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04-11

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Fantasy Freestyle: Should We Start Pitchers Making Their Major-League Debuts?
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Bret Sayre

09-22

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BP Unfiltered: The Emotional Ups and Downs of a Major-League Debut
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Ben Lindbergh

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

02-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Cuban Imports
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John Perrotto

02-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Are You Experienced?
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Jay Jaffe

07-14

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Prospectus Q&A: Chris Wertz
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David Laurila

04-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Tales in a Minor Key
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Jay Jaffe

08-10

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Every Given Sunday: Waiving Good-bye?
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John Perrotto

11-20

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Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-19

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Lies, Damned Lies: Slotto Bonanzas, Part Two
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Nate Silver

05-24

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL West
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Kevin Goldstein

04-05

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Doctoring The Numbers: Charlie Haeger
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Rany Jazayerli

02-15

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International Prospectus
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John Perrotto

02-01

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Prospects, Introduction
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Nate Silver

01-12

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Prospectus Matchups: Uni-gamers
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Jim Baker

10-16

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten-Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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Future Shock: Where Did the Tigers and the Athletics Come From?
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Kevin Goldstein

10-12

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Prospectus Today: The Games Go On
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Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Player Profile
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Marc Normandin

07-04

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Fantasy Focus: The RotoWire ROI 100
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Erik Siegrist

06-23

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Future Shock: Midpoint National League Report
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Kevin Goldstein

06-20

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Fantasy Focus: The RotoWire ROI 100
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Erik Siegrist

03-23

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Future Shock: Ten Teenage Throwers
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Kevin Goldstein

03-21

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Future Shock: California, Here They Come
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Kevin Goldstein

03-08

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Future Shock: State of the Systems: NL Central
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Kevin Goldstein

02-24

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Lies, Damned Lies: Any Such Thing?
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Nate Silver

01-24

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The BP Guide to Transaction Rules
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Thomas Gorman

02-24

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part IV
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Baseball Prospectus

06-21

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Baseball's Brave New World
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Gary Gillette

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 19-25, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

12-13

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The Greatest Home Run Hitters of All Time
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James Kushner

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Bret examines whether starting pitchers are worth using in fantasy as soon as they reach the bigs.

Sometimes things that we take for granted as gospel are worth investigating. The latest example of this came in the wake of Jose Fernandez’s incredible debut for the Marlins this past Sunday. It’s not often that we see something that we can say has never been done before, but the 2011 draftee accomplished a truly unique feat. Jose Fernandez was the first-ever 20-year-old to strike out at least eight batters and walk one or fewer in his major-league debut. Yes, the first in major-league history.

So, of course, just over two hours before Fernandez threw his first major-league pitch, I took to Twitter and offered the right-hander’s owners this “advice.”

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Melky Mesa rides an emotional rollercoaster and lives to tell the tale.

The Yankees and A's played for almost six hours on Saturday afternoon into Sunday evening, using 18 pitchers and 29 position players between them. In the top of the 13th inning, the A's homered three times to take a 9-5 lead. In the bottom of the 13th, the Yankees tied the game on four hits, including the second home run of the day by Raul Ibanez (who'd last hit one on August 5th). It was a weird one, and one both teams badly wanted to win.

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February 29, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview

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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

The two Jasons dissect the pressing questions facing the Rangers, Angels, A's, and Mariners this season.

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 89-73
Team WARP: 45.7
Runs Scored: 719
Runs Allowed: 648​
Team FRAA: 37.6






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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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February 25, 2011 10:23 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Are You Experienced?

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Jay Jaffe

A kid's vintage and relative experience has less than a predictive effect on his arriving to stay in The Show.

With Cliff Lee's surprising detour to Philadelphia and Andy Pettitte's unsurprising detour into retirement, the Yankees' major-league rotation is in a decidedly unfinished state. Happily, their farm system is chock full of quality pitching prospects. On the surface, the solution—fill the rotation's two open spots from within—appears obvious, but the Yankees are auditioning veteran retreads such as Freddy Garcia, Sergio Mitre, and Bartolo Colon for first dibs on those spots. Not long after pitchers and catchers reported to camp, general manager Brian Cashman dismissed the idea of either of the team's blue chippers on the mound, Manuel Banuelos and Dellin Betances, breaking camp with the big club, stating to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand that "(t)hey’re going to get their first taste of big-league camp, then they're going to get slotted into Trenton. They have no chance to make this team."

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A historian looks at Willard Brown, the first African-American to play in a big-league game at Fenway Park.

Chris Wertz is a freelance baseball writer and historian living in New York City. He is a contributing author to the recently-released Pumpsie & Progress: The Red Sox, Race, and Redemption, by Bill Nowlin, which was published by Rounder Books.


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A new publicly-available storehouse of info allows for endless explorations into the game's history beyond the big leagues.

While I'm hardly an authority on the topic, I've always had a soft spot for minor league baseball, probably because my formative years were spent in minor league towns. I grew up attending ballgames in Salt Lake City, Utah, a city with a rich history as a minor league outpost dating back to the old Pacific Coast League and its 200-game seasons. During my childhood and adolescence it played host to the Triple-A affiliates for the Angels and Mariners in the modern-day PCL, and I got my fill of stars like Dickie Thon and Phil Bradley, high-altitude boppers like Ike Hampton, and future flops like Al Chambers. Additionally, every summer I would visit my grandparents in in Walla Walla, Washington, the site of the Padres' Low-A Northwest League affiliate, where I watched Tony Gwynn and John Kruk take their first steps toward major league stardom.

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August 10, 2008 11:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Waiving Good-bye?

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John Perrotto

Some veterans who may get moved this month, umpires dodging lightning bolts, disgruntled Venezuelans, and more developments on the diamond.

While most of the heavy-duty trading is over now that the deadline to make deals without securing waivers passed on July 31, there are still potential swaps to be made. A couple of relievers cleared waivers and changed teams this past week; the Rays acquired right-hander Chad Bradford from the Orioles, and the Phillies picked up left-hander Scott Eyre from the Cubs. The Red Sox had a deal in place to add to their already impressive arsenal by trading for Padres outfielder Brian Giles, but the San Diego native invoked his no-trade clause, preferring to remain in his hometown with the last-place Padres rather than join the contending Red Sox.

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November 20, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Angels' farm system is no longer heavenly, but it has a number of prospects who could elevate the system to its former lofty levels.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Nick Adenhart, RHP
Four-Star Prospects
2. Brandon Wood, 3B/SS
3. Jordan Walden, RHP
4. Hank Conger, C
Three-Star Prospects
5. Sean O'Sullivan, RHP
6. Sean Rodriguez, SS
7. Peter Bourjos, OF
8. Rich Thompson, RHP
Two-Star Prospects
9. Matt Sweeney, 3B
10. Jon Bachanov, RHP
11. Mason Tobin, RHP















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August 19, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Slotto Bonanzas, Part Two

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Nate Silver

Nate turns his attention to the individual big bonus players from the last decade, and determines whether their teams would do it all over again.

What follows is a comprehensive roster of all players between 1998 and 2006 who were drafted with one of the first 100 selections and who also went for at least $500,000 over slot, considering both their signing bonus and any guaranteed MLB money. I've used the 2006 slot values for all seasons from 2000-2006, as MLB has generally been very successful at containing draft inflation during this period (in fact, the draft slots went down in 2007). The slots do appear to have been a little lower in 1999 and 1998, and so I've scaled those back by five percent and 10 percent respectively, rounding off to the nearest "big" number. I've also indicated those cases where the player's alternative careers in football or basketball could have influenced his signing bonus. Finally, I've posed a simple question: If the team had perfect knowledge of what that player was going to do, would they commit the same money again?

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May 24, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL West

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Kevin Goldstein

Justin Upton and Clayton Kershaw stand out from the many fringe prospects in NL West systems.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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Rany comes clean about an obsession with the knuckler, and his active interest in the best prospect to throw it in years.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of the knuckleball and the men who throw it. Among the many clues I have left in my wake, the most obvious is the time I ignored the objections of a fewokay, all of my colleagues, and attached Charlie Zink to the bottom of our Top 50 Prospects list three years ago. Fortunately, Zink has gone on to great and glorious success since then, completely vindicating my faith in him.

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