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April 18, 2012 9:36 am

Future Shock: 2011 Draft Class

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Kevin Goldstein

The pitchers of the 2002 and 2011 drafts have record-breaking potential.

Evaluating a draft is a difficult thing. Some say it takes three years—others five—to really evaluate a pick, but realistically even those might be light. Consider the time it take a high school pick to reach the big leagues, as well as the six years of control at the big league level before free agency arrives, and it could take a decade or more to totally realize the value from a selection.

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March 27, 2012 3:00 am

Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/26/12

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Michael Street

Michael digs in the bargain barrel to find Value Picks at the end of your draft, including Edwin Encarnacion, Brent Morel, Ian Stewart, and Travis Hafner

The early stages of a fantasy draft are like shopping in an upscale department store. It’s easy to find what you want and you know all the brands, but it’s pricey too. The late stages, on the other hand, are more like shopping at a thrift store. You never know whether you’ll find something you like and you’re lucky to find a name you recognize, but anything can be had for just a few bucks. And while fantasy seasons can be lost in the early rounds from overpayment and injury, they’re usually won in the middle and late rounds, when scouting and shrewd valuation can help you find the thrift-store jewel that everyone else passed over.

So this week, I’m looking at the thrift-store, bargain-barrel phase of your draft: round twenty and beyond. All of these designated hitters and corner infielders are being drafted then, and they’re all projected by PECOTA to earn $5 or less in standard leagues. This latter group includes other good players like David Freese, Justin Morneau, Mike Moustakas, Chipper Jones, and Todd Helton, but their Average Draft Position is higher than their PECOTA projections. In classic department-store style, owners are overpaying for name-brand merchandise.

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Now that we've had some time to reflect on the new CBA's rules about the amateur draft, does it still seem like death to small-market teams?

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Dustin Palmateer once played division III junior college baseball, finishing with a career batting average below the Mendoza Line. He now writes about the game. You can reach him via email.

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February 28, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A weak Brewers system improved following the 2011 draft, but that might not be saying much

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 23, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The D'Backs system is loaded high-ceiling arms, which could stand to benefit a team weak in pitching

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Once the crown jewel of the franchise, the Rays system has fallen off quite a bit thanks to unsuccessful drafts

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 17, 2012 12:27 am

Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Reds depleted their farm a bit for Mat Latos, but he contributes to one of the top under-25 lists in baseball

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 10, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A once-barren Mets system is beginning to look much better under Sandy Alderson

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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December 16, 2011 3:56 am

Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Pittsburgh is rolling in the deep in pitching potential.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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There aren't many stars in the system, but there are potential reinforcements.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 1, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Trades have bolstered Houston's system, but it still leaves a lot to be desired.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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March 14, 2011 9:00 am

Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway

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Matt Swartz

In the Nationals' and Orioles' battle for the local fan base, the team that blinks first may stand to gain the most.

This past month, I moved back up I-95 from Washington to Philadelphia, where I’d spent all but the previous eighteen months of my life. There has been only one major-league franchise in the City of Brotherly Love since the Athletics forsook Philly in 1955, but as I discovered during my sojourn in the District, many baseball fans in the DC area have been torn between the Baltimore Orioles, for whom many of them grew up cheering, and the Washington Nationals, who emigrated from Montreal in 2005. Neither team has been good during their years of geographic coexistence, and the metropolitan area has not seen a playoff game since 1997, but both teams have slowly begun to develop the young talent necessary to compete. Although animosity stemming from Orioles owner Peter Angelos’ opposition to a Washington franchise has cost the O’s some fans, many in the DC area have yet to determine their allegiance.

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