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09-12

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of August
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Sam Miller

09-12

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Notes About Baseball: Talking About Money
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Rocco DeMaro

09-10

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The Lineup Card: Nine Comeback of the Year Candidates for 2015
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Baseball Prospectus

08-22

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Transaction Analysis: Boston Signs Cuban Star Rusney Castillo
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R.J. Anderson

08-02

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19

Trade Deadline
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Sam Miller and Tim Collins

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Give the Red Sox Your Tired and Your Poor But Do Not Give Them Your Prospects
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Sam Miller

07-31

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4

Transaction Analysis: Yankees Get a Proper Infield
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Daniel Rathman, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and CJ Wittmann

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Andrew Miller Goes to Baltimore
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and J.P. Breen

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Trade from the Depths
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Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella and Jason Parks

07-30

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Moonshot: Separating the Phenoms Who'll Make It From Those Who Won't
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Robert Arthur

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Boston Gives 'Em A Little Thumpin' Thumpin'
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Daniel Rathman

07-11

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Transaction Analysis: A Pierz to be Missing
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R.J. Anderson

07-10

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale's Revenge
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Chris Mosch

07-10

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9

The Call-Up: Christian Vazquez
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Al Skorupa and Ben Carsley

06-30

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11

Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 30, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-30

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3

The Call-Up: Mookie Betts
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

06-27

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17

BP Top 50
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Jason Parks, Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and CJ Wittmann

06-27

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Transaction Analysis: Chris Crossed
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R.J. Anderson

06-25

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4

Painting the Black: Red Sox Playing Badly, Playing Bradley
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R.J. Anderson

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/27
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Daniel Rathman

05-21

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13

Transaction Analysis: Stephen Drew and the Red Sox End the Suspense
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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Quinton

05-13

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 13, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-12

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 12, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-05

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10

Pebble Hunting: Who's Winning the Dodgers/Red Sox Trade This Second?
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Sam Miller

05-01

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28

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Mookie Betts
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Jason Parks

04-25

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BP Unfiltered: Scouting Mike Carp
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Dan Rozenson

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2014 Preseason Preview
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Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine

03-21

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Painting the Black: The Predictive Power of the Hit By Pitch
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R.J. Anderson

03-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 410: 2014 Season Preview Series: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-03

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Painting the Black: The Prospect Proximity Rankings
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R.J. Anderson

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: Qualifying Offer Helps Orioles, Hurts Nelson Cruz
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Extension Tension
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Daniel Rathman

01-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 372: The Rays, The Red Sox, and Getting Hometown Discounts
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-23

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Transaction Analysis: Dude (Looks Like a Grady)
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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Steffan Segui

01-06

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Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Carsley

01-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

12-19

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Mike Napoli
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Josh Herzenberg

12-09

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12

Transaction Analysis: The AL East Rearms
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Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Fascinating Mu Thing
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and Ben Carsley

12-06

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Rumor Roundup: Fixing a Hole
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Daniel Rathman

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: A.J. Way
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Sam Miller

11-26

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Strongest (and Weakest) Roster Cores of 2013
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Jonathan Judge

11-25

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Transaction Analysis: Angels and Cards Swap Spare Parts, Mets Add in Outfield
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

11-06

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One Move: American League East
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Ben Carsley

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

10-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 319: Wrapping up the World Series
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Boston's Fast Track to Success
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Zachary Levine

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Six Preview: Cardinals at Red Sox
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Bret Sayre

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Cardinals Edition)
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Sam Miller

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Red Sox Edition)
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Ben Lindbergh

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What Mookie Betts' .400-plus batting average has us reconsidering.

I was first introduced to Mookie Betts on a baseball field back in 2012. It was the New York-Penn League, and the setting was pleasant even if most of the talent would eventually need to buy a ticket to participate in a major-league game. Betts was small and thin, and I didn’t pay much attention to him other than to highlight his name because he was drafted relatively high in the 2011 class and that alone is enough to justify a deeper look in the late-round mecca that is short-season ball. That was my first offseason to rank prospects, and Betts didn’t sniff the Red Sox top 10 list, and I don’t recall his name coming up in the discussion for the “On the Rise” candidates either. We ranked Bryce Brentz over Betts, if that gives you any indication how far off our radar Betts was at the time.

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Mike Carp showed off a knuckleball during a rare opportunity to pitch for the Red Sox.

“Any time you end up with a position player on the mound, it’s not been a good night,” John Farrell said after last night’s debacle of a game for his Red Sox. From Farrell’s position, it’s hard to disagree. But for a Yankee fan like myself and someone with particular interest in position player pitchers, last night was hilarious. Mike Carp’s pitching appearance was not the first position player outing of the season, but it was certainly the most notable. Most important for our purposes, Carp threw a total of 37 pitches—enough for a tentative scouting report.

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March 25, 2014 6:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2014 Preseason Preview

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Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine

The second installment in a division-by-division dialogue leading up to Opening Day.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus is conducting a division-by-division dialogue, asking and answering five questions about each team. Below, Andrew Koo and Zachary Levine discuss the American League East.

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Getting hit by a pitch is a skill, but how repeatable is it, and what should we look for?

The hit by pitch—or at minimum the threat of one—is supposed to be a tool for pitchers to use against hitters. Not just in the Bob Gibson sense, but in a nuanced understanding that goes something like this: humans can only be so accurate when throwing a projectile over long distances. Accidents happen, regardless of intent, and both sides know it—but only one side faces the projectile on each pitch. As Roger Angell writes in Five Seasons, "Most pitchers seem hesitant to say so, but if you press them a little they will admit that the prime ingredient in their intense personal struggle with the batter is probably fear."

If fear buys the pitcher another inch on his fastball, or causes the batter to bail on his breaking ball, then he becomes more likely to realize success than he would otherwise. Instilling fear is an unhealthy aspiration, but nonetheless passes as legitimate strategy. Most hitters react like normal beings; after all, getting drilled by a firmly thrown ball hurts no matter the location. Yet there are some batters who have turned the hit by pitch into their own weapon against pitchers. These batters fear not getting hit; instead, they embrace it—some even hunt for pitches to throw their limbs toward. These batters are the stupidest smart guys in the game.

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Ben and Sam preview the Red Sox' season with Marc Normandin, and Nick talks to WEEI.com Red Sox beat writer Alex Speier (at 18:53).

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Painting the Black: The Prospect Proximity Rankings

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R.J. Anderson

Which teams are in the best position to tap into their prospect wealth this season?

Last Wednesday, Jason Parks released his 2014 organizational rankings, the culmination of a winter spent grading prospects based on their abilities and upside. Using Parks' rankings, we know which teams have the most talent on their farms; today, let's find out which teams have the most talent closest to the majors.

Proximity to the majors is always a talking point with prospects. Yet it surfaces less frequently during conversations about the strength of an organization's minor-league system. Although each team has young players they could call upon tomorrow if needed, there are teams whose best prospects are further along the developmental path than others. Those teams should be better positioned for the short term. A team with a ready-to-go no. 4 starter can use that pitcher if it needs a stand-in due to injury or poor performance. If he's considered surplus, the team can trade him for immediate help. A team with a potential no. 4 starter two or three years away would still find a taker if they looked, but might have to take a lesser return.

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A potentially overpaid outfielder turns out to be a bargain, and the Yankees and Red Sox add injury prone arms.



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January 28, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Extension Tension

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Daniel Rathman

Jason Kipnis is open to staying in Cleveland, and David Ortiz seeks a multi-year deal.

Jason Kipnis is all ears if the Indians want to discuss an extension
For Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, the past few days have brought both good news and bad news on the extension front. Cleveland Plain-Dealer beat writer Paul Hoynes wrote on Monday that the team has given up, at least for the time being, on reaching a long-term agreement with its ace, Justin Masterson. But that report came on the heels of a promising statement from second baseman Jason Kipnis, who told reporters at Sunday’s fan fest that he is “absolutely” open to negotiating a multi-year hitch.


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Ben and Sam discuss Jon Lester and whether the Rays and Red Sox have figured out how to make players reluctant to leave.

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January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Dude (Looks Like a Grady)

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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Steffan Segui

The Red Sox revive Grady Sizemore, the Phillies revive Bobby Abreu, and the Rays and Padres swap multitudes.

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January 6, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox

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Ben Carsley

The defending World Series champions are low on elite fantasy talent, but have numerous useful assets.

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series last year. They did so thanks in large part to bounce-back campaigns from many of their pitchers, career (or near-career) years from the likes of Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, full seasons from Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz, and an out-of-nowhere dominant season from Koji Uehara.

Despite the deep and talented team in Boston, this roster isn’t quite the fantasy goldmine you might expect. There are a ton of fantasy-relevant players here to be sure, but only a handful profiles as top-100 options heading into next season.

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A very good system, top to bottom.

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