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08-10

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The Call-Up: Rhys Hoskins
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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: The Purge: Philadelphia
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Ben Diamond, Lukas Vlahos, Greg Goldstein and Craig Goldstein

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Altitude Frisbee
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Aaron Gleeman, Zack Moser, Greg Goldstein, Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Anderson

07-06

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2017 Prospects: Midseason Top 50: Ranking Sixto
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Jarrett Seidler

06-29

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Short Relief: Small Blessings of Baseball
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Nathan Bishop, Patrick Dubuque and David Temple

06-26

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Guarding The Lines: Advancements vs. Blips
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Jarrett Seidler

06-26

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Short Relief: Foul Fielders, Scripting Homers, and Hit Streaks
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Meg Rowley, James Fegan and Holly Wendt

06-15

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Meanwhile, Down on the Farm
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Rob Mains

05-25

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Guarding The Lines: The Grind
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Jarrett Seidler

05-15

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The View From Behind The Backstop: Six Ways of Thinking About Sixto
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Jeffrey Paternostro

05-11

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Liner Notes: The (Other) Thing That Made Ryan Howard Special
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Bryan Grosnick

04-27

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Guarding The Lines: Dr. Strangeglove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Second Base Prospects
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Jarrett Seidler

04-26

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The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta
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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

03-28

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Philadelphia Phillies
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Jarrett Seidler

03-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bourn on a Hill
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Matthew Trueblood and Patrick Dubuque

02-24

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Pitchers
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Aaron Gleeman

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Need You To Need Me
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Bryan Grosnick

12-29

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Best of BP 2016: A Frankly Simple Explanation Of The Phillie Phanatic's Birthday Party
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Michael Baumann

12-22

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Transaction Analysis: Overstocked Red Sox Deal Buchholz
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Bryan Grosnick and Jarrett Seidler

11-15

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Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men
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Bryan Grosnick and Matthew Trueblood

11-14

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Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men
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Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

11-09

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Transaction Analysis: Houston Slings Neshek to Philly
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Matthew Trueblood

08-29

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Transaction Analysis: Heart, Soul, and Marginal Upgrades
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

08-11

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What You Need to Know: Ryan Howard Laughs Last; Ryan Howard's Last Laugh?
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Demetrius Bell

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-25

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Prospectus Feature: Advanced Stats for the Masses
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Henry Druschel

06-21

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Transaction Analysis: The St. Louis Outfield Shuffle
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Grant Jones, Christopher Crawford and Bryan Grosnick

06-04

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Raising Aces: Instant Gratification
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Doug Thorburn

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Just A Guy(s)
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Bryan Grosnick

05-27

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Rubbing Mud: All the Implications of Odubel Herrera
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Matthew Trueblood

05-05

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Life at the Margins: Nola Ascending
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Rian Watt

05-04

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Tools of Ignorance: The Somewhat Dubious Outlook For the Next Generation of Rebuilds
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Jeff Quinton

04-29

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What You Need to Know: Meet the Phillies
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Nicolas Stellini

04-28

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Prospectus Feature: Your Favorite Prospect Did Not Take Place
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Trevor Strunk

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart
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Emma Baccellieri

04-18

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Fifth Column: A Frankly Simple Explanation Of The Phillie Phanatic's Birthday Party
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Michael Baumann

04-15

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Pebble Hunting: So I Guess This Is Vince Velasquez Now
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Sam Miller

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice
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Emma Baccellieri

04-13

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Prospectus Feature: MLB Can't Beat the Weather
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Samuel Mann

04-13

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Outta Left Field: Three Ways of Thinking About Ken Giles, Non-Closer
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Dustin Palmateer

04-12

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What You Need to Know: The Year Of The Botched Infield Fly
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Daniel Rathman

04-08

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What You Need to Know: The One Unambiguous Evil In This World Is Kyle Schwarber Going Down In A Heap
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Nicolas Stellini

04-08

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Players Prefer Presentation: Cole Hamels, and The Win's Long Con
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Meg Rowley

03-31

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Fifth Column: Freedom Brown
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Michael Baumann

03-30

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Rumor Roundup: Who Will Save The Phillies' 55ish Wins This Year?
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Emma Baccellieri

03-29

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Rumor Roundup: The Two Most Exciting Fifth Starters Named
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Daniel Rathman

03-18

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Fifth Column: Davey Lopes, But His Players Run Like Crazy
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Michael Baumann

03-14

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Winter Is Leaving
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Michael Baumann

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: The Big Bad Beltre Extension
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Demetrius Bell

02-23

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Fifth Column: PECOTA Picks Philies to Win NL East
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Michael Baumann

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August 10, 2017 11:18 am

The Call-Up: Rhys Hoskins

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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

Let's find out if the Phillies like the taste of Rhys' big cuts.

The Situation: The Phillies, as you might know, are not great at baseball. They’ve held overripe first base prospect Rhys Hoskins down at Triple-A all season in favor of so-so 26-year-old incumbent first baseman Tommy Joseph, a move right on the border of defensibility for a rebuilding club. Hoskins started taking reps in left field earlier this week after Aaron Altherr went on the DL, temporarily opening a spot in a previously crowded young outfield. It’s Hoskins’ first playing time in the outfield since he was a semi-regular in left as a college freshman, but it’s not like the next six weeks of Phillies outfield defense matters too much except to the back of Aaron Nola’s baseball card.

 

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Jeremy Hellickson goes from one non-contender to another, while Howie Kendrick joins the Nationals' stacked lineup.

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Colorado picks up bullpen help in Pat Neshek, Washington calls up Andrew Stevenson, and Minnesota unloads one of the old regime's mistakes.

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A look behind the curtain at our process for ranking the Phillies dynamics hurler.

Here’s a peek inside the ranking process for the top pitching prospects in the game: we’re throwing darts here. We ranked Alex Reyes as the top prospect in the game before the season because Reyes had it all: 80-grade fastball, killer curve, above-average change, developed command, success against higher-level hitters all the way to MLB, projectability as a durable 200-inning pitcher. He blew out his elbow the day after the list went live. (He was, in fact, such a great pitching prospect that we’re still ranking him as the best pitching prospect in baseball in the middle of Tommy John recovery.)

The simple fact of the matter is that under the umbrella of injury prevention, professional baseball as an industry has decided that good young pitchers are too valuable a commodity to throw very much in the minors. The effectiveness of this is still a matter of enormous debate, but it does mean that our certitude about whether any of these guys can handle a MLB starting assignment has been decreasing over time. We can guess based on injury history, mechanics, build, pitch selection, makeup, and general soothsaying. But simply put, no pitcher on this list has thrown more than 143 innings in any professional season, and one of the most major parts of their placement on our list is their projection to be able to throw 175-200 on a consistent basis. It would be far easier to just rank hitters on one list and pitchers on another list—John Sickels has done so for many years—but the conventions of this operation don’t really permit such an easy way out, and aside from that it’s a challenge worth undertaking.

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Nathan on waiting for spring, Patrick on an unexpected bonus of replay, and David on going to SABR.

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June 26, 2017 6:00 am

Guarding The Lines: Advancements vs. Blips

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Jarrett Seidler

Separating signal from noise can be difficult in the prospect landscape.

My first look at Phillies pitching prospect Adonis Medina this spring was so boring that I managed to not write about it at all—not in a Ten Pack or Eyewitness Report, not in my column, not even as a throwaway line in a bit about someone else. He was, more or less, the same guy we wrote up in the Phillies offseason top ten: 90-94 with a heavy fastball, a slurvish curve and a firm change that both needed generous projection to get to average, but a strong feel for pitching and good command for his age. With more physical projectability left than you’d think, we snuck him onto the back of the offseason 101 as the 91st-best prospect in baseball. There are dozens of pitching prospects with this rough outline and they populate around the 75th-to-150th spots in any given global top 101 list. I marked him as a guy to check back on and probably Ten Pack on a rainy week.

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Meg finds a rule and fights to break it, James puts Kevin Millar's HR into context, and Holly looks at Philly hit streaks.

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Does losing in the majors and winning in the minors eventually lead to long-term success?

I was going to show you two lists of major-league teams, ranked highest to lowest. There are 30 teams, so that kind of list can run pretty long. Maybe you don’t like reading tables with 30 lines. So I’ll do you a favor. I’ll shorten the first list for you. It’ll still make my point, but you won’t have to plow through as many rows.

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May 25, 2017 6:00 am

Guarding The Lines: The Grind

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Jarrett Seidler

How much should we read into a slow start - relative to expectations - from a top overall pick?

I’ve often said that the hardest thing to evaluate in baseball is whether a player will hit. This is an inversion of an old Ted Williams line which is just as true for our purposes: the hardest thing to do in sports is to hit a baseball.

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There aren't many pitching prospects that would slot ahead of the Phillies' right-hander.

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What do Ryan Howard, Derek Jeter, Lou Whitaker, Dill Dickey, and Bobby Doerr have in common?

This week Ryan Howard was released by the Braves after 11 unspectacular games for their Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett. Some might consider this an inglorious, ignominious exit for a former MVP fallen on hard performance times, but I see it differently. I see it as a man so in love with baseball that he was willing to move on from the only franchise he’d ever played for, willing to toil away in Georgia for a Triple-A affiliate of a bad team with an All-World first baseman blocking him in the big leagues. It didn’t work out, but Howard’s story has (potentially) ended with him trying to do the thing he loved, and not for money or for glory. I like that about him.

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Second sackers get a bad rap as prospects, but should they?

When watching the minors in person, occasionally a position player really pops out at you in a way you don’t quite expect. These are often enough the guys you end up writing a glowing report about after confirming your initial impressions. They aren’t always the top prospects on the team, just guys that make a strong positive initial impression. Last year, guys that stood out for me like this included Andrew Benintendi and Tyler Wade. The first guy that fit the bill for me this year is Daniel Brito, a 2014 six-figure July 2 prospect in the Phillies system. He’s an A-ball second baseman. I usually don’t like A-ball second basemen.

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