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08-18

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Circle Change: The Best Failure in Baseball
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Zach Crizer

05-31

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 10: West Coast Bias
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

05-24

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Banjo Hitter: Mike Trout's First 50 WARP
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Aaron Gleeman

04-07

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Players Prefer Presentation: Face(s) of Baseball
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Meg Rowley

04-01

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017 - Second Version
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-15

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Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017
by
Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

03-15

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4

Looking Back on Tomorrow: Los Angeles Angels
by
Matthew Trueblood

03-08

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Players Prefer Presentation: Mike Trout Hypotheticals
by
Meg Rowley

02-21

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 125 Outfielders
by
Bret Sayre

02-07

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10

Banjo Hitter: Age-Old Questions
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Aaron Gleeman

12-19

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4

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: Runs/RBI
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George Bissell

12-06

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Hitters
by
Mike Gianella

11-22

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The 300-300 Club
by
Rob Mains

11-09

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Retrospective Player Valuation: 2016 AL Hitters
by
Mike Gianella

09-26

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7

Prospectus Feature: The Comp-less Mike Trout
by
Henry Druschel

06-17

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9

Some Projection Left: Mike Trout Goes To College
by
Christopher Crawford

05-11

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Some Projection Left: Ask The Industry: Trading for Trout
by
Christopher Crawford

01-18

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Internet Baseball Awards: Fin
by
Sam Miller

11-19

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10

Rubbing Mud: Overlooking Trout
by
Matthew Trueblood

04-02

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My Model Portfolio: Find a Way to Get Trout
by
Bret Sayre

11-10

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Raising Aces: Partners in Crime: The Long Home Runs of 2014
by
Doug Thorburn

07-07

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9

Pebble Hunting: Why Do Teams Pitch to Trout?
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Sam Miller

06-25

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7

What You Need to Know: Five Hours and Counting
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Chris Mosch

06-18

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What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals
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Daniel Rathman, Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch

04-28

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BP Unfiltered: Mike Trout Striking Out, Albert Pujols Plantar Update
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Ben Lindbergh

04-08

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16

Dynasty Dynamics: AL West U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

04-02

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Pebble Hunting: Bonds vs. Pedro, and More Fun with Batter-Pitcher Matchups
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Sam Miller

03-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 417: Baseball Banter for Opening Day
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Yes, I Paid for Trout
by
Wilson Karaman

03-31

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Pebble Hunting: Mike Trout vs. Felix Hernandez
by
Sam Miller

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Two Aces
by
Doug Thorburn

03-31

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The Week in Quotes: March 24-30
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-31

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9

Transaction Analysis: Angels Sign Baseball's Best Player to One of Baseball's Best Deals
by
Ben Lindbergh

03-28

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9

My Model Portfolio: Stars and Scrubs
by
Mike Gianella

03-19

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9

Fantasy Freestyle: Picking Fifth
by
Mauricio Rubio

03-18

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4

The Darkhorses: Home Runs
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Projecting the Top 15
by
Paul Sporer and BP Fantasy Staff

03-03

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Pebble Hunting: Mike Trout and the Meaning of $140 Million
by
Sam Miller

02-24

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7

Rumor Roundup: Extending Trout
by
Daniel Rathman

02-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 386: Listener Emails/Ricky Smith on Losing His Date to Derek Jeter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-14

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6

Rumor Roundup: Extensions Afoot?
by
Daniel Rathman

02-10

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22

Fantasy Experts Mock Draft
by
Paul Sporer

01-28

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Pebble Hunting: Who's Faster, Mike Trout or Peter Bourjos?
by
Sam Miller

01-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 364: The All-Hypothetical Podcast
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-18

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The Lineup Card: 13 Trade Offers for Mike Trout
by
Baseball Prospectus

12-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 348: Robot GMs, Bartolo at Bat, and Other Listener Emails
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-19

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9

Fantasy Bargains and Busts: American League Hitters
by
Mike Gianella

11-15

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BP Unfiltered: Weep, Mob, For the Downballot Snub
by
Sam Miller

11-14

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Internet Baseball Awards: AL Player of the Year
by
Nick Bacarella

11-14

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Skewed Left: Why Deserving MVPs Don't Win
by
Zachary Levine

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Mike Trout is better than everyone at everything, even failure.

Sometime soon, Mike Trout will again etch his name atop one of those through age 20-something leaderboards—swallowing up another distinction like baseball prodigy kudzu. This one, though, isn’t going on his eventual Hall of Fame plaque. He’s seven strikeouts away from racking up his 856th K, which would surpass Justin Upton for the most by any hitter through his age-25 season.

Even while posting perhaps the most successful out-of-the-chute baseball career ever, Trout has experienced much failure. The circumstances of his existence—reaching and dominating the majors before his 20th birthday, being the obvious best player on the field, being fast, hitting for power in the 2010s—have conspired in such a way that the strikeouts have piled up despite his rates being below the contemporary league average.

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On the 10th episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. reflect on the downgrade in Anaheim from Mike Trout to Eric Young Jr. Across Los Angeles, Brandon Morrow returns to the Dodgers' bullpen, and the guys marvel over the players they didn't know were still in the league. Plus much, much more!

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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When the best gets better, no one is safe.

Consistent greatness in sports is incredibly difficult to achieve. There are off years and injuries and aging and all sorts of other factors conspiring to keep athletes from remaining at the very top of their sport for long stretches. And yet in the rare instances when someone comes along and actually does it, they’re often taken for granted eventually. Michael Jordan won “only” five MVP awards despite most media, fans, and players agreeing that he was the best player for perhaps twice that many seasons, because on some level a fatigue set in. The best player in the world being the best player in the world became monotonous.

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To focus on one face is to misunderstand the whole thing.

You have to believe that baseball says something more. It has to bring you joy; it has to seem a part of you. We still have to resist dwelling overlong in nostalgia; it’s important to be clear-headed. Baseball’s sins have been against people; it’s guilty of smaller vices like sentimentality, too. It was never so pure and it’s often addled. But we have to agree that we’re getting a little something more than setting the conditions for selling caps or shoes. That’s what makes all of this work.

Earlier this week, Jayson Stark of ESPN published a piece exploring the dearth of active baseball players whose fame transcends the sport. Since Derek Jeter’s retirement, we have been without a Face of Baseball.

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Three-hundred players. Ranked in a slightly different manner than two weeks ago.

Below is the second and final update for those readers who do drafts instead of auctions. This list is modeled for 15-team mixed leagues that use standard Rotisserie scoring and rosters. As noted in the previous update, this means that the list does not contain 30 catchers, so you will need to add a few catchers to the bottom of this list to make sure that you draft a second catcher.

Most of the rankings in this update remain unchanged, particularly in the Top 150 or so. Changes in this update are due to injury or change in roles, not value judgments based on a player’s Spring Training performance.

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March 15, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300 For 2017

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

The draft rankings you need for the upcoming fantasy season.

For those of you who do drafts instead of auctions, we’ve got you covered. Below you will find our Top 300 rankings. These rankings are for 15-team mixed leagues using standard Rotisserie scoring and rosters. This means two catcher rosters, so if you’re drafting in a one-catcher league, you will need to adjust accordingly. One change we have made this year is that we haven’t populated the table below with the “correct” number of catchers. A 15-team league has 345 active players, so many of the catchers who will be drafted fall below this 300 player threshold.

This is the first draft ranking of two that will be published this spring. The second update will be published shortly before Opening Day.

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Mike Trout, but what else?

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If Mike Trout wasn't the Mike Trout we know, which Mike Trout would he be? (And also spiders.)

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February 21, 2017 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 125 Outfielders

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Bret Sayre

I've got my ranking shoes on and I'm ready to go.

We, at Baseball Prospectus, have been talking about outfielders for a while now (seven days and change to be exact, depending on when you are reading this) and the party continues to rage on. Yet before we rage, we shall calibrate—since rankings aren’t useful without knowing what you’re reading. The list you are about to read here presupposes a 16-team standard (read: 5x5 roto) dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2016 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or -only formats.

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PECOTA helps pick the best player in baseball for every age, from Julio Urias to Bartolo Colon and all the superstars in between.

I have a vivid memory from my little league days of sitting in the dugout after practice and listening intently as a teammate read Baseball America’s rankings of the best players in the country by age. The best player on our team, who later went on to play Division I ball, was annoyed by the notion of a 13-year-old somewhere else getting so much attention for what couldn’t possibly be (he figured) superior talent. The sixth-best player on our team, who later went on to write this article, found it fascinating that there was a 13-year-old so good at baseball that they were being written about in magazines.

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December 19, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: Runs/RBI

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George Bissell

These counting stats don't draw as much attention as their flashier counterparts, but they're just as important.

If you’ve been following our Fantasy Categorical Breakdown series, you’re aware that the birth of the Rob Manfred era has catalyzed a high-octane offensive environment and dramatically reshaped the fantasy landscape over just a two-year span. As league-wide home run totals continue to skyrocket, nearly a quarter of all plate appearances now end in a strikeout, and stolen bases have declined to their lowest level in decades.

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December 6, 2016 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Hitters

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Mike Gianella

The speed merchants sat atop the mixed league valuations in 2016. Should we expect more of the same in 2017?

Welcome to my fourth annual look at retrospective player valuation at Baseball Prospectus. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of articles examining how players performed from a fantasy perspective in 2016. This is the fifth article in a series of six. The first four articles in the series focused on NL-only and AL-only leagues. The final two posts examine mixed leagues, with this article examining hitters.

Before I dig in, here is a brief description of the charts below. (If you have been reading along for the entire series, note that there are some changes for the mixed league articles).

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