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04-30

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The Lineup Card: 10 Things We Learned in April
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Baseball Prospectus

04-28

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Pebble Hunting: Martin Perez Turns Two, 12 Times
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Sam Miller

04-25

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Raising Aces: Too Soon to Swoon?
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Doug Thorburn

03-26

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Favorite Endgame Targets
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Bret Sayre

12-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Top 2014 Pitching Risers
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Paul Sporer

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Game 163 Preview
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

08-27

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 13: Hernandez vs. Perez
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

08-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-19

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 12: Mejia vs. Nolasco
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

02-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-02

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Minor League Update: Ten AL Prospects Who Could Start the Season in the Majors
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Jason Martinez

09-10

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Baseball Therapy: Reading Lolita in Teheran, Part 1: Intro and Losing Focus
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Russell A. Carleton

06-21

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Bring Me the Head of Martin Perez
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Jason Parks

06-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Bring Me the Head of…..
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Jason Parks

06-18

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

06-18

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Transaction Analysis: Texas and Toronto Dig Deep for Rotation Help
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R.J. Anderson

03-06

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Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-18

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The Lineup Card: 11 Memorable Breakdowns, Antics, and Tirades
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Baseball Prospectus

02-03

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Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Billy and George
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Jay Jaffe

01-10

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Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-14

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You Could Look It Up: Royal Pains
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Steven Goldman

03-10

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Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

05-05

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-26

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Transaction Analysis: All-Around Catch-Up Edition
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Christina Kahrl

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: May 5-9
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Christina Kahrl

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

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The staff shares some of its takeaways from the season's first month.

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April 28, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Martin Perez Turns Two, 12 Times

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Sam Miller

Has the Rangers starter uncovered the secret of erasing his mistakes?

Back in the 2013 Annual, we wrote that Martin Perez’s “strikeout rate dropped off significantly last season, along with his ceiling. Once thought to be a potential front-end rotation arm, he’s now considered more of a third starter.” But he heads into his start tomorrow with the best ERA in the American League, while his strikeout rate hovers around the 15th percentile. There’s a contradiction there—those two statements aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, but they are certainly opposed to each other. Perez has the career-low BABIP of an early-season fluke, and he has the pristine HR/FB rate of an early-season fluke. But what about the most magical part of his game thus far? Is it possible that Perez’s exceptional ability to induce double plays is a skill that he can carry forward?

To appreciate just how significant the 6-4-3 has been to Perez’s 1.42 ERA this year, consider: 31 times so far he has had a runner on first base (at least) and fewer than two outs. Those 31 at-bats have produced 12 double plays and three fielder’s choices, along with three caught stealings, six strikeouts, and just three singles. In those 31 chances he has turned about nine more double plays than an average pitcher should have, according to our NetDP stat, putting him more than four net double plays ahead of the next-best doubleplayer. A double play with a runner on first and nobody out is worth about three-quarters of a run, according to our 2014 run-expectancy matrix. In Perez’s 31 matchups with a runner on first (at least) and fewer than two outs, he has around 13 runs off his expected runs allowed. He has allowed six runs all year. The double plays alone have been roughly as valuable as Mike Trout's sixth-in-the-AL home run total.

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April 25, 2014 6:30 am

Raising Aces: Too Soon to Swoon?

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Doug Thorburn

Is Doug buying or selling three starters who've had success so far this season?

Evaluations of player performance during the first month of the season come with small-sample caveats, but we can try to separate the flukes from the real improvements by identifying meaningful changes in mechanics, approach, or repertoire. Some of the gains are legit, while others are merely a numerical mirage, so we must look beyond the stats in order to tell which players will continue to impress over the coming months of the season. Let's take a look at some of the more surprising April performances by pitchers and attempt to determine whether it's too soon to swoon over their skills.

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March 26, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: My Favorite Endgame Targets

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Bret Sayre

As the offseason winds down, Bret shares some of his late-draft sleepers for various league sizes and formats.

With spring training reaching peak twilight and the biggest drafting weekend of the year approaching, it’s time for my final marker post column of the preseason.

We’ve been doing rankings and analysis here for the last three months and hopefully they’ve been helpful to you as you sort through all of the information that lead to your most important draft decisions. And to top it off, as we get to the endgame of draft season, it seems only natural to focus on the endgame of drafts. It’s the most interesting, and often most important segment of your draft. Sure, if you miss on your first round pick or get $5 in value from your $25 player, you’re in a hole that can be very difficult to climb out of. As I’ve said many times, closing out your draft strong is a must if you want to win your league.

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A look at several pitchers who could rise in the rankings and provide late-round values in your drafts next spring.

There is a subset of the fantasy baseball community that is entirely reticent about drafting a starting pitcher early. Early is obviously a subjective measure, but I fall into the camp that all but refuses to take one in the first two rounds. It isn’t just the extra injury risk that is associated with pitchers—though that is definitely a large component—but it is also the fact that quality pitching is more widely available both later in the draft and as the season goes along.

You will have the Matt Carpenter and Josh Donaldson type breakouts in a given year on the hitting side (and mind you, those weren’t the only two), but those are rare and even rarer is the guy who comes along in the middle of the season to put up beastly offensive numbers. The AL Rookie of the Year, Wil Myers, didn’t come up until June 18th and he raked, but he was drafted onto a roster in just about every league back in March anyway, so it’s not like you could have picked him up.

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September 30, 2013 8:16 am

Playoff Prospectus: AL Game 163 Preview

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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

The Rays visit the Rangers to determine who gets to visit the Indians on Wednesday night.

Rays (David Price) vs. Rangers (Martin Perez) – 8:07 p.m. ET

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August 27, 2013 11:17 am

TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 13: Hernandez vs. Perez

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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

The guys get one of Felix's worst starts of the season to break down as Texas unloads on him in the second inning. Plus Alex Wood's insanity and Doug goes to Boston!

Rundown:

0:00 – 8:40 -- [Intro]

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August 22, 2013 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 21

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Bret and Mike suggest players who could bolster your fantasy team down the stretch, depending on the format of your league.

12-Team Mixed

Mark Reynolds, 3B/1B, New York Yankees

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A quicker-than-usual episode that still packs a punch including a lot of reliever talk.

A shorter episode with Doug on the eve of a trip across the country, but the guys still pack plenty into their 2.5 hours (I know, in what world is 2.5 hours a short episode??). The GOTW was broken, but the guys adjusted and still discussed Mejia before what now appears to be a season-ending elbow injury.

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February 19, 2013 5:00 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects

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Jason Parks

Immense upside and considerable risk give the Rangers one of the best, albeit one of the most boom-or-bust, systems in the game.

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Ten American League Prospects Who Could Start the Season In the Majors

With the new year upon us, we can now officially say that Spring Training starts 'next month'. The Spring Training version of the Minor League Update will be highly-focused on prospects who are getting a chance to showcase their talents in big league games and have a pretty decent shot at making a 25-man roster.

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What can the staff psychologist/stathead learn from the way our prospect expert describes players' problems?

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