight, Pablo Sandoval will probably not try to be patient while facing Tim Hudson.

Premium Article Dissecting the Draft: Due Diligence

by Nick J. Faleris

When a team is drafting, how does it distinguish which talents might be the most reasonable targets?

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 10

by Matt Sussman

A Hit List so good that not even a major-league umpire could screw it up

Fantasy Mailbag: The Stanton Waiting Game

by BP Fantasy Staff

The BP Fantasy Team answers a bevy of questions, including whether now is the time to take deals for Giancarlo Stanton.

BP Unfiltered: Dissecting the Draft: Mark Appel (Player Report)

by Nick J. Faleris

Player scouting report to supplement Dissecting the Draft series.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Seven

by Paul Sporer

Paul offers advice on which two-start pitchers to start and which ones to sit in your fantasy leagues next week.

BP Unfiltered: The Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 5/10

by Ben Lindbergh

Starting a new series with a 12-pitch battle between Mike Moustakas and Chris Sale.

BP Unfiltered: Dissecting the Draft: Jonathan Gray (Player Report)

by Nick J. Faleris

Player report supplementing the 2013 Dissecting the Draft series.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 10th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 10, 2013.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 9

by Zach Mortimer

Evaluators are mixed on Jesus Aguilar's ceiling, but he looked the part of a future regular last night.

Premium Article The Call-Up: Burch Smith

by Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

The Padres call up the Texas League's most dominant starter.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Four Hot Hitters

by Josh Shepardson

Josh looks at a few players whose bats have sizzled out of the gate and explains whether you should sell high or look to acquire them.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 200: Will Leitch on Media, Fans, and Media and Fans

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Sports on Earth Senior Writer Will Leitch about the evolution of baseball coverage and the fan's relationship with sports media.

BP Announcements: TrackMan Seeks Web Developer of Baseball Applications

by Joe Hamrahi

TrackMan Inc. is seeking a qualified web developer with a passion for sports and an entrepreneurial spirit to join our team as a Developer of Baseball Applications.

Thursday, May 9

Premium Article On the Beat: No-Hitting Nationals

by John Perrotto

The Nationals' offense is off to a sluggish start. Our beat reporter also checks in with the potential use of pitcher helmets, Roy Halladay, and scouts' takes.

Baseball Therapy: Should I Worry About My Favorite Pitcher?

by Russell A. Carleton

When pitching stats stabilize.

Baseball ProGUESTus: A Beat Writer Goes to the Ballpark

by Andy McCullough

What it's like to sit in the stands after a few seasons in the press box.

Premium Article In A Pickle: The Turn of the Two

by Jason Wojciechowski

The best and worst of the double players.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: King of the Hill

by Daniel Rathman

Yesterday, King Felix put on a show against the Pirates. Tonight, Cody Ross is set to do battle with Cole Hamels.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, May 9

by Matthew Kory

Will the Astros be no. 1 on our Hit List? Click to see!

Premium Article Skewed Left: Diamond Mining

by Zachary Levine

What scouts saw in Rick Ankiel and others.

Fantasy Article Bullpen Report: Boston Blues

by Mike Gianella

The debut edition begins up in Boston, where a spate of injuries has thrust an unexpected candidate into the ninth-inning role, before traveling around the league.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 9th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 9, 2013.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 8

by Zach Mortimer

Rays lefty Blake Snell is beginning to turn heads for Low-A Bowling Green.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Six

by Paul Singman

White Sox lefty Hector Santiago, who has a cushy May docket, is one of eight junior-circuit players worth considering in your leagues this week.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 199: Pitchers Putting on Sunscreen/The Astros and Clubhouse Chemistry

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the sunscreen scandal and how much clubhouse chemistry matters to the Astros.

Wednesday, May 8

Pebble Hunting: Every Thing That's Been Wrong with the Angels

by Sam Miller

It's Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but it's not just Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.

Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Checking In On: Shortstops, Part 3

by Jason Parks

Looking at the top shortstop prospects who are likely to remain prospects but unlikely to remain shortstops.

The Lineup Card: 10 Things We've Learned So Far

Baseball Prospectus

What has the BP staff learned about the 2013 season in the early going?

Premium Article What You Need to Know: What Choo Think is Wrong with Kimbrel?

by Daniel Rathman

Last night, Craig Kimbrel blew his third save in five tries. Tonight, Matt Moore will try to contain Rajai Davis at the dish and on the basepaths.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 8

by Matthew Kory

The only thing you'll need to read today, unless you're something like a doctor.

Out of Left Field: Your Summer Baseball Gift Guide

by Matthew Kory

There's crap to be bought that you don't even own yet!

Premium Article Painting the Black: Hanson Devil

by R.J. Anderson

The Angels traded for a former future ace. They got a junkballer with limited options.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Fernando Rodney: Tapped Out?

by Jason Collette

The Rays closer is off to a rocky start, but could a mechanical fix bring back his dominant 2012 form?

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 8th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 8, 2013.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 198: Hitters with the Yips/Power vs. Contact/Starlin Castro's Future/Reinhart-Rogoff and Sabermetrics

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer emails about what it would look like if a hitter got the yips, what Starlin Castro could turn into, errors in sabermetric research, and more.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 7

by Zach Mortimer

Christian Yelich showed off his plus-plus hit tool in a five-knock effort for Double-A Jacksonville.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Ask the Experts

by Mike Gianella

Mike explains how to utilize experts' advice to become the best fantasy player you can be.

Fringe Average Podcast: Episode 5

by Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

The 5th installment of the Fringe Average Podcast. Mike learns an important lesson about saftey goggles, while Jason goes out with the popular girl, only to find out, it isn't as glamorous as he anticipated.

BP Announcements: Rest-of-Season PECOTAs

by Colin Wyers

They're here.

Tuesday, May 7

Premium Article Overthinking It: Evaluating Early-Season Experiments

by Ben Lindbergh

On five players attempting to do new things this season, and whether those things have worked.

Premium Article Pitcher Profile: Jordan Zimmermann and Contact

by Dan Rozenson

Can Jordan Zimmermann keep getting batters to hit into outs?

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Raking in the Gold

by Daniel Rathman

Last night, Paul Goldschmidt proved he still owns Chris Capuano. Tonight, Hiroki Kuroda will try to continue his good fortunes against Dexter Fowler.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Juan Pierre's Age-Inappropriate Basestealing

by Zachary Levine

Juan Pierre is too old and bad at getting on base to steal this many bases. But he's doing it anyway.

Premium Article Punk Hits: The Record the Houston Astros Won't Break

by Ian Miller

The Astros are bad, but they're not the worst ever, and they won't break the Mets' record for futility.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, May 7

by Matt Sussman

Jon Garland's first appearance on a Hit List in quite some time!

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: Corner Infielders to Know

by Nick J. Faleris

Who are the can't-miss corner-infield prospects in the upcoming draft?

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Halladay Sees a Doc

by R.J. Anderson

The Phillies' former ace is on the shelf, Freddy Garcia and Ricky Romero are back in the bigs, and Brian McCann returns from the DL.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Beware of the Tribe

by Paul Sporer

Given the Indians' early-season propensity to tattoo starters, fantasy owners should be wary of using pitchers that are facing them.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 7, 2013

by Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for May 7, 2013.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 197: Our Incredibly Premature All-Star Picks

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

With All-Star voting officially underway, Ben and Sam make their incredibly premature picks, with Jason Wojciechowski joining them to settle any disputes.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Six

by Josh Shepardson

Dodgers speedster Dee Gordon races to the top of this week's list of possible reinforcements for your fantasy roster.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 6

by Zach Mortimer

Adam Brett Walker's impressive pop makes him an intriguing prospect despite his defensive shortcomings in the outfield.

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