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09-18

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Pitching Backward: Big Situation James
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Jeff Long

09-08

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The View from the Loge Level: Missed Your October
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Daron Sutton

08-28

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12

Moonshot: On Regressing Defense
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Robert Arthur

08-15

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Painting the Black: Danny Duffy's Bestie
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R.J. Anderson

08-13

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Transaction Analysis: Royals' Struggling Offense Adds Struggling Offensive Player
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R.J. Anderson and CJ Wittmann

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: The Migration of the Backups
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Sam Miller

07-10

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Painting the Black: Book Review: The Art of Scouting
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R.J. Anderson

06-24

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Moonshot: Dale Sveum and the Royals Remedy
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Robert Arthur

06-18

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What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals
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Daniel Rathman, Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch

06-17

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What You Need to Know: The Royals Roll On
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Daniel Rathman

05-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 460: Nelson Cruz, Ryan Braun, and the Post-PED Good Life
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-14

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Notes from the Field: Carolina League Notes: Wilmington vs. Myrtle Beach
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CJ Wittmann

04-07

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Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel
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R.J. Anderson

04-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 420: Yost, Replay, Porter, and PEDs
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-28

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/28
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Jason Parks and Jordan Gorosh

03-26

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2014 Preseason Preview
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Ben Lindbergh and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Drew to Detroit?
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Daniel Rathman

03-10

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Notes from the Field: Spring Notes
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

02-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 393: 2014 Season Preview Series: Kansas City Royals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-14

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Rumor Roundup: Extensions Afoot?
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Daniel Rathman

02-07

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Painting the Black: Slow Jams
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R.J. Anderson

01-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Mark of the Reynolds
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 352: The Day in Transactions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-18

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Ervin Santana
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Ryan Parker and Steffan Segui

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Omar Comin'
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Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Make Trade That Even Internet Can't Criticize
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Ben Lindbergh and Mike Gianella

11-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-22

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Transaction Analysis: Viva Las Vargas
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R.J. Anderson

11-08

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One Move: American League Central
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Ben Carsley

11-01

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Kyle Zimmer
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Doug Thorburn

10-17

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Transaction Analysis: Sweeney Swings a Deal
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R.J. Anderson

10-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 299: Was the Royals' Season a Success?/October's Best Non-Kershaw Starter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-18

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Quiet on the Wild Card Front
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Daniel Rathman

09-17

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What You Need to Know: Almost Perfect
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Daniel Rathman

09-17

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The Call-Up: Yordano Ventura
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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

09-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 287: Preparing for Postseason Narrative-Building/Guerrero, Helton, and the Hall of Fame
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-09

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: The Prospects Who Disappointed
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

08-28

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Transaction Analysis: Pirates Get Patch
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Parks

08-22

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What You Need to Know: The Royals Run Out of Runs
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Daniel Rathman

08-19

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Transaction Analysis: Infielders Up, Infielders Down
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R.J. Anderson

08-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Royals Add a Pretty Face
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R.J. Anderson

08-13

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Transaction Analysis: Mark Reynolds Wanders On
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R.J. Anderson

08-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 263: Jose Dariel Abreu and the Future of Cuban Baseball/The Unmade Wil Myers Trade
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-02

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What You Need to Know: The AL Central Gap Grows
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Daniel Rathman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Astros Distributed Elsewhere
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Jason Parks

07-10

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Painting the Black: Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Intervention
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R.J. Anderson

05-29

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Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Eric Hosmer
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Sam Miller

05-04

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Fantasy Beat: Jeremy Guthrie and His New Success
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Paul Sporer

03-05

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MLBDepthCharts: Kansas City Royals
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Jason Martinez

02-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 134: 2013 Season Preview Series: Kansas City Royals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

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September 18, 2014 6:00 am

Pitching Backward: Big Situation James

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Jeff Long

Is James Shields' seeming ability to elevate his game in certain situations just one of those things, or is it one of *those* things?

It’s common knowledge that James Shields is one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball. Over nine seasons as a pro, he has pitched at least 200 innings eight times, and produced at least 2.0 WARP eight times—without ever topping 3.5. His excellent FIPs from his sophomore season on have never strayed from a .8-run band.

Yet one of the keys to Shields’ success in recent seasons has been his inconsistency—specifically, his ability to pitch significantly better with runners on base, and especially when they reach scoring position. Since joining the Royals, he has been worse than the average pitcher with bases empty, and a true ace with runners on:

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

The View from the Loge Level: Missed Your October

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Daron Sutton

What it's like for the players who haven't been in October--and what it's like when that changes.

Though the day was certainly scripted and carried out to honor a Yankee (and sports) icon, Derek Jeter Day also doubled as an October baseball reunion. As the Wild Card era has expanded postseason opportunities for franchises, players, and fans, a select group of major leaguers have seen their dreams of competing in the postseason come true over and over and over again. Jeter has appeared in 158 playoff games, tops in MLB history. Also on the charts and in attendance at Yankee Stadium were no. 2, 3, 6, 7, and 10 on the postseason games played list: Jorge Posada (125), Bernie Williams (121), Tino Martinez (99), Mariano Rivera (96) and Paul O’Neill (85). Reggie Jackson had played in the most postseason games (77) before the addition of the wild card; he was there. Add Michael Jordan to the invite list and you’ve tallied another 179 playoff games of experience to the group, though he would carry the nickname “Mr. June” more fittingly. As a matter of math, the 14 athletes gathered at this on-field mixer share 1,252 games of postseason experience among them, which takes into account Joe Torre’s 142 games of managerial duty.

As we all looked on, a quick glance to the Royals dugout showed that day’s opposing team taking in the festivities from the top step. This gathering of onlookers were composed almost entirely of players who know what the playoffs look and feel like based only on stories they’ve been told and televisions they have watched. Sure, James Shields has battled six games, Omar Infante 30 and Raul Ibanez 44, but nearly every starter on that squad has had nary a sniff of October’s magical scent.

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August 28, 2014 6:00 am

Moonshot: On Regressing Defense

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Robert Arthur

Should WAR(P) systems adjust their defensive measures? Okay. Now, which direction?

We heard the first blows in the nascent MVP debate of 2014 unfold just last week. At the time, Alex Gordon led all players in fWAR (by a narrow margin), largely on the basis of his extraordinary defense in left field (15 fielding runs above average, fifth highest in MLB). In response, Jeff Passan wrote that the idea of Alex Gordon as the best player in baseball was absurd.

Much wailing and gnashing of teeth ensued. To some of the doubters of sabermetrics, Gordon’s triumph on the leaderboards was yet more proof of the uselessness of WAR(P). To others, arguments against Gordon may have seemed ill-formed.

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Danny Duffy's Bestie

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R.J. Anderson

How much of Danny Duffy's breakout season can be traced to James Shields?

On July 21st, the Royals dropped to eight games below the Tigers, following a fourth consecutive loss. The negativity that so often envelopes Kansas City baseball returned. Fans checked prospect lists rather than the standings in preparation for the trade deadline, and some even rationalized that a fruitful haul would be preferable to a spot in the Wild Card game. That and other beliefs about this year's team have since been challenged, as the Royals have claimed first place after winning 17 of their past 21 games.

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The Royals buy low on a veteran with a history of success, the Twins get a nice return, Jerome Williams is on the move again, and other moves.

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July 29, 2014 3:14 pm

Transaction Analysis: The Migration of the Backups

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Sam Miller

As teams prepre for the stretch run, three add depth: The Dodgers get Darwin Barney, the Royals Erik Kratz, and the Blue Jays Danny Valencia.

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July 10, 2014 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Book Review: The Art of Scouting

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R.J. Anderson

The highlights from Art Stewart's and Sam Mellinger's new book.

The Art of Scouting, a new book written by Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger, was released last week. The title belies the content to some degree, since what follows is not a scouting manual (though there is a chapter that covers the basics, like the 20-80 scale). Instead the Art in question refers to long-time scout Art Stewart, whose seven decades in the game are covered in memoir form.

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Has the Royals' new hitting coach fixed what ails their offense?

The Royals have had a roller-coaster season. No team has seemed more alternately doomed and formidable while playing to a near .500 record. Because they came into the season poised for a playoff run, with the Shields/Myers trade looming large, the stakes for the team are high. Yet, depending on the day, the team appears to be either ready to make a deep playoff run on the back of fireballing phenom Yordano Ventura or poised on the precipice of failure and an impending teardown.

Much of the anxiety imparted by the Royals stems from the performance of the so-far anemic offense, which generated higher expectations in the spring. Seemingly skilled hitters like Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas have not met their relatively optimistic projections. Without an obvious explanation (such as injury) for their underperformance, hitting coach Pedro Grifol got the axe in late May, replaced by Dale Sveum, the former Cubs skipper.

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The Royals score 11 runs off a defending Cy Young winner for the second straight day, the A's continue to trouble Yu Darvish, and much more action from Tuesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
For much of Angels starter Matt Shoemaker’s career, the odds have been stacked against him. Shoemaker went undrafted out of Eastern Michigan—where he had a 4.83 ERA and 1.36 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three seasons—and spent parts of the next seven years in the Angels’ minor league system before making his major league debut last September. On Tuesday night, Shoemaker toed the rubber against the Indians for what turned out to be the best outing of his short big league career, and he was well on his way to a complete game before a short rain delay in the ninth inning brought a premature end to his night.


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June 17, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: The Royals Roll On

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Daniel Rathman

The Royals down Detroit to win their eighth straight, plus more action from Monday and what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
Donnie Joseph allowed six runs yesterday. Donnie Joseph is a Royals reliever. Ergo, the Royals must have lost their series opener to the Tigers.


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Ben and Sam banter about the Royals, then catch up with the boys of Biogenesis.

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Thick and meaty reports on two high-profile minor-league teams.

Jason Knapp RHP, Texas Rangers
Got the back story on Knapp from Chi Chi Gonzalez and Cody Buckel. Knapp was originally in the Cliff Lee trade going to Cleveland, had two shoulder surgeries the next year and was cut by Cleveland. Has been out of pro ball since 2010, I believe. He met up with his old pitching coach at UPenn and started a throwing program. Paid for his own third surgery and started working hard. Since last surgery, Knapp said it took him roughly 16-18 months to feel healthy. Threw at UPenn for a full year and got noticed by a Rockies scout; explored his options and signed with Texas. He’s on a strict throwing program; every outing is 25 pitches or less, no throwing the next day after an outing, extreme running the next two days. He threw Wednesday during the day and I asked Chi Chi how he felt yesterday and everything was good. Knapp threw flat grounds from 45-60-75 feet yesterday; marked the first time throwing the day after an outing. The plan is to build arm strength until he feels 100 percent, then keep him in relief.


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