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04-14

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14

Cheese in the Kitchen: On Bat Speed and the Prospects Who Have It
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Wilson Karaman

04-06

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3

Fantasy Freestyle: The PFM and The Model Portfolio
by
Mike Gianella

04-05

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4

TDGX Transactions: Amateur Draft
by
J.J. Jansons

04-04

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2

The Quinton: Keeper League Auction Takeaways
by
Jeff Quinton

06-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting
by
Tim Britton

05-15

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BP Milwaukee
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Nicholas Zettel

03-14

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33

Pebble Hunting: Should Have Taken Trout
by
Sam Miller

06-15

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14

The 2014 Redraft
by
Baseball Prospectus

06-12

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11

Some Projection Left: Draft Strategies
by
Christopher Crawford

06-11

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6

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

06-10

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5

Some Projection Left: MLB Draft Day 2 Analysis
by
Christopher Crawford

06-09

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28

Some Projection Left: MLB Draft Day 1 Analysis
by
Christopher Crawford

06-08

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9

Some Projection Left: Top 125 Draft Prospects
by
Christopher Crawford

06-05

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28

Some Projection Left: 2015 MLB Mock Draft
by
Christopher Crawford

06-03

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5

Some Projection Left: Draft Needs: National League
by
Christopher Crawford

06-02

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10

Some Projection Left: Draft Needs: American League
by
Christopher Crawford

05-27

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11

Some Projection Left: Top 100 Draft Prospects
by
Christopher Crawford

05-11

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16

Some Projection Left: 2015 MLB Mock Draft 1.0
by
Christopher Crawford

04-21

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Some Projection Left: Top 75 Draft Prospects
by
Christopher Crawford

04-02

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

03-23

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74

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

03-23

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6

Every Team's Moneyball: Washington Nationals: On a Draft High
by
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
by
Joshua Kusnick

01-29

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

09-09

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

07-30

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

07-25

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Skewed Left: The Mismatched Incentives of Draftees and Their Agents
by
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?
by
Russell A. Carleton

06-17

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The 2012 Redraft
by
Baseball Prospectus

06-11

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

06-10

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The 2013 Redraft
by
Ron Shah and Baseball Prospectus

06-08

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7

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Mock Draft 2014
by
Jason Parks

06-06

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6

Round One Analysis
by
Nick J. Faleris

06-06

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24

An Agent's Take: When Post-Draft Negotiations Get Strained
by
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
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-05

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Eyewitness Accounts: June 5, 2014
by
Ron Shah

06-05

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Riding Top Prospects' Coattails in the MLB Draft
by
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
by
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
by
Nick J. Faleris

05-29

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

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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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If ever there was a year to allow trading draft picks, this would have been the one.

Last week, I unveiled my top 50 prospects for the MLB Draft, and in my opening paragraph I alluded to this being one of the poorer draft classes (particularly at the top) since the turn of the century. That top became even thinner with the news that Brady Aiken had Tommy John surgery about two hours after the list went up, and now becomes even weaker with today’s news that Mike Matuella will also undergo Tommy John surgery.

What this means for Matuella: Let’s be clear—TJ might have a stronger recovery rate than some other invasive surgeries, but it’s still an invasive procedure with a nonzero failure rate, so this isn’t good news. As weird as it is to say about a college junior compared to a guy who was in high school at this point last year, Matuella doesn’t have a track record as strong or as long as Aiken does, as his “dominant” showings came just last spring. The Duke right-hander also suffers from spondylosis; a treatable—but degenerating—back disease, and as a taller pitcher those back issues are likely to cause just as much—if not more—concern as his elbow ligament.

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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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