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07-25

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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
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-23

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2014 Draft
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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
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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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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Jason Parks and Ron Shah

07-02

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

07-01

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

06-27

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

06-27

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

06-05

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Skewed Left: The Economics of the Singleton Extension
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Zachary Levine

06-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Singleton
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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
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-03

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

06-02

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Days Five and Six: Houston
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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?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-22

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Skewed Left: Dallas Keuchel Defies his Destiny
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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
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R.J. Anderson

04-28

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

04-18

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

04-17

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The Call-Up: George Springer
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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
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Dan Brooks

04-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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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
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-28

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

03-28

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/28
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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
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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?
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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
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Daniel Rathman

01-02

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Transaction Analysis: Crain So Good Coulda Swore You Went to College
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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

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Atlanta Inks Floyd, and Two Teams Sign Relievers
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: How Great Thou Bart
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Collect Qualls [UPDATED]
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R.J. Anderson, Jeff Moore and Bret Sayre

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Feldman Aims for the Stars
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Russell A. Carleton and Craig Goldstein

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: Astros Acquire a Player!
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Sam Miller

11-12

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One Move: American League West
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Ben Carsley

11-05

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Prospect Debate: Correa vs. Springer
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

11-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-04

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

11-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 320: Colin Wyers on Mathematical Modeling for the Astros and the Future of Public-Sector Sabermetrics
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-01

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Manufactured Runs: Moments of Transition, Moments of Revelation
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Colin Wyers

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Ben and Sam discuss events from Wednesday's games, the new transfer rule, and the injuries that could cost teams playoff spots.

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2013 first overall pick Mark Appel made an exhibition start in Houston, and PITCHf/x was watching.

Earlier this week we got our first look from a pitch tracking system at Mark Appel, the first overall selection in the 2013 draft and one of Houston’s (and baseball’s) top prospects. The data come from a preseason exhibition contest that was played on the final day of spring training—but because it was played in Houston, and because the PITCHf/x cameras were operational and outputting information, we got some stats to supplement the scouting reports we’ve read.

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Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell or Javier Baez? We polled front office types and our prospect staff.

The rise of the superstar shortstop prospect prompts preferential inquiries, as my email inbox, Twitter feed, and chat queues are continually maxed out with questions about Bogaerts, Baez, Correa, Lindor, and Russell, and if forced to choose, which one would I choose? The five chiseled heads on the modern Mount Rushmore of shortstop prospects (six if you go high on Mondesi) present a daily challenge of preference, a subjective exercise of forced selection tied to the realities of the present and the fantasies of the future, a tug-of-war we play with ropes made of tangible data, scouting memories of on-the-field motions, and the conceptual ideas of value and who will be most likely to achieve it.

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Is toughness a firm enough foundation on which to base a trade?

During an exhibition game against Brooklyn in the spring of 1942, then-Boston Braves manager Casey Stengel said something that seems, in retrospect, spectacularly wrong. A 20-year-old Warren Spahn started for Stengel against the Dodgers, whom the Braves believed had been stealing their signs all spring. Stengel, hoping to take the sign-stealers by surprise, switched the signs so that the old signal for a fastball would now indicate a curve. With Pee-Wee Reese up and a runner on second supposedly staring in for the sign, Stengel told Spahn to brush Reese back with his fastball when the batter would be expecting something slower.

As a 44-year-old Spahn recounted in 1965, when both he and Stengel were with the Mets in what would be their final season:

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Ben and Sam talk about Ned Yost's tactics, expanded replay's first few days, Bo Porter's bullpen philosophy, and more.

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The sixth and final part in a division-by-division dialogue leading up to Opening Day.

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March 28, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/28

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Jason Parks and Jordan Gorosh

Looks at Mark Appel, Miguel Almonte, and others on Jason's getaway day.

RHP Miguel Almonte: Limby righty with a very fast arm; from 3/4 slot, slings the ball, achieving above-average movement to his pitches; delivery requires a lot of coordination and balance, and is torque-heavy with a power generating letter-high frontside and hip rotation; struggles with opening up early and missing everything to the arm-side; started to lose his delivery later in the start and couldn’t find his release point; excellent extension when he finishes and stays over the ball.

Fastball is easy plus offering in the 92-94 range; can show both hard boring action into righties and heavy dive lower in the zone; command could eventually push this pitch above the plus distinction; changeup is money offering; solid-average to plus at present; 83-85 with excellent arm speed and heavy vertical action; pitch has both deception and movement and can be deployed in any count against any stick; slider is below-average at present; could get to average with more command and a sharper break; pitch in the upper 70s with some tilt, but its more slurvy and loose than tight, and it often starts to break too early on the arm-side and sweeps across the zone; low-70s curveball is actually tighter pitch with more bite but wasn’t utilized in the start.

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March 19, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Filling First Base

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Daniel Rathman

The Astros and Mets create rumors at first base, and the A's try to pad out their injury-depleted rotation.

Astros “calling around” about available first-base types
After releasing long-ago top prospect Brett Wallace last week, the Astros are in the hunt for depth at first base, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.


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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Spring Flings

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R.J. Anderson

Some teams are spending the spring trying out potential positional mates. Who should win these battles?

With the first week of the exhibition season in the books, teams now have less than a month before their Opening Day rosters are due. Most clubs have an open spot or two up for grabs, typically in the bullpen or off the bench, but a few are staging auditions of greater importance this spring. Here are 10 intriguing positional battles along with a prediction of who we believe ought to win the jobs.

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Ben and Sam preview the Astros' season with Zachary Levine, and Nick talks to Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Evan Drellich (at 23:12).

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January 22, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Do the Astros Deserve to Be Shamed?

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Sam Miller

Or should rebuilding be applauded at any cost?

On Aug. 8, 1950, the Boston Braves’ star hitter Bob Elliott motioned toward base umpire Al Barlick and asked him to move. Barlick, standing behind the pitcher, was in Elliott’s line of vision and distracting. Barlick obliged.

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January 15, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Youngian Thing

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R.J. Anderson

The Orioles sign Delmon Young, while a bunch of teams sign a bunch of middle infielders.

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