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05-23

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Overthinking It: Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer are Striking Out Everyone
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Ben Lindbergh

03-09

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Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-28

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Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-23

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19

Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-30

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27

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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23

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-16

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29

Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-13

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47

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

11-21

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36

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-09

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35

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-01

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40

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-17

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11

Spinning Yarn: Why are Batters Hit by Pitches?
by
Mike Fast

07-20

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Spinning Yarn: A Zone of Their Own
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Mike Fast

06-01

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Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone, Part 2
by
Mike Fast

02-22

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38

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

02-18

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68

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

02-16

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59

Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
by
Mike Fast

02-08

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44

Future Shock: Atlanta Braves Top 11 Prospects
by
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

01-21

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34

Future Shock: St. Louis Cardinals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-13

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23

Future Shock: Detroit Tigers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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43

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-24

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19

Future Shock: Florida Marlins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-21

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33

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-30

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41

Future Shock: Cleveland Indians Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-17

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34

Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-08

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71

Future Shock: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-28

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30

Future Shock: Nationals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-16

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29

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-21

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53

Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-14

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49

Future Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-10

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51

Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-08

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68

Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-07

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35

Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-04

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Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-01

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35

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-24

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Future Shock: Tigers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-20

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34

Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-17

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23

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-23

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31

Checking the Numbers: Inside Pitch-f/x
by
Eric Seidman

03-12

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13

Future Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-10

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39

Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-01

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26

Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-22

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39

Future Shock: Yankees Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-17

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31

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

02-12

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24

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-08

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20

Future Shock: Tigers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-26

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25

Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

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Two starting pitchers are putting up elite strikeout rates this year, without adding new pitches or heaps of velocity. This is how.

Strikeouts are up this season. That, in itself is nothing new: strikeouts have been up in many seasons—most seasons, even—since the dead ball disappeared. The explanations have multiplied almost as quickly as the Ks. The mound is higher. The strike zone is bigger. Hitters are swinging for the fences. Pitchers are increasingly specialized, and they throw pitches they didn’t use to throw, and they throw the ones that they used to throw harder than they used to throw them. Also, Jose Molina keeps tricking umpires into seeing strikes that aren’t there.

Those are all valid theories, and more than one of them, if not all of them, probably contain some truth. But to that long list of culprits behind baseball’s increasing lack of contact, I’d like to add two more: Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer.

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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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February 28, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A weak Brewers system improved following the 2011 draft, but that might not be saying much

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 23, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The D'Backs system is loaded high-ceiling arms, which could stand to benefit a team weak in pitching

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 30, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Dodgers system has some depth but very little in the way of elite talent

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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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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December 13, 2011 3:00 am

Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Padres are the rare team with a very deep farm but no star-level talent.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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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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November 9, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Enviable pitching talent helps make up for a lack of position prospects in Seattle's system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 1, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Trades have bolstered Houston's system, but it still leaves a lot to be desired.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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What factors determine how often hitters take one for the team?

Every season major league pitchers throw tens of thousands of pitches inside off the plate, yet they hit batters “only” about 1500-1800 times in a season. Why do some inside pitches hit the batter, while others do not?

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