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05-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 22
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Jeff Moore

05-13

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The Stash List: Fifth Edition
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Bret Sayre

05-06

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27

The Stash List: Fourth Edition
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Bret Sayre

05-05

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Minor League Update: Games of May 2-4
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Jeff Moore

04-29

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The Stash List: Third Edition
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Bret Sayre

04-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 28
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Jeff Moore

04-22

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17

The Stash List: Second Edition
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Bret Sayre

04-15

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20

Dynasty Dynamics: NL Central U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-07

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12

Minor League Update: Games of April 4-6
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Jeff Moore

04-01

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46

The Stash List: Week One
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Bret Sayre

03-31

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: 10 Prospects Who Turned Heads in Spring Training
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Jason Parks

03-20

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 19
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Jeff Moore

03-19

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 18
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Jeff Moore

03-18

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 17
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Jeff Moore

03-13

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 12
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Jeff Moore

03-06

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 5
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Jeff Moore

03-04

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 3
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03-04

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 3
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Jeff Moore

03-03

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The Top 101 Fantasy Prospects of 2014
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Bret Sayre

02-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 386: Listener Emails/Ricky Smith on Losing His Date to Derek Jeter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-10

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Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL Central
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Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

02-06

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27

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
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Bret Sayre

02-05

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12

Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects
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Ben Carsley

02-05

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12

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops
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Craig Goldstein

01-27

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The Top 101 Prospects of 2014
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Rob McQuown and Mauricio Rubio

09-24

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The Stash List: A 2014 Preview
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Bret Sayre

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 21
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Zach Mortimer

06-11

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, June 10
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Zach Mortimer

06-03

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 3
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BP Prospect Staff

06-03

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Minor League Update: Games of June 1-2
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Zach Mortimer

04-18

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Checking in On: Shortstops, Part 2
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Jason Parks

04-04

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pulling a Fernandez: 2014 Candidates
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Jason Parks

03-08

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Minor League Update: Games of March 7, 2013
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Jason Martinez

11-17

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BP Unfiltered: Daily Draft Video: Weekend Flashback (Almora vs Baez)
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Nick J. Faleris

11-08

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Prospect Debate: Who is the Cubs' Top Prospect?
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BP Prospect Staff

11-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

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May 23, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 22

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Cubs shortstop Javier Baez and Cardinals lefty Rob Kaminsky.

Hitter of the Night: Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 4-5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR.
No, one hot week doesn’t make up for six horrendous weeks, but it looks like Baez is officially out of his funk. He’s now 12-for-his-last-28 over his past seven games, and the power has returned as well, with five doubles and three home runs in that stretch. The most important indication that he’s turning things around, however, is that he has just five strikeouts over that span, and three of those came on Wednesday. For a player whose free-swinging ways are what gets him in trouble, putting the ball in play is half the battle, because when he does, he usually does it very hard.

Pitcher of the Night: Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Cardinals (Peoria, A-): 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), BB, 9 K.
Kaminsky’s big-time curveball has the ability to rack up strikeouts by the bunches when he’s throwing strikes, which he hasn’t done enough this year in his full-season debut.



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May 13, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: Fifth Edition

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Bret Sayre

The wait for Gregory Polanco's debut continues.

No time to waste this week—instead we jump right into the list with the fervor and excitement of a Yasiel Puig bat flip. Yes, we’re going full Puig.

So without any further ado, here is The Stash List 5.0:

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May 6, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: Fourth Edition

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Bret Sayre

Jurickson Profar makes his first appearance, but Gregory Polanco remains at the top.

The worst thing for a player who is performing at a high level in the minor leagues is to have a player (or players) ahead of him who is also getting the job done. This goes triple for position players, as a starting pitching prospect will force his way in there if his performance dictates that he deserves a job. If you look at the top names on this list (specifically the first five prospects), part of the reason why they are so prominently ranked is that they are significantly better from a talent perspective than what is ahead of them on the depth chart. Those five players, who are potentially going to be phased out, are (roughly) Travis Snider, Jon Jay, Luis Valbuena, Marc Krauss, and Cody Asche. Those are not impediments, they are placeholders.

The waters get much more murky when you have a player like Alexander Guerrero, who from a talent and performance standpoint should probably get a shot at major league playing time, but is behind Dee Gordon on the depth chart. Normally this wouldn’t be a huge obstacle, but Gordon (and his .385 on-base percentage) has been one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball this season. So while Guerrero ends up in the Honorable Mention section again because he would likely get the call in the event of a Gordon injury, that’s a much less likely outcome than a near replacement player playing like a near replacement level player.

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May 5, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 2-4

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including outfielders Victor Roache and Raimel Tapia.

Friday, May 2

Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (Iowa, AAA): 0-4, 2 K. When Baez homered in the I-Cubs’ final April game, we all hoped it would be the boost he needed to turn the page on a rough month. Instead, Baez is now 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts in May, including an 0-for-12 weekend that included eight punchouts. He’s not close right now.

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April 29, 2014 6:00 am

The Stash List: Third Edition

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Bret Sayre

Three NL Central position players lead the way.

We’ll keep the introduction short this week, but it’s the perfect time to touch on a very important topic, both when trying to predict which prospects will have both 2014 and long-term value.

Minor league statistics are deceiving. That’s not to say they can’t be informative, because they do tell the story of what has actually happened in professional games, but they don’t come close to explaining the whole picture. Take Eddie Butler for example—he’s been pitching well in Triple-A, but with the lowest strikeout rate of his minor league career. You could read this as a bad sign when you’re flipping through his Baseball Reference page, but the reality is that the stuff is still just as good as 2013 (if not better), and the Rockies are asking him to pitch to contact more.

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April 29, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, April 28

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo and Twins righty Alex Meyer

Hitter of the Night: Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets (St. Lucie, A+): 4-4, 2 R, 2B, HR.
Nimmo’s big day found him over the .400 mark on the season, but the real rarity on Monday night was that he actually didn’t take a walk. The extremely patient Nimmo takes a Votto-esque approach even to RBI situations, refusing to expand the strike zone for any occasion en route to 24 walks already this season and a .530 on-base percentage. How much power he will develop is still up in the air, but at the very least, he can hit atop a playoff-caliber lineup.

Pitcher of the Night: Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins (Rochester, AAA): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K.
Meyer is pitching about as well as the Twins could have hoped for, with this being his second-straight 11-strikeout, scoreless start. There’s little doubt that Meyer is one of the five best starters in the Twins organization right now and is certainly better than Kevin Correa or Mike Pelfrey at the moment, but both of those guys have money committed to them. With a combined 6.04 ERA for their starting pitchers, the Twins need Meyer, but they don’t have a place for him unless they make a move. That may be enough justification to keep him in the minors until summer.



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April 22, 2014 10:07 am

The Stash List: Second Edition

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Bret Sayre

Javier Baez retains the top spot, but there's a new hot prospect ranked second.

Yes, there was no Stash List for the past two weeks, but that was all part of the plan. Any changes would be extremely minimal, as no one wants more overreaction to small sample sizes and there was never going to be much roster movement. Of course, then the Astros go and call up George Springer, and now everyone is eyeing the prospects on their benches and asking “why not me?”

Well, realistically, not for a while. The most impactful area of this column for the first two months of the season deals with prospects, and if you haven’t read Zachary Levine’s analysis on service time, it’s extremely important for stashers like you and me. We all know about Super Two, approximately when the deadline is and why teams do it. But it’s often forgotten that there are some big prospects who come up in the second half of April, once their teams have ensured that they don’t lose a full year of control.

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April 15, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: NL Central U25 Lists

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Find out how Gerrit Cole, Javier Baez, Oscar Taveras, Billy Hamilton, and co. stack up.

To read the earlier U25 editions in this series, click below:

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April 7, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 4-6

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Jeff Moore

Notes on the prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Reds right-hander Robert Stephenson and four top shortstops.

Friday, April 4

Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles (Norfolk, AAA): 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Gausman was on a strict pitch count, leaving the game after 71 pitches, and it’s likely that the Orioles are going to build his endurance up early in the minor-league season so that he has something left in the tank for when he’s in the majors down the stretch, hopefully in meaningful games.

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April 1, 2014 6:30 am

The Stash List: Week One

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Bret Sayre

Javier Baez gets the nod atop the first edition of this year's list.

Welcome back to my focal column here at Baseball Prospectus, The Stash List. I know, you’ve missed it. But for the 2014 season, we’re starting right from Week 1 with a first look at who you should be spending valuable reserve slots on in your league. For those of you not familiar with this column and the types of players who are included/excluded from it, I will now throw it out to past Bret to explain from April of 2013:

The purpose of it is to rank the top 25 players who are not active contributors to fantasy teams for 2013 only. Again, it does not take into account future value, which would result in a very different order. This list will include four different types of players, with specific restrictions attached:

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The minor leaguers who made a major impression this spring.

LHP Julio Urias (Dodgers)
A 16-year-old pitching in the Midwest League can turn heads, and when that pitcher can pump a fastball in the 91-96 range in each start, backed up by multiple breaking ball looks and a quality changeup, the heads start spinning. I watched two spring starts from the now 17-year-old southpaw, and I came away knowing that this was the most polished young arm I have ever seen.


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March 20, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 19

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out in Cactus and Grapefruit League play, including Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.

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