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05-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 8
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Zach Mortimer

05-06

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21

The Stash List: Pitchers Versus Position Players
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Bret Sayre

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Pettibone
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

08-21

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 20
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Kevin Goldstein

08-02

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 1
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Kevin Goldstein

07-24

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 23
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Kevin Goldstein

07-06

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 5
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-22

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/22/12
by
Michael Street

11-23

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Best Bush League Ballpark Promotions
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Benjamin Hill

09-23

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Divide and Conquer, AL West: Losing Hope in Oakland
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Joey Matschulat

08-31

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Value Picks: Outfield for 8/31/11
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Rob McQuown

06-28

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of June 27
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-24

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Transaction Analysis: Quad-A Saves the Day?
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Ben Lindbergh

02-22

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13

Overthinking It: Promoting Prospects
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Ben Lindbergh

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

08-10

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 9
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-06

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 5
by
Kevin Goldstein

06-14

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10

Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-27

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19

Contractual Matters: The Strasburg Clock
by
Jeff Euston

01-26

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33

Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-08

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16

Future Shock: AFL Preview, Part Two
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-28

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You Could Look It Up: Smoke'm If You Got 'Em
by
Steven Goldman

11-19

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Player Profile: Kyle Lohse
by
Marc Normandin

11-12

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Player Profile: Brad Wilkerson
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Marc Normandin

09-03

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Player Profile: Justin Morneau
by
Marc Normandin

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Swaps and Moves
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Christina Kahrl

05-24

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL West
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-24

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Transaction Analysis: NL-Brand Ketchup
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Christina Kahrl

03-08

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Future Shock: Systems Retrospective, National League
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-25

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Player Profile
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Marc Normandin

12-13

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Player Profile: Josh Phelps
by
Marc Normandin

09-08

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Future Shock: Great Leap Forward, NL
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-24

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Player Profile
by
Marc Normandin

08-15

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Future Shock: Division Roundup, NL West
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Kevin Goldstein

06-27

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Future Shock: AL West Division Roundup, 6/27/06
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Kevin Goldstein

06-23

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Future Shock: Midpoint National League Report
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Kevin Goldstein

09-21

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Transaction Analysis: September 14-20
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Christina Kahrl

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: September 1-7
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Christina Kahrl

08-16

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Fantasy Focus: The First Round - A Year Later
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Jeff Erickson

12-09

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Rule 5 Draft
by
Dayn Perry

08-06

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Can Of Corn: Deadline's Prospects, Part 2
by
Dayn Perry

05-29

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Transaction Analysis: May 25-27, 2004
by
Christina Kahrl

05-17

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Ticket Price Survey
by
Doug Pappas

05-06

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Ticket Price Survey
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Doug Pappas

06-13

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6-4-3: The Peter Principle
by
Gary Huckabay

03-28

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6-4-3: What Can You Spell With Four Ps?
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Gary Huckabay

02-18

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Prospectus Feature: Could Relegation Work?
by
Derek Zumsteg

10-26

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6-4-3: The One P (Part One)
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Gary Huckabay

02-27

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From The Mailbag: Management, Homework, and Frank Thomas
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Baseball Prospectus

03-18

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Fantasy Baseball and the Long Arm of the Law
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John R. Mayne

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May 9, 2013 3:27 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 8

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Zach Mortimer

Rays lefty Blake Snell is beginning to turn heads for Low-A Bowling Green.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Blake Snell, LHP, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K; fastball has easy plus potential; slider and changeup both have plus potential; command is developing; get on board, the stock has two arrows pointing up; 25.2 IP, 23 H, 8 ER, 16 BB, 34 K in six starts.

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May 6, 2013 5:00 am

The Stash List: Pitchers Versus Position Players

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Bret Sayre

Bret explains why the list has featured more pitchers than hitters in its early weeks, and then reveals this week's top 25.

You might have noticed that, since this list has started, there have consistently been more pitchers than position players on it. This week is no different, as there are 15 pitchers and only 10 hitters. The reason for that is pretty simple—while pitching is more plentiful on the waiver wire than position players are, the stars need to align a little more for a bat stashed away on your bench to actively contribute value to any given fantasy team. If you had Anthony Rendon on your bench prior to his initial call-up, and you also had Adrian Beltre entrenched as your third baseman, you’re going to need to pull off a trade to capitalize on Rendon’s value. Of course, the owner with Beltre at the hot corner is less likely to be stashing a fellow third baseman anyway, which only furthers the point.

It’s rare to find an owner who couldn’t use more pitching on his/her roster (or at least an upgrade over the worst active member of their staff). When you’re dealing with individual positions, the barriers to entry for value make deciding whom to stash a different proposition. So while I’m saying that in a vacuum, Mike Zunino has more value than Anthony Rendon for the rest of this season, roster makeup can play a large role in determining who is more valuable to your specific team. And since the liquidity of these rookies can vary widely from league to league and owner to owner, points are docked for the lack of flexibility that may come with housing a hitter.

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April 22, 2013 3:47 pm

The Call-Up: Jonathan Pettibone

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Phillies summon a replacement pitcher from the farm.

The Situation: Starter John Lannan was injured during his last start on Wednesday, forcing the Phillies to look to the minor leagues for support. With left-hander Adam Morgan having just pitched in Triple-A, the team will turn to their eighth-ranked prospect in right-hander Jonathan Pettibone.

Background: The Phillies gave Pettibone an aggressive $500,000 signing bonus as a third-round pick in 2008 and assigned the 17-year-old right-hander to the Gulf Coast League for one start in his debut summer. In 2009, Pettibone moved on to the New York-Penn League, where he tossed 35 1/3 innings with a 5.35 ERA as one of the younger players in the league. The Phillies continued to promote him a level at a time as he moved to Low-A in 2010 and put together his first truly successful season, posting a 3.49 ERA in 131 1/3 innings.

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August 21, 2012 1:16 pm

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 20

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Kevin Goldstein

The monster stats of Giants RHP Clayton Blackburn and a trip through the minors.

Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Giants (Low-A Augusta): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K.

Blackburn is having one of the best pitching seasons in the minors, as after another dominant outing on Monday night, he has a 2.55 ERA with a remarkable 137 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 123.1 innings.

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August 2, 2012 12:00 pm

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 1

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Kevin Goldstein

A quick trip through the day in the minors, featuring notes on 25 prospects.

  • Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (17), R, RBI. Should at least be September call-up as extra bench bat; .342/.373/.649 in 60 games.
  • Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K. 2010 first-round pick has gotten up to 94 mph with solid secondaries; 3.23 ERA with 116 Ks in 111.1 innings.
  • Victor Black, RHP, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. 2009 supplemental first-round pick has found new life in the bullpen; 1.17 ERA with 63 Ks in 46 innings while sitting at 94-97 mph.
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July 24, 2012 12:41 pm

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 23

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Kevin Goldstein

A pop up lefty in the Yankees system and notes from around the day in the minors.

Nick Turley, LHP, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K

It's rare for a 50th-round pick to be a prospect, but Turley is just that. Seen as unsignable in 2008, the Yankees took a flyer on him with their final pick and landed him with a $150,000 bonus.

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A sleeper find for the Braves and notes from around the day in the minor leagues.

Juan Jaime, RHP, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

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May 22, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 5/22/12

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Michael Street

This season’s most significant corner infield call-up makes this week’s Value Picks list, along with an old, dependable, and much-maligned first baseman.

Though fantasy owners always try to anticipate the next big call-up, those decisions often have more to do with immediate roster needs than long-term concerns. As a wise man once said about life, promotion decisions are what happens when a team’s busy making other plans.

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For minor-league teams in search of increased attendance, no ballpark promotion is off-limits.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Benjamin Hill has been a writer for MiLB.com since 2005, where he quickly became enamored with the lively and oft-bizarre world of minor-league promotions and game operations. He pens all manner of minor-league content for the site, but the purest distillation of his expertise and idiosyncrasies can be found at Ben’s Biz Blog. This massively informative clearinghouse of industry best practices is written in a breezy pun and pop-culture obsessed style that has connected with those in and outside of the sport (or so he says). Hill spends the baseball season participating in regional food-themed mascot races at minor-league ballparks throughout the land. Otherwise, he tweets at @bensbiz and resides in Brooklyn with his three best friends: easy chair, record player, and Irish whisky.

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The Athletics' inability to draw a crowd is a reflection of their poor record and awful stadium situation.

On September 4, 2002, the Oakland Athletics crammed a season-high 55,000-plus fans into the then-named Network Associates Coliseum for what is often fondly remembered as the climactic epoch of Moneyball—the night that the Athletics frittered away an early 11-run lead at home against the lowly Royals, followed by a classic incredulity-fueled Billy Beane tantrum, followed by Scott Hatteberg's heartwarming pinch-hit blast in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it. At the outset of the chapter devoted to that particular game, Michael Lewis painted a surreal picture of a "traffic jam extraordinary even by Northern California standards stretched as far as the eye could see" leading up to the sea of concrete surrounding the Coliseum on all sides.

On Wednesday night, the Coliseum played host to the playoff-bound Rangers and a comparatively exciting pitching matchup (Brandon McCarthy vs. C.J. Wilson). The announced crowd of 19,589—a figure that would rank somewhere between subpar and miserable in virtually every other major-league market, but actually constitutes the 27th-best showing in Oakland's first 80 home dates of the season. In case you were wondering what such an announced attendance total actually looks like, here was the scene from what is now named the O.co Coliseum less than five minutes before first pitch on Wednesday:

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August 31, 2011 5:00 am

Value Picks: Outfield for 8/31/11

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Rob McQuown

Extreme power and speed picks join a very exciting VP week for outfielders.

Value Pick outfielders performed like they'd been hit by a hurricane this past week, but the batter Ozzie Gullen calls “The Tank” (Dayan Viciedo) is up, causing belated relief in Chicago as Adam Dunn hasn't been striking out for a few days now. And this author risks becoming “Rocket Man” as yet another Astro gets featured in Value Picks. But really, who outside The 610 Loop has paid any attention to the Astros recently, anyway? And a lack of attention often leads to value.

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June 28, 2011 1:18 pm

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of June 27

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Kevin Goldstein

Where else are you going to find next-day notes on 41 prospects?

Guillermo Pimentel, OF, Mariners (Rookie-level Pulaski): 1-for-3, HR (3), R, RBI, BB.

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