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05-28

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Minor League Update: Games of May 24-27
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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

04-27

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

04-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 15
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Zach Mortimer

04-15

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

04-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 8
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Zach Mortimer

04-08

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

03-25

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Minor League Update: Games of March 22-24
by
Zach Mortimer

06-29

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21

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Bring Me the Head of Justin Smoak
by
Jason Parks

06-17

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BP Unfiltered: Interleague Play is Confusing
by
Ben Lindbergh

02-23

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Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-02

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Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-16

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29

Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-24

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42

Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-28

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54

World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
by
Jay Jaffe

10-13

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8

Playoff Prospectus: Kotsay it Ain't So
by
Jay Jaffe

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three: Not Such a Pitchers' Duel
by
Jay Jaffe

08-11

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45

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Center Field
by
Jason Parks

02-03

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39

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-28

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57

Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-18

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27

Future Shock: Colorado Rockies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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38

Future Shock: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-24

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Future Shock: Florida Marlins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-14

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26

Future Shock: Houston Astros Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-17

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34

Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-12

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Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-08

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Future Shock: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-28

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10

World Series Prospectus: Game One Analysis
by
Christina Kahrl

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-19

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 18
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
by
David Laurila

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the AL
by
Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-07

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 6
by
Kevin Goldstein

06-03

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of June 2
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-18

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Game Story: Rangers at Yankees
by
Christina Kahrl

04-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
by
David Laurila

03-31

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One-Hoppers: Switch-Pitcher in Pinstripes
by
Jay Jaffe

02-16

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29

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-12

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42

Future Shock: Mets Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-08

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Future Shock: Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-10

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51

Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-29

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Future Shock: A's Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-01

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Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-09

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43

Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-20

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Prospectus Today: Putting the Drama in Drama Season
by
Joe Sheehan

10-08

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16

Future Shock: AFL Preview, Part Two
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Kevin Goldstein

10-06

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Future Shock: AFL Preview, Part One
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: Big-League Cuts and NRI Mutts
by
Christina Kahrl

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January 16, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

There aren't a whole lot of nice things to say about this unhappy system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 4, 2012 12:17 am

Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Rockies' farm system could soon help the team to get back into contention in the NL West.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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December 16, 2011 3:56 am

Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Pittsburgh is rolling in the deep in pitching potential.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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There aren't many stars in the system, but there are potential reinforcements.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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October 28, 2011 10:37 am

World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling

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Jay Jaffe

If you tuned out when the Rangers led 7-5 in the ninth, you missed quite a finish

It was the best worst World Series game—or perhaps the worst best World Series game—I've ever seen. Four and a half hours, 11 innings, 42 players, 19 runs, 23 men left on base, six home runs, five errors, two final-strike comebacks, a handful of bad relief performances, some managerial howlers including a cardinal (not Cardinal) sin… and it all ended with the much-maligned Joe Buck giving a fitting nod to history by emulating one of his father's most famous calls. As David Freese's game-winning blast landed in the grass beyond the center field wall of Busch Stadium, Buck exclaimed, "We'll see you tomorrow night!" Game Six of the 2011 World Series will be remembered as a classic—a Game Six that can sit alongside those of 1975, 1986, and 1991, among maybe a couple others—as the Cardinals staved off elimination to beat the Rangers 10-9, forcing a Game Seven.

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October 13, 2011 2:36 am

Playoff Prospectus: Kotsay it Ain't So

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Jay Jaffe

Jim Leyland wasn't alone in making questionable lineup moves on Wednesday; Ron Roenicke made his own in playing Mark Kotsay.

Sometimes a manager plays a hunch and winds up looking smart, even if the process by which he arrives at the decision appears flawed. In Game Five of the AL Division Series, Jim Leyland batted light-hitting utilityman Don Kelly second, and Kelly responded with a solo home run in the first inning en route to a 3-2 Tigers victory and a series win. On the other hand, sometimes a manager makes a head-scratching move, and it backfires so badly it raises the question of whether a best-of-seven series can end in three games. In Game Three of the NL Championship Series, Ron Roenicke chose to start Mark Kotsay in center field and bat him second against Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter. Before the first inning was out, Kotsay wound up on the wrong end of two game-changing plays en route to a 4-0 deficit, and while the Brewers made a game of it, they fell 4-3, putting themselves in a two-games-to-one hole with the possibility that the series may not make it back to Milwaukee.

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October 4, 2011 4:19 pm

Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three: Not Such a Pitchers' Duel

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Jay Jaffe

A look at how the Tigers snatched Game 3 from the Bronx Bombers

On Sunday, it was Miguel Cabrera, one of the league's best hitters, beating Freddy Garcia, a back-of-the-rotation survivor. On Monday, it was Brandon Inge, Ramon Santiago, and Don Kelly outlasting CC Sabathia, the Yankees ace, with Delmon Young delivering a late kick to the sternum of the Bronx Bombers' bullpen. By stars and by scrubs, the Tigers have taken a 2-1 lead over the Yankees in the AL Division Series, and they stand one A.J. Burnett start away from knocking the league's number one seed out of the postseason.

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A rare breed of player can stay at an up-the-middle position, and many of these center fielders have loaded toolboxes.

The minor leagues are stacked with quality center-field prospects, and some might even end up being quality center fielders at the major-league level. But the truth is most minor-league center fielders lack the necessary skill set to play the position in the majors, making the value of said skill set even more, um, valuable.

This was a difficult list to compile, as I use a mixture of industry opinion and my own eyes to sketch the report, and opinions were extremely varied. I’m incredibly fortunate to have a national platform that encourages industry correspondence and reciprocation [read: people actually return my e-mail] more than discourages it, and I’m thankful because most industry types aren’t influenced by my 70-grade smile. For this article, I polled 10 people employed by major-league teams; some were scouting directors, some were scouts, some were even higher on the food chain. I asked them a simple question: Who are the top 10 center-field prospects currently in the minor leagues?

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February 3, 2011 10:22 am

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

One of the best systems in the game has dropped due to a combination of graduations, trades, and disappointments, but there's still plenty of young talent to dream on.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 28, 2011 12:00 pm

Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Adrian Gonzalez trade depleted the best of the Red Sox' already emptying farm system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 18, 2011 12:30 pm

Future Shock: Colorado Rockies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The best collection of young talent in the NL West ensures the Rockies can remain competitive in the long term.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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While Mike Trout gets all the attention (and understandably so), the Angels have a deep, talented system with power arms and plenty of position prospects.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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