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12-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: League-Worst Bullpen No More
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R.J. Anderson

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: The Congering
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R.J. Anderson and Mauricio Rubio

10-31

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Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros
by
Keith Cromer

10-01

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Transaction Analysis: Playing a Hinch
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R.J. Anderson

09-23

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Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
by
Jeff Moore

09-09

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24

Baseball Therapy: Poisoned by Losing?
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-08

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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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6

Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
by
R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

08-02

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The Call-Up: Mike Foltynewicz
by
Jason Parks and Mauricio Rubio

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Astros, Marlins, Swap Sell-Low Guys
by
Zachary Levine, Jeff Moore, J.P. Breen and Jason Parks

07-25

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14

Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel
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Chris Rodriguez

07-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 498: The Astros' Draft Postmortem
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-23

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2014 Draft
by
Nick J. Faleris

07-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 494: Evan Drellich on the Astros' Aiken Pains
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

07-17

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Painting the Black: The Stealth Steals
by
R.J. Anderson

07-14

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-03

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14

BP Top 50
by
Nick J. Faleris, Jason Parks and Ron Shah

07-02

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The Call-Up: Domingo Santana
by
Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

07-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 482: The Astros' Leaked Trade Talks
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-27

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Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off
by
Doug Thorburn

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 480: The David Price Trading Game
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-05

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17

Skewed Left: The Economics of the Singleton Extension
by
Zachary Levine

06-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Singleton
by
Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

06-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 462: The Singleton Extension and the Franchise Player Draft
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Single's Going Steady
by
R.J. Anderson

06-02

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Days Five and Six: Houston
by
Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 457: Do the Astros Have a Perception Problem?
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-22

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Skewed Left: Dallas Keuchel Defies his Destiny
by
Zachary Levine

05-21

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 21, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

05-07

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Painting the Black: Rites of Springer
by
R.J. Anderson

04-28

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 28, 2014
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

04-18

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Skewed Left: How Service Time Dictates Top Prospect Promotions
by
Zachary Levine

04-17

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26

The Call-Up: George Springer
by
Nick J. Faleris and Craig Goldstein

04-14

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 14, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

04-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 425: The Costliest Injuries Suffered So Far
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-08

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BP Unfiltered: Mark Appel: A PITCHf/x First Look
by
Dan Brooks

04-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
by
Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

04-04

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Overthinking It: Is Dexter Fowler Tough Enough to Play for Your Team?
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 420: Yost, Replay, Porter, and PEDs
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2014 Preseason Preview
by
R.J. Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski

03-28

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/28
by
Jason Parks and Jordan Gorosh

03-19

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Rumor Roundup: Filling First Base
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Daniel Rathman

03-07

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Painting the Black: Spring Flings
by
R.J. Anderson

02-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 379: 2014 Season Preview Series: Houston Astros
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-22

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Pebble Hunting: Do the Astros Deserve to Be Shamed?
by
Sam Miller

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Youngian Thing
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R.J. Anderson

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: Abreu, Baker, and the Astros' First Base Battle
by
Daniel Rathman

01-02

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Transaction Analysis: Crain So Good Coulda Swore You Went to College
by
R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: The 13-Team TA
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh, Ethan Purser and BP Fantasy Staff

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Ben and Sam banter about banning the shift, then discuss the way the Astros' draft deadline went down.

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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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Ben and Zachary talk to Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Evan Drellich about the Astros' contentious negotiations with no. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken.

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July 17, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: The Stealth Steals

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R.J. Anderson

Reviewing the transactions we didn't write about but, in retrospect, wish we had.

Although we've published more than 100 Transaction Analysis columns since November, the reality is not every signing or waiver claim gets covered. Most of those missed transactions amount to nothing, but a few result in larger impacts than expected. Here are five uncovered moves that yielded good returns during the first half, along with what we would have written if we had covered them at the time, and what we should have written if we'd focused on exactly the right details.

Chris Coghlan

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July 14, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

Updates on Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Mejia, Lance McCullers Jr., and others.

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The final debate before the complete list appears.

Links to Other BP Top 50 Debates
Tim Anderson vs. J.P. Crawford | Daniel Norris vs. Jose Berrios |
Albert Almore vs. Stephen Piscotty | Austin Hedges vs. Blake Swihart vs. Jorge Alfaro |
Hunter Harvey vs. Kohl Stewart | Taijuan Walker vs. Lucas Giolito

The Rules
Rather than re-printing the BP Prospect Staff Midseason Top 50 debates—much of which involves discussion of multiple players at the same time—we thought it would be interesting to call out some of the more interesting pairings of players who have been in consideration for the #BPTop50 and allow an advocate for each to make his case as to why that player should be ranked ahead of the other.





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July 2, 2014 6:23 am

The Call-Up: Domingo Santana

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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

The Astros call up the outfielder they stole from Philadelphia.

The Situation: On Sunday, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated that Domingo Santana (the no. 8-ranked prospect in the system entering 2014) still had some developing to do in Triple-A. But with outfielder Dexter Fowler finding himself on the 15-day disabled list, the Astros have a need for an outfielder already on the 40-man roster. Checking off both of those prerequisites, Santana was summoned to the big leagues from Triple-A Oklahoma City and debuted with a three-strikeout, 0-for-4 performance on Tuesday.

Background: Santana, acquired by the previous regime in Houston, came to the Astros as the fourth and final piece of the trade that sent outfielder Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies. Santana didn’t become a member of the Astros organization until two weeks after the trade went down, having originally been listed as player to be named later. But it's still puzzling that the Astros were able to acquire Santana, who has been tapping into his raw power since entering pro ball as a 16-year-old. It might have been a mistake on Philadelphia’s part, and not in the figurative sense, if you believe this report (and not this denial).

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Ben and Sam discuss the significance of the Astros' leaked internal trade notes.

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June 27, 2014 8:12 am

Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off

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Doug Thorburn

Looks at the mechanics of two of the Astros' surprise successes, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh.

The Astros have unearthed a couple of legitimate All-Star candidates in their rotation this season, and though neither pitcher fits the “high-ceiling prospect mold” that has become characteristic of the franchise, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh have quickly ascended from afterthoughts to valuable assets for the organization. Is their performance merely a blip on the radar, with regression looming to take each of them down a peg, or are there legitimate reasons to get excited about either of these two pitchers? Let's dig in.

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Ben and Sam banter about the Astros, then discuss what a realistic return would be in a package for David Price.

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June 5, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: The Economics of the Singleton Extension

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Zachary Levine

Why all the incentives are aligned in favor of contracts like the Astros' new first baseman's, and how that could change.

Leave it to the Astros, a team that's spent the last few years sending fans running to the record books, to the legal dictionary, and occasionally to the therapist, to be the team that in 2014 is sending us back to economics class.

Their general manager, Jeff Luhnow, has both an undergraduate business degree and a Kellogg MBA. Their assistant GM, David Stearns, came from the salary arbitration and collective bargaining team at MLB headquarters. Down the depth chart, their baseball operations analyst, Brandon Taubman, came from the derivatives trading world. Hell, their analogue of a traveling secretary (on this team a more comprehensive “manager of team operations”), Dan O’Neill, per his bio:

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June 4, 2014 6:22 am

The Call-Up: Jonathan Singleton

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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

Another Astros power prospect debuts.

The Situation: Heading into yesterday’s game, Houston first basemen were hitting .181/.269/.291 as a group. With Singleton boasting a .267/.397/.544 line for Triple-A Oklahoma City and his contract extension freshly signed, the Astros summoned him to the majors to provide some pop—and in his debut, he did.


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