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06-15

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The 2014 Redraft
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Baseball Prospectus

06-12

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Some Projection Left: Draft Strategies
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Christopher Crawford

06-11

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Some Projection Left: MLB Draft: Day 3 Analysis
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Christopher Crawford

06-10

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Some Projection Left: MLB Draft Day 2 Analysis
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Christopher Crawford

06-09

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Some Projection Left: MLB Draft Day 1 Analysis
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Christopher Crawford

06-08

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Some Projection Left: Top 125 Draft Prospects
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Christopher Crawford

06-05

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28

Some Projection Left: 2015 MLB Mock Draft
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Christopher Crawford

06-03

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Some Projection Left: Draft Needs: National League
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Christopher Crawford

06-02

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Some Projection Left: Draft Needs: American League
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Christopher Crawford

05-27

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Some Projection Left: Top 100 Draft Prospects
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Christopher Crawford

05-11

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Some Projection Left: 2015 MLB Mock Draft 1.0
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Christopher Crawford

04-21

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Some Projection Left: Top 75 Draft Prospects
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Christopher Crawford

04-02

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Some Projection Left: Matuella has Tommy John; Imagining the Draft That Could Have Been
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Christopher Crawford

03-30

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Every Team's Moneyball: Philadelphia Phillies: Changing Habits
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Christopher Crawford

03-26

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Some Projection Left: Top 50 Draft Prospects [With Aiken Update]
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Christopher Crawford

03-23

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Rubbing Mud: Kris Bryant and the CBA Fight Ahead
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Matthew Trueblood

03-23

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Every Team's Moneyball: Washington Nationals: On a Draft High
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Christopher Crawford

03-12

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Some Projection Left: The Volatility of Youth
by
Christopher Crawford

02-17

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Draft Ten Pack: February 17, 2015
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

02-10

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An Agent's Take: So, Your Kid Might Get Drafted
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Joshua Kusnick

01-29

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Why College Bats Disappeared From the Top of the Draft
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Christopher Crawford

09-09

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An Agent's Take: So Long, Scout
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Joshua Kusnick

07-30

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Scouting the Draft: The Cape League All-Star Game
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Al Skorupa

07-25

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Skewed Left: The Mismatched Incentives of Draftees and Their Agents
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Zachary Levine

07-23

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2014 Draft
by
Nick J. Faleris

06-24

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Baseball Therapy: Is it Really Harder to Scout in New England?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-17

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The 2012 Redraft
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Baseball Prospectus

06-11

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft Favorites By Round
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Nick J. Faleris

06-10

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The 2013 Redraft
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Ron Shah and Baseball Prospectus

06-08

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7

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Mock Draft 2014
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Jason Parks

06-06

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6

Round One Analysis
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Nick J. Faleris

06-06

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An Agent's Take: When Post-Draft Negotiations Get Strained
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Joshua Kusnick

06-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Two
by
Doug Thorburn

06-05

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BP Unfiltered: 2014 Draft Index
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Nick J. Faleris

06-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 464: Breaking Down the Amateur Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-05

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Eyewitness Accounts: June 5, 2014
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Ron Shah

06-05

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Riding Top Prospects' Coattails in the MLB Draft
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Kevin Whitaker

06-04

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Draft Ten Pack: June 4, 2014
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Nick J. Faleris and Ron Shah

06-03

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Left-Handers to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

06-02

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Right-Handers to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-30

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Corner Outfielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-30

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Center Fielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-29

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Corner Infielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-28

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Catchers to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-28

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Middle Infielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-22

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Draft Ten Pack: Whom Would You Draft, Part 3
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

05-14

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Draft Ten Pack: Whom Would You Draft, Part 2
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

05-07

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Draft Ten Pack: Whom Would You Draft?
by
Nick J. Faleris

05-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 442: The Second Annual 25-and-Under Starters Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-16

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Draft Ten Pack: More from NHSI and Two Big College Names
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

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June 15, 2015 6:00 am

The 2014 Redraft

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Baseball Prospectus

You can get a lot of information on draftees in one year, so here's what the first round of the 2014 draft would look like now.

It has now been 375 days since the first round of the 2014 MLB draft kicked off with the Houston Astros by selecting Brady Aiken. Of course, we know how things have changed with Aiken, who failed to sign, had Tommy John surgery and was drafted 17th overall by Cleveland last week. While the last calendar year or so hasn’t been that eventful for the names below, it’s been eventful enough that we decided it was time to break back out one of our favorite exercises from last year: the redraft.

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June 12, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: Draft Strategies

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Christopher Crawford

With the new CBA, two primary ways to attack the draft emerged. Which teams embraced extreme versions of each strategy?

One of the consequences of the decisions to create the allocated draft pool fund in 2012—intended or not—was that it essentially gave teams three choices for how to approach the draft:

Plan 1: Attack the draft early with high-reward players who will eat up most of your allocation, and then trust your scouting department to find and develop lesser-known “names” in the later rounds.

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June 11, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: MLB Draft: Day 3 Analysis

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Christopher Crawford

A look at some of the prospects selected on day three who could someday find themselves in the bigs.

Let’s face it, day three of the MLB Draft is not exactly must-listen/view entertainment. A large portion of these players will end up being organizational fodder—if that—and the players that you have heard of are likely going to attend college or return to their respective university.

With that being said, there’s a reason this day exists; and every year there are diamonds in the rough that slip into the late rounds that end up making a contribution at the big-league level. Here’s one player for each club that has a chance to do just that, ignoring the players who went late who have a snowflake’s chance in you-know-what of ending up with the respective organization.

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June 10, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: MLB Draft Day 2 Analysis

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Christopher Crawford

A look at some of the steals, reaches, and most MLB-ready players taken on day two of the draft.

Day two doesn’t get a lot of attention from fans, but in terms of building a system, it’s the most important day of the draft. The best groups always do well on this day, and it’s a chance to not only pick up depth, but there’s always some star quality to be found in the middle rounds. And 2015 is no exception, even with a less-than-stellar class on paper.

Here are some of the highlights of day two of the 2015 MLB Draft.

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June 9, 2015 12:28 am

Some Projection Left: MLB Draft Day 1 Analysis

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Christopher Crawford

Our resident draft expert gives his Day 1 analysis as the excitement unfolds.

It's finally here, ladies and gentlemen: draft day. Even with the class being weak—on paper, anyway—it is still a fascinating event that is sure to have its share of surprises over the next few hours, and days. And while we won't be able to judge the results of these picks for several years, we can certainly judge the process, and we can evaluate how a player fits into a system. So, we're going to do just that.

Here is our live pick-by-pick analysis of day one of the MLB Draft:

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June 8, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: Top 125 Draft Prospects

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Christopher Crawford

With the draft just a half day away, here's a quick list of the top available players.

It’s draft day, boys and girls. To help you follow along and keep track of who the best players are left, I thought it’d be prudent to release the final board of the year, this time 1 to 125, because I’m a nice guy with entirely too much time on my hands. Keep in mind this is not a mock, my final one of those was released Friday and can be found here.

Enjoy.

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June 5, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: 2015 MLB Mock Draft

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Christopher Crawford

No mock drafts are right. Neither is this one.

I’ve always wanted to do this.

1. Arizona Diamondbacks – Dansby Swanson, SS, Vanderbilt
Here’s the thing about mock drafts. They’re essentially nonsense. Sure you get some good information out of it here and there, but outside of a Callis-ian effort, the very best mocks get something like four or five out of the 30 picks right.


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June 3, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: Draft Needs: National League

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Christopher Crawford

It's never wise to draft by need, but sometimes the best player available and what a team's system is lacking can line up.

Yesterday, we took a look at the organizational needs for the American League, and some prospects who would make sense to fill said needs without going too far—if at all—off the board.

Today, it’s the National League’s turn. Here’s a look at each NL team’s system flaw, and some players who make sense in plugging those holes.

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It's never wise to draft by need, but sometimes the best player available and what a team's system is lacking can line up.

Let’s get this out of the way: Drafting for need is generally a good way to end up with a poor farm system. None of these players is likely to make an impact for at least a year—likely more—and by the time a prospect is ready to contribute, a team’s needs have likely changed, maybe more than once. Take the best player on your board, and if/when it creates a roster problem, consider it a good problem that allows you to get creative with your roster rather than necessitates it.

With that being said, there is a difference between drafting for need on the big league club, and filling holes in the system. Even the best systems—with one exception, that we’ll get to soon enough—have organizational flaws, and while I would never recommend a team stray away from their board, here and there a club’s lack of depth at a position or lack of a tool matches up with the best player available, and it can make sense to address that need early in the draft.

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May 27, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: Top 100 Draft Prospects

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Christopher Crawford

A updated look at the top 100 names in this June's amateur draft.

We’re just under two weeks until day one of the draft. The good news is that we haven’t had many more injuries after a ridiculous run to start the spring, but the bad news is that the guys who have stayed healthy still don’t make up a very good draft class. Even in a weak year there are always going to be plenty of potential impact players, though.

Here are the top 100 players eligible for the 2015 MLB Draft.

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May 11, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: 2015 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

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Christopher Crawford

Things are still very uncertain, especially at the top, but a month away from the draft, teams are focusing in on who they're going to select in June's draft.

Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone loves mock drafts. I can’t tell you the exact reason why, but part of it is probably that “can’t stop looking at this train wreck” feeling we get—the attempt to predict so many complex variables (i.e. the mock draft itself) being the train wreck. They also provide some optimism that the player fans love for no real reason will make it to their respective favorite club.

Please keep in mind that this is a mock draft, not a board. Also remember that we’re still a little under a month away, so this—and every other mock draft you ever read—should be taken with a heaping bowl of salt, and a plethora of things will change between now and draft day. We’ll do an updated version as we get closer to the day, but I’ve gathered enough information to feel comfortable putting this out.

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April 21, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: Top 75 Draft Prospects

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Christopher Crawford

A updated look at the top 75 names in this June's amateur draft.

Last month, I unveiled my top 50 prospects of the 2015 MLB draft class, and those of you who actually read the opening stanza are likely aware that, in my humble estimation, this isn’t a very strong group of prospects.

It’s gotten worse.

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