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05-17

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The Call-Up: Bradley Zimmer
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Erich Rothmann and George Bissell

05-08

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The Buyer's Guide: Scott Schebler
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Eric Roseberry

03-10

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Power and Speed
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Rob Mains

09-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Power Outage
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Craig Goldstein

05-31

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BP Unfiltered: The Royals and Two Weeks of Warning Track Power
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Ben Lindbergh

05-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 213: The Royals and Not Hitting Homers/The Physical Signs of Scouting
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-28

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Minor League Update: Games of May 24-27
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Zach Mortimer

05-20

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Minor League Update: Games of May 16-19
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Zach Mortimer

05-13

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Minor League Update: Games of May 10-12
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Zach Mortimer

05-06

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Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5
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Zach Mortimer

05-01

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 30
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Zach Mortimer

04-29

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Minor League Update: Games of April 27-28
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Zach Mortimer

04-25

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Skewed Left: The New, Just-as-Good Joey Votto
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Zachary Levine

04-22

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

04-15

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Minor League Update: Games of April 12-14
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Zach Mortimer

04-08

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Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7
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Zach Mortimer

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

11-16

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Prospect Debate: Buxton or Sano for Twins Top Prospect?
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BP Prospect Staff

11-15

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Scouting the Draft: College Outfielders
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Nick J. Faleris

07-31

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/31/12
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Michael Street

06-26

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Western Front: Fowler Power
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Geoff Young

05-11

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Pebble Hunting: No Fastballs for Emilio
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Sam Miller

04-18

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The Lineup Card: 10 Favorite Player/Executive Attributes
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Baseball Prospectus

03-09

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Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

03-06

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Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-23

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Future Shock: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-20

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Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-14

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Future Shock: Boston Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-02

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Future Shock: Angels Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-26

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Future Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-24

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Future Shock: Washington Nationals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-19

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Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-17

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Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-10

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Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-06

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Future Shock: Athletics Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-03

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Future Shock: Miami Marlins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-16

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Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-13

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Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-24

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Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-21

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Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-15

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Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-09

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Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-03

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Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-01

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Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

08-23

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Best of the Best
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Jason Parks

08-16

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

08-04

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

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May 17, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Bradley Zimmer

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Erich Rothmann and George Bissell

A top prospect, Zimmer has a power-speed combo that has become increasingly rare in fantasy, and because of Cleveland's injury troubles in the outfield, is getting a chance to contribute now. What can we expect?

The Situation: The Indians outfield is in dire need of help due to the injuries to Abraham Almonte, Brandon Guyer and Austin Jackson. Also, while Michael Brantley has hit fairly well so far, his playing time is being managed cautiously given his recent injury history. They have addressed this situation by calling up Zimmer, one of their top prospects (No. 3 in our 2017 Indians organizational ranking).

Background: Cleveland selected Zimmer 21st overall in the 2014 amateur draft, and the start of his first full pro season could not have gone much better. After he slashed .308/.403/.493, hit 10 homers, and stole 32 bases in 335 plate appearances for High-A Lynchburg, he was named to the Carolina League All-Star team and participated in the Futures Game. However, he struggled with Double-A Akron in the second half of the season, in large part because he tried to play with a hairline fracture in his right foot. The 24-year-old’s stock fell in 2016 after striking out 115 times in just 407 plate appearances with Akron, and 56 times in 150 plate appearances for Triple-A Columbus. Zimmer got off to a better start with Columbus before his promotion, as he slashed .294/.371/.532, along with five homers, nine stolen bases, and “only” 43 strikeouts through 144 plate appearances.

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May 8, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Scott Schebler

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Eric Roseberry

Scott Schebler offers power—but is that enough to make him valuable to fantasy owners?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest during a given week. This column will focus on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

It’s always fun to get on leaderboards early in a season and see unexpected names at the top of a list. The current MLB home-run leaderboard offers plenty of surprises. Ryan Zimmerman is leading the league in home runs? That’s unexpected. Yonder Alonzo has hit eight homers? That’s already the second-highest total he’s hit in any major-league season.

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March 10, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Power and Speed

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Rob Mains

Using a Bill James metric on a broader scale.

Bill James popularized sabermetrics. Hell, he coined the term. Several of his measures, like runs created, are still in popular use today, and his work has formed the basis for many sabermetric advances. But James created other measures that combine whimsy with measurement.

One is the power/speed number. It attempts to identify players who excel at both. It’s a simple formula: 2 x (HR x SB) / (SB +HR). That’s not #gorymath; it’s not even #goryalgebra, even if you add that it represents the harmonic mean of home runs and stolen bases.

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September 19, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Power Outage

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Craig Goldstein

A fantasy-oriented look at the decline in pop across the league.

A few weeks ago, I took stock of the dramatic changes we’re seeing across the league in terms of ERA/FIP/xFIP. We knew that good pitching was trending upward, but my thought was that we weren’t accurate in our view of just how much good pitching there was.

Today, I want to look at the inverse, and take stock of how hitting is on the decline. While there are myriad ways of attacking this issue, I’m going to focus on hitting for power because in standard leagues, hitting for power carries the most weight, affecting three categories (HR, R, RBI). While this is going to be old hat for some, it’s my hope that looking at the dramatic changes in power production over the course of two seasons will help us properly evaluate those hitters who do provide power.

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A fence too far.

warning-track power: “The ability of a batter who has enough strength to hit a ball to the warning track but not enough to hit a home run.” —The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Third Edition

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Ben and Sam discuss the Royals' power outage and the comments made by their hitting coach, then talk about surprising physical signs that scouts study.

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May 28, 2013 12:15 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 24-27

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Zach Mortimer

Zach catches you up on all of the farm-system happenings of the Memorial Day weekend.

Games of Friday, May 24

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May 20, 2013 3:07 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 16-19

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Zach Mortimer

Four days of prospect goodness in this weekend update, which includes a note on the recently promoted Jurickson Profar.

Games of Thursday, May 16

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May 13, 2013 1:44 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 10-12

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Zach Mortimer

Yankees righty Rafael De Paula added 12 strikeouts on Friday to his season total of 58 in 33 1/3 innings.

Games of Friday, May 10

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May 6, 2013 1:48 am

Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5

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Zach Mortimer

Indians righty Danny Salazar owns an electric fastball and should garner more attention than he has received.

Games of Thursday, May 2

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May 1, 2013 2:55 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 30

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Zach Mortimer

Royals righty Yordano Ventura showcased his electric stuff with 10 strikeouts in five innings of work.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K; elite fastball; curveball has easy plus potential; changeup has made real strides and will be at least average; small frame; electric arm; has taken major steps forward in 2013 according to a scout I spoke with; number-two starter ceiling; 23.1 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 33 K in five starts.

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April 29, 2013 12:26 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 27-28

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Zach Mortimer

Anthony Ranaudo is inching back onto the prospect radar with an excellent start to the season.

Games of Saturday, April 27

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