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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
by
Bret Sayre

04-10

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4

Scouting the Draft: The Red-River Rivalry
by
Jason Cole

02-15

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10

Pitcher Profile: Milwaukee's Rotation Brew
by
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
by
Sam Miller

03-09

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20

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-06

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21

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

02-22

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28

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

02-20

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40

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
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
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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23

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)
by
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
by
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
by
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
by
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
by
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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21

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
by
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
by
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
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-23

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

02-22

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38

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
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
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-01

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Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-25

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36

Future Shock: Chicago White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-19

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38

Future Shock: Toronto Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-11

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15

Transaction Analysis: Bartlett's Price Quote
by
Christina Kahrl

01-11

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41

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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38

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

01-04

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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
by
Kevin Goldstein

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Smart drafting has helped Toronto to cultivate one of the best systems in the game.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 16, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

There aren't a whole lot of nice things to say about this unhappy system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 10, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A once-barren Mets system is beginning to look much better under Sandy Alderson

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 3, 2012 5:00 am

Future Shock: Miami Marlins Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Marlins lack elite prospect talent outside of Christian Yelich

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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December 16, 2011 3:56 am

Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Pittsburgh is rolling in the deep in pitching potential.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Is our prospect guru going to jump off the bandwagon on some of his top prospects of 2011?

Who: Christian Bethancourt (Braves)
Background with Player: My own eyes; information from industry sources
Documented Observations and Prognostications: For nearly two years, I’ve been waxing hyperbolic on Bethancourt’s skill set, at times saying he might be the best catching prospect in the minors. On a raw tool front, I have put Bethancourt’s arm strength and release from behind the plate as 80-grade attributes, as I’ve clocked pop times under 1.8 and others (sources) have clocked him even faster (1.65). In fact, 80-grade might not do his raw arm strength justice; if you can’t tell, his arm is insanely strong.

At the plate, the Panamanian catcher has crazy pop, using his raw strength and fast hands to spray balls to all fields. While his batting-practice displays can slick your hair up Teddy-boy style, the translation to game action has been slow. While he’s immature with the total skill package, the promise is overwhelming. I absolutely love Bethancourt, and I think he is going to be a star.



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Tying up the loose ends from Dallas, as the Brewers bring in Alex Gonzalez to replace Yuniesky Betancourt, the Angels sign LaTroy Hawkins, the Orioles trade for Dana Eveland, and the Rockies and Cubs swap flawed former prospects.

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November 21, 2011 2:54 am

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Even after a ton of graduations to the majors, the Royals can still top the prospect charts.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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A fictionalized take on one scout's day of despair and grasp at redemption.

This cup of coffee was brewed in the early 1970s. It’s my third cup and I can taste the era of its inception on my tongue; it’s vocal and disillusioned, with a bitter aftertaste from the marijuana, cigarettes, and traces of powder in its finish. Since cup number two, I’ve been staring at the peeling soft peach wallpaper that casually blankets my surroundings, pondering the psychological meanings in the selection of the color. The paper itself looks like it smells, like potpourri and human age, not the calming and delicious peaches that the hue suggests. This room is trying to manipulate me. I’d lick the walls (again) to prove my point, but the rogue counter girl is already suspicious of my presence and I doubt I have a long leash at this hour. I’m somewhat over-caffeinated and teetering on a manic episode thanks to the complimentary swill available in the lobby after the standard activities of the lobby have longed ceased. I’ve been up since 8AM for the seventh day in a row. I have to finish this report. The date is June 2005, just days before the 2005 Rule Four Amateur baseball draft. I am more of a number than a name. I work in the scouting department for a major league team. I’ve been tasked with revisionist busy work.  I’ve been tasked with my own evaluation, my own execution.

(Notes) Draft Recommendations from 2001-2004 by XxXxXxX
2001: Draft Notes: Crosschecked talent; highest possible tier; must haves; five players with assorted thoughts. Please let me back in.


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November 15, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The O's possess a pair of potential impact players, but they lack the depth of their AL East counterparts

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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October 31, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Weighty Matter

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Jay Jaffe

As CC Sabathia's opt-out date ticks nearer, we look at some of his potential free-agent comparables from the past.

The stroke of midnight on Monday is the deadline for Yankees ace CC Sabathia to opt out of the final four years of the seven-year, $161 million deal he signed in December 2008, and the word on the street, via SI.com's Jon Heyman, is that he will do so. While a thrilling World Series played out in Texas and St. Louis, the New York City tabloids were been busy picturing Sabathia in a Red Sox uniform, particularly on the heels of the news that John Lackey will miss the 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery. The Yankees are said to have prepared a pre-emptive pitch; according to the New York Post's George King III, "The Yankees are believed to be OK with a five- or six-year deal for an obvious raise over his current $23 million a year. Yet seven or eight years is something they want to avoid because of age, workload, and Sabathia gaining weight across the second half of last season."

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September 22, 2011 9:00 am

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

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Jason Parks

Now that the hitters have had their time in the sun, it's time for the pitchers to gain the same recognition.

Best Tools: Utility y Projection (Starters)
Fastball: Carlos Martinez (Cardinals)
TCF: Martinez can dial it up to elite velocity levels, consistently working in the plus-plus range and reaching back for triple digits when necessary. The pitch doesn’t just ride to the plate on the back of velocity; the fastball has late life and explosion, making it even more difficult to square up. With refined command, the offering will stand above the rest, regardless of the role it is deployed in. It’s a monster pitch, an 80-grader in the making.

Curveball: Dellin Betances (Yankees)
TCF: There are quite a few high-end curves in the minors, so the talent pool was deep and the decision was difficult. When polled, lefty Matt Moore’s power curve received more votes (it was close), but Betances had more fervent support, with one source calling it “a career-defining pitch.” It’s a long season, and this particular source has been in the sun for too many months without respite, but hyperbole aside, the pitch is legit. Coming from the arm of a man standing close to 6-foot-9, the tumbling knuckle-curve presents depth that hitters struggle to track, as the vertical dive is extreme and sharp. The command isn’t there yet, which limits Betances’ curveball’s overall effectiveness for now, but it’s still a plus pitch when it’s loose, and when Betances owns it, it’s plus-plus offering full of nastiness.




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