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06-23

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The Buyer's Guide: Billy Butler
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J.P. Breen

03-19

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The Darkhorses: Runs Batted In
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-05

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Rumor Roundup: A.J. Griffin Cuts His Cutter
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Daniel Rathman

11-25

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Fantasy Team Preview: Kansas City Royals
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Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer

10-31

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Fantasy Freestyle: Scary Shifts in First Base Positional Eligibility
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Ben Carsley

05-14

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

12-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 94: The Perplexing Trade Value of R.A. Dickey and Billy Butler
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-05

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The Lineup Card: Nine All-Star Snubs
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Baseball Prospectus

05-27

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 26
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Larry Granillo

04-26

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 25
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Larry Granillo

09-06

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for September 5
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Larry Granillo

07-29

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Fantasy Beat: Royalty Running Wild
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Jason Collette

07-27

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for July 26
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Larry Granillo

03-11

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Fantasy Beat: Billy Butler, Speed Demon
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Jason Collette

01-25

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Fantasy Beat: Grounding Out With Billy Butler
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Craig Brown

04-05

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
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Michael Street

03-28

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on First Base Prospects
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Nate Silver

05-02

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Prospectus Today: Managing Top Prospects
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Joe Sheehan

04-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Deric Ladnier
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David Laurila

03-23

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Corner Outfield Prospects
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Nate Silver

01-22

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Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top Ten Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-15

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes On Prospects, Part Two
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Nate Silver

10-19

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Prospectus Notebook: Royals, Twins
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Baseball Prospectus

06-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

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The tater trots for July 26: Chase Utley's inside-the-park home run and Albert Pujols shows the fallibility of instant replay.

It's been a busy day, what with the 19th-inning blown call, the Colby Rasmus trade, the almost-Carlos Beltran trade, and Ervin Santana no-hitter. I'm certainly not complaining. But it has kept us all from what's really important - the Tater Trot Tracker.

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March 11, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Billy Butler, Speed Demon

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Jason Collette

Ned Yost says he wants his first baseman to steal 10 bases in 2011--is that realistic, or insanity?

Spring Training is always good for a few canned stories. I don’t know about you, but I have lost count of how many guys are in the best shape of their lives as well as how many guys are just working on things to get ready for the season. It may take the players a few weeks to get game ready, but their clichés are in mid-season form right out of the gate. So, when a manager comes out and says that his hefty first baseman has a chance of stealing ten bases in 2011, you take notice.

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January 25, 2011 11:12 am

Fantasy Beat: Grounding Out With Billy Butler

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Craig Brown

If Billy Butler is to ever realize his power potential, he will need to change his approach at the plate.

Among qualified first basemen last summer, Billy Butler’s .318 batting average ranked him third, just behind Joey Votto’s .324 BA and Miguel Cabrera’s average of .328.  That’s a good foundation for fantasy, but Butler lagged in the power categories.  His 15 home runs ranked him 20th out of 24 players and his 78 RBI were good for 18th place.  While he was the best hitter on the Royals, his results were a mixed bag for fantasy owners who undoubtedly enjoyed the batting average, but wished he would realize his power potential.  Still, it was quite a productive year as his career-best .309 TAv ranked him eighth among qualified first basemen.  

Entering the 2010 season, Butler’s goal was to cut down on his strikeout totals.  Given he whiffed a career worst once every 5.9 at bats the previous year, it was an admirable goal.  Under the tutelage of new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, Butler worked on improving his contact.  The emphasis wasn’t on type of contact. (i.e. Hitting with more power or driving the ball to the pull field.) Rather it was just on making contact.  Period.

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April 5, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter

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Michael Street

In the last of his preseason "Hot Spots," Michael Street looks at the underappreciated 1B Billy Butler, the increasing flexibility of DH Hideki Matsui, and how Scott Rolen and Juan Francisco fit in to Cincinnati's 3B picture.

For this final preseason Hot Spots column, I’m focusing on underdrafted players, anticipating our shift to targeting undervalued players during the regular season. There’s no better place to start than Kansas City, whose offense is projected by BP to score 741 runs, fourth-worst in the AL, making fantasy owners overlook Royals players.

One who doesn’t deserve such a snub is Billy Butler, whose 32.3 VORP in 2009 was second-best on the team. He’ll need to reach his 80th PECOTA percentile to beat that VORP in 2010, but even his 50th percentile has fantasy value. Though he isn’t a slugger, Butler’s 14% strikeout rate and 8% walk rate from 2007-9 show his strong BA contributions. If he can recapture the patience he exhibited in 2008, when he had a career-best 12.9% K rate, Butler could hit .300 again in 2010; his 60th percentile would get him there, while also cresting .500 SLG.

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March 28, 2008 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on First Base Prospects

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Nate Silver

It's not a position where a lot of youngsters make it, but there are at least two excellent prospects at first.

This article is the second in our (deliberately-paced) annual series of PECOTA-based prospect rankings. For the first article in the series, and a discussion of methodology, head back here.

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May 2, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Managing Top Prospects

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Joe Sheehan

A Butler's doing it and in for a Pence, but a Grizzly future for Tim Lincecum?

Sometimes, a prospect is just so good that he takes the decision away from the team. The Royals have to make room for Butler because not doing so becomes the elephant in the room. If you're playing Emil Brown (.186/.237/.229) and Ryan Shealy (.113/.186/.208, and to the DL) and Mike Sweeney (.263/.341/.368, and to the bank) while keeping the second-best hitter in your organization at Triple-A, it becomes difficult to argue that you're trying to win. The Royals wanted to be taken seriously-as evidenced by the $55 million commitment to Gil Meche-not calling up Butler is incongruous.

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April 1, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Deric Ladnier

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David Laurila

David sits down for a fascinating chat with the Royals scouting director.

David Laurila talked to Ladnier for Baseball Prospectus about his recent drafts, taking fliers on hard signs, and going after guys who can hit big.

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March 23, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Corner Outfield Prospects

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Nate Silver

Last time out, Nate zeroed in on center fielders. Today, he moves to the corners.

1. Delmon Young, Devil Rays (21) 135.2 2. Billy Butler, Royals (21) 125.9 3. Jay Bruce, Reds (20) 118.1 Delmon Young is the best corner outfield prospect in baseball. There isn't much debate about that. The question is where he fits into the overall picture. Kevin Goldstein and Baseball America each have him rated at #3, whereas PECOTA thinks he's more in the range of #15.

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January 22, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top Ten Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Three fantastic prospects occupy the 1-3 slots, but is there any depth in the Royals' farm system?

Excellent Prospects
1. Alex Gordon, 3b
2. Billy Butler, lf/rf
3. Luke Hochevar, rhp
Very Good Prospects
None
Good Prospects
4. Chris Lubanski, of
5. Ryan Braun, rhp
Average Prospects
6. Danny Christensen, lhp
7. Brent Fisher, lhp
8. Tyler Lumsden, lhp
9. Mitch Maier, cf/rf
10. Jeff Bianchi, ss/2b













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February 15, 2006 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes On Prospects, Part Two

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Nate Silver

Nate continues his PECOTA-based prospect evaluation by looking at young first basemen and outfielders.

First Basemen: Real Prospects

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Notebook has a look at some young Royals farmhands, and says goodbye to Minnesota's Luis Rivas.

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June 7, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003

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Christina Kahrl

B.J. Surhoff and Deivi Cruz have compormising pictures of Orioles management. Darren Dreifort's latest injury has the Dodgers pondering his future yet again. The Brewers may have grasped the concept of sunk costs. The Phillies' bullpen is a mess. News, notes, and Kahrlisms from 25 major league teams in the latest edition of Transaction Analysis.

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