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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
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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
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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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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Mock Draft 2014
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Jason Parks

06-06

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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
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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?
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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

04-10

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What Scouts Are Saying: April 10, 2014
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Baseball Prospectus

04-08

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Draft Ten Pack: USA Baseball NHSI Edition
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Nick J. Faleris

03-28

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Draft Ten Pack: Collegiate Update
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

03-27

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Draft Ten Pack: Weekend in Nashville
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Nick J. Faleris

03-11

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Draft Ten Pack: March 11, 2014
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

03-04

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Draft Ten Pack: The Prep Edition
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

03-03

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Draft Ten Pack: Jumbo College Edition
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

02-21

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The Phillies, Ben Wetzler, and the NCAA
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Nick J. Faleris

02-18

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Draft Ten Pack: Feb. 18, 2014
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

02-11

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Draft Ten Pack: High School Winter Workouts
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Nick J. Faleris, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

01-30

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Scouting the Draft: Positional Preview: High School Corner Infielders
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Nick J. Faleris

01-29

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Scouting the Draft: Positional Preview: High School Middle Infielders
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Nick J. Faleris

01-27

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Scouting the Draft: Positional Preview: High School Catchers
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Nick J. Faleris

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How the Phillies stopped drafting risky athletes in favor of high-floor baseball skills.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the drafting philosophies of the Phillies and Blue Jays.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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A first look at the top 50 names to keep an eye on for this June's amateur draft.

To put it bluntly, this is not a very strong draft class, at least not on paper. The same problems that have plagued the last few classes—such as the lack of quality collegiate bats and depth up the middle—are here. But compounding the issues is that there isn’t the glut of prep pitching prospects that we’ve had in the previous editions of this decade, and there are a plethora of injury question marks here, particularly with the college arms.

With all of that being said, the barrel isn’t empty, and there is some upper-echelon talent to be found here, particularly in the southern part of the country. Despite the injury concerns college pitching—again—dominates the top of the class, and there are some prep bats here that have a chance to be all-stars if everything breaks right. Even the weakest class will give your team a chance to substantially improve its system, and 2015 isn’t an exception.

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March 23, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Kris Bryant and the CBA Fight Ahead

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Matthew Trueblood

The attention paid to Kris Bryant's service time foreshadows the major issues facing owners and players in the next CBA negotiations.

As with the old axioms about offensive linemen, umpires and prophylactics, when CBA rules are working properly you never hear about them. Yet here we are, with Kris Bryant’s predicament perhaps the major story of spring training: The Cubs can’t bring him north without burning a year of club control (in 2021), and they can’t send him to Triple-A Iowa without incurring the wrath of Baseball Twitter’s moral majority. It’s a conundrum many teams have faced over the past few years, some in March (to potentially push back free agents), others in May and June (to stall arbitration raises by a year). Each creates a legitimate dilemma, and there’s no wrong answer, given the needlessly complicated rules in place. Which is the point: We’re talking about this because the rules have broken down.

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How simply pursuing the best player available in the draft has created one of the league's best rosters.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the winningest teams of the past four years and PECOTA-projected division titlists Nationals and Tigers.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Yankees | Mets



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March 12, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: The Volatility of Youth

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Christopher Crawford

Five of the more risky potential top draft picks are broken down.

No matter the year or the strength of the class, volatility will always play a significant part in scouting the MLB draft. It’s only natural for 18 to 22-year-old players to go experience significant highs and lows over their respective seasons, and it’s why so many players who start the year near the top of the draft boards end up seeing their stock diminish, and vice versa.

“It’s just a natural part of the process,” an NL Central front-office member said. “You always start your year with a certain idea of how you think things are going to break down, but there are always those handful of prospects that you just don’t know how things are going to end up. It drives you nuts, but it also sort of makes things fun.”

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February 17, 2015 6:00 am

Draft Ten Pack: February 17, 2015

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

Updates on Kyle Funkhouser, Brendan Rodgers, Dansby Swanson, and other potential draft targets.

This past weekend kicked-off the start of the Division I college baseball season, and so too does Baseball Prospectus’ prospect team kick-off our coverage of the 2015 draft with the first installment of our Draft Ten Pack series. Each week we will bring you updates on some of the top names and rising talents across the amateur landscape, beginning this week with updates from college baseball’s opening weekend and some prep notes from the Sunshine State and an early-season Midwest showcase.

Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville

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February 10, 2015 6:00 am

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

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Joshua Kusnick

An agents advice for amateur players wondering when to hire an advisor.

It's February, which means things are coming on like a freight train in the baseball world. I am in the process of closing deals on all my clients' endorsements, filing my 2014 MLBPA paperwork, finalizing spring training responsibilities, and just overall getting ready for game season. I say game season because I don't actually get to experience an "off"season. No agent ever does. The closest I ever came to an offseason was the 10 days I spent in the Bahamas with my wife on my honeymoon, and even there by Day Five I had to deal with a now-former client getting arrested! A vendor who didn't know I was out of the country (and out of the loop) sent me an email: “Sorry about your guy.” I responded accordingly, then proceeded to flip out after Google confirmed the story.

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And the players who this year are poised to upset the trend.

Christopher Crawford is the founder and executive editor of Draft To The Show, an MLB draft writer for ESPN, and the author of the 2015 Draft To The Show Draftbook. You can follow him on Twitter at @crawfordchrisv.

If you’ve followed the draft closely over the past few years, one of the major underlying themes has been the lack of quality collegiate bats. Teams generally covet position players who can help quickly, but since the star-studded 2005 class that saw four college sluggers go in the first seven selections, top picks have seldom been used on collegiate hitters. In the past three editions just four college hitters have gone in the top 10 selections, and Kris Bryant and Mike Zunino are the only collegiate hitters who have gone in the top three since the start of the decade.

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September 9, 2014 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: So Long, Scout

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Joshua Kusnick

The author remembers 'a Hall of Fame scout if there ever was one.'

This past week my friend Bruce Seid, the Milwaukee Brewers scouting director, passed away. This is not the first time I lost a friend who was a scout. Rolando Casanova of the Detorit Tigers passed away earlier this year, as well. Bruce and Caz were both under 60 and passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. We work in show business, and death rarely creeps into our thoughts, but when it comes it hits like a sledgehammer. I want to use this column to talk about my friend and give the world a behind-the-scenes look at what a failed draft situation looks like.

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July 30, 2014 6:00 am

Scouting the Draft: The Cape League All-Star Game

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Al Skorupa

Writeups on Cody Ponce, a Cape League surprise who continued to shine in the All-Star game, and other prospects.

This year’s Cape League All Star Game was interesting from both a scouting and talking point perspective. The league and managers did a great job picking the best prospects, which hasn’t always been the case in previous years. The biggest name that scouts were excited to see was Kentucky’s Kyle Cody. Cody has been brilliant for Wareham and seems to be the consensus best arm on the Cape this summer. He showed some overpowering mid-90s heat on Sunday night.

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It's in the agent's interest to get the most money for his players. That's true... mostly.

When the Astros last took us back to economics class, it was for what was generally regarded as a good thing on their end. They showed how a team can use not only their leverage, but the misaligned incentives of individual players and their collective to get what appeared to be a good deal for Jon Singleton. (Whether or not Singleton’s .179/.263/.340 start with a 37 percent strikeout rate changes your opinion of the deal now, the economics do not change.)

Now somehow, a month later, we’re back. It’s probably not a coincidence that it’s the Astros again. This is what they do. From the first pick of baseball’s new amateur economy, this is what they’ve done. They play with the rules, they use their leverage, and now they’re going to be one No. 1 overall draft pick short of a trio at Camp Kissimmee next year.

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

2014 Draft

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Nick J. Faleris

The Astros had a plan that was too good to fail. So good, in fact, that they left no room for what would happen when it did.

As the clock struck seven on the evening of June 5th, the Houston Astros stared with wide eyes at a deep draft board. The organization held a handful of early picks and $13,362,200 in available spending, the most of any team, putting it in an position to load up its minor-league system with high-level draft talent. But 42 days and 22 hours after the Astros announced the first selection of the 2014 draft, the front office somehow found itself with one of the lightest pulls of the draft, a bruised reputation, and public scorn from both the MLB Players’ Association and one of the game’s most high profile agents.

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