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05-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping Targets, a Look Back
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Mike Gianella

03-01

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 50 Fantasy Outfielders, Part Two: 26-50
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Mike Gianella, Josh Shepardson and Paul Singman

02-07

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Prospect Profile: Joe Benson
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Hudson Belinsky

07-09

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 9
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Matthew Kory

08-04

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Left Field
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Jason Parks

04-11

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Inside The Park: The Disparate Paths of Andy Marte and Michael Brantley
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Bradford Doolittle

10-15

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Player Profile: Matt Kemp
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Marc Normandin

10-02

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Player Profile: Dexter Fowler
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Marc Normandin

09-18

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Player Profile: Nelson Cruz
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Marc Normandin

02-12

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Wait 'Til Next Year: College Knowledge
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Bryan Smith

11-21

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Player Profile: Aubrey Huff
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-09

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Player Profile: Andre Ethier
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-08

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Player Profile: Jayson Werth
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Kevin Goldstein

10-01

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Player Profile: Shane Victorino
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

09-24

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-23

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-22

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-16

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-08

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-04

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Prospectus Preview: Thursday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-03

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

09-02

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-29

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Prospectus Preview: Friday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-25

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Marc Normandin

08-22

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Ultimate Fantasy Draft (Part 2)
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Nate Silver

08-21

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Ultimate Fantasy Draft
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Nate Silver

08-17

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Prospectus Preview: Sunday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-13

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-11

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-10

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Prospectus Preview: Sunday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-08

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Prospectus Preview: Friday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-06

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-05

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-04

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-29

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-21

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-19

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Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-18

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Prospectus Preview: Friday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-11

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Prospectus Preview: Friday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-09

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-08

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-07

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-04

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Prospectus Preview: Friday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

07-01

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

06-30

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

06-29

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Prospectus Preview: Sunday's Games to Watch
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Marc Normandin

06-28

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Prospectus Preview: Saturday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

06-25

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

06-24

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Prospectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

06-23

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

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May 13, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping Targets, a Look Back

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Mike Gianella

Mike uses evidence from 2008 top-prospect lists to evaluate the merits of targeting minor leaguers in "dump" trades.

Most fantasy web sites and other resources do little if any analysis on playing for next year, or what is known less elegantly as “dumping.” Some analysts refuse to even acknowledge that it is part of the game and advise that it is always best to trade with this year in mind and worry about future consequences next year.

In reality, if you’re in a keeper league, you will probably have to give up and play for next year sooner or later. If other teams are building rosters for 2014 around cheap players such as Bryce Harper, Matt Harvey, and Shelby Miller, and you are sitting back while your team languishes in seventh place with little hope of winning, you are not doing yourself any favors.

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The second half of our outfield rankings takes you from Carl Crawford through Chris Davis.

The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team has been rolling out its positional rankings over the past couple of weeks, and will conclude the process next week. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.

Today, we continue the rankings with the second half of our outfielders list, featuring the players ranked 26-50. We released our top 25 outfielders on Wednesday, and you can view that article here.

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February 7, 2013 5:00 am

Prospect Profile: Joe Benson

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Hudson Belinsky

After an injury-marred 2012, Benson could emerge as an intriguing player this season.

Blessed with obnoxiously loud tools, Twins outfielder Joe Benson has found his way onto Baseball Prospectus’s Twins rankings on multiple occasions. To start, here are the strength and weakness write-ups on Benson from each of his appearances on Kevin Goldstein’s top 10 lists.

Pre-2008:

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July 9, 2012 10:53 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 9

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Matthew Kory

Rangers at the top, Astros finally at the bottom (where you mentally had them all along)

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Though left field may be where players head when they can't play anywhere else on the diamond, there are still some solid prospects at the position.

By the time my phone stopped ringing, and the text messages stopped being texted, and the e-mail stopped finding my inbox, I was left with over 100 outfield prospects with a vote of scout approval listed in my notes. That’s a sprawling canvas to work with, and the opinions were so varied that I needed to alter my approach to this article. So far in this sprawling prospect series, I’ve made every effort to narrow the positional class, usually starting with the “Leader of the Pack (Present),” continuing to the “Leader of the Pack (Future),” followed by the high-ceiling talents, the middle-tier talents, the sleepers, and finally the head-scratcher of the group, leaving a tally of 10-15 players, all of whom have legitimacy in their class. But the talent pool in left field is abstract, as it’s a position that is usually occupied with the deficient spoils of other positions, (center field, second base, etc.), and that opens the queue to a wide range of talent. That puts the onus of positional projection on those I asked, and those opinions were too varied to follow the established construct. So for this specific section of the Positional Primacy series, we have to take another road home.

Here’s my idea: Instead of trying to fit the collection of talent into the established tiers [read: those cute little aforementioned tiers], let’s just make it simple and present the prospects in two categories: “High-Ceiling Division” and “Not-Quite-the-Ceiling-of-the-‘High-Ceiling-Division’-but-Still-Packs-a-Prospect-Punch Division.” Let’s offer up the material in scouting snapshots rather than full-length scouting essays, and let’s free ourselves from the burden of listing every middle-tier prospect at the position, which would keep me here for the rest of my life, writing reports on players like Angelo Songco or Jake Smolinski, and basically drinking myself to death to dull the pain in my fingers. I had to make some choices.

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Marte is a former top prospect trying to hang on; Brantley has a much brighter future.

Andy Marte is a forgotten man at 26. Just a few years ago, Marte was a darling of the prospect hounds, including Baseball Prospectus. He was compared favorably to players like Adrian Beltre (at his best) and Miguel Cabrera. He posted mouth-watering power numbers at precocious ages in his respective leagues. He even displayed improving strike-zone command, with gradually rising walk rates and gradually decreasing strikeout totals. There was nothing not to like.

In 2005, BP declared Marte the top prospect in the game, after ranking him third in 2004. The praise wasn't the lone voice in the prospect-rating wilderness. Baseball America rated him as the Braves' top prospect in 2004 and as Boston's great minor-league hope in 2006. (The rankings were put together before Marte was flipped to Cleveland.) He was BA's ninth-ranked overall prospect in 2005. Even after Marte was traded twice in a 45-day span in late 2005 and early 2006, he seemed like as sure of a bet to become a big-league fixture as a young player possibly can be.

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October 15, 2009 12:07 pm

Player Profile: Matt Kemp

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Marc Normandin

The Dodgers' center fielder has been part of the landscape for years, but has a big future ahead of him, starting with the NLCS.

It's easy to forget that Matt Kemp is just 24 years old. He's been in the majors since 2006, and when he didn't immediately set the world on fire in his first full season last year, people went out of their way to criticize him as someone who was never going to develop into a star. Kemp developed as the more patient and contextually-aware analysts thought he would this year, and it resulted in his becoming one of the most important players on the Dodgers-not just for their future, but for their present as well. That's good news for Los Angeles, who find themselves in the National League Championship Series against the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies.

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The Rockies' center fielder showed a lot this year, but forecasts say he'll get even better.

Now that the Colorado Rockies have locked up a playoff spot, it's time to turn our attention toward some of the players that they will depend upon if they want to keep playing baseball. The switch-hitting Dexter Fowler is one of these players, thanks to a rookie season that got stronger as the year went on. Today we'll take a look at what we can expect from Fowler in the future, both for the rest of 2009 and beyond.

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September 18, 2009 12:49 pm

Player Profile: Nelson Cruz

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Marc Normandin

The Rangers' right fielder's long road to The Show, and the lesson it provides.

It seems like it took forever for it to happen, but Nelson Cruz has proven himself to be a fine major league hitter over the past year. It took multiple organizations and a lot of time in the minors, but Cruz has turned himself into an important and productive member of the Rangers as they attempt to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999, and for just the fourth time in their nearly 50-year history. What changed for Cruz over the past year or so that turned him into the hitter many thought he could be when he was tearing apart the minors?

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February 12, 2009 1:43 pm

Wait 'Til Next Year: College Knowledge

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Bryan Smith

Jump into an evaluation of the top programs in the country as Bryan ranks the NCAA Top 25.

This spring, while I continue to search for new ways to cover college baseball, I will nevertheless do one traditional exercise for anyone on this beat by ranking the national landscape to provide you with my own top 25 list. Yet, as I spent the offseason searching for the best schools to fill out the list and the best way to organize them, I began to see a few clear separations. More than specific rankings, there are what I see as relatively clear-cut tiers. Six programs stood out as the cream of the crop, 12 more are schools that are just a break or two away from contention, and after that initial 18 the final seven that make up my list are interchangeable with the bevy of near-misses that I'm sure will gain consideration or make it onto the list at some point during the season.

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November 21, 2008 12:48 pm

Player Profile: Aubrey Huff

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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

The former Devil Ray slugger returned to relevance with a bounceback campaign that deserved a lot more attention.

Saying that Aubrey Huff's performance this season was surprising is a significant understatement; he outperformed all of his recent campaigns by a country mile, and wound up looking like the Huff who was once considered to be the greatest Devil Ray ever in their (short) history. Since he has performed at this level in the past, the question we will look at today is whether or not he will be able to replicate this production in the future.

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October 9, 2008 12:51 pm

Player Profile: Andre Ethier

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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

LA hopes their new full-timer will remember the Brooklyn okee-doke.

Despite not having a secured starting job in the crowded Dodgers outfield at the beginning of the year, Andre Ethier eventually hit well enough that manager Joe Torre had no choice but to give him one of the everyday spots. Thanks in part to the 26-year-old's hot hitting down the stretch, the Dodgers find themselves in a position to head to the World Series if they can just get past the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS. Ethier's bat is a key to that process, but what can we expect from him in this series, and going forward?

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