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11-14

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Home Runs: The Landscape
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George Bissell

01-18

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Internet Baseball Awards: Fin
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Sam Miller

11-19

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Rubbing Mud: Overlooking Trout
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Matthew Trueblood

08-18

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Going Yard: Donaldson vs. Goldschmidt
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Ryan Parker

10-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Josh Donaldson
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Paul Sporer

07-11

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of June
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Sam Miller

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Kazmir's 'A' Game
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Chris Mosch

05-20

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Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 20: The One That Isn't About Jesus Montero
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Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio

05-15

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What You Need to Know: Odorizzi Blows Away the M's
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

12-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Putting Stock in the Best Hitters of the Second Half
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Bret Sayre

10-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Endgame Sleepers
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Bret Sayre

10-16

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BP Unfiltered: Advance Scouting Series Compilation (UPDATED)
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Baseball Prospectus

10-10

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Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: 10 Bold Predictions
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Bret Sayre

09-19

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Painting the Black: The Things You See
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R.J. Anderson

06-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: Patience is a Virtue
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Jason Collette

05-13

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Painting the Black: The Helpless Hitter Who Finally Put His Foot Down
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R.J. Anderson

06-06

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Pebble Hunting: Bryce Harper and the Disappearing Phiten Necklace
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Sam Miller

05-07

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Pebble Hunting: Sizing up the DiSar Candidates
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Sam Miller

05-03

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Transaction Action: What's Best in the West?
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Christina Kahrl

01-16

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Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

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November 14, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Home Runs: The Landscape

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George Bissell

2016 was the year of the home run revisited. How might this affect fantasy owners in 2017, and how should it?

With a baseball offseason filled with tense CBA negotiations, prospect lists injecting much-needed optimism, and the perpetual warmth of the sizzling hot stove transaction season underway, the fantasy team at Baseball Prospectus is launching its second annual “Fantasy Categorical Breakdown” series. This is the first installment of our category-by-category review, which will feature a look at the general landscape, over and under-achievers and a deeper dive, to provide fantasy owners with a distinct advantage heading into 2017.

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Awards season never ends. Until now. It ends now.

In 2008, Al Franken defeated Norm Coleman in the Minnesota Senate race. It was a close battle, and the recount took eight months. We're going to steal that excuse and say it took us that long to count, recount and recount again before we could declare a winner in the Internet Baseball Awards' unbearably close AL Player of the Year vote. Today, we can. Without further ado, here are your picks for the 2015 Greg Spira Internet Baseball Awards.

AL Player of the Year

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November 19, 2015 9:42 am

Rubbing Mud: Overlooking Trout

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Matthew Trueblood

Different metrics come to different conclusions, but for this author there is a clear choice for AL MVP.

You can’t get me terribly excited about any award other than the MVP anymore. I have dreams (Kevin Goldstein’s Hall of Fame-level crazy dreams) for the Rookie of the Year, but in its present form, I find it pretty boring. Manager of the Year is preposterous for reasons sufficiently documented elsewhere. The Cy Young Award has only gotten more interesting over the past few years, now that it tends not be about squabbles over win-loss records, but (maybe because of whatever traumatic experience with pitching in my childhood prevents me from appreciating it as much as so many of you do) it leaves me flat.

I still get up for the MVP, though, which is why it’s so strange to me to see no one having much of a conversation about the reveal of the MVPs on Thursday night. In particular, what strikes me is that there’s a hesitant consensus that Josh Donaldson is going to win the AL MVP, and there’s very little resistance or objection to that floating around. The throwaway line copied almost word-for-word from so many columnists’ blog posts and bloggers’ columns is: “There’s no wrong answer, but Donaldson will probably win.”

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August 18, 2015 6:00 am

Going Yard: Donaldson vs. Goldschmidt

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Ryan Parker

How two of the best hitters in baseball make their swings work.

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October 1, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Josh Donaldson

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Paul Sporer

A look at the A's third baseman's 2014 campaign and what the future holds for him.

Ben Carsley got our Playoff Spotlight series kicked off on Tuesday with a breakdown of Eric Hosmer. At the time this is being written, Oakland is still in the playoffs. Of course, so is Kansas City, as the game hasn’t started, so players from both clubs are technically still fair game. I actually expect Oakland to win so they’d still be in the playoffs when this is posted, but you’ll forgive me if they aren’t, I hope. Let’s stay on the hitting side and take a look at Josh Donaldson from the A’s.

Player Background
A first-round pick back in 2007 (48th overall by CHC), Donaldson was a tertiary part of the Rich Harden deal in July of 2008. He started out behind the dish, but also saw time at the four corners (1B, 3B, LF, and RF) in the Oakland farm system. He spent two years in Kevin Goldstein’s second 10 for the Athletics prospects with power as the carrying tool, though it didn’t grade at a plus level.


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Dissecting Josh Donaldson, and the Josh Donaldson story.

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May 29, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Kazmir's 'A' Game

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Chris Mosch

The A's lefty logs his first complete game since 2006, plus more recaps from a walkoff-filled Wednesday and previews for Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Fans at Oakland Coliseum were treated to a fantastic pitchers’ duel between Scott Kazmir and Anibal Sanchez on Wednesday, and the visitors started the bottom of the ninth inning with a 1-0 advantage.

Kazmir was in line for a complete-game loss, in which he threw 76 of his 103 pitches for strikes and struck out eight batters without issuing a walk. The lone mistake he made was a slider left up that Torii Hunter deposited over the right-center field wall. Kazmir was able to subdue the Tigers with his changeup, as he threw 19 of his 26 off-speed offerings for strikes—nine of them of the swing-and-miss variety. The southpaw was able to hold his velocity over the course of the game, registering his fastest four-seamer of the game with his second-to-last pitch.


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Bret and Mike take some deeper dives into important fantasy topics of the week.

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The young Ray's fine outing, a shutout by Masahiro Tanaka, David Ortiz's yardwork, plus more from Wednesday and previews for Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Entering last Friday’s start against the Indians, Jake Odorizzi owned a 6.83 ERA and 1.80 WHIP, and had made it out of the fifth inning in just three of his six starts. The Tampa Bay right-hander held the Indians scoreless during that outing and racked up 11 punchouts, but lasted just five innings and promptly watched his bullpen squander the lead. On Wednesday, Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and reminded Rays fans that he was more than just a throw-in that the club got in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade.

Odorizzi’s fastball worked particularly well against the Mariners, as the pitch generated 13 swinging strikes, nearly doubling his previous career high of seven (which came in his last start against Cleveland). After the game he told reporters, “It felt good coming out. The hitters tell you what your stuff is like. They didn't put any hard contact on it, so we kept going to it. Kept bringing it up higher and higher in the zone to see if they kept swinging at it, and a lot of them did.”


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December 17, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Putting Stock in the Best Hitters of the Second Half

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Bret Sayre

These players excelled from July through the end of the regular season, but does that mean great things are in store in 2014?

It’s relatively easy to tell when a player has a full-on breakout. Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt both had easily the strongest seasons of their respective careers in 2013—it doesn’t take a baseball genius to figure that out. However, every pre-season, there is always be a lot of talk about how a player had a “breakout second half,” leading to talk that they will be able to build off that experience in the following season. At face value, that makes sense. But at face value, we’re also clearly dealing with sample size issues. For every Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson, who hinted at their offensive explosions towards the end of the prior season, there are many more who never capitalize on said promise.

For the purposes of this exercise, we’re going to be looking at hitters with a .900+ OPS during the second half of the previous season in at least 100 plate appearances. But before we dig into the 2013 members of this group, we’re going to take it one step further and look back at the last couple of seasons to see exactly how this control group fared.

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October 17, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Endgame Sleepers

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Bret Sayre

Bret advised you to gamble on these players seven months ago; now it's time to look back and see how he did.

Welcome to the second installment of “Bret looks back on his favorite 2013 columns and grades himself.” Last week, I took a look at my 10 bold predictions based on April’s small samples, but today we’ll go even further back in the time machine.

My favorite column to write every year looks at my favorite endgame sleepers just as Spring Training is coming to a close. In the past I’ve stopped at 10, but this year I turned the dial all the way up to 20—putting the spotlight on players in leagues of varying depths.

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The BP Prospect Team bring you advanced scouting reports for the 2013 playoffs.

Throughout the past two weeks, Jason Parks and the Baseball Prospectus prospect team have been writing detailed reports on key players to enhance your enjoyment of the MLB playoffs. Below is every published report in a single post.

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