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03-23

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Guarding The Lines: When It's Different But Still Great
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Jarrett Seidler

03-07

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Rubbing Mud: Further Frontiers: Handedness
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Matthew Trueblood

02-10

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Javier Baez vs. Dansby Swanson
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Greg Wellemeyer

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Lester Was a Baez Better
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Rian Watt

09-03

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Rubbing Mud: The September Shake Down
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Matthew Trueblood

05-27

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10

BP Wrigleyville
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Matthew Trueblood

08-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 507: Javier Baez's Call-Up and What's to Come for the Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-01

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BP Unfiltered: From the Road: Up Close, Batting Practice at 2014 MLB Futures Game
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Nick J. Faleris

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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The Stash List: Second Edition
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Bret Sayre

04-15

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

04-07

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

04-01

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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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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
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Bret Sayre

02-05

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Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects
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Ben Carsley

02-05

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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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March 23, 2017 6:00 am

Guarding The Lines: When It's Different But Still Great

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Jarrett Seidler

Javier Baez is as good as we thought he might be, just...completely differently.

Great players comes in all shapes, with all kinds of skills, and so do great prospects. Yet there’s some great players or even good players that were great prospects that projected to hold totally different skills than the ones they ultimately ended up with. What happens when you successfully project how good a prospect will become as a major-league player, but totally miss on what kind of player he will become?

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March 7, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Further Frontiers: Handedness

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Matthew Trueblood

Baseball can be a different game for lefties and righties, but there's a lot more to learn.

In Thursday’s Boston Globe, Alex Speier had an interesting piece about new Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland. Speier began by noting that Moreland and Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, who field and throw left-handed, won the two Gold Glove awards at first base in 2016, and that left-handed first basemen seem to have a substantial advantage in Gold Glove voting. His question: Why?

We all know several of the reasons and Speier deftly touches on them all. The throw to second base is easier for a left-handed first baseman. A left-hander wears the glove on his right hand, which might give him an infinitesimal but real advantage on ground balls in the hole between first base and second base. Some of the footwork around the bag can be more easily done in the optimal way by a lefty. There are myriad selection biases at work, too. Red Sox infield coach Brian Butterfield summed it all up by telling Speier: “The whole infield was made for right-handers, except for first base." That’s true.

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Which of these highly regarded young infielders is the better long-term fantasy play?

Most of our dynasty coverage of the shortstops rolled out yesterday and I’m here to close it out with a Tale of the Tape between the Cubs’ utility dynamo Javier Baez and former Diamondback great Dansby Swanson. Each is a top-10 option according to Bret’s dynasty rankings, and your preference probably comes down to what kind of profile you value. You can see my answer below, or you can read the cases and decide for yourself.

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Chicago took Game 1 behind the Jon Lester-David Ross battery and Javier Baez's power.

David Ross doesn’t play all that often these days, what with Miguel Montero and Willson Contreras penciled in above him on the Cubs’ catching depth chart, but when he does—almost always every fifth day, when Jon Lester is pitching—he takes to the task with enormous seriousness of purpose. In his final big-league season, it’s his only chance to contribute to what has been a charmed season. As the league became increasingly aware that Lester—for whatever reason—doesn’t like to throw over to first, and so became increasingly enamored of taking the big lead and getting the early jump when Lester was pitching, Ross decided to take what had been a weakness and turn it into a strength.

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September 3, 2015 8:14 am

Rubbing Mud: The September Shake Down

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Matthew Trueblood

One of these months is not like the others.

In September, Major League Baseball plays a different game than in the other months of the regular season. With teams allowed to carry as many as 40 active players, the dynamics of every game are different. Every team has more pitching depth. Every team has better pinch-hitting and defensive replacement options. Since pitching depth and quality bench players are two of the game’s most scarce resources these days, the opening up of the rosters can force us to totally reevaluate teams on whom we were just starting to really get a handle.

About this time for each of the past few years, there have been calls for some sort of countermeasure, some game-to-game roster limitation that would turn September from an analog of baseball’s regular season to a more honest extension of it. I’m all for that, or alternatively, for replacing years of jail time for nonviolent crimes with a mandatory sentence of watching Terry Francona manage a close game in September. Until such a change comes, teams will continue to generate box scores that look like your history notes from freshman year of high school: loaded with more names than one can possibly keep straight, painstakingly footnoted, indented every so often for good measure, but ultimately, indecipherable, even to their creators.

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The Cubs have the luxury of getting creative in solving a problem other teams wish they had.

This piece originally appeared on BP Wrigleyville, Baseball Prospectus' local site for all your Cubs needs. And be sure to visit BP Boston and BP Bronx for Red Sox and Yankees analysis as well.

Through Monday, Javier Baez was batting .311/.388/.522 in his first 103 plate appearances of the season at Triple-A Iowa. Despite dealing with the tragic loss of his younger sister at the beginning of the season, and taking time away from the team to share in his family’s grief, Baez appears to have absorbed (and made solid, critical strides toward implementing) the changes in approach and swing mechanics that became obviously necessary during his difficult rookie season.

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Ben and Sam talk to ESPN Chicago contributor Sahadev Sharma about the arrival of Javier Baez and the future of the Cubs.

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View from the turtle during batting practice at this year's MLB Futures Game during All Star Weekend.

The Baseball Prospectus prospect team is constantly on the road, getting eyes on the top talent throughout baseball -- from the amateur ranks up through the majors. Moving forward I'll be working to bring you inside my travels (hopefully with contributions from others on the prospect team), including pictures and video. There will be a lot of baseball and some broader travel stuff if I think you might find it interesting.

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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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