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03-18

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The Darkhorses: Home Runs
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-13

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Five to Watch: American League Hitters
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Wilson Karaman

11-18

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Fantasy Team Preview: Minnesota Twins
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Ben Carsley

09-25

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The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, September 25
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Matthew Kory

09-20

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The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, September 20
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Ben Lindbergh and Andrew Koo

09-14

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for September 13
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Larry Granillo

08-01

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The Platoon Advantage: Remain Calm, All is Well in Minnesota
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Michael Bates

05-30

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 29
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Larry Granillo

05-01

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The Process: Post-Draft Rankings: You're Doing it Wrong
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Bradley Ankrom

04-12

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 11
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Larry Granillo

04-10

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Overthinking It: Seven Things You Didn't See Last Season
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Ben Lindbergh

09-23

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Oakland A's
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

03-31

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Team Injury Projection: Oakland Athletics
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Corey Dawkins and Marc Normandin

08-19

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Changing Speeds: The Golden Generation
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Ken Funck

07-02

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Transaction Analysis: NL West Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

11-12

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Hot Stove Preview
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Caleb Peiffer

11-11

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Transaction of the Day: The Olsen and Willingham Deal
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Christina Kahrl

09-08

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Florida Marlins, 9/6/06
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Derek Jacques

08-08

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Prospectus Game of the Week: New York Mets @ Florida Marlins, August 3, 2006
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Derek Jacques

03-31

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-27

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Fantasy Focus: NL Spring Job Battles
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Peter Schoenke

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-26
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Christina Kahrl

02-24

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Fantasy Focus: Building a Fantasy Farm System
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Jeff Erickson

02-21

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2006 Top 50 Prospects
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David Regan

02-08

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes On Prospects, Part One
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Nate Silver

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March 18, 2014 6:00 am

The Darkhorses: Home Runs

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the hitters who could outperform their PECOTA projections in the power department.

One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’ll take a look at offense this week and pitching next. Yesterday’s look at batting average is here. And, without further ado, here are some players capable of teaching Chris Davis a thing or two about hitting dingers this year:

OUTSIDE THE TOP 10

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March 13, 2014 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Hitters

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Wilson Karaman

Junior-circuit bats to keep an eye on during the second half of spring training.

Ah, spring training. That glorious time of year when we do things like get excited about Lonnie Chisenhall’s on-base percentage (he’s going to break out this year, I thought last year). But while paying attention to storylines related to health and position battles is important, it’s also important to use this time to start looking toward April.

The first couple of months of the regular season are an important time for building your second-half strategy. By now, most fantasy teams are being drafted, and once you’ve had a chance to evaluate how your draft went and determine what you expect the strengths and weaknesses of your squad will be, the next step in the dance is figuring out ways you might be able to leverage those strengths to address your weaknesses during the season. I like to use April and May as an open audition to figure out which players will make the most sense to try to acquire come summertime, and to that end, spring training can be a good time to start building a list of players to monitor. Here are five hitters that I’d just as soon hold off on drafting for the time being, but who may be worth a closer look out of the gate for targeted help as the season rolls on.

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November 18, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Minnesota Twins

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Ben Carsley

Ron Gardenhire's club has a ton of prospect talent on the way, but are any current Twins worthy of fantasy attention?

Byron Buxton. Miguel Sano. Alex Meyer. Kohl Stewart. Eddie Rosario.

The next wave of talented Twins players is on its way, and in many circles, these names are more well known than several players on Minnesota’s current roster. There’s good reason for that, as many players on the projected Twins 2013 roster— especially on the pitching side—are pretty uninspiring from a fantasy point of view.

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September 25, 2012 9:56 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, September 25

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Matthew Kory

The Phillies are the 14th team to reach 0 percent playoff odds; the Rangers are the fifth to reach 100 percent (again).

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September 20, 2012 10:17 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, September 20

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Ben Lindbergh and Andrew Koo

The Texas Rangers reach 100 percent playoff odds, just like in April.

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The tater trots for September 13: Edwin Encarnacion has 40 home runs, Josh Willingham has 34.

It was another sparse slate of games on Thursday, and this time the number of home runs hit matched it, as there were only ten home runs across the league. In fact, there were nearly as many amazing throwing plays around the majors as there were home runs, including this beautiful Yadier Molina throw, this nearly-as-beautiful toss from Erik Kratz, and this throw from Carlos Beltran that nailed Josh Beckett at first on what should have been a single.

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The Twins are the type of team that usually sells aggressively at the deadline, but they stood pat. Why?

“What the hell?”

That's what I wondered all yesterday as the Twins sat on their hands, refusing to deal Denard Span, Josh Willingham, Justin Morneau, Jared Burton, or Glen Perkins. As the Phillies divested themselves of Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence: "What the hell?" As the Astros sent away Chris Johnson: "What the hell?" As the Cubs traded Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson, and Geovany Soto: "WHAT the hell?" As the Marlins sent Gaby Sanchez packing:  "WHAT THE HELL?"

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The tater trots for May 29: Willingham's walkoff, Soriano's tender trot, Bourn's razor-edge.

No time to waste - the "Hatfields and McCoys" marathon is about to start and I haven't had my fill of bad Bill Paxton yet.

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May 1, 2012 3:00 am

The Process: Post-Draft Rankings: You're Doing it Wrong

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Bradley Ankrom

The 2000 draft serves as an example of why knee-jerk reactions to the draft are often premature.

Rankings are always of interest to sports fans, but many analysts are uncomfortable with the notion of slapping grades on players whose real value won’t be known for a number of years. This is particularly true in baseball, where players selected in the annual amateur (Rule 4) draft are further away from the major leagues than those of any other major sport. The majority of players taken in the football and basketball drafts have spent time performing under the bright lights, and against the premier competition, of NCAA Division I athletics, and the transition from amateur to professional is a relative breeze. In baseball, only a small percentage of the 1,500 or so players chosen each year hail from Division I baseball programs.

More than a decade ago, some were critical of the Marlins for allegedly putting signability before talent when they tabbed Adrian Gonzalez with the number-one overall pick of the 2000 draft. Gonzalez was regarded as the most polished high school hitter of that year’s crop, but few considered him the best talent available. As it turns out, Gonzalez has contributed the third-most wins above replacement (28.43) among players who signed that year, trailing only Chase Utley (36.26) and Jason Bay (30.53). Given the health woes of Utley and Bay in recent years, Gonzalez appears likely to usurp them atop the list. Joe Borchard, who received that year’s largest signing bonus ($5.3 million) from the White Sox, has the third-lowest WARP total (-1.55) among players who have reached the major leagues.

Players Receiving Signing Bonuses of
$2 Million or Greater, 2000 Draft


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The tater trots for April 11. This is all about Peter Bourjos' mighty speed.

The rest of Wednesday’s trots will come later in the afternoon. In the meantime, the night’s quickest home run was just too exciting not to share immediately. Angels fans will probably know why.

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Events that have happened already this season after not happening for all of 2011 help explain why we're still hooked on baseball.

There were 2429 major-league games played last season.* Most of the things that can happen in a baseball game happened in one of those. With a few exceptions, teams and players will do all of the same things in 2012 that they did in 2011—they’ll just do them in a difference sequence and more, or less, frequently than they did before. When and how often they do those nearly identical things will determine which teams win divisions and which players win awards. We’re suckers for those things, so another season of the same, reshuffled, is enough to suck us in. But we're not completely content with repetition. We also watch in hopes of seeing something we didn’t see the season before.

*There would have been 2430, but no one felt like seeing another Dodgers-Nationals game in September. That missed game may have deprived us of history: Matt Kemp finished the season one home run away from 40 home runs, and Dee Gordon finished the season one home run away from one home run. For the alternate-history buffs: the man who would have started that game against the Dodgers, had it been played, was Tom Milone. Milone had the fifth-lowest home run rate among Triple-A starters last season, so that extra game might not have made Matt Kemp baseball’s fifth 40-40 man. Then again, that home run rate might not have meant much, since there weren’t many Matt Kemps in the International League. More on Milone a little later.

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September 23, 2011 12:00 pm

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Oakland A's

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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

A combination of injuries and an anemic offense led to another mediocre season by the Bay.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fadewhether in September (or before), the league division series, league championship series or World Series. It combines an overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski, and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

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