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07-21

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6

Minor League Update: Games of July 20
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Wilson Karaman

07-21

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3

What You Need to Know: You Are Who You Are
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Demetrius Bell

07-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: July 20, 2017
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Ben Carsley

07-20

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What You Need to Know: Easy as 1-2-3
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Ashley Varela

07-20

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3

Minor League Update: Games of July 19
by
Steve Givarz

07-19

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 142: Celtics Fans Hate Me
by
George Bissell and Mike Gianella

07-19

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BP Mets
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Noah Grand

07-19

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BP Kansas City
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David Lesky

07-19

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Minor League Update: Games of July 18
by
Steve Givarz

07-18

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3

What You Need to Know: Burials, Bombs, and More Bombs
by
Stacey Gotsulias

07-18

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10

Minor League Update: Games of July 16
by
Steve Givarz

07-17

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What You Need to Know: Marathons, Robberies, and Debuts
by
Ben Diamond

07-17

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6

The Prospectus Hit List: July 17, 2017
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Ben Carsley

07-17

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 17, 2017
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BP Prospect Staff

07-14

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 91: Game of Prospects
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Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein, Bret Sayre and George Bissell

07-14

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Rubbing Mud: This is Really All We Know: The Wests
by
Matthew Trueblood

07-14

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8

Minor League Update: Games of July 13
by
Wilson Karaman

07-14

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Notes from the Field: Eastern League All-Star Game
by
Erich Rothmann

07-13

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The Prospectus Hit List: July 13, 2017
by
Ben Carsley

07-13

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1

Rubbing Mud: This is Really All We Know: The Centrals
by
Matthew Trueblood

07-12

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 141: Midseason Valuations
by
George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-12

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2

What You Need to Know: 10 Innings of All-Star Fun
by
Ben Diamond

07-12

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2

Minor League Update: Games of July 11
by
Steve Givarz

07-12

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2

Rubbing Mud: This is Really All We Know: The Easts
by
Matthew Trueblood

07-12

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Dynasty Prospect Rankings
by
Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

07-11

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BP Wrigleyville
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Mary Craig

07-10

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The Prospectus Hit List: July 10, 2017
by
Ben Carsley

07-10

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3

What You Need to Know: Two-Hit Wonder
by
Ashley Varela

07-10

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2

Flu-Like Symptoms: What to Expect After the Break
by
Rob Mains

07-07

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4

Minor League Update: Games of July 6
by
Wilson Karaman

07-07

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What You Need to Know: "Rain" Delays
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Demetrius Bell

07-06

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2

The Prospectus Hit List: July 6, 2017
by
Ben Carsley

07-06

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 140: Midseason Top 50 Prospects & Second-Half Fantasy Storylines
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George Bissell, Eric Roseberry and Jeffrey Paternostro

07-06

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What You Need to Know: Wild Thoughts
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Ben Diamond

07-06

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3

Minor League Update: Games of July 5
by
Steve Givarz

07-05

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What You Need to Know: Happy Birthday, America!
by
Stacey Gotsulias

07-05

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11

Baseball Therapy: The Great Debates
by
Russell A. Carleton

07-04

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BP Toronto
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Gideon Turk

07-04

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BP Toronto
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Rachael McDaniel

07-04

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BP South Side
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Collin Whitchurch

07-04

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Minor League Update: Games of July 3
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Steve Givarz

07-03

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The Prospectus Hit List: July 3, 2017
by
Ben Carsley

07-03

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What You Need to Know: A Home Run for the Ages
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Ashley Varela

07-03

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6

Minor League Update: Games of June 30-July 2
by
Mark Anderson

06-30

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The Prospectus Hit List: June 30, 2017
by
Ben Carsley

06-30

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What You Need to Know: Hard Way to Win an Easy Division
by
Demetrius Bell

06-29

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New Post
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David Brown

06-29

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What You Need to Know: Little Pitcher, Big Slider
by
Ben Diamond

06-29

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Minor League Update: Games of June 28
by
Steve Givarz

06-29

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BP Kansas City
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Craig Brown

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When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you rebuild. (SPOILER ALERT!)

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July 17, 2017 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 17, 2017

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BP Prospect Staff

Richard Urena, Thomas Hatch, Cal Quantrill and more.

Richard Urena, SS, Toronto Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire)
As I watched the Eastern League All-Star game, I couldn’t help but think that Urena has more talent than most of the players actually selected for the event. Unfortunately, he wasn’t at the game due to his inconsistent performance in the field (nine errors) and at the plate (slashing .246/.291/.372 through 370 plate appearances). He has been of the more frustrating players to evaluate this year. Three Eyewitness Reports have been published on him since July 22, 2016, and the hit tool grades range from 45 to 60. The reason for this high variance is likely his overly aggressive approach. He rarely walks and is prone to chasing bad pitches, which leads to excessive weak contact. Nonetheless, he will have stretches like the first two games of this past Portland series (5-10 combined) when he consistently drives the ball and looks like a plus hitter. The 21-year-old switch-hitter does have a loose, contact-oriented swing and above-average bat speed. He is capable of squaring up any pitch and uses the whole field. All things considered, I feel most comfortable giving his hit tool a 50. His power grades as below-average although it’s better from the left side and he should continue to bulk up. In addition, he is a good athlete and possesses the arm strength and range to develop into an above-average shortstop. The errors typically result from a lack of focus. These mistakes will hopefully dissipate as he continues to mature. Troy Tulowitzki is not getting any younger, so Urena should eventually have an opportunity to become the Jays’ starting shortstop. But he has a long way to go. —Erich Rothmann

 


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Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre break down the Game of Thrones inspired Baseball Prospectus Midseason Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects list.

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July 14, 2017 8:54 am

Rubbing Mud: This is Really All We Know: The Wests

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Matthew Trueblood

The two best teams in baseball, plus a lot of uncertainty.

This is Part 2 of the series that began Wednesday, setting up the second half by talking about all 30 teams—but using just one word per game played for each. You can read Part 1 for a more extensive introduction to the concept. Let's jump right in.

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July 14, 2017 8:46 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 13

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on Ronald Acuna, Chris Flexen, Touki Toussaint, Wander Javier, Ryan Mountcastle, and more.

Hitter of the Day:

Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 3-5, BB, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Fresh off the bus from Mississippi, 19-year-old Acuna went oppo tank in his first Triple-A at-bat en route to reaching base four times in his Triple-A debut. Numbers are in no ways all, of course, but Acuna, who by the way is 19, has now posted a composite .317/.366/.516 line across three levels this year. Incredibly, he is just 19 years old.


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July 14, 2017 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Eastern League All-Star Game

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Erich Rothmann

Notes on the Eastern League All-Stars.

The Eastern League East All-Stars defeated the Eastern League West All-Stars 7-1 on Wednesday night in Manchester, New Hampshire. The West was up 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth before pitchers Jairo Labourt and Lucas Long combined to give up 7 runs. Here is a rundown of the game’s notable performers:

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July 13, 2017 10:19 am

The Prospectus Hit List: July 13, 2017

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Ben Carsley

We'll never forgive the Marlins for their Dinger Machine negligence.

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July 13, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: This is Really All We Know: The Centrals

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Matthew Trueblood

Halway home and plenty of uncertainty to go around.

You can see the equivalent piece on the teams of the two East divisions for the details of this shtick. The gist is that we’re breaking down each team at the All-Star break, using only one word per game played to this point. It’s an exercise in humility, in understanding how little a single half of a season really tells us. Today, the 10 teams in the two Central divisions get their turn.

Chicago Cubs (43-45)

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George, Bret and Mike discuss the updated TDG 500 dynasty list and BP's midseason fantasy valuations.

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All-Star pitches from All-Star pitchers, Robinson Cano's game-winning homer, Nelson Cruz's picture, and Bryce Harper hair.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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July 12, 2017 8:26 am

Minor League Update: Games of July 11

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Steve Givarz

Acuna Moncada?

Hitter of the Day:

Kevin Cornelius, 1B/3B, Chicago Cubs (Double-A, Tennessee): 4-5, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, K
Cornelius isn’t a prospect, but he had a good day, it was also a light day for the minor leagues. He was selected in the rule 5 minor league portion of the draft this past season. You know who else was taken as a Rule 5 minor leaguers? Justin Bour.


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July 12, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: This is Really All We Know: The Easts

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Matthew Trueblood

Have we learned more than we knew at the beginning?

A few years ago, I tried a thing for a month or so where I wrote up power rankings of teams using only as many words as they each had games played. I did this once a week for, I don’t know, maybe a month. It was fun the first time, but not the fifth. The point, which I thought cut cleanly and sharply through the piece in the first installment but eventually went a little dull, was that we really learn about teams very slowly.

Players’ skill levels change faster than ever before, I think, relative to the rest of the league. Guys get hurt and rookies get promoted. There’s all of this data flowing past us all the time, but often our best estimate of a team’s true talent remains the one we made before the season, when we were looking at all of those things—all the possible injuries, improvements, adjustment periods, the big picture—and the data was standing still.

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