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05-24

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: The Myths of Minor-League Strikeouts
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Bret Sayre

04-08

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16

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Two
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Josh Shepardson

11-13

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37

Bizball: Ranking 10 MLB Relocation and Expansion Markets Shows Why Either is Difficult
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Maury Brown

02-15

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26

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Minnesota Twins
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Jason Parks

02-14

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24

Future Shock: Boston Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Cuban Imports
by
John Perrotto

01-16

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Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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Future Shock: Athletics Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-13

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47

Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-03

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7

On the Beat: The Next Managers
by
John Perrotto

09-14

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47

The Lineup Card: Commissioner for a Day
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Baseball Prospectus

07-15

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14

On the Beat: Invasion of the Young Arms
by
John Perrotto

06-27

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On the Beat: Adrian as Advertised
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John Perrotto

05-20

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4

On the Beat: Rebuilding the Astros
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John Perrotto

05-18

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3

On the Beat: The Incumbent
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John Perrotto

05-04

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8

On the Beat: State Secret
by
John Perrotto

03-25

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15

On the Beat: Spring Surprises
by
John Perrotto

02-22

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38

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-01

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22

Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-28

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24

Fantasy Beat: Keeping Scoresheet
by
Rob McQuown

01-25

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5

On the Beat: Wedge Issues
by
John Perrotto

01-04

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2

Prospectus Q&A: Bob Kipper
by
David Laurila

11-17

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34

Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-12

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23

Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-10

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60

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

09-10

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs
by
David Laurila

07-26

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5

On the Beat: Padres are Riding The Wave
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John Perrotto

07-14

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Prospectus Q&A: Chris Wertz
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David Laurila

07-09

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21

On the Beat: Friday Update: Relievers on the Market
by
John Perrotto

07-06

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2

Prospectus Q&A: Manny Mota
by
David Laurila

06-29

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22

Top 10 Week: Manager Prospects
by
John Perrotto

06-21

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27

On the Beat: Monday Update
by
John Perrotto

06-10

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10

Squawking Baseball: The American Needle Fallout
by
Shawn Hoffman

06-07

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4

Ahead in the Count: Production and the Draft
by
Matt Swartz

05-31

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4

On the Beat: Monday Update
by
John Perrotto

05-24

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On the Beat: Monday Update
by
John Perrotto

05-04

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4

An Agent's Take: The Road Isn't Always Easy
by
Joshua Kusnick

04-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Tony Franklin
by
David Laurila

04-14

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4

On the Beat: Wednesday Update
by
John Perrotto

04-07

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On the Beat: Wednesday Update
by
John Perrotto

02-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Jauss
by
David Laurila

01-21

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53

Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Pedro Grifol
by
David Laurila

01-06

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46

Future Shock: Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-29

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61

Future Shock: A's Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-20

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34

Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-18

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8

On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

09-23

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On the Beat: Midweek Update
by
John Perrotto

09-20

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On the Beat: Weekend Wrapup
by
John Perrotto

08-30

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Prospectus Q&A: Benny Distefano
by
David Laurila

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May 24, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Myths of Minor-League Strikeouts

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Bret Sayre

Bret explains why high minor-league strikeout rates don't always portend low batting averages when a player reaches the majors.

It gets talked about a lot; we are living through a golden age of strikeouts in baseball. And there are plenty of potential reasons for this, which are thrown out during the discussion. Some say that it’s just a talent surge on the pitching side of the equation that will correct itself during the next cycle. Some say it’s an overall lack of a two-strike mentality among hitters in the game today. Some say the sabermetric movement has reduced the fear and shame associated with striking out. Some say it’s sunscreen.

Regardless of what the true reasoning is (though it’s likely a combination of all of the above and more), we are where we are at the major-league level. But what does that mean for minor-league strikeout rates? Are contact rates in the minors decreasing at the same level that we see across the highest level of the game? The answer is that it depends how advanced the league is.

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April 8, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Two

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Josh Shepardson

Owners hunting for saves should have a couple of NL Central flamethrowers on their radars.

Each week, two members of the BP fantasy team will provide a rundown of potentially valuable players that are available as free agents in most fantasy formats across the major platforms. We will run one column on the National League and one on the American League each week, with Josh Shepardson tackling the senior circuit on Mondays and Paul Singman focusing on the junior circuit on Tuesdays.

Evan Gattis, C, Atlanta Braves
Ownership: ESPN: 2.4% Yahoo!: 2% CBS: 18%
2013 Stats: 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, .364 AVG



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A look at the ten most likely places for a new MLB club

It seems that nearly every week, articles surrounding the potential relocation of the A’s and Rays surface. A panel looking into a potential San Jose relocation for the A’s has been gridlocked since 2009 (and remember, the A’s have been looking to move to San Jose for a heck of a lot longer than that). The Rays haven’t been far behind in their efforts to get out of Tropicana Field. Whether it’s the commute for fans to get to the domed stadium, the aesthetics, or the need to be closer to an urban core, it seems that Tampa Bay has been seeking a new ballpark for just as long. Relocation for these two clubs is crucial.

Another thing that comes up less frequently but has extra meaning going into 2013 is expansion. With the Astros moving into the AL West, the American League and National League will now be balanced at 15 clubs a piece. The problem is that 15 is an odd number, and as a result, interleague will become a daily affair. It’s unlikely that’s something that the league wanted, so getting to 32 clubs would take care of that matter. That would mean revenues spread thinner with two extra mouths to feed. Additionally, it’s no given that one or both wouldn’t be revenue-sharing takers, and trying to get ballparks built is no easy feat in this economy. So, 30 is a number that seems to suit the “Big Four” sports leagues in North America. The NBA has it. Ditto for the NHL. Currently, only the NFL—which has the advantage of being highly centralized (revenues are shared more evenly across the franchises) and exceptionally popular—is the exception at 32 clubs.

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After a miserable 2011 at the major-league level, will Minnesota at least see some happiness on the farm?

Prospect #1: 3B Miguel Sano
Background with Player: Industry sources
Who: Sano, who has soul-crushing power from the right-side, stands in very elite company when it comes to his raw slugging ability; scouts line up to throw 80s of the future of the tool. Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2009 for a robust $3.15 million, Sano might only have a short-season résumé, but the 18-year-old should be considered one of the top offensive prospects in the game.

In the field, Sano has very little chance of sticking on the left side of the infield. He has good athleticism for his present size and a strong arm, but the teenager is already a very large man and all signs point to him getter even larger during the maturation process. This will push his glove to right field or first base, though he has enough offensive potential to have value regardless of where or how he plays on the field.



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February 14, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Boston Red Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

With lots of player movement over the past year, the Sox no longer boast many star-level prospects but have plenty of depth

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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As the bidding on Yoenis Cespedes begins in earnest, take a look back at some prior prospects from Cuba who tried to make the major-league leap.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

It's hard to know what to expect from a free agent from Cuba, but as we wait to see what Cespedes will be, we can take a look at how his countrymen fared courtesy of the John Perrotto article reproduced below, which originally ran on February 15, 2007.

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January 16, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

There aren't a whole lot of nice things to say about this unhappy system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 6, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Athletics Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The deals Oakland has made this winter have replenished its farm system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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December 13, 2011 3:00 am

Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Padres are the rare team with a very deep farm but no star-level talent.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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John names ten men who appear poised to join the ranks of major-league managers.

They call it the Silly Season in NASCAR. It is that time right after the stock car season ends, in which drivers and pit crews began jumping from one team to another, the sport's version of free agency.

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What would the BP team do if they were appointed commissioner for a day?

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A wave of talented 27-and-under arms has crested in the majors, suppressing run-scoring and prompting questions about where and how it originated.

The cry around the major leagues at the turn of the millennium and well into the beginning of the 2000s was that there was not enough quality pitching to fill 30 rosters. The lack of pitching, some people inside the game claimed, was as much the reason that scoring had risen to record levels as was the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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