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April 23, 2012 12:08 pm

Fantasy Beat: Humber's Change in Process

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Jason Collette

A look at how Phil Humber has changed the way he is attacking batters

In our preseason fantasy baseball awards piece a few weeks ago, I was the lucky guy who told everyone that Philip Humber would be the best $1 pitcher you could pick up in a mixed league. While I am patting myself on the back, please try to ignore the fact I also told you that Homer Bailey would be the Comeback Player of the Year this season instead of the player you wish you could just throw back into the free agent pool already.

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Four years after the Twins and Mets pulled off a blockbuster, almost no one involved is still standing.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Aaron Gleeman writes for HardballTalk at NBCSports.com, serves as senior editor at Rotoworld, and blogs about the Twins and Mila Kunis at AaronGleeman.com. He once saw Jay Jaffe's mustache in person and it changed his life.

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September 22, 2011 9:00 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 9/22/11

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Mike Petriello

With one week left in the season, VP switches up the format to examine the best remaining two-start pitchers.

Since this is the final Value Picks article of the season, we’ll need to switch up the format just a bit. Rather than continuing with the list from last week, what’s more important than anything for those of you with exceptionally long playoff rounds is choosing from the small pool of starting pitchers who are still lined up to get  one (or sometimes two) more shots on the mound over the six remaining days of the season.

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May 13, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Rotation

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Bill Baer

A pair of newcomers to the list--one surprising--round out the already strong group assembled by Bill.

Newcomers

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April 29, 2011 9:17 am

Don't Believe the Hype: Barney and Friends

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Marc Normandin

Marc isn't buying everything the waiver wire is selling, but there are a few potential gems here worth unearthing.

Ryan Madson, Philadelphia Phillies (67 percent owned, +47 percent)
Madson, in the eyes of many including our own Mike Petriello, was the closer of choice in Philadelphia back before the season began, but it seems as if the Phillies have done everything in their power short of giving Danys Baez the job in order to keep it from Madson. Now that Jose Contreras is down with his own injury, Madson finally has the gig thanks to the fine quality of being the last man standing.

Madson has struck out 9.9 batters per nine with a 4.1 K/BB ratio since 2009 (140 1/3 innings pitched), has a 2.95 Run Average in that stretch, and has even finished 52 games without the world ending, so instead of asking yourself if you should acquire him until Lidge comes back, you should be asking why Charlie Manuel waited this long to give him the gig in the first place. Based on the way he uses relievers—did I mention Danys Baez is involved?—it's probably not because he prefers Madson in a relief ace role.


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March 23, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL Moves

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Christina Kahrl

It's anything but Kafkaesque that Brent Morel and Brandon McCarthy rank among the winners in camp battles.

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January 19, 2011 12:00 pm

Transaction Analysis: Arbitration Avoidance

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Christina Kahrl

The predictable Prince-ly sum, Galarraga's gambit, the Royals' reward, and other odds and ends as teams and arb-eligibles settle up.

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March 11, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: The Tuesday Morning Monday Morning Ten Pack

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Kevin Goldstein

Springing ahead with a Monday staple.

Yonder Alonso, 1B, University of Miami

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January 30, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: The Trade

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Joe Sheehan

If it's done, it's done well in New York, and out of necessity in Minnesota.

Our long national nightmare is over. Maybe. Pending a physical and negotiations over a contract extension, the Mets have reached agreement with the Twins on a trade for left-hander Johan Santana. After a winter of rumors that had Santana going to the Yankees or Red Sox on alternate days for 12 weeks, the Mets appear to have closed the deal with a package that includes four of their top eight prospects, but not their #1, outfielder Fernando Martinez.

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Bringing in a quartet of Mets farmhands alters the outlook of the Twins' prospect picture.

Winter deals make for new rankings, so when a huge trade goes down, that means coming up with new rankings for a team that's involved, and their own article. With the much-rumored Johan Santana deal finally going down, the Twins' prospect rankings are transformed significantly, so let's take a look at where the system stands now.

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January 11, 2008 12:00 am

Fantasy Focus: Missing the Cut

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Jeff Erickson

Which pitchers inspire discretion over valor when it comes to projecting their 2008 seasons, and why?

If you haven't already seen it, our MLB Draft Kit is live on RotoWire, including projections for over 900 players and player outlooks for over 1,500 players. This is the culmination of three-month process in getting our magazine off to the printers. I've blogged about many of the players I projected, but today I'm going to turn my attention to some of the players that missed the cut and didn't get projections.

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The Mets have the ability to turn top prospects into starting pitching if they wish. Kevin details a top-heavy farm system with one impact prospect who's not a household name--yet.

Excellent Prospects
1. Fernando Martinez, cf
2. Philip Humber, rhp
3. Mike Pelfrey, rhp
Very Good Prospects
4. Carlos Gomez, of
Good Prospects
5. Alay Soler, rhp
Average Prospects
6. Jon Niese, lhp
7. Kevin Mulvey, rhp
8. Mike Carp, 1b
9. Deolis Guerra, rhp
10. Joe Smith, rhp












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