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07-11

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Raising Aces: Breakout Breakdown: Corey Kluber and Garrett Richards
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Doug Thorburn

06-27

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Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off
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Doug Thorburn

06-20

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Raising Aces: A Tale of Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

06-13

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Three
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Doug Thorburn

06-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Two
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Doug Thorburn

05-30

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part One
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Doug Thorburn

05-09

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Raising Aces: Making Setup Man Magic
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Doug Thorburn

05-02

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Raising Aces: Too Early to Worry?
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Doug Thorburn

04-18

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Raising Aces: Masahiro Tanaka, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

04-15

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Going Yard: How Carlos Gomez Got His Groove
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Ryan Parker

04-11

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Raising Aces: Starting Pitcher Four-Pack
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Doug Thorburn

04-04

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Raising Aces: The Aces of Opening Day
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Doug Thorburn

03-31

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Going Yard: The Violence of Bryce Harper's Swing
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Ryan Parker

03-28

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Raising Aces: Out on a Limb: 2014 Pitcher Predictions
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Doug Thorburn

03-21

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Eddie Butler, Tyler Glasnow, and Alex Meyer
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Doug Thorburn

03-17

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Going Yard: The Power in Javier Baez's Swing
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Ryan Parker

03-14

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jonathan Gray
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Doug Thorburn

03-13

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 19: Prospects, Prospects, Prospects!!!
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

03-07

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Raising Aces: Over the Radar 2.0
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Doug Thorburn

03-03

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 2.0
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Doug Thorburn

02-28

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Andrew Heaney
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Doug Thorburn

02-21

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Raising Aces: Organizational Trends: Looking for Mechanical Hallmarks
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Doug Thorburn

02-12

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BP Unfiltered: T-Mac's Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

02-07

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Archie Bradley
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Doug Thorburn

01-24

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Black and White
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Doug Thorburn

01-17

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees 1980-89
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Doug Thorburn

01-10

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees of 1990-94
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Doug Thorburn

01-03

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Raising Aces: The Good Old Days: Nolan Ryan
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Doug Thorburn

12-27

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Raising Aces: Examining Masahiro Tanaka's Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

12-20

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Julio Urias
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Doug Thorburn

12-13

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon
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Doug Thorburn

11-15

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Noah Syndergaard
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Doug Thorburn

11-08

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Raising Aces: Great Pitchers, Flawed Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

11-01

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Kyle Zimmer
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Doug Thorburn

09-10

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Overthinking It: Is Ubaldo Back?
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Ben Lindbergh

09-06

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Raising Aces: Taijuan Walker, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

08-30

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Raising Aces: A Closer Look at Relievers
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Doug Thorburn

08-23

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Raising Aces: The RP-Funk All-Stars
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Doug Thorburn

08-16

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Raising Aces: Elevator Action
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Doug Thorburn

08-09

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Raising Aces: What Happened to Liriano and Masterson?
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Doug Thorburn

07-19

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Raising Aces: Back to the Futures Game, 2013
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Doug Thorburn

07-12

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Raising Aces: How the Mighty Have Fallen
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Doug Thorburn

06-28

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Raising Aces: A Look at Rooks Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler
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Doug Thorburn

06-14

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Raising Aces: In Need of Repair: Posture
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Doug Thorburn

06-07

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Raising Aces: Changing Gears
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Doug Thorburn

05-31

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Raising Aces: Splitting the Platoon: Lefty-philic Pitchers
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Doug Thorburn

05-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 214: B.J. Upton and Fixing Mechanical Flaws/Scouting and the International Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-30

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TINSTAAPP: Episode 5: Miller vs. Kershaw
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

05-30

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Raising Aces: Kevin Gausman, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

05-29

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Pebble Hunting: A Week of Watching Eric Hosmer
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Sam Miller

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January 24, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Black and White

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Doug Thorburn

Scouting the deliveries of pitchers from the dawn of the television era and earlier.

Over the past two weeks, we’ve looked at the pitchers who gained entry to the Hall of Fame during the formative years of my youth. Most of these pitchers hailed from the 1960s and '70s, with the occasional senior citizen (read: Hoyt Wilhelm) having gained notoriety in the '50s. The footage becomes more scarce—and less colorful—as we progress back in time, and the lack of video clips makes it more difficult to break down the pitching mechanics of the founding fathers of Cooperstown.

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A look at the mechanics of Catfish Hunter, Hoyt Wilhelm, Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, and Bob Gibson.

Five pitchers were elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA during the 1980s, a number that feels light when one considers the half-dozen arms that were elected in the first five years of the '90s. But the five-pack fairly represents the average induction rate for the four-decade period from 1970-2009. For all the talk about how the modern era is underrepresented in the Hall, it is worth noting that the BBWAA elected just 0.32 pitchers per year from 1936-69 (11 total arms) but has enshrined 0.58 pitchers per year since 1970 (26 total, including the 2014 inductions of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine).

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A look at the mechanics of Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, and other immortals.

Pitchers naturally draw most of my attention when looking at the Hall of Fame, and the voting trends of the Baseball Writers Association of America reveal some interesting tendencies when one studies the historical record. For example, there have been a total of 35 pitchers voted into the Hall by the BBWAA across the 78-year span of the voting process, yet from 1956 to 1971, Bob Feller was the only moundsman to pass through the gauntlet. There were only three pitchers enshrined during the first 11 years of the 21st century, and all three were relievers: Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter, and Dennis Eckersley. But now we stand on the precipice of the Hall's floodgates being opened to pitchers, from the recent selections of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine to next year's shoo-ins such as Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

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January 3, 2014 6:19 am

Raising Aces: The Good Old Days: Nolan Ryan

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Doug Thorburn

How did one of the most dominant, durable pitchers of the past do it?

During the 2012-13 offseason, I took some time to appreciate a few of the greatest pitchers of the previous generation. Some of these pitchers are due for Hall of Fame election in the next week, some are waiting on the doorstep while the voters decide how to handle an era tainted by steroids, and others are locks for enshrinement as soon as their eligibility clocks are sounded. It was not a coincidence that each of these legends had a mechanical profile that fully supported his prowess, but it was instructive to study how they had developed from the flawed hurlers of their youth into the out-generating machines that defined their respective peaks.

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December 27, 2013 7:42 am

Raising Aces: Examining Masahiro Tanaka's Mechanics

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Doug Thorburn

Does the NPB pitcher's delivery bode well for his ability to weather a heavy early workload and make a smooth transition to the majors?

The biggest news to hit the yuletide airwaves was the official posting of star NPB pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. From now through January 24th, teams are expected to scramble for the opportunity to pay the newly-adjusted $20 million posting fee and sign the right-hander. The new import process all but assures that Tanaka will receive a heftier contract than previous NPB standouts Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka, since the bidding war now benefits the player rather than his old ballclub (much to the chagrin of Tanaka's squad, the Rakuten Golden Eagles).

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A close look at the mechanics and performance of the precocious Dodgers lefty.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made waves in the international market, with scouting director Logan White procuring a bounty of talent for the organization. Thus far, Yasiel Puig has grabbed the lion's share of the headlines, but the most compelling/intriguing international acquisition by the Dodgers camp may have been Julio Urias, the pitcher whom they plucked out of Mexico in August of 2012, just days after he turned 16 years old.

One would expect the development of a teenager to take a slow pace, with little more than an appearance in short-season rookie ball during his first season. The Dodgers kept Urias in extended spring training into late May, but then they gave him an extremely aggressive assignment to full-season ball, where he joined the Great Lakes Loons as the youngest player in the Midwest League.

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December 13, 2013 7:20 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon

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Doug Thorburn

The stats don't capture the promise of Pittsburgh's top pitching prospect.

Jameson Taillon was the no. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of a Texas high school. Since that summer, the 22-year-old has taken a deliberate route through the minor leagues, spending some time at each level before reaching for the next rung on the ladder. The right-hander now stands on the doorstep of the majors, having finished the 2013 season with a month-long stretch at Triple-A Indianapolis, and he could very well join the Pittsburgh rotation by the summer of 2014 if he avoids derailment from his development track.

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November 15, 2013 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Noah Syndergaard

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Doug Thorburn

A mechanical look at the 21-year-old Mets pitching prospect.

Noah Syndergaard was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the supplemental first round of the 2010 draft. Chosen out of a Texas high school with the 38th overall pick, Syndergaard put up enticing numbers as he rose through the lower ranks of the Blue Jays system. The 6'-6” right-hander was then utilized as a key component in the trade that brought R.A. Dickey to the Jays in the 2012-13 offseason, and continued along his developmental trajectory in his first season in the Mets system, reaching Double-A in June and improving as the season progressed.

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November 8, 2013 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Great Pitchers, Flawed Mechanics

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Doug Thorburn

Pitchers who succeed despite less-than-perfect deliveries.

One of the most common questions people ask me is to name good pitchers who have bad mechanics. Of course, mechanics are too nuanced to draw lines in the sand of “good” and “bad,” but the question is fascinating nonetheless. The general rule is that the best pitchers have excellent mechanics, but it’s true that some of the top players in the game have flaws in their deliveries.

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November 1, 2013 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Kyle Zimmer

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Doug Thorburn

Mid-season adjustments put the Royals pitching prospect on the path to prominence.

The Kansas City Royals chose Kyle Zimmer out of the University of San Francisco with the fifth overall selection of the 2012 draft. He was the second pitcher off the board, following LSU's Kevin Gausman, and he earned the distinction of having my favorite delivery of the opening round. Zimmer rose to the Double-A ranks in his first full season of pro ball, where he dominated for a handful of starts before he was shut down in mid-August due to stiffness in his throwing shoulder.

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September 10, 2013 9:03 am

Overthinking It: Is Ubaldo Back?

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Ben Lindbergh

Are the struggles of erstwhile ace Ubaldo Jimenez over?

Just over a month ago on Effectively Wild, Sam Miller and I surveyed the 2014 options that teams would have to decide to pick up or pass on at the end of this season. When we came to the Indians’ $8 mutual million option on Ubaldo Jimenez, we very nearly dismissed it without saying what it was.

Me: Ubaldo Jimenez.
Sam: Pass.
Me: You don’t even want to hear the amount?
Sam: Well, what is the amount?
Me: The amount is $8 million.
Sam: Given who’s a free agent starter this winter, it wouldn’t kill me if a team did that at all. I would pass, but it wouldn’t break my heart.






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September 6, 2013 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Taijuan Walker, the Debut Ante

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Doug Thorburn

Doug finds a lot to like and plenty to nitpick in Taijuan Walker's early outings.

Last Friday, Seattle baseball fans were treated to the long-anticipated arrival of pitching prospect Taijuan Walker. The right-hander entered the season as the top prospect in the Mariners' system, and he ranked ninth overall on Jason Parks' mid-season list of the top 50 prospects in the game, placing third among pitchers (behind Archie Bradley and Kevin Gausman).

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