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Monday, May 20

Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 20

by Jason Parks and Jason Cole

Updates on Byron Buxton, Francisco Lindor, and others around the minor leagues.

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Extreme Strikeout Matchups

by Sam Miller

Strikeouts have the momentum of a runaway freight train. Why are they so popular?

Premium Article Painting the Black: Surgery Comes for the Ace Reliever

by R.J. Anderson

Jonny Venters undergoes Tommy John surgery for the second time. Who's to blame?

Premium Article Prospectus Q&A: The College of Coaches on Catcher Framing

by Ben Lindbergh

Catching instructors and coordinators comment on the importance of receiving skills.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Would the Astros' Piggyback Starters Model Work in the Majors?

by Russell A. Carleton

Considering the pros and cons of an innovative experiment.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Cy of Relief

by Daniel Rathman

This weekend, the Indians continued to put the hurt on top-flight pitchers. Tonight, Josh Lindblom will make his first career start against the A's.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, May 20

by Matt Sussman

This hit list is wack-ey

The Week in Quotes: May 13-19

by Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Satchel Price

Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

BP Unfiltered: The Week In Albert Pujols Playing Through Pain, May 13-May 19

by Sam Miller

Albert Pujols runs well, basically.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 20th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

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

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 206: When Does it Make Sense to Fire Managers?/What We Think about Hot Streaks

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about the circumstances under which they'd feel comfortable recommending that a manager be fired, then discuss different beliefs about hot streaks.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of May 16-19

by Zach Mortimer

Four days of prospect goodness in this weekend update, which includes a note on the recently promoted Jurickson Profar.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Digging Deeper Than Deep

by Mike Gianella

If the players on Bret Sayre's weekly Stash List are already owned in your league, don't worry: Mike has advice on how to pick fantasy diamonds out of the minor-league rough.

BP Unfiltered: Brandon McCarthy on Catcher Framing

by Ben Lindbergh

What the cerebral Diamondbacks starter thinks about the importance of framing pitches.

Sunday, May 19

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 45: You Spin Me Round

by Jason Collette

Paul was away in Philly being a Wedding Singer so Mike Gianella pinch hits in Episode 45.

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

by Clint Chisam

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

Saturday, May 18

Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/18

by Ben Lindbergh

The best and worst framers of the week and the season, plus framing-related links.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 18th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

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

Friday, May 17

Premium Article Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, First Quarter

by Doug Thorburn

The nastiest offerings of the first quarter of the season.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: Going the Wrong Ray

by Daniel Rathman

The Rays' bullpen, so dominant last year, had another disaster last night. Tonight, Jeremy Hellickson will try to curb Chris Davis' penchant for power.

Baseball ProGUESTus: On the Origin of the Switch-Hitting Species

by Alex Speier

Does switch-hitting make sense from an evolutionary perspective?

Pitcher Profile: Scouting Alberto Gonzalez and Other Position-Player Pitchers

by Dan Rozenson

Examining the performance of the players who aren't supposed to pitch.

In A Pickle: How Great Thou Bart

by Jason Wojciechowski

Bartolo Colon, the most extreme pitcher in baseball.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 17

by Matt Sussman

If you read just one daily hit list at Baseball Prospectus today, make it this one.

Premium Article Dissecting the Draft: Profiling Prep Arms

by Nick J. Faleris

Who are the top prep arms to target in the upcoming draft?

Fantasy Mailbag: Sell or Hold?

by BP Fantasy Staff

Our team of fantasy experts checks in on the value of potential trades and weighs in on the value of keeping top talent.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Eight

by Paul Sporer

Shelby Miller and Hisashi Iwakuma join the auto-start ranks as Paul helps you set your fantasy rotations for the next week.

BP Unfiltered: Dissecting the Draft: Trey Ball (Player Report--Pitcher)

by Nick J. Faleris

Player reports supplementing the 2013 Dissecting the Draft series.

BP Unfiltered: Jeff Keppinger Finally Works a Walk, and a Disar Awards Update

by Ben Lindbergh

The latest on the longest season-starting walkless streaks.

BP Unfiltered: Hot Prospect Video: Kaleb Cowart

by Jason Cole

Jason Cole catches up with the Angels' top prospect.

BP Unfiltered: The Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 5/17

by Ben Lindbergh

Starling Marte makes Bobby Parnell throw 13 pitches.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 17th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

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

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 205: Catcher Framing Questions/A Hypothetical Pitching Problem/Post-Start MRIs

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answers listener questions about catcher framing, a very unusual reliever, and cautionary MRIs.

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Loosening the Trade Lines

by Paul Singman

Paul offers a few helpful tips for building your confidence when it comes to trading in your fantasy leagues.

Thursday, May 16

Eyewitness Accounts: May 16, 2013

by BP Prospect Staff

In-person evaluations of Robert Stephenson, Kevin Gausman, Kyle Zimmer, Henry Owens, Chris Withrow, and Taijuan Walker.

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Mystique and Aura of the Other 29 Teams

by Ben Lindbergh

Yankee magic is universal, as it turns out.

Premium Article On the Beat: The Most Improved Players

by John Perrotto

Jean Segura and Michael Saunders both could challenge for a Most Improved Player award. Our beat reporter also checks in with Bryce Harper, Carlos Zambrano, Rick Ankiel, Philip Humber, and scouts.

The Stats Go Marching In: Catcher Framing Before PITCHf/x

by Max Marchi

Extending our research into framing back to 1988.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: The Price is Not Right

by Zachary Levine

Tampa Bay is holding its breath after David Price left yesterday's game with an injury. Tonight, Yu Darvish will attempt to make Omar Infante whiff at the dish.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, May 16

by Matthew Kory

Tigers at the top! Marlins at the bottom! All because of that Miguel Cabrera trade!

Fantasy Article Bullpen Report: Diamondbacks Settle on Bell

by Mike Gianella

Mike brings you the latest fantasy news and notes from bullpens around the league, including a stop in the desert, where Heath Bell is working the ninth inning again.

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

by Clint Chisam

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

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 15

by Zach Mortimer

Carlos Contreras delivered a dominant outing for the Reds' High-A affiliate, but his future is likely in the bullpen.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Seven

by Josh Shepardson

Derek Dietrich, who was recently promoted by the Marlins, leads off this week's list of senior-circuit players worthy of your fantasy attention.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 204: The Yankees and Luck/How We Watch Baseball/Consuming Scouting Reports

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam team up for a simulpodcast with Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs and FanGraphs Audio to discuss whether the Yankees have been lucky, the best way to watch baseball, and the value of old scouting reports.

Wednesday, May 15

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Cleveland Show

by R.J. Anderson

How the Indians have approached first place.

The Lineup Card: 10 Interesting Excerpts from Scouting Reports

Baseball Prospectus

The Baseball Hall of Fame opens its vault of old scouting reports, and the BP crew sifts through them for the most intriguing observations.

Pebble Hunting: The Starts That Defied FIP

by Sam Miller

When pitching staffs did everything right but still allowed lots of runs.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: The Best Brew in Town

by Daniel Rathman

Last night, Jean Segura continued to impress in Milwaukee. Tonight, David Price will lock horns with Mike Napoli and the Red Sox.

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, May 15

by Matthew Kory

Within: An exclusive peak at the Yankees' future

Premium Article Out of Left Field: Did the Dodgers Make Suckers of the Red Sox?

by Matthew Kory

Taking another look at a deal that was immediately considered, by many, an easy Boston victory.

Fantasy Article The Stash List: The Bad Teams With a Plan

by Bret Sayre

The Astros, Marlins, and Mets are all prospect hotbeds, but each team has taken a different approach with its young players, several of whom highlight this week's list.

Fringe Average Podcast: Episode 6

by Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin

In Episode 6, Mike Ferrin & Jason Parks teach you how to make the most of Triple Coupon Day!

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 15th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

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

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: An Out-of-Tune Vogelsong

by Jason Collette

Is Ryan Vogelsong a buy-low target in fantasy leagues? Jason explains why he might be worth a look.

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 14

by Zach Mortimer

Reds outfielder Jesse Winker has good offensive upside, but will need to reach his ceiling to be an everyday player.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 203: Strikeouts and Defense/Shortest Pitching Careers/Novelty All-Star Games/World Series of Worst/Rooting Against No-Hitters

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss listener emails about whether rising strikeout rates make defense less valuable, whether the worst teams should face off at the end of the year, and more.

Tuesday, May 14

Manufactured Runs: Listen to What the Heyman Said

by Colin Wyers

Why Jon Heyman's questions about WAR are worth asking, and answering.

Premium Article Skewed Left: Replacement Rangers

by Zachary Levine

A team that has often struggled with poor pitching in the past has done an excellent job of supplying arms from within.

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: How Reliable Are Our Fielding Metrics?

by Russell A. Carleton

How long fielding stats take to stabilize.

Premium Article What You Need to Know: A Good Hick-Up

by Daniel Rathman

Aaron Hicks finally flashed some of his potential last night. Tonight, Bartolo Colon will look to halt Ian Kinsler and the Rangers.

Premium Article Punk Hits: Javier Lopez Learns BABIP

by Ian Miller

Ian teaches an old lefty new tricks

Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, May 14

by Matt Sussman

In which the idea of Rick Ankiel starting the All-Star game is casually brought up, NBD, SMH.

Premium Article Scouting the Draft: Middle Infielders to Know

by Nick J. Faleris

Who has improved their draft stock with strong spring showings?

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Barton Parcel

by R.J. Anderson

The A's call up the formerly exciting Daric Barton, the Astros let go of the formerly exciting Rick Ankiel, and a couple closers head for the shelf.

BP Unfiltered: A Broken Bat That Did Not Seriously Injure Any Catchers

by Sam Miller

Thank goodness.

BP Unfiltered: Mark Reynolds Gets Close To A Pop-Up

by Sam Miller

Mark Reynolds can't see.

Fantasy Article Sporer Report: Evaluating Early-Season Outliers

by Paul Sporer

Travis Wood and Jeff Locke have both posted sub-3.00 ERAs to date. Which one is more likely to keep it up?

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 202: Bryce Harper Hits the Wall/Albert Pujols' Pain

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about how a player's willingness to crash into walls affects their expectations for him, then discuss whether Albert Pujols can improve if he keeps playing.

BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 44 is live

by Jason Collette

Jason and Paul were recording their podcast when, once again, an intriguing baseball story unfolded as Bryce Harper took on the wall...and the wall won.

Premium Article Daily Roundup: Around the League: May 14th, 2013

by Clint Chisam

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

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 13

by Zach Mortimer

Diamondbacks righty Archie Bradley is soaring toward the top of prospect lists with electric stuff and excellent numbers to prove it.

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Seven

by Paul Singman

Adam Rosales, the victim of last week's infamous blown replay call, gets some consolation atop this week's list of junior-circuit players to consider in your fantasy leagues.

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