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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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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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Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-01

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40

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-17

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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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22

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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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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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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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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Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-07

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Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-04

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Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-01

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

02-12

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Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-08

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Future Shock: Tigers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-26

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Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

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As Jose Bautista can attest, the percentage of pitches a batter sees in the strike zone tells us a good deal about his capabilities.

The pitcher begins each confrontation with a batter with the initiative. He alone controls when the baseball is thrown, how it moves, and where it is located. Thus, the batter is by nature placed in a reactive position. However, the batter, too, has a measure of control over how the plate appearance proceeds. He stands at the plate with a club, and it is within his discretion to swing his weapon or not.

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When it comes to determining the actual upper and lower boundaries of the zone, pitchers may have more to tell us than the players at the plate.

Three months ago, I investigated the nature of the major-league strike zone, focusing on its inside and outside boundaries. I concluded that the location of a pitch relative to the catcher’s target had a significant impact on the umpire’s likelihood of calling a strike. This article will examine the top and bottom boundaries of the strike zone.

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February 22, 2011 9:29 am

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The pipeline of talent keeps flowing with the always-impressive Rays system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 18, 2011 9:30 am

Future Shock: New York Yankees Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

With a quartet of five-star prospects and a wealth of pitching overall, no system in baseball took a bigger step forward last year.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Examining umpire calling and catcher framing leads to thought-provoking questions about the amorphous nature of the strike zone.

Ever since the PITCHf/x system debuted in the 2006 playoffs, people have been interested in what it says about the strike zone that the umpires call.

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The Braves are consistently among the best systems, and are again thanks to the game's most impressive collection of Latin American pitching talent.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 3, 2011 10:22 am

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

One of the best systems in the game has dropped due to a combination of graduations, trades, and disappointments, but there's still plenty of young talent to dream on.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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February 1, 2011 11:39 am

Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

There's no more Adrian Gonzalez in the big leagues, but at least the trade rescued an otherwise moribund system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 25, 2011 1:56 pm

Future Shock: Chicago White Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Chris Sale falls into the South Siders' laps in the 2010 draft, saving a system short on stuff.

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January 21, 2011 1:00 pm

Future Shock: St. Louis Cardinals Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

There may not be many clear stars in the system, but it's better than it looks.

 Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 13, 2011 11:30 am

Future Shock: Detroit Tigers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A thin crust of blue chips don't hide the mass of mediocrity below.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 4, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Despite some prospects falling short in 2010, a surprise draft signing helps give the system a boost.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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