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01-04

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Pebble Hunting: The Saddest Age-27 Seasons of 2012
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Sam Miller

09-10

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 10
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Matthew Kory

03-20

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Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/20/12
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Michael Street

02-28

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part One
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

07-27

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The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason Trades
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Baseball Prospectus

04-11

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third and DH
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Michael Street

04-08

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Rookie Effect
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Brian Mills

03-21

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third and DH
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Michael Street

03-15

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44

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results
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Jason Collette

03-03

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23

Transaction Analysis: Nick Johnson, Chad Durbin, and Dregs
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Christina Kahrl

02-07

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Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

08-23

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
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Michael Street

08-09

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
by
Michael Street

07-19

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
by
Michael Street

07-12

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
by
Michael Street

07-07

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Fantasy Beat: Which LaPorta Is For Real?
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Marc Normandin

06-30

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Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED AL Projected Opening Day Rosters
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John Perrotto

03-15

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
by
Michael Street

03-10

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17

Team Health Reports: Cleveland Indians
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Will Carroll

02-22

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34

Transaction Action: Junior Circuit Jumbling
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Christina Kahrl

08-21

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Transaction Action: Additions of a Minor Nature
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Christina Kahrl

06-02

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central, Plus
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Christina Kahrl

05-11

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Transaction Analysis: AL Central Update
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Christina Kahrl

04-10

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Transaction Analysis: AL Roster Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

04-07

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32

Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, AL
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Kevin Goldstein

03-18

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Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

02-04

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Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-14

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On the Beat: Diamond Aspirations
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John Perrotto

07-14

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The Week in Quotes: Week of July 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

07-08

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Prospectus Today: Sabathia for LaPorta
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Joe Sheehan

07-07

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Transaction of the Day: Beating the Deadline by Weeks
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Christina Kahrl

06-05

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Lies, Damned Lies: Projecting the Top of the Crop
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Nate Silver

03-25

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

03-05

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Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

02-05

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Future Shock: Brewers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-12

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Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, NL Central
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Nate Silver

08-07

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Future Shock: First Round Update
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Kevin Goldstein

07-10

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Future Shock: Risers and Fallers, National League
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Kevin Goldstein

06-08

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Draft Awards
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Bryan Smith

06-06

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Mock Draft 2007
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Kevin Goldstein

03-30

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Future Shock: 2007 Draft Notebook, 3/30/07
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Kevin Goldstein

03-19

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack, 3/19/07
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Kevin Goldstein

03-13

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Future Shock: 2006 Draft Notebook
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Kevin Goldstein

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Age 27 is often thought of as the time when players peak, but sometimes it's just the opposite.

Eight months ago, I wrote about the saddest age-27 seasons in recent history, the idea being that age-27 is, if not the panacea that turns every player into his best self, at least the last year that we pay attention to post-hype sleepers. Or, as I wrote, “It’s the year when, if you hit .253/.289/.418 in the PCL, smart people will probably quit writing spring training love letters calling you the comeback kid.” That was about Brandon Wood, who ended up hitting .259/.313/.409 in the PCL. I can’t tell you how happy I am that nobody has identified a year of my life when I’m supposed to stop feeling good about myself.

But if baseball's age 27 lasts just one season for each player, it lasts forever for us—we get older, but 27-year-olds stay the same age—and so this year there was a whole new group of age-27s. Here are 10 potential nails in coffins, ranked by dispiritability.

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September 10, 2012 9:36 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 10

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Matthew Kory

Just a 4.5 percent chance of winning the division for the LOLs AngeLOLs Dahahahahadgers.

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March 20, 2012 3:00 am

Preseason Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 3/20/12

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Michael Street

Michael looks at Value Picks to be found in the first-base battles in Cleveland and Pittsburgh

Part of the excitement of Spring Training is watching Opening Day rosters take shape—usually, this involves whether a top prospect will start the year in the minors or which utility man grabs the final bench spot. Less often, we get to watch two players compete for the right to start, an especially important choice at the power position of first base. While both Cleveland and Pittsburgh seems to have made their choices at the cold corner, there are still some other options that could rise to the challenge and bring value to their fantasy owners.

Casey Kotchman | 1B | Cleveland Indians
Mixed: -$6 | AL-only: $7 | PECOTA 1B Rank: 19 | 1B ADP: 31


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Talking White Sox and Indians in our preview coverage of the division so nice we had to break it up and discuss it twice.

1) Kenny Williams seemed to have a case of split personality this offseason. Is he rebuilding, planning to contend, just resting, what?

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As the trade deadline approaches, the BP Gang looks back at their favorite summer swaps in baseball history.

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April 11, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third and DH

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Michael Street

It's too early to panic, but Michael points out a few players you may want to consider cutting bait on in the future.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide’s sage advice applies equally in the opening weeks of the fantasy season. Not all of last week’s Value Picks have performed well, but one week is too small a sample space to cause panic. This week’s changes aren’t an overreaction to cold (or hot) starts, but an opportunity for you to plug lineup holes or satisfy early-season speculative urges. In the spirit of marginal production, this week’s column pays tribute to the new-wave band The Cars.

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Do early-season phenoms fade once the rest of the league learns to stop giving them pitches to hit?

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

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March 21, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third and DH

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Michael Street

As spring training winds down, Michael looks at some valuable players who are being overlooked in drafts.

Spring training position battles are wrapping up, so I’m shifting my attention towards underdrafted players (according to mockdraftcentral.com). Some of these will be familiar to my readers from last season, but all of them are far more valuable than fantasy owners are acknowledging.

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March 15, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results

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Jason Collette

Jason took part in a slow mock draft with other fantasy experts and is now here to share what he learned from the experience.

I recently had the pleasure of doing a slow—and I mean slow—mock draft over the past four weeks with a few of my friends and colleagues in the fantasy baseball industry. That group included most of the mlb.com folks, Fernando DiFino, and the legendary Joe Sheehan. The draft started on February 17 and survived a few lost weekends, DiFino’s nuptials (congrats!) and several copy and paste issues from some of us that are still using not-so-smartphones.

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The Tribe loads up from the bargain bin and Jody Gerut retires, while today's quotation exercise asks, "Who's your Dada?"

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Rob McQuown gives more keeper tips and dives into draft preparation notes.

With many leagues having keepers due today, I'll be around to offer any commentary on keepers. One last-minute tip is to not forget about defense. Be sure to check out these resources:

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August 23, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter

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Michael Street

The Value Picks list drops back to its usual six candidates, while Michael Street continues to look at players On The Bubble.

We trim the fat this week, cutting back the extra man after a continuing slump from one Value Pick and a failure to launch from another. Matt LaPorta’s spiraled downward since July 22, hitting .179/.259/.284. A strong 9.4% walk rate and 83% contact rate in that time indicate that his batting eye is fine, while his .195 BABIP points to either bad luck or poor execution. Both of these are correctable, but there are better VP options while LaPorta works towards his potential.

The same can be said of Brett Wallace, who has hit .071/.133/.071 over his last 30 PAs after hitting .333/.448/.417 in his first 32. Those are small slices, but he hasn’t walked in his last 41 PAs, while whiffing 14 times. He's one to watch for the future, but as with LaPorta, there’s too much available talent to wait for him to find his stroke.

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