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03-05

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Top Tools: Best Slider/Changeup/Command
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

05-28

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Minor League Update: Games of May 24-27
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Zach Mortimer

05-20

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Minor League Update: Games of May 16-19
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Zach Mortimer

05-13

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Minor League Update: Games of May 10-12
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Zach Mortimer

05-10

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What Makes A Good Changeup
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Harry Pavlidis

05-06

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Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5
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Zach Mortimer

04-29

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Minor League Update: Games of April 27-28
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Zach Mortimer

04-27

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Minor League Update: Games of April 25-26
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Zach Mortimer

04-22

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Minor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21
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Zach Mortimer

04-15

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Minor League Update: Games of April 12-14
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Zach Mortimer

04-08

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

02-22

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10

Pitcher Profile: Aroldis Chapman
by
Harry Pavlidis

04-18

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

10-19

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23

World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

06-09

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21

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Left-Handed Pitchers
by
Jason Parks

02-18

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Future Shock: New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-08

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Future Shock: Atlanta Braves Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-21

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

10-29

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Checking the Numbers: Quick Change Artistry
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Eric Seidman

06-06

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31

Future Shock: Draft Class '09 Top 50
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-06

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Zumaya's Zooming
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Ben Lindbergh

04-23

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Checking the Numbers: Inside Pitch-f/x
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Eric Seidman

01-30

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Player Profile: James Shields
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Marc Normandin and Dan Fox

07-05

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Schrodinger's Bat: Searching for the Gyroball
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Dan Fox

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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Top Tools: Best Slider/Changeup/Command

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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

The final installment of a seven-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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May 28, 2013 12:15 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 24-27

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Zach Mortimer

Zach catches you up on all of the farm-system happenings of the Memorial Day weekend.

Games of Friday, May 24

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May 20, 2013 3:07 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 16-19

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Zach Mortimer

Four days of prospect goodness in this weekend update, which includes a note on the recently promoted Jurickson Profar.

Games of Thursday, May 16

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May 13, 2013 1:44 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 10-12

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Zach Mortimer

Yankees righty Rafael De Paula added 12 strikeouts on Friday to his season total of 58 in 33 1/3 innings.

Games of Friday, May 10

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Some pitchers' changeups get better results than others. Can we identify the factors that matter?

What makes a good changeup? Speed differential (i.e. being 7-10 MPH off a fastball)? Is it depth or fade, perhaps the tumble on a splitter? Location and command? Deception (e.g. matching arm speed and release point)? Or is it context, how the batters are setup based on the count or the read of their swing?

Oh, right. Results. We judge on results.

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May 6, 2013 1:48 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5

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Zach Mortimer

Indians righty Danny Salazar owns an electric fastball and should garner more attention than he has received.

Games of Thursday, May 2

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April 29, 2013 12:26 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 27-28

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Zach Mortimer

Anthony Ranaudo is inching back onto the prospect radar with an excellent start to the season.

Games of Saturday, April 27

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April 27, 2013 3:25 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 25-26

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Zach Mortimer

Giants right-hander Chris Stratton is off to a fine start in Low-A ball.

Games of Thursday, April 25

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April 22, 2013 2:09 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21

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Zach Mortimer

A's prospect Maxwell Muncy is a first-base only prospect, but his bat could carry him a long way.

Games of Friday, April 19

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April 15, 2013 2:44 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 12-14

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Zach Mortimer

Jameson Taillon's curveball made a scout whom Zach spoke with giddy.

Games of Friday, April 12

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April 8, 2013 1:46 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7

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Zach Mortimer

Last year's top pick Carlos Correa delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday.

Games of Friday, April 5

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Can the league's hardest thrower transition successfully to a rotation role?

Two weeks ago, we examined the progress of Johnny Cueto, whose development from raw talent to well-rounded pitcher has rightfully brought high expectations. Today, we turn our attention to another widely acclaimed Reds pitcher: Aroldis Chapman

Chapman is one of the most enticing figures in baseball today. Most fans got their first impression of the flamethrowing lefty in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, when, in a rare dud for the Cuban national team, he failed to escape the third inning of an outing against the eventual champion, Japan.

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