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09-09

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4

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
by
Zachary Levine

07-23

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2014 Draft
by
Nick J. Faleris

06-24

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17

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

06-17

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55

The 2012 Redraft
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Baseball Prospectus

06-11

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7

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

06-10

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14

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
by
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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3

Eyewitness Accounts: June 5, 2014
by
Ron Shah

06-05

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4

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
by
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

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
by
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
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-16

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6

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
by
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
by
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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15

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
by
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
by
Nick J. Faleris

01-29

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

01-27

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

11-15

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11

Fantasy Freestyle: AFL First Pitch Forums Draft
by
Paul Sporer

11-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 326: The Minor League Free Agent Draft
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-25

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Area Code Games
by
Chris Rodriguez

09-10

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9

BP Unfiltered: 2013 Arizona Fall League Rosters: Positional Talent
by
Jason Parks

09-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 281: The Soft-Tossing Starter Draft/Harry Pavlidis Explains All PITCHf/x
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-05

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Area Code Games
by
Chris Rodriguez

08-16

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Scouting the Draft: Summer Circuit: PG All-American Classic
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Jason Parks, Nick J. Faleris and Chris Rodriguez

08-09

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Minor League Update: Second Round Selections
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Zach Mortimer

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The Phillies and the NCAA do a college player wrong, and only the player suffers.

Last June the Philadelphia Phillies used their fifth- and sixth-round draft picks to select Pac 10 talents Ben Wetzler (LHP, Oregon State) and Jason Monda (OF, Washington State), ultimately failing to sign each. Earlier this week Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt broke the news that last fall the Phillies turned in both Wetzler and Monda to the NCAA, claiming that both violated NCAA regulations that prevent an amateur player from using an agent to negotiate a contract on the player’s behalf. Violation of those regulations has the potential to negate the player’s NCAA eligibility. Monda has since been cleared to play, while Wetzler sits on the sidelines with his case still under review.

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February 18, 2014 6:00 am

Draft Ten Pack: Feb. 18, 2014

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

USA Baseball arms (including Carlos Rodon) and Florida High School updates.

Last Friday marked the beginning of the baseball season for the vast majority of collegiate programs (junior colleges have been in action since Feb. 1st), and it was an eventful opening weekend for a number of high-interest USA Collegiate National Team alums. The draft’s presumptive leader for 1-1 honors, Carlos Rodon, (LHP, NC State), had a less-than-stellar opener, while a quartet of his Team USA rotation-mates found varying levels of success in their respective starts. Down in the Sunshine State, high school ball is underway and we have notes on five arms and their early season starts.

Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State
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It was a disappointing start all around for NC State ace Rodon. After weather-related issues bumped State’s opener from Friday in Southern California to Sunday in Raleigh, the lefty took the mound without his usual overpowering arsenal. Rodon sat as low as 89-90 mph and generally 90-92, several ticks shy of his usual comfort zone, while struggling to command the pitch to his typical ability. His power breaker, normally the go-to pitch in his repertoire, was unresponsive, and with his fastball velocity down Canisius was able to succeed with a choke-and-poke approach, taking advantage of Rodon’s bouts of wildness and a flat NC State defense. The final line was a ho-hum six innings pitched, four hits, three runs (one earned), and one walk allowed, with six strikeouts and three batsmen hit by pitches. While Sunday’s performance was less than ideal, Rodon’s track record, and the fact that he has more than three months’ worth of starts before draft day, lessen the blow for evaluators. He gets Appalachian State next weekend. –Nick J. Faleris



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February 11, 2014 6:00 am

Draft Ten Pack: High School Winter Workouts

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Nick J. Faleris, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

A tour around three top prep showcases.

As part of Baseball Prospectus’ increased draft coverage in 2014, we are excited to introduce an addition to the “Ten Pack” series: the MLB Draft Edition. Each Tuesday we will touch on 10 draft-eligible players, sometimes a few more, with a combination of stock updates, scouting notes, and video. This week we open the series with scouting notes from three of the top prep winter showcases, each taking place annually in early February. I was in attendance at the Prep Baseball Super 60, which focuses on some of the top Midwest talent at the high school ranks. Our partners at Perfect Game had Todd Gold in attendance at the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau’s SoCal Invitational, and David Rawnsley in Cedar Rapids for the Perfect Game Pitcher/Catcher Indoor Showcase.

Simeon Lucas, C, Grant Community (Fox Lake, IL)
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Lucas continues to see his stock rise, as he carried his momentum from the fall to his Super 60 workout on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. He produced consistent loud contact through batting practice, launching several balls on a line to the net hanging a couple hundred feet away, giving scouts more of what they have come to expect from the offense-minded backstop. Where we saw a step forward, however, was behind the plate, where Lucas’ pop times hovered around 2.00 throughout his catch-and-throw workout, while he simultaneously demonstrated improved footwork both to second and on his block and back-pick drills. While catching bullpen sessions for the pitchers, Lucas drew a couple of arms that regularly buried their breaking balls, which turned out to be a blessing. Scouts walked away generally impressed with his lateral movements and blocking. The jury is still out, but the Super 60 was another good day for Lucas from a draft stock standpoint. –Nick J. Faleris



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In-depth looks at the prep corner infielders you'll be paying attention to this June.

Previous Positional Previews:

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In-depth looks at the prep middle infielders you'll be paying attention to this June.

Previous Positional Previews: High School Catchers

Position at a Glance
This is one of the most important cross-sections of talent in any draft class. The top players, and certainly the top athletes, in high school programs tend to gravitate towards shortstop, where they can more regularly impact the game. Because of the difficulty associated with the position at the Major League level, it is not uncommon for these high school standouts to shift to a less demanding defensive home at some point during their pro development, making the high school middle infield group the incubator for a wide variety of Major League talent types. It is no wonder pro teams have gotten more aggressive in signing up-the-middle defenders out of high school over the last decade, and this year appears to offer MLB organizations a wide and varied collection through which to shop.


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In-depth looks at the prep catchers you'll be paying attention to this June.

Position at a Glance
Evaluating and projecting out high school catchers is a difficult task, with high developmental attrition rates stemming from the fact that the hit tool and catcher defense are two of the most difficult skills to grow and refine at the professional level. The most sought-after talents within this cross section are those players who have elite present ability with either the hit tool or defense, with the holy grail being that unique player capable of stepping into a minor-league system and thriving defensively while also projecting out with the bat. This year’s crop boasts an elite talent in Alex Jackson, as well as a number of players who could step into that top tier with a little further growth this spring.

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November 15, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: AFL First Pitch Forums Draft

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Paul Sporer

A look back at the first 10 rounds of a very early 2014 draft.

I took my annual trek to Arizona two weeks ago for both the Arizona Fall League and the Baseball HQ First Pitch Forums. It’s my favorite trip of the year and this might’ve been my best time yet. I drove from Austin with my dog, which actually enhanced the trip despite there being a total of 34 hours of driving to and fro. Thankfully, I like driving.

One of my favorite parts of the event is Draft Saturday. I believe they started the live drafts three or four years ago and it has evolved a bit throughout, but the staple has been a pair of NFBC-style drafts wherein we draft 23 rounds in person and the other 27 on the internet over the winter. It’s a draft-and-hold, which means no pickups or trades. Surplus is less useful and you need contingencies because you will get injuries during the season. We do a Kentucky Derby Style draft slotting (see no. 4 on that link for an explanation) and assuming the top two were gone, I was hoping to grab the three-spot for Paul Goldschmidt.

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Ben and Sam select 20 minor league free agents with decent chances to see big league playing time in 2014.

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September 25, 2013 6:00 am

Area Code Games

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Chris Rodriguez

Video and reports on some of the top prep players in the nation.

Here are five more hitters who shined in front of hundreds of scouts at the Area Code Games a couple weeks back. You can see part one here.

Blake Wiggins, 3B/ C/OF, Yankees #14

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In verse.

I’m weak in the knees; aggressively pleased; hand on my heart, fascinated with the beats; fascinated with the uniforms and the cleats; watching the field with eagerness; fortuitous; looking at the roster; explicit and gratuitous.

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Ben, Sam, and guest Harry Pavlidis draft slow-throwing starters, and Harry explains the intricacies of classifying pitches and scouting pitchers from PITCHf/x.

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September 5, 2013 12:30 pm

Area Code Games

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Chris Rodriguez

Some of the top arms at the summer's annual Area Code Games in Long Beach.

The Area Code Games are the premier event of the summer for amateur players looking to boost their draft stock before heading into the long winter. Hundreds of scouts and coaches from big league organizations, colleges, and scouting sites descend upon Long Beach for six long days of baseball.

The first day started with a five-hour batting practice, with every player taking swings. Games begin in the afternoon of the first day and continue throughout. I headed to Long Beach with Nick J. Faleris to film the event. Here are reports (with video) on pitchers who caught my eye.

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