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02-19

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Top Tools: Best Hit/Power
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

06-05

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 4
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Zach Mortimer

05-30

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 29
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Zach Mortimer

05-28

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Minor League Update: Games of May 24-27
by
Zach Mortimer

05-21

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 20
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Zach Mortimer

05-20

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Minor League Update: Games of May 16-19
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Zach Mortimer

05-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 15
by
Zach Mortimer

05-15

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 14
by
Zach Mortimer

05-13

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Minor League Update: Games of May 10-12
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Zach Mortimer

05-06

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Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5
by
Zach Mortimer

04-18

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The Lineup Card: 10 Favorite Player/Executive Attributes
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Baseball Prospectus

11-22

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Spinning Yarn: How Does Quality of Contact Relate to BABIP?
by
Mike Fast

09-14

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45

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2011 Minor-League Awards: Position Players
by
Jason Parks

08-23

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Best of the Best
by
Jason Parks

08-11

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45

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Center Field
by
Jason Parks

08-04

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32

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Left Field
by
Jason Parks

07-07

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45

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Third Basemen
by
Jason Parks

06-28

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54

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Shortstops
by
Jason Parks

06-23

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29

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Second Base
by
Jason Parks

06-21

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39

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: First Base
by
Jason Parks

06-16

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44

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Catchers
by
Jason Parks

05-17

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Hitters, Part II
by
Jason Parks

04-26

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: An Embarrassment of Riches: The Texas Rangers, Part II
by
Jason Parks

02-25

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38

Future Shock: Philadelphia Phillies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-22

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Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-16

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38

Future Shock: Minnesota Twins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-14

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29

Future Shock: San Francisco Giants Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-08

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44

Future Shock: Atlanta Braves Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-07

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Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-03

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39

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-01

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Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-28

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57

Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-25

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Future Shock: Chicago White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-19

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38

Future Shock: Toronto Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-18

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Future Shock: Colorado Rockies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-13

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Future Shock: Detroit Tigers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-11

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41

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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38

Future Shock: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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43

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-24

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Future Shock: Florida Marlins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-22

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57

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-21

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33

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-14

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26

Future Shock: Houston Astros Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-03

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38

Future Shock: Chicago Cubs Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-30

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41

Future Shock: Cleveland Indians Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-24

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36

Future Shock: Washington Nationals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-17

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Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-12

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Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-10

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Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-14

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Future Shock: Taking a Step Back, Part One
by
Kevin Goldstein

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Part one of a several-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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June 5, 2013 1:25 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, June 4

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Zach Mortimer

Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia needs to improve his secondary skills for his promising hit tool to make an impact in the majors.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Eddie Butler, RHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. Jason Cole has a lot of good to say about Butler. Check out his notes here.

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May 30, 2013 3:41 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 29

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Zach Mortimer

After a poor 2012 campaign, Red Sox righty Anthony Ranaudo has surged back onto prospect radars with an excellent first 10 starts.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; plus fastball with good life; curveball with easy plus potential; potential solid-average changeup. Ranaudo struggled mightily in 2012, but has come in and just flat-out shoved in 2013. I recently spoke with a scout who assumed Ranaudo will pitch in the Futures Game this year; 54.2 IP, 31 H, 9 ER, 15 BB, 58 K in 10 starts.

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May 28, 2013 12:15 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 24-27

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Zach Mortimer

Zach catches you up on all of the farm-system happenings of the Memorial Day weekend.

Games of Friday, May 24

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May 21, 2013 12:25 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 20

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Zach Mortimer

Marlins lefty Andrew Heaney impressed in his 2013 debut, fanning nine in 4 1/3 innings.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K; potential plus fastball; potential plus curveball; potential average changeup; first start of the 2013 season.

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May 20, 2013 3:07 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 16-19

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Zach Mortimer

Four days of prospect goodness in this weekend update, which includes a note on the recently promoted Jurickson Profar.

Games of Thursday, May 16

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May 16, 2013 1:54 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 15

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Zach Mortimer

Carlos Contreras delivered a dominant outing for the Reds' High-A affiliate, but his future is likely in the bullpen.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Carlos Contreras, RHP, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K; potential plus fastball; potential plus changeup; fringy curveball; below-average command; most believe his future is in the bullpen.

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May 15, 2013 3:43 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 14

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Zach Mortimer

Reds outfielder Jesse Winker has good offensive upside, but will need to reach his ceiling to be an everyday player.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Neil Ramirez, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K; plus fastball; potential plus slider; inconsistent changeup; get-me-over curveball; stuff will tick up in bursts; back-end starter or possible setup man; 43.0 IP, 21 H, 14 ER, 18 BB, 55 K in eight starts.

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May 13, 2013 1:44 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 10-12

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Zach Mortimer

Yankees righty Rafael De Paula added 12 strikeouts on Friday to his season total of 58 in 33 1/3 innings.

Games of Friday, May 10

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May 6, 2013 1:48 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5

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Zach Mortimer

Indians righty Danny Salazar owns an electric fastball and should garner more attention than he has received.

Games of Thursday, May 2

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Which individual player tools are favorites of the BP staff?



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Mike continues his investigation of HITf/x data to glean more insights into whether pitchers can prevent hits on balls in play.

In the first part of this study, I used detailed batted ball speed information from HITf/x to examine the degree of skill that batters and pitchers had in quality of contact made or allowed. Here, I will look deeper into the question of why some batted balls fall for hits and others do not.

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