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03-24

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Some Projection Left: Top Hit Tools
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Christopher Crawford

03-13

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Prospectus Feature: Scouting With Plate Discipline
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Jeff Moore and Andrew Koo

03-03

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46

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

02-23

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2015 Prospects: The Post-Offseason Top 10s: American League
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Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

02-23

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14

Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2015
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

02-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Special Status of the Last Man on a Prospect List
by
Sam Miller

02-19

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2015 Prospects: The Post-Offseason Top 10s: National League
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Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

02-18

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BP Unfiltered: Everybody Played Shortstop
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Sam Miller

02-17

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2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational Rankings
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Mark Anderson, Jeff Moore and BP Prospect Staff

02-09

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2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015
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Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

02-06

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2015 Prospects: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

02-04

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2015 Prospects: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

02-02

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2015 Prospects: Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects
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Tucker Blair and BP Prospect Staff

01-30

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2015 Prospects: Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects
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Jordan Gorosh and BP Prospect Staff

01-28

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2015 Prospects: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

01-26

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2015 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

01-21

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2015 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

01-14

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2015 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

01-12

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2015 Prospects: Chicago White Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

01-09

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2015 Prospects: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

01-08

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2015 Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

01-05

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2015 Prospects: San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-22

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2015 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-12

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2015 Prospects: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-10

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2015 Prospects: Baltimore Orioles Top 10 Prospects
by
Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

12-09

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Prospect Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn and Ryan Parker

12-08

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2015 Prospects: New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

12-05

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2015 Prospects: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

12-03

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2015 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

12-01

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2015 Prospects: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-24

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2015 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-21

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2015 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-19

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2015 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
by
Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-17

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2015 Prospects: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-14

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2015 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-10

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2015 Prospects: New York Mets Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-07

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2015 Prospects: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-07

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Notes from the Field: AFL Notes, Part 2
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Todd Gold

11-06

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Notes from the Field: AFL Notes, Part 1
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Todd Gold

10-08

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Prospectus Feature: Aaron Judge and the Question of Long-Armed Hitting Prospects
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Jeff Moore

09-23

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Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
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Jeff Moore

09-22

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: The Season's Most Disappointing Prospects
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BP Prospect Staff

09-19

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The View from the Loge Level: The Alex Jackson Interviews
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Daron Sutton

09-17

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 17, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of September 12-14
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Jeff Moore

09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-15

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 15, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 11
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Jeff Moore

09-11

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 10
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Jeff Moore

09-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 9
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Jeff Moore

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March 24, 2015 6:00 am

Some Projection Left: Top Hit Tools

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Christopher Crawford

The top 10 hit tools in the minors are examined.

The importance of the hit tool is likely obvious, but it bears repeating as we get closer to the prospecting season. Even the strongest of power hitters and the best defenders at premium positions likely don’t get penciled into the everyday lineup with an average hit tool, and the art of projecting said tool isn’t so simple.

“It’s very important, and it’s a lot harder to project than you might expect,” an AL East scout said. “You’d think there wouldn’t be much subjectivity, but there is. You really have to make an educated guess as to whether or not plate discipline will carry over, or whether or not their ability to recognize pitches will improve. There’s the obvious stuff like swing path and bat speed, but you’re doing a lot more guessing than you would like, and scouts don’t like guessing.”

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Understanding the relationship between plate discipline in the minors and future big-league success.

Not long ago, in the empty hours that fill scouts’ time between batting practice and the first pitch, I was speaking with (read: listening intently to) to an experienced scouting director. The topic of plate discipline came up. As anyone who closely follows the BP prospect team has figured out, I fall at the “extremely important” end of the spectrum when it comes to using plate discipline to evaluate prospects and predict their future success. Because of that, it didn’t take much prodding to get me to rave about a prospect I had recently seen from this scouting director’s system. The prospect, along with many strong skills, had a fantastic eye.

The scouting director’s response surprised me. He informed me his organization values plate discipline extremely highly, to the point of actually considering it a sixth tool (something we’ve seen the old-school camp dismiss in the past). I love the concept, but was stupefied because the organization in question is not one we typically think of as sabermetrically friendly. I assumed I was at a more extreme end of the spectrum on this topic, but here my views were accepted with arms open wider than I had anticipated.

Plate discipline, of course, is not a new concept in scouting. The way we view player value has brought about the current on-base renaissance within the big-league game, and that has had a trickle-down effect into the scouting world. With a better understanding of the value of on-base ability, we have changed how we evaluate prospects in some regards, at times excusing larger holes in a hit tool, for example, so long as it comes with strong on-base skills. The ability to avoid outs with better plate discipline can make up for some flaws in one’s ability to hit his way on base.

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March 3, 2015 6:00 am

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects

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Craig Goldstein

Is there such a thing for fantasy purposes?

Previous articles in this series:

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Top prospects in each organization, accounting for the winter's action.

And so we've reached the official end of the Top 10s season.

After an offseason of moves, some teams' top 10s need tweaking. So, to answer all the many questions we get asking where [X] would rank in his new system, we've updated the lists where applicable and written supplemental scouting reports on each player who is new to a list—either by changing organizations or by taking over a spot vacated by another player. Any teams not listed here have seen no changes to their top 10s. All teams' rankings, along with our Top 101 and organizational rankings, can be found here.

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February 23, 2015 6:00 am

Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2015

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Looking into the pipeline for arms that might help your fantasy rotation this year.

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Is the no. 100 prospect more loved than no. 99?

Over at Baseball America, John Manuel ran down all the No. 1 overall prospects Baseball America has ever chosen, from best (Alex Rodriguez) to worst (click over there). At the bottom of the post, he switches things up and talks about prospect no. 100:

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February 19, 2015 11:18 am

2015 Prospects: The Post-Offseason Top 10s: National League

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Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen

Top prospects in each organization, accounting for the winter's action.

After an offseason of moves, some teams' top 10s need tweaking. So, to answer all the many questions we get asking where [X] would rank in his new system, we've updated the lists where applicable and written supplemental scouting reports on each player who is new to a list—either by changing organizations or by taking over a spot vacated by another player. Any teams not listed here have seen no changes to their top 10s. All teams' rankings, along with our Top 101 and organizational rankings, can be found here.

Atlanta Braves

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Possession is nine-tenths of the law, except when it comes to shortstop.

There are phrases that get repeated in the BP Annual that we do our best as editors to avoid, like "at the highest level" or "advanced approach" or "command and control." Then there are the phrases that get repeated because they're so crucial to analysis that you simply can't avoid mentioning them often. Like whether the player who is manning shortstop in A-Ball is going to be able to man shortstop at the highest level in the majors. So I'd argue that this repetition is justified:

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Every farm system in baseball, ordered from best to worst.

1. Chicago Cubs
Farm System Ranking in 2014: 2
2015 Top Ten Prospects: Link
Top Prospect: Addison Russell (2)
Prospects on the BP 101: 7
State of the System: Despite graduating infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez, and mildly uninspiring years from former Top 10 prospects like C.J. Edwards and Christian Villanueva, the Cubs are the proud owner of the game’s top system. With the 2014 arrival of shortstop Addison Russell via trade, the explosive emergence of third baseman Kris Bryant, and the selection of a hit-first prospect like Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs remain absolutely loaded with impact talent. The arrival and emergence of those players doesn’t even begin to touch on the continued presence of outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora, as well as quality depth of high ceiling players like Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Carson Sands, and Mark Zagunis. The Cubs’ system is loaded to the gills with talent that could help their roster continue to improve internally, or via trade.
Must-See Affiliate: Triple-A Iowa
Prospects to See There: Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Pierce Johnson








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The Twins' Byron Buxton is, for the second year in a row, the best prospect in baseball.

Previous Rankings: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Chat with Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen About the Top 101 (8:00 PM ET) | Read the list with full commentary in Baseball Prospectus 2015

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February 6, 2015 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

Even with a recent solid addition at the top of the list, this continues to be a very weak system.

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February 4, 2015 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

Still a strong system despite some recent trades and high-profile graduates.

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