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05-01

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Scouting the Draft: Catchers to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

04-08

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10

Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7
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Zach Mortimer

03-02

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BP Unfiltered: Sloan Q&A: Harry Pavlidis On f/x Tracking Data
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Zachary Levine and Harry Pavlidis

04-18

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7

The Lineup Card: 10 Favorite Player/Executive Attributes
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Baseball Prospectus

03-06

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24

Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-20

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40

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-24

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38

Future Shock: Washington Nationals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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23

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-10

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33

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-22

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30

Spinning Yarn: How Does Quality of Contact Relate to BABIP?
by
Mike Fast

11-21

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36

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-16

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41

Spinning Yarn: Who Controls How Hard the Ball is Hit?
by
Mike Fast

11-09

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35

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-16

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27

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Right Field
by
Jason Parks

07-19

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29

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Caught Up in the Complex League
by
Jason Parks

06-28

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54

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Shortstops
by
Jason Parks

05-24

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5

Baseball ProGUESTus: Answers from a Sabermetrician, Part 1
by
Tom Tango

05-12

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15

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Hitters, Part I
by
Jason Parks

02-22

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38

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-18

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68

Future Shock: New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-16

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38

Future Shock: Minnesota Twins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-14

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29

Future Shock: San Francisco Giants Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-28

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57

Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-25

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36

Future Shock: Chicago White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-21

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34

Future Shock: St. Louis Cardinals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-13

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23

Future Shock: Detroit Tigers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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38

Future Shock: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-21

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33

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-03

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38

Future Shock: Chicago Cubs Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-30

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41

Future Shock: Cleveland Indians Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-24

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36

Future Shock: Washington Nationals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-12

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Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-29

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Between The Numbers: The PITCHf/x Summit Quasi-Liveblog
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-13

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21

Under The Knife: 996
by
Will Carroll

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
by
Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

02-25

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Ahead in the Count: DIPS, BABIP and Common Sense
by
Matt Swartz

02-24

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Future Shock: Cardinals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-16

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29

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-22

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Future Shock: Yankees Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

06-21

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Future Shock: NL Draft Wrap
by
Kevin Goldstein

06-06

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Future Shock: Draft Class '09 Top 50
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Kevin Goldstein

05-12

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14

You Could Look It Up: The Importance of Being Paul Waner
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Steven Goldman

11-11

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Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-03

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18

Future Shock: Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

06-03

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Future Shock: The Top 50 Talents
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Kevin Goldstein

02-25

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Future Shock: Giants Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-19

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Future Shock: Cardinals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-20

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Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

09-22

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Future Shock: Hawaiian Winter Baseball Preview
by
Kevin Goldstein and Mike Plugh

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November 9, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Enviable pitching talent helps make up for a lack of position prospects in Seattle's system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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While Bryce Harper is the cream of the crop in right field, as it turns out, there are other legit corner outfielders in the minors.

Well, friends, this is it, the final installment in the series (although I am planning on doing a recap article, so I guess that’s not entirely true). It’s been an exercise within an exercise, and by this point in the minor-league season, the initial lists in the series are obsolete. I’d hang myself with the arbitrary noose of the process, but I thought it was fun to compile, and the constant [read: pestering] correspondence with my sources strengthened my willingness to correspond with my sources. Let’s call it professional growth.

Throughout the 11-part series, I’ve tried to put a spin on traditional rankings by mixing up the formula, either by manipulating the display or profiling players based on characteristics other than their present skill level. At times the waters were murky, but I’m a lake man, so I prefer the dangerous swill of that liquid to the pellucid waters of the norm. I wanted to create conversation and consternation, rather than consensus and contentment. One of my biggest pet peeves is the need to make everything black and white, right or wrong, good or bad. Baseballs might come in a box, but the end result should never fit comfortably back into one, so I try to encourage the debate that stems from dissatisfaction, even when the debate is firmly rooted in general ignorance and internet chest inflation.

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While you will burn your neck and suffer heat stroke watching prospects develop in the Arizona League, there is a small oasis of potential stars that makes the pilgrimage worth it.

It’s hard to sell complex league baseball to the masses: The talent is immature, the names are merely names, the jerseys are often vague and free of personal identification, the environment is isolated and empty, and the theater of the event is off-off-off-off Broadway. But I’m going to give it a try.

What will it take to get you to walk away with a piece of Arizona League baseball in your hand? Financing is available for those who qualify, and if you wilt under the weight of my smile, I might be able to throw in a refrigerator magnet, or a flavored lolly for the little ones. Let me know if I can be of any assistance. I think you would look great with some AZL action in your life. It makes you attractive to the sex of your choosing. Don’t be shy. Here at Baseball Prospectus, we offer the best package. Don’t be fooled. You can’t match our guarantees. Look around, and let me know if you have any questions. My door is as open as my saccharine smile. Let’s make a deal.

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Shortstop is a huge weakness on many major-league teams, but is there about to be an infusion of talent through the pipeline?

I’m going to curb my desire to craft a cute narrative about the importance of the position. (As is often the case, I’m going to satisfy my desire of cuteness delivery by assembling cute prospect tiers.) If you read Baseball Prospectus, you are already ahead of the baseball knowledge curve, so I don’t need to get didactic about the inherent skill set required to play the position, or the overall value a quality shortstop brings to the table. If you really want to read my take on what it takes, you can always check out my “U Got the Look” series and read 12,000 words of meandering scouting patois presented with a perfectly striped bow of instability.

For this exercise, I turned a blind eye to the substance offered by the middle-class prospects at the position, focusing instead on those with high ceilings, those with flashy leather and questions with the stick, and those who find themselves the targets of positional deficiency whispers. The tiers are self-explanatory, but not comprehensive; it would take three more editions to include all the names in my notes, and frankly, you don’t want to read four articles discussing every shortstop prospect in the minors. Actually, I take that back. You probably do. Let me rephrase: I don’t have the sanity it would take to write four articles breaking down every shortstop in the minors. I have to monitor my sanity reserves; after all, I’m heading back to Arizona for a lengthy scouting trip. Give me strength. Let’s get started.

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Tom Tango returns to answer your first batch of questions from last week.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

You asked, he answered. Below are the first batch of responses to the questions BP readers submitted for sabermetrician Tom Tango. All questions are presented in their original form.

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Just like with pitcher evaluation, hitter evaluation requires a keen eye for a solid player body.

In parts one and two of this series, I exhausted the word allotments per piece, yet barely scratched the surface of the subject at hand. A proper breakdown of what I look for in a pitcher would probably require a six-beer conversation, and that’s rushing it a bit. Talking continuously while maintaining a socially acceptable pace of alcohol consumption, I would need at least three hours on the platform to expatiate my thoughts on the process of pitching evaluation. Have you ever listened to someone talk for three straight hours about pitching? It’s awesome, but it requires passion, patience, and an ever-climbing blood alcohol level. The point is, I wanted to offer more, but articulating my thoughts on this page proved to be more difficult than I imagined. I’m sure it comes as no shock to you that drinking and running my mouth about scouting come naturally, while writing succinct articles with clever narratives proves to be more difficult.

Before taking the stage to deliver my thoughts on the evaluation of hitters, it needs to be stated that like the previous articles, this is going to be a six-beer conversation compressed into a few thousand words. (Actually, it would probably require a 12-beer conversation or two separate six-beer sessions, but let’s not even go there.)  Because of the density involved, I’m sometimes going to paint with a wide brush, but I’ll get precise when a detail needs dissection. As is the case for every article I write (or fail to write), my door [read: my electronic door] is always open to the fine readers of Baseball Prospectus. If you ever have any comments, questions, insults, accolades, or want clarification on a point, or want me to expand on a comment that didn’t receive enough explanation, I’m always willing to start up a conversation or provide a more thorough description. Don’t be shy.

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February 22, 2011 9:29 am

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The pipeline of talent keeps flowing with the always-impressive Rays system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 18, 2011 9:30 am

Future Shock: New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

With a quartet of five-star prospects and a wealth of pitching overall, no system in baseball took a bigger step forward last year.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 16, 2011 9:46 am

Future Shock: Minnesota Twins Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Twins know how to scout, so they keep churning out talent.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 14, 2011 10:55 am

Future Shock: San Francisco Giants Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

It's not good, but then again, the team also did just win a ring.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 28, 2011 12:00 pm

Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Adrian Gonzalez trade depleted the best of the Red Sox' already emptying farm system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 25, 2011 1:56 pm

Future Shock: Chicago White Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Chris Sale falls into the South Siders' laps in the 2010 draft, saving a system short on stuff.

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