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01-17

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

11-06

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Rumor Roundup: Another Winter, Another Tigers Closer Search
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Daniel Rathman

09-12

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What Scouts Are Saying: September 12, 2013
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Baseball Prospectus

06-05

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week 10
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Josh Shepardson

04-09

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23

Fantasy Freestyle: Home-Style Auctioning
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Mike Gianella

02-13

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39

Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 15 Fantasy Catchers
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Paul Sporer

11-28

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15

Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Adderall
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Russell A. Carleton

07-13

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

06-07

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, June 7
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Matthew Kory

06-01

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 31
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Larry Granillo

05-03

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 2
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Larry Granillo

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three: Phillies Take a 2-1 Lead
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Ben Lindbergh

04-10

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 9
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Larry Granillo

04-08

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Rookie Effect
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Brian Mills

03-16

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16

Fantasy Focus: NL-only Draft Results
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Marc Normandin

03-15

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44

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results
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Jason Collette

02-25

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Fantasy Beat: Scoresheet Draft Prep, BP Kings, and You
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Rob McQuown

02-21

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11

Fantasy Focus: Catcher Rankings
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Marc Normandin

02-07

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16

Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

08-19

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17

Changing Speeds: The Golden Generation
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Ken Funck

06-23

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Under The Knife: Beltran's Clock Ready to Tick
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Will Carroll

06-01

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7

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop
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Michael Jong

05-11

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop
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Michael Jong

04-01

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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED NL Projected Opening Day Rosters
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John Perrotto

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: Major Moves Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: NL East Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

10-26

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On the Beat: World Series Game Three
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John Perrotto

10-24

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Prospectus Hit and Run: A Tale of Two Right Fielders
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Jay Jaffe

10-21

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World Series Prospectus: Rays versus Phillies
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Joe Sheehan

10-23

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Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, NL East
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Nate Silver

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Rockies versus Phillies
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Christina Kahrl

09-04

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Prospectus Matchups: Causation, Grit, and Imperfection
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Jim Baker

08-19

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

02-02

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Catching Prospects
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Nate Silver

09-01

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Transaction Analysis: August 28-31, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

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Transaction Analysis: July 3-5
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Christina Kahrl

02-01

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Prospectus Notebook: Rockies, Phillies
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Baseball Prospectus

01-09

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

12-08

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Dominican Winter League Report
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Carlos J. Lugo

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The tater trots for April 9: some New Yorkers double up, Chooch with the pinch slam, and Grandy's sweet trot.

It was a long day on Saturday, with a lot of extra baseball: doubleheaders, suspended games, extra-innings... All of that added up to a mere 25 home runs on the day, a very manageable number.

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Do early-season phenoms fade once the rest of the league learns to stop giving them pitches to hit?

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.

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March 16, 2011 6:00 am

Fantasy Focus: NL-only Draft Results

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Marc Normandin

What can we learn from Marc's second-year draft in CBS Fantasy Sports' NL experts league?

Yes, yes, I know: no one cares about my fantasy team. But since this is an NL-only experts league I participate in over at CBS Sports as a representative of Baseball Prospectus, it seems fitting that you get to read about it. Scott White, Al Melchior, Derek VanRiper, Erik Siegrist, and many others are in this 12-team league (the full auction results of which can be found here). In a nutshell, I’m pleased with how my team turned out in my second year in the league, but there are a few picks I made where I wish I had listened more to my own advice.

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March 15, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results

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Jason Collette

Jason took part in a slow mock draft with other fantasy experts and is now here to share what he learned from the experience.

I recently had the pleasure of doing a slow—and I mean slow—mock draft over the past four weeks with a few of my friends and colleagues in the fantasy baseball industry. That group included most of the mlb.com folks, Fernando DiFino, and the legendary Joe Sheehan. The draft started on February 17 and survived a few lost weekends, DiFino’s nuptials (congrats!) and several copy and paste issues from some of us that are still using not-so-smartphones.

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February 25, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Scoresheet Draft Prep, BP Kings, and You

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Rob McQuown

Rob uses the recent direction of the BP Kings Scoresheet draft to discuss the value of outfielders and platoons.

 Making one pick every day and a half is, how shall I say, not exactly rollicking fun.

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February 21, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Catcher Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Catcher turns out to be the most depressing of all positions.

These are the catcher fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and closer installments.

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Rob McQuown gives more keeper tips and dives into draft preparation notes.

With many leagues having keepers due today, I'll be around to offer any commentary on keepers. One last-minute tip is to not forget about defense. Be sure to check out these resources:

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August 19, 2010 8:00 am

Changing Speeds: The Golden Generation

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Ken Funck

The 2006 class is a tough one to beat among a strong recent group of rookie classes.

Earlier this week, the folks at Beloit College released their annual MindsetList, a document designed to explain the cultural differences between the incoming class of college freshmen and the older faculty hired to teach them. The idea is to highlight the small and large ways the world has changed in the last 20 years by mentioning things that were true during the life span of oldsters that were never true for those under 20, e.g., the existence of things like a telephone cord, a country called Czechoslovakia, and a baseball commissioner not named Bud. For me, a man who fervently hopes Jamie Moyer comes back next spring to ensure I won’t have to face being older than every major-league ballplayer, this is always a time to reflect on youth and age, both in life and in baseball—especially so this year, since the current Mindset List includes a reference to the term Annus Horribilus, which I happened to use in last year’s BP Annual, but which I now know dates me almost as much as saying “23 Skidoo.”

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June 23, 2010 10:44 am

Under The Knife: Beltran's Clock Ready to Tick

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Will Carroll

The Mets center fielder, out all season while recovering from microfracture knee surgery, begins a rehab assignment Thursday, along with other injury news from around the majors.

Carlos Beltran (arthritic knee, ERD 7/15)
In what is sure to be a continuing series, the Beltran watch is now headed for a rehab assignment, which will start tomorrow at High-A St. Lucie. Beltran was watched by the Mets' top brass, including Omar Minaya, during an extended spring training game on Sunday and they felt the center fielder was ready to start his 20-day rehab clock. I've pushed the idea that Beltran needs to be up in Flushing as soon as he's physically able, but several people inside the game have told me that while there's merit in the concept, Beltran is human and needs a "spring training equivalent." The downside here is that he's going to be taxing the knee during that time. Of course, that's what rehab assignments are for. They'll be very controlled, perhaps not so much as the simulated games he's been in, but Beltran will have very specific steps and tests at each point. He'll have the DH option in most games as well, something he won't have when he makes it back to the Mets. Watching how often he needs to play there is going to be a big tell for his progress. The key will be how his knee responds and the Mets' ability to manage the inflammation and bruising that will inevitably occur inside the knee. The brace he is wearing is helping, but the continued idea that he's a center fielder is not. I'm most curious to see when that will be abandoned. One interesting concept that was tossed out by an MLB athletic trainer was the idea that Beltran could hit well enough to be in the lineup every day, but not play the field consistently. He wondered if there's a level and a cost where Beltran might make sense for an AL team. If Beltran were to show that, the idea of him being a modern-day Harold Baines would have to be intriguing for some teams as well as for the Mets escaping at least some of Beltran's contract. It's very equivalent to what the Twins did with Jim Thome, though he was a free agent.


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June 1, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop

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Michael Jong

Michael Jong examines the change in catchers for Value Picks.

Note: Statistics in bold are 2010 minor league stats

The Changes

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May 11, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop

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Michael Jong

Two players graduate and one player gets demoted from Value Picks. Michael Jong covers the new replacements.

This week, Value Picks graduates two players and demotes one, all while bringing in three fresh names in completely different situations. Cliff Pennington's usage shot up in ESPN mixed leagues, as he is now owned in 33 percent of leagues, up 17 percent from last week. As it is, he's no longer undervalued, and why should he be? His unexpected hot star finally caught fantasy players' eyes, but note that he has been in decline for the last few weeks, especially in the power categories. Chris Snyder only spent a week in this space, and it was not a pretty one. Snyder hit .154/.421/.154 during that week, with only two hits. Still, he too saw his ownership jump up to 22 percent of ESPN leagues. With Miguel Montero still not available, Snyder should provide pop and playing time at the catcher position for a little while longer. If either of these players are still available in your deeper leagues, go ahead and snatch them up. The one demotion is John Baker, who slumped through a .125/.192/.208 line in his two weeks in the Value Picks portfolio. Baker can and should regress to his norms in due time, but with limited upside in terms of both talent and playing time, Baker should take a back seat in your search for a catcher.

Entering the portfolio are two catchers in completely different scenarios. Value Picks may be a bit late to the John Jaso party, but better late than never. Jaso took the starting role for Tampa Bay when Kelly Shoppach went down with injury and has not looked back since. While that .314/.479/.486 line Jaso put up in 48 PA is a mirage, it's certainly a hot one. Jaso has been good in the minors at avoiding strikeouts (minor league career strikeout rate of 12.2 percent in eight seasons), so he will certainly strike out more than in 4.1 percent of his plate appearances. With the increase in strikeouts, that batting average will fall, though PECOTA projects an above average contact rate of 83 percent that should help keep the AVG afloat. Jaso has never shown much power, but in the Rays lineup, you do not need a whole lot of power to drive in runs. His solid, patient approach at the plate should get him on base to score runs as well, even near the bottom of the lineup. Jaso's skill set compares favorably with Shoppach, with less power and more contact ability, but the results should be similar. With the lion's share of playing time, he's a good player to have on AL-only leagues and leagues with two-catcher requirements.

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National League projected rosters

With Opening Day a little more than a week away, here is a look at the projected rosters for each of the 16 National League clubs following conversations with club executives and media members. Keep in mind these are projected rosters and subject to change.  American League lineups are here.  You can also look at the fantasy depth charts at any time to see our latest updated projections.

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