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06-04

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Future Shock Blog: Draft Day Dream Crushing
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Kevin Goldstein

03-12

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The Process: How Much Do Early Pitcher Promotions Matter?
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Bradley Ankrom

09-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Disasterpiece Theater
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Jay Jaffe

09-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Butch Wynegar
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David Laurila

05-15

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Lost Generation?
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Nate Silver

01-09

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The Class of 2007
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Jay Jaffe

10-17

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Transaction Analysis: September 29-October 16, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

03-17

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-16
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Christina Kahrl

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: September 1-7
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Christina Kahrl

09-01

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Transaction Analysis: August 26-31
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Christina Kahrl

03-30

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Transaction Analysis: March 25-28, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

10-28

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

07-09

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Transaction Analysis: July 3-8, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

07-02

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Transaction Analysis: June 26-30, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

06-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 10-15
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Christina Kahrl

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: May 15-18, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-22

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-19, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 19-25, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

10-25

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World Series Prospectus
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Joe Sheehan

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

09-13

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Transaction Analysis: September 10-11, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: September 5-6, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

05-30

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Transaction Analysis: May 25-28, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

05-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 11-14, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

05-02

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Transaction Analysis: April 28-30, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-17

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Transaction Analysis: March 23-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

03-24

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-22, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

03-15

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Transaction Analysis: March 7-13
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Christina Kahrl

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: January 18-24, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

12-29

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Transaction Analysis: December 17-27
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Christina Kahrl

06-05

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Transaction Analysis: May 29-June 4
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Christina Kahrl

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: April 2-15
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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AL East Notebook
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Joe Sheehan

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 22-April 1
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Christina Kahrl

03-25

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AL West Notebook
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Jeff Bower

03-22

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Transaction Analysis: March 8-21
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Christina Kahrl

09-17

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Transaction Analysis: September 4-13
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Christina Kahrl

06-29

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Transaction Analysis: June 22-26
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Christina Kahrl

06-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 12-18
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Christina Kahrl

03-18

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Transaction Analysis: March 6-16
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Christina Kahrl

03-10

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Rotisserie Turns: Spring Training Decisions, Part 3
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Keith Law

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Take a deep breath before assuming your favorite team's pick today is a future star.

Unless you live under a rock, and no offense to those living under a rock, you know the draft takes places tonight. The draft creates a lot of excitement, but it's important to be realistic as well about the player that gets added to your favorite. Whomever your favorite team takes, it's not time to start inserting him into future lineups. The attrition rate for top picks has improved dramatically, yet remains brutal. So for a little dose of reality here are the top five hitters and pitchers for each slot. Of the 47 players taken in draft history, this is the cream of the crop, and it can be a bit of an eye-opener. A big note of thanks to Bradley Ankrom for doing the leg work here.

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March 12, 2012 3:00 am

The Process: How Much Do Early Pitcher Promotions Matter?

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Bradley Ankrom

Do pitchers who play in full-season leagues at age 17 or 18 often find success, or is there still no such thing as a pitching prospect?

As part of last week’s Prospects on the Bubble series, we looked at hitters who had played full seasons at advanced Class-A as 17- or 18-year-olds. A number of readers asked about pitchers who have done the same thing, and the results (using a minimum of 100 innings pitched) are significantly less impressive in terms of both quantity and quality.

The hitters group was headlined by Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Roberto Alomar and featured three others—Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez, and Gary Sheffield—who posted career WARPs over 50 and had legitimate Cooperstown cases themselves. The amount of major-league success achieved by the precocious pitchers pales in comparison, as only Dwight Gooden was able to earn more than 50 career WARP.

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September 29, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Disasterpiece Theater

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Jay Jaffe

Taking a look at disaster starts from many different angles.

Going into Monday evening's game against the Blue Jays, the Yankees had every reason to feel good about themselves, having come from behind the night before to secure a stirring 10-inning victory over the Red Sox. With one more win (or a Red Sox loss) they would clinch a spot in the playoffs. Alas, by the third inning Monday night, it was clear the Yankees would be uncorking no champagne, as starter A.J. Burnett dug them a 7-0 hole by allowing two homers, seven hits, and seven runs while retiring just seven hitters. Had the Yankees been at home, Burnett would have been booed off the mound by the Bronx faithful, but as this was a road game, Yankees fans were left to hurl rotten tomatoes and blue epithets at their TVs.

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September 21, 2008 12:08 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Butch Wynegar

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David Laurila

On catching the knuckleball, growing weary of Billy Martin, and the love of the game.

Butch Wynegar has experienced a lot within the game of baseball. A switch-hitting catcher, Wynegar was the youngest player in the American League in 1976 when he finished second to Mark Fidrych for the Rookie of the Year Award. He would go on to be a two-time All-Star over 13 big-league seasons, playing for legendary managers Gene Mauch, Billy Martin, and Lou Piniella, and catching some of the best pitchers of his era with the Twins, Yankees, and Angels. A coach and manager since hanging up his shin guards, Wynegar recently concluded his second season as the hitting coach for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

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May 15, 2008 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: The Lost Generation?

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Nate Silver

Ease up there, Hemingway, we're talking about pitchers, and whether we're missing a few from the last couple of decades.

When we see the level of offense go up or down in baseball-and it has been down dramatically this season-we tend to attribute it to everything other than the players themselves. In any given downturn, it's the bats, or the baseballs, or the ballparks, or the drugs that the players are injecting themselves with. Or all of those things. But what if it isn't all about context? What if, when offense is up, it literally does mean that there aren't very many good pitchers?

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January 9, 2007 12:00 am

The Class of 2007

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Jay Jaffe

With the Hall of Fame announcement coming later today, Jay concludes JAWS' take on who should make it in by sizing up the pitchers.

We'll dispense with the introductory formalities (you can read last year's pieces here and here) and cut to the chase. As with the hitters, we'll consider career WARP and peak WARP--the adjusted for all time flavor, WARP3--with the latter defined as a pitcher's best seven years. Just as we eliminated the worst elected Hall of Famer at each position in determining the JAWS standards, we'll exclude a similar percentage of pitchers--four out of the 60, in this case. In examining these pitchers, we'll also use Pitching Runs Above Average (PRAA) because it forms a reasonable secondary measure for "peak" in conjunction with PRAR's "career" proxy. A pitcher with many PRAA but fewer PRAR likely had a high peak and a short career, while one with the same number of PRAA but more PRAR likely had a longer career. Although durability should not be confused with excellence, league average has value, as anybody who's ever suffered through a fifth starter's pummeling knows.

This year's pitching segment has one more wrinkle. On the advice of WARP creator Clay Davenport, the pitching portion of this year's edition of JAWS includes a downward adjustment for pitchers in the AL after 1973 to counteract the negative hitting contributions of their non-DH brethren. This prevents the system from overly favoring recent AL pitchers, but the consequence is that the career and peak JAWS scores won't match what you can pull from the DT pages on our site. I'd prefer the transparency, but in terms of evaluating the cases on the current ballot, the need for this "tax" wins out.

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October 17, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: September 29-October 16, 2006

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Christina Kahrl

Christina turns her attention to the teams that have fired up the hot stove and stopped waiting 'til next year--next year's already here for 27 of them.

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Teams continue to clean house, scattering Quad-A players in all directions in preparation for the stretch run of Spring Training.

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September 8, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: September 1-7

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Christina Kahrl

While some teams gear up for the stretch run with oodles of pinch hitters and LOOGYs, some teams fill needs with useful players. Chris has the details.

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September 1, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 26-31

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Christina Kahrl

With an eye toward October or 2006, teams fill out their rosters with veteran-y goodness or young prospects. Chris breaks it all down.

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March 30, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 25-28, 2004

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Christina Kahrl

The Braves hit the trade market for pitching help. The White Sox aim to find some use for Timo Perez. Kahrl to Twins: Free Justin Morneau! Khalil Greene claims the Padres SS job outright with St. Rey shuffling off. These and other happenings in today's Transaction Analysis.

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October 28, 2003 12:00 am

Internet Baseball Awards

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Ryan Wilkins

As many of our readers were submitting their ballots for the annual Internet Baseball Awards, 11 Baseball Prospectus authors went into the polling booths themselves, voicing their opinions on who should win the major baseball awards this year. Here are the results...

As many of our readers were submitting their ballots for the annual Internet Baseball Awards, 11 Baseball Prospectus authors went into the polling booths themselves, voicing their opinions on who should win the major baseball awards this year. Here are the results:

National League Player of the Year

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