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03-15

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Future Shock: Florida Scouting Notes
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Kevin Goldstein

02-07

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The Lineup Card: 11 Times Small Sample Sizes Steered Us Wrong
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Baseball Prospectus

03-23

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On the Beat: The Sunny Side of Spring
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John Perrotto

03-17

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Overthinking It: Small Samplings of Spring, NL Edition
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Ben Lindbergh

06-14

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Hunter Pence
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Tyler Hissey

04-02

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Transaction Analysis: Senior Circuit Shuffling
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Christina Kahrl

03-07

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Prospectus Matchups: Stocks, Cactus, Grapefruit & Jones
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Jim Baker

02-11

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Spring Training Preview
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Joe Sheehan

02-08

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Spring Training Preview
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Joe Sheehan

02-06

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Spring Training Preview
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Joe Sheehan

02-05

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Spring Training Preview
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Joe Sheehan

04-08

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Every Given Sunday
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John Perrotto

03-07

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March Mirages
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John Perrotto

03-04

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Every Given Sunday
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John Perrotto

03-29

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Future Shock: Spring Prospect Report, National League
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Kevin Goldstein

03-16

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Prospectus Notebook: Braves, Marlins
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Baseball Prospectus

09-06

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Prospectus Notebook: COL, NYM, NYA
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Baseball Prospectus

04-14

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Getting the Call
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Caleb Peiffer

03-18

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Fantasy Focus: Spring Training Stats
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Erik Siegrist

11-03

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Transaction Analysis: September 30-October 26, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

04-02

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Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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Baseball Prospectus

03-24

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Baseball Prospectus

05-05

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Prospectus Triple Play: New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Baseball Prospectus

04-12

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Projected 1999 American League Standings
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Baseball Prospectus

03-24

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Fun and Games in the Cactus League
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Jonathan Bernstein

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March 15, 2012 11:55 am

Future Shock: Florida Scouting Notes

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Kevin Goldstein

Some young prospects might be getting their assignments to minor league camp right now, but not before scouts get to see who has impressed and who has not.

Now that we're approaching mid-March, early cuts have begun at spring training sites. For some this makes the games more interesting, as the big leaguers play more innings; for others, the earlier games are the ones to watch since the younger players get to play more, even if they're not as polished. Many scouts fall into the latter group, as early games mean extended looks at 2011 draft picks, or introductions to big-name prospects who play for organizations the scouts don't normally cover. So before all of the prospects head down to minor league camp, here are some players opening scout's eyes–for good or bad reasons–in Florida so far.

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In advance of PECOTA's arrival, we'll be looking at the pitfalls of relying upon sample sizes that are too small

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March 23, 2011 8:19 am

On the Beat: The Sunny Side of Spring

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John Perrotto

As training camps wind down, here's a look at news that has cheered each major-league team this March.

Spring training is the time for optimism and dreams. However, with Opening Day just eight days away, the time for wishing and hoping is drawing to a close. Before the party gets spoiled by the natural ebb and flow of the season, let's take a look at one positive occurrence for each of the 30 clubs this spring (to balance things out, on Friday we'll look at the negatives of the spring):

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Wrapping things up by running down the National League's best candidates to benefit from hot spring starts.

Picking up where we left off on Tuesday, let’s complete our circuit of the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues by identifying some less established NL players who may have put themselves in stronger consideration for roster spots this season on the basis of small-sample spring performances thus far.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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Hunter Pence provided one of the only bright spots for the Houston Astros during a breakout rookie performance in 2007. Pence didn't quite match his output as a hitter in his follow-up act in 2008 but, with his defense, remained a valuable asset. The Houston right fielder has rebounded offensively this spring, playing well enough to enter the All-Star conversation at his position in the National League.

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April 2, 2009 7:16 pm

Transaction Analysis: Senior Circuit Shuffling

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Christina Kahrl

Filling in the blanks and changing the names as the final roster decisions roll in.

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March 7, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Matchups: Stocks, Cactus, Grapefruit & Jones

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Jim Baker

Onward, ever onward with the pursuit of random knowledge!

Doesn't "Stocks, Cactus, Grapefruit & Jones" sound like the name of a band that released one semi-well-received album in 1968 and then faded into the vast desert of obscurity? It's not, though; it's just a roundup of the various topics I'll be covering today.

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February 11, 2008 12:00 am

Spring Training Preview

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Joe Sheehan

The Cubs made the best offseason move of any team in the division, and consequently are the team to beat among the Central's six heading into 2008.

Chicago Cubs

Where: Mesa, Arizona (Cactus League)
2007 record: 85-77 (1st, NL Central)
New guys: Jose Ascanio, Jon Lieber, Kosuke Fukudome
Gone guys: Cliff Floyd, Koyie Hill (NRI), Jacque Jones, Jason Kendall, Will Ohman, Angel Pagan, Mark Prior
Wow, he's still here? Felix Pie has been traded to Baltimore in a deal for Brian Roberts a thousand times in the media, and not once in MLB. With the Orioles having added Adam Jones, it would seem less likely that they'd acquire Pie, leaving the 23-year-old free to roam center field for the Cubs.
Winter grade: A-. Their only move of note-signing Fukudome-was a terrific one, giving them the OBP boost they sorely needed, and solidifying a position, right field, that was a problem in 2007.
NRI to watch: God bless him. Chad Fox, 37 years old and nearly three years removed from his last professional appearance, is in camp. Fox, who we used to describe as "effective when healthy," hasn't been either since 2003. Still, you have to root for a guy who wants it this badly.
Job battle to track: There's no obvious closer, as Ryan Dempster is being moved back to the rotation after a few years of relief. That leaves Kerry Wood, Bobby Howry and Carlos Marmol, all hard-throwing righties, grappling for the job. This seems like a good place for Piniella to re-create his 1990 Reds approach, with no closer and all three guys available for work from the seventh through the ninth.
One move to make: Slapping Lou Piniella with a clue stick. Piniella, who has a lot of good qualities as a manager, indicated last week that his lineup would feature Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot in the top two spots, with Fukudome fifth. The Cubs' biggest problems on offense have been not having enough runners on base for Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez. Hitting Fukudome behind those two is a waste of his talents. If Soriano has to bat leadoff because he's fast, fine; at least bat Fukudome second and Theriot down in the lineup where he belongs.

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February 8, 2008 12:00 am

Spring Training Preview

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Joe Sheehan

Adding Johan Santana puts the Mets ahead of the pack in the division and the league.

We move to the NL East, which features the best team in a much-improved league.

Atlanta Braves

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February 6, 2008 12:00 am

Spring Training Preview

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Joe Sheehan

Baseball's toughest division top to bottom also featured some of the busiest winters in its front offices.

The AL Central closes out our previews of the junior circuit.

Cleveland Indians

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February 5, 2008 12:00 am

Spring Training Preview

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Joe Sheehan

It's not unreasonable to think that four of the seven best teams in the AL reside in this division.

We'll preview the AL East today, hopefully with a lower error rate than we saw in yesterday's leadoff piece.

Baltimore Orioles

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April 8, 2007 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday

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John Perrotto

John checks in with teams changing gears, players trying to show last year was no fluke, and guys disappointed with their lot in life.

Developments and news from around the league...

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