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05-01

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7

Scouting the Southern League
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Jason Cole

05-01

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4

Scouting the Draft: Catchers to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

04-22

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46

The Stash List: First Edition
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Bret Sayre

04-10

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4

Scouting the Draft: The Red-River Rivalry
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Jason Cole

02-15

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10

Pitcher Profile: Milwaukee's Rotation Brew
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Harry Pavlidis

12-17

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Scouting the Draft: College Left-Handed Pitchers
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Nick J. Faleris

07-13

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4

Pebble Hunting: Making the Most of Mike Fiers
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Sam Miller

03-09

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20

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

03-06

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21

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Spring Training Diary, Day 5
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Jason Parks

02-22

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28

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

02-20

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40

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-02

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Transaction Analysis: Middle Reliever Mania
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R.J. Anderson

01-26

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45

Future Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-10

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33

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-03

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27

Future Shock: Miami Marlins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-16

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29

Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-14

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13

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: My Own Prognostications (Part 1)
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Jason Parks

12-09

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9

Transaction Analysis: Wrapping Up the Winter Meetings UPDATED TWICE
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R.J. Anderson, Kevin Goldstein and Ben Lindbergh

11-21

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36

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-16

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20

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One of These Days, Baseball Will Come Back to Save Me
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Jason Parks

11-15

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41

Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-31

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10

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Weighty Matter
by
Jay Jaffe

09-22

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20

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2011 Minor League Awards: Pitchers
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Jason Parks

08-23

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26

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Best of the Best
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Jason Parks

08-01

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The BP Broadside: Trade Deadline Winners
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Steven Goldman

07-19

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29

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Caught Up in the Complex League
by
Jason Parks

06-09

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Left-Handed Pitchers
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Jason Parks

06-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primary: Right-Handed Pitchers
by
Jason Parks

05-18

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4

Transaction Analysis: Heroes Take a Fall
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Ben Lindbergh

05-17

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22

Future Shock: Who's No. 1?
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-10

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9

Transaction Analysis: Something Lost, Something Gained
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Ben Lindbergh

05-09

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35

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

04-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: An Embarrassment of Riches: The Texas Rangers, Part I
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Jason Parks

03-30

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: An Embarrassment of Riches: The Kansas City Royals, Part I
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Jason Parks

02-25

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38

Future Shock: Philadelphia Phillies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-23

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong with the Mariners' Top 5 Prospects
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Jason Parks

02-22

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38

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-18

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Future Shock: New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-09

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong with the Rangers' Top 5 Prospects?
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Jason Parks

02-07

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21

Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-03

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39

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-01

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22

Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-25

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36

Future Shock: Chicago White Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-19

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38

Future Shock: Toronto Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-11

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15

Transaction Analysis: Bartlett's Price Quote
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Christina Kahrl

01-11

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41

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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38

Future Shock: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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43

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-24

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Future Shock: Florida Marlins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

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May 1, 2013 5:00 am

Scouting the Southern League

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Jason Cole

Jason offers notes from a recent trip to Mississippi, on which he saw J.R. Graham and Taijuan Walker, among other prospects.

Always in search of high-ceiling talent, I recently made the trek to Mississippi to watch two of the Double-A Southern League’s more loaded teams: the Mississippi Braves (Atlanta) and the Jackson Generals (Seattle). The three-game look provided a glimpse of some of the game’s top overall prospects. Without further ado, here are the scouting notes and videos...

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May 1, 2013 5:00 am

Scouting the Draft: Catchers to Know

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Nick J. Faleris

Jon Denney heads a deep class of prep-school catchers in a draft for which the collegiate crop is thin.

The catching crop is deep at the prep ranks and light among the collegians this spring. Below is a look at some of the top names to know for the June draft, beginning with the cream of the catching crop.

Cream of the Crop

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April 22, 2013 5:00 am

The Stash List: First Edition

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Bret Sayre

Jurickson Profar leads off the inaugural edition of Bret's look at little-owned players worthy of a spot on your bench.

If you’re a long-time rotisserie baseball player, you surely remember the days of just having an active lineup and nothing else. In fact, I’m sure some readers still play in leagues like that—my biggest home league is like that, and has been since it was formed back in 1984. However, as the game has expanded and developed, it has changed. It is now the norm to have multiple reserve/bench spots, and I play in leagues where that number ranges anywhere from three to eight. Those bench spots are valuable commodities and can be used in any number of ways.

Essentially, the choice of how you use your each of your bench spots comes down to the following question: Do I want to extract small pieces of value throughout the entire season or do I want to stash a high-upside player who may have potentially significant value down the line? More often than not, these bench spots are used on pitchers who can be plugged in as need be to boost your performance in pitching categories. But there are other options. In fact, I wrote back in February about the potential benefit to using the opportunity cost of a bench spot as part of a position player platoon. However, the ends of benches are best left for the potential fantasy gold mines—and that’s why this column exists.

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April 10, 2013 5:00 am

Scouting the Draft: The Red-River Rivalry

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Jason Cole

Sooners righty Jonathan Gray could rise to the top of teams' draft boards by early June.

The Heavy Follows

Jonathan Gray | RHP | Univ. of Oklahoma
6-foot-4/239 pounds | R/R profile | Draft day age: 21y 7m


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A look at what the Brewers' rotation options offer from a stuff (and beer) perspective.

I like the old cliché, “You go as far as your starting pitching takes you.” It's best to have about seven to nine arms handy to get through the season, because pitchers often get hurt or fail to meet expectations.

Brewers fans may recall a recent season where they barely used six starters. Then, of course, there's last year, when they needed 11. Somewhere in between is normal. For the 2013 Brewers, the question is not if they will go deep into their rotation, but when. And as the summer nears, manager Ron Roenicke will be handing the ball to quite a few young arms.

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December 17, 2012 5:00 am

Scouting the Draft: College Left-Handed Pitchers

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Nick J. Faleris

In the final edition of Scouting the Draft, Nick introduces this year's collegiate southpaws

Today’s installment of Scouting the Draft looks at five collegiate left-handers with the chance to come off the board in the early rounds next June. As a reminder, the goal of this series is not to cover every name worth knowing for next June; we have plenty of time to bring you full reports on the top draft-eligible players for 2013 over the next seven months. This is meant to serve as an introduction to the draft class for those who have not yet begun to follow the action and to pool in one place a rundown of some of the top performances in the months leading up to the draft before we start parsing the class in more detail.

Matt Boyd | LHP | Oregon St. University 2/2/1991

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July 13, 2012 10:25 am

Pebble Hunting: Making the Most of Mike Fiers

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Sam Miller

Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers doesn't throw any harder than we thought he did, but he's succeeding despite his limitations.

You know what to expect when Mike Fiers is pitching. You expect a lot of puns about his name, which is pronounced “Fires.” First inning: “Mike Fiers on the mound and he is setting the mound on Fire recently.” Second inning: “He is heating up.” Third inning: “A perfect name for a day like this. Mike Fiers.” Actual puns from his actual last start. It was 101 degrees in Milwaukee.

You don’t really know what else to expect, because wait who? Mike Fiers, a guy taken in the 22nd round during his age-24 season. The day he made his pro debut, in short-season ball, he was the same age Clayton Kershaw is now. Three years later, Mike Fiers is in the majors, and in seven starts he has struck out 48 batters and walked nine, in 46 innings. He has a 2.31 ERA and some guy in your fantasy league keeps offering him to you for Adrian Gonzalez. And he is the latest fun story of a guy who did more than he was supposed to do.

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March 9, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Good thing the Phillies are built to win right now, because there's not much immediate help on the way from the farm.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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With some thoughts on the best pen and paper for the job, Jason shares some scouting notes on Yu Darvish.

Day 5: 4:30 PM
Back from the fields and swollen with stories, Patricia. Thanks for the note you left. I didn’t read it until I was nearing the stadium here in Surprise. Very thoughtful of you to wish me well. Remind me to volley the kindness back to you at a time more convenient for such an act. I’m growing closer to you by the minute. My eyes might only own a few tears, saved up over the years just in case I might need to deploy them in a tear-appropriate situation, but I think I caught a hint of one’s presence after I learned that you had feelings for me. It retreated out of fear and because this desert climate chews moisture like George Lucas chews chocolate. Tears can be such cowards. I’m just assuming you have feelings for me. I’ve only been in Arizona for five days and I’m already lonely. I’m not sure when you will read this, but it’s Friday, March 2nd when I’m writing it. I know you are busy. Read it when you can.

On the way back to the house I was overcome with anticipation as I pored over my scouting notes from the previous week, knowing that the upcoming dictation of these thoughts would reanimate them in my mind. The process I constructed is as follows: Observe the talent on the field, and take notes on the talent using a standard issue soft-cover Finest Selection Gold Fibre notebook from Ampad, with its 80 medium-ruled sheets that are micro-perforated for neat sheet removal and a convenient 5’’ x 8’’ size, which fits neatly into my leather Wenger portfolio, which also houses several varieties of custom made hit and pitch charts, several Pentel EnerGel pens (black), a respectable stack of glossy Baseball Prospectus business cards that bear my name and my contact information, an extra AX725 AccuSplit stopwatch (yellow), and a backup legal pad, which comes as standard issue when you purchase the Wenger portfolio.


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February 22, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview

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Derek Carty and Michael Jong

Roundtable discussion of the pressing questions facing the NL East teams as we approach the start of the season

1) After a disappointing sophomore campaign, what can we expect of Jason Heyward going forward?
MJ:
Jason Heyward had an injury-riddled sophomore season in Atlanta, but there is a lot to like about his chances at a rebound campaign in 2012. His offensive line was deflated by a .260 BABIP, but his peripherals were once again stellar. His 11.6 percent walk rate represented a regression from 2010 but cannot be considered poor, and his .162 ISO likewise dropped from the previous year but did not experience a precipitous fall.


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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Once the crown jewel of the franchise, the Rays system has fallen off quite a bit thanks to unsuccessful drafts

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 2, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Middle Reliever Mania

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R.J. Anderson

A look at multiple middle reliever signings; IL MVP Russ Canzler's move to Cleveland; Juan Pierre joining the Phils; and new homes for Livan Hernandez, Ryan Theriot, Carlos Guillen, and others



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