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02-18

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Second Basemen
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Josh Shepardson

10-02

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Ever-Changing Mechanics of Carl Crawford
by
Chad Moriyama

07-13

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14

The Stats Go Marching In: Catching Up with Catcher Rankings
by
Max Marchi

07-10

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/10/12
by
Michael Street

02-28

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 2/28/12
by
Michael Street

12-13

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5

Fantasy Beat: Whose Batting Average Could Spike?
by
Jason Collette

11-02

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12

The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 11/2/11
by
Michael Jong

07-27

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4

Value Picks: Outfield for 7/27/11
by
Rob McQuown

07-19

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/19/11
by
Michael Jong

07-12

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Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7-12-11
by
Michael Jong

07-06

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Value Picks: Outfield for 7/6/11
by
Rob McQuown

06-08

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3

Fantasy Beat: Bringing Them Home
by
Craig Brown

05-24

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2

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop
by
Michael Jong

05-05

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21

Baseball ProGUESTus: A Statistician Rereads Bill James
by
Andrew Gelman

04-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Myth of the Golden Age
by
Dan Fox

12-23

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16

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2011: Bagwell and Baggage
by
Jay Jaffe

09-22

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4

Manufactured Runs: A Walk in the Park
by
Colin Wyers

07-23

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Manufactured Runs: King Without a Crown
by
Colin Wyers

07-20

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28

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 19
by
Kevin Goldstein

06-03

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Manufactured Runs: Everything You Wanted To Know About Run Prevention (But Were Afraid To Ask), Part 2
by
Colin Wyers

01-11

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16

Checking the Numbers: Side Effects on Pitchers' Hitting
by
Russell A. Carleton and Eric Seidman

09-07

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Checking the Numbers: Pujols and the Simulation Gauntlet
by
Eric Seidman

08-30

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34

Catcher Fatigue
by
Tim Kniker

05-29

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7

Future Shock: 2008 Draft Review: NL
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-28

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Future Shock: 2008 Draft Review: AL
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-17

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Matthew Knight's Initial Entry
by
Matthew Knight

06-11

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Lies, Damned Lies: Chipper's Chase of .400
by
Nate Silver

05-02

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Future Shock: April Awards for Hitters
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-27

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Prospectus Toolbox: Questions and Answers
by
Derek Jacques

11-11

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Dropping In
by
Jason Paré

09-05

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Future Shock: Great Leaps Forward, American League
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-12

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Fantasy Focus: The Ill-Stars
by
Kenn Ruby

07-10

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Future Shock: Risers and Fallers, National League
by
Kevin Goldstein

06-19

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Prospectus Toolbox: Dying Quails and Pitchers BABIP
by
Derek Jacques

04-25

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL Central
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-18

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL Central
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-11

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Every Given Sunday
by
John Perrotto

01-18

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Myth of the Golden Age
by
Dan Fox

10-16

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten-Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-16

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Six
by
Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Future Shock: Where Did the Tigers and the Athletics Come From?
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Four
by
Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Best and Worst of Mets and Cardinals Postseason Pitching
by
Jim Baker

10-13

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Three
by
Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Prospectus Today: The Games Go On
by
Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Player Profile
by
Marc Normandin

10-11

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Remembering Buck O'Neil
by
Alex Belth

10-11

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day One
by
Joe Sheehan

10-09

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Completely Random Statistical Trivia
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Keith Woolner

10-09

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Six
by
Joe Sheehan

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February 18, 2013 5:00 am

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Second Basemen

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Josh Shepardson

The keystone features a terrific trio, but questions cloud the dozen players that follow.

In the coming weeks, the fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus will be rolling out our positional rankings. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 15 second basemen.

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What can a closer look at Carl Crawford's shifting approach at the plate tell us about his likelihood of success in Los Angeles?

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.

A tragic combination of limited upside and bad makeup, Chad Moriyama is in his fifth year as a blogger covering the Los Angeles Dodgers at ChadMoriyama.com, the only domain name he wouldn’t get tired of eventually. An expert at thinking he knows what he’s talking about, you can follow him on Twitter, find him on Facebook, or contact him at chad@chadmoriyama.com. He also makes amusing moving pictures at MLB GIFS.
 


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Max crunches the numbers and comes up with the top 10 catchers of the 2012 season based on overall value both at and behind the plate.

The season has reached its midpoint, so this seems like a good time to take a look at some rankings. I debuted here at Baseball Prospectus with a series on evaluating catchers defense, so catchers are the subject of the top-10 list that follows.

The catchers will be listed with four numbers beside their names. The first three cover batting, baserunning, and defense. The fourth is the sum of the numbers pertaining to each of those areas.

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July 10, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/10/12

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Michael Street

Michael shakes the magic 8-ball for some VP answers this week.

If you want to make fantasy decisions, you could always consult your Magic 8-ball, but we’re a bit more scientific than that here at BP. Just as with this classic toy, however, there’s some amount of randomness in baseball, whether it’s the behavior of a ball in play or the chance that a fly ball will go over the fence.

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February 28, 2012 3:00 am

Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 2/28/12

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Michael Street

In this week’s Value Picks, Michael shows you how to love the players that other owners hate, including Carlos Pena, James Loney, Mat Gamel, Brent Morel, and Chase Headley.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve looked at several players that are easy to love based on their history and PECOTA’s projection for a resurgent season. As a result, for many of those players—such as Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, and David Wright—their ADPs tended to closely match their PECOTA rankings. What about the players you (or opposing owners) love to hate? These guys have an ADP below their PECOTA rankings because they’ve disappointed in the past or are just misunderstood by most fantasy owners.

So this week, we get into the real Value Picks—those players outside the Usual Suspects which you can squeeze some value out of. Just like bad medicine, you may find some of this hard to swallow come Draft Day, but it’ll be good for your fantasy team if taken in the right doses. Let’s face it: sometimes it’s good to be hated.

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December 13, 2011 5:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Whose Batting Average Could Spike?

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Jason Collette

By looking at pitches per plate appearance and BABIP, we might be able to predict which players are most likely to have batting average rebounds.

We now have less than 70 days until pitchers and catchers report, so our long national past-time nightmare will not last as long as it already feels. That also means that drafts are even closer, both the local drafts that all of us do and the national competitions that others add on top of the spring mix each year. For me, that means a return to New York City in late March for a sixth run at a Tout Wars title, a big bar tab at Foley’s, and more time with some of the brightest baseball people I know who let me tag along and soak in the knowledge.

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November 2, 2011 9:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 11/2/11

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Michael Jong

The Keeper Reaper tackles Han-Ram's value plus that of Zobrist, Wieters, Cozart, Mesoraco, and Salvador Perez

Hanley Ramirez | Florida Marlins
Shallow:
NO
Medium:
BORDERLINE
Deep:
YES
NL-only:
YES
Super Deep:
YES

Again, it is extremely difficult for this author to remain completely objective when it comes to Ramirez, who is perhaps the face of the (soon-to-be Miami) Marlins franchise. Ramirez's performance in 2010 was disconcerting but still well in the range of excellence for shortstops. Ramirez's 2011 performance, on the other hand, was an abject disaster. Not only did he post his worst batting line by far (.243/.333/.379), but he did so while suffering through his most injury-riddled year ever after going through two seasons of creeping minor injuries.






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July 27, 2011 9:46 am

Value Picks: Outfield for 7/27/11

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Rob McQuown

The presently uber-hyped Desmond Jennings joins VP this week along with the formerly uber-hyped Cameron Maybin.

With several outfielders involved in trade rumors, it's a week for fantasy owners to stay on their toes.  Carlos Beltran, B.J. Upton, Colby Rasmus, and even Carlos Quentin could be playing elsewhere next week, and that opens up playing time for their replacements. 

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July 19, 2011 12:09 am

Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/19/11

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Michael Jong

Michael welcomes a toolsy young shortstop and a rugged veteran with a history of quality hitting (and injuries) to VP this week.

Departures
Orlando Hudson, San Diego Padres (Yahoo! 4%, ESPN 2.3%, CBS 16%)

Hudson was conspicuously absent last week despite not being officially removed from the list, but this week he receives his pink slip. The concern is that Hudson will not steal enough bases to be worth his currently poor batting average, and unlike fellow Padre and Value Picks member Jason Bartlett, he does not have the history of stolen base attempts that would support him continuing to grab bases. For now, we'll look at more interesting names here at Value Picks.



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July 12, 2011 9:00 am

Value Picks: Second, Short, and Catcher for 7-12-11

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Michael Jong

Heavy on catchers this week, Michael welcomes Wilson Ramos to VP and discusses Ramon Hernandez.

Departures

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July 6, 2011 9:00 am

Value Picks: Outfield for 7/6/11

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Rob McQuown

Rob welcomes an aging Tiger hitter and an intriguing Toronto power bat in this week's VP.

Listen my children and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

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June 8, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Bringing Them Home

3

Craig Brown

Craig takes a look at the RBI profiles of Jamey Carroll and Dan Uggla and examines the struggles of Uggla in 2011.

Last week, I took a look at hitters who were driving in the highest percentage of base runners. This week, it seems natural to turn the tables and look at the two worst at bringing home runners.
 


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