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04-22

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Minor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21
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Zach Mortimer

04-16

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BP Unfiltered: Watching Pedro Alvarez
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R.J. Anderson

01-30

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27

Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-03

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Oakland Athletics
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Jason Parks

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

07-20

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Spinning Yarn: A Zone of Their Own
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Mike Fast

05-17

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Hitters, Part II
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Jason Parks

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

07-13

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All-Star Home Run Derby: Big Papi Takes The Crown
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Jesse Behr

01-21

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Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-07

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Future Shock: Cardinals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

04-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Ian Kinsler
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David Laurila

02-24

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Prospectus Q&A: Doug Thorburn
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David Laurila

01-24

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Future Shock: Marlins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-02

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Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

05-24

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Schrodinger's Bat: Batter Versus Pitcher, Gameday Style
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Dan Fox

01-30

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Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top Ten Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-12

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Future Shock: Chicago White Sox Top Ten Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-21

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Future Shock: St. Louis Cardinals Top Ten Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

04-28

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Prospectus Notebook: Orioles, Pirates
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Baseball Prospectus

03-14

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Future Shock: Taking a Step Back, Part One
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Kevin Goldstein

10-16

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Prospectus Today: The Greatest Show on Earth
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Joe Sheehan

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April 22, 2013 2:09 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21

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Zach Mortimer

A's prospect Maxwell Muncy is a first-base only prospect, but his bat could carry him a long way.

Games of Friday, April 19

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Alvarez is 1-for-19 to start the season, but are the images as ugly as the numbers?

Later tonight, the Pirates will take on the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh is unlikely to start Pedro Alvarez because Joe Saunders is scheduled to take the mound for Arizona. Alvarez as a platoon player isn’t what the Pirates envisioned for him back on Draft Day 2008, but the reality is more grim. There are slow starts, and then there are 1-for-19-with-12-strikeout starts. Why is Alvarez floundering? I went back and reviewed his at-bats while taking some notes.

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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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The Athletics have recently padded their farm through several trades, but will their prospects pan out?

Prospect #1: RHP A.J. Cole
Background with Player: Industry Sources
Who: He’s a prototypical starter drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by the Washington Nationals. Cole was traded to the Athletics in the Gio Gonzalez deal, and has everything you want in a future major-league starter: size, stuff, and feel for the mound. In his full-season debut in 2011, Cole showed off his combination of polish and power, striking out 108 Sally League hitters while walking only 24.

What Could Go Wrong in 2012: As with any young pitcher climbing the ladder, each step will bring new challenges and adjustments. In 2012, Cole will need to continue his sharp command while focusing more attention on the development of his changeup. With good arm action and precocious command, Cole isn’t likely to fall apart by throwing more changeups. But the changeup is a feel pitch, and it takes time to gain command of the nuances of its utility and execution.



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Sizing up every facet of each contender in this season's Fall Classic.

The Breakdown

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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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Examining what it means to have a hit tool, and a look at why it is so difficult to project power.

Because of my ego and this convenient link drop, I’m going to assume you read my previous article, which, at least on an academic level, attempted to set the table for what I look for when scouting a hitter. In the closing paragraph of that piece, I offered up this nugget of forced profundity: “While it’s true that the body and the mechanical profile start the process, the product is what ultimately makes the prospect.” Yes, I just quoted myself. I’ve become that guy. Please bring me a chilled Apollinaris with a lime wedge and a warm cloth. Jason needs to have some Jason time.

As we’ve discussed, hitting is the product of many components, ranging from the strength required to create bat speed, the hand-eye coordination required to make contact, and the comfort and fluidity in the mechanics that allow the other components to exist in sweet, blissful harmony. Let’s move away from the possibilities exposed in the batting cage and move forward to the realities that are on display in game action. Let’s break down how the hit tool is graded, how approach and maturity at the plate can influence the utility of the raw tools at play, what makes a power hitter a power hitter, and, finally, I’ll explain where babies come from.

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The Rangers prospects are blue-chip talents with rough edges, but will 2011 see them get sanded or beaten down?

Not so long ago, the Rangers' farm system put the sex in sexy, ranking as the top organization in baseball thanks to an assembly line of talent that ran from the lowest complex leagues all the way up to Triple-A. After a few seasons of major league promotion, attrition, and stagnation, the system has lost some of its mainstream shine. As we head into the 2011 season, the overall depth remains impressive, but depth is a drug without immediate effect. However, if you prepare yourself for the developmental hurdles, embracing a system stacked at the lower levels can be a more rewarding high, assuming of course that following the development of minor-league baseball players gets you high, which—believe me—it does.

For this article, let’s move away from the dreams associated with low-level depth, and take a look at the top five prospects in the Rangers’ system, and how their 2011 seasons might end up breaking a few hearts.

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July 13, 2010 8:00 am

All-Star Home Run Derby: Big Papi Takes The Crown

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Jesse Behr

David Ortiz, whose career seemed in an unstoppable downward spiral at this time a year ago, punctuates his return to prominence.

Some stat geeks and sabermetric fanatics usually pass-up the All-Star Home Run Derby, calling the event purely commercialized for the younger or more casual fans, not for the true fans that study the game! Well, now at 18, I’d like to think of myself as a “scholar of the game.” I’m increasing my knowledge each and every day with Baseball Prospectus, as numerous research and analytical assignments ensures the expansion of my baseball mind.

However, I can happily admit that there was nothing wrong with enjoying Monday night's showcase of baseball’s best power hitters (well, beside A-Rod, Pujols, and Ryan Howard….). Maybe, aside from bragging rights, it didn’t count for anything, but what it did do was bring to light the competitive nature of a baseball player. Yes, it was just a derby, but it still meant something to each and every one of those participants. Especially for Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was pronounced as good as dead at the same time last year. Now, once again an All-Star, Big Papi put on a show at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.

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January 21, 2010 11:36 am

Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The luster of Jason Heyward's star shouldn't obscure the presence of other top talents in the organization.

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January 7, 2009 11:07 am

Future Shock: Cardinals Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A deep and varied flock of young talent is gathering within the St. Louis organization.

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April 20, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Ian Kinsler

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David Laurila

A discussion of the mental side of hitting, and more, with Texas infielder Ian Kinsler.

The Texas Rangers have a productive offense, and Ian Kinsler is in charge of jump-starting it. The 26-year-old second sacker is the team's lead-off hitter, and in his two-plus years as Michael Young's double-play partner he has provided a spark with both his bat and his legs. Kinsler has also contributed defensively, covering a lot of ground on the right side of the infield. David talked to Kinsler about his offensive game, his range factor, and the player who took his job at Arizona State.

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