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02-26

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part Two
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Mike Gianella

02-25

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Starting Pitchers, Part One: 1-55
by
Mike Gianella

01-26

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
by
Mike Gianella

01-12

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: BP Rankings vs. ADP
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Wilson Karaman

01-27

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21

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
by
Craig Goldstein

01-20

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
by
Mike Gianella

12-30

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Fantasy Freestyle: Consuming the Positional Series
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Jeff Quinton

02-12

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15

Pebble Hunting: The Importance of Top Prospect Trajectories
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Sam Miller

10-09

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34

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: I’ve Been Thinking About...
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Jason Parks

04-16

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BP Unfiltered: Tracking 2012's Top Prospects
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Bradley Ankrom

11-02

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Wezen-Ball: Player Rankings for Type A/B Calculations, 1982-1984
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Larry Granillo

02-23

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Fantasy Beat: (Update) Combined Outfielder Rankings
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Marc Normandin

01-04

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: First Base
by
Marc Normandin

12-11

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Fantasy Focus: Third Base Rankings Review
by
Marc Normandin

12-04

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Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings Review
by
Marc Normandin

11-20

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37

Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings Review
by
Marc Normandin

05-19

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Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

04-02

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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

01-10

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Future Shock: AL Top 11 Prospects Update
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-06

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Prospectus Toolbox: Free Agent Compensation Rankings
by
Derek Jacques

10-17

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Digging in the Hit List Sandbox
by
Jay Jaffe

04-27

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Lies, Damned Lies: The PECOTA Top 100
by
Nate Silver

02-01

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Prospects, Introduction
by
Nate Silver

02-24

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Fantasy Focus: Building a Fantasy Farm System
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Jeff Erickson

06-17

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College World Series
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Boyd Nation

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A new way to get combined outfielder rankings--and before the individual rankings have even published!

[UPDATE 2-24 5:08 EST] My starting pitcher rankings (which are publishing on the site tomorrow) were just added to the PFM.

One of the questions I see the most this time of year is some variation of, "Will we see a combined list for your outfielder rankings?" The combined list surfaces sometime after I complete the individual lists--which are written the way they are not because more leagues use left, center and right field designations, but because writing up 120-130 players worth of comments in one sitting is tedious for both the reader and the writer. 

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January 4, 2011 2:40 pm

Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: First Base

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Marc Normandin

A review of Marc's 2010 fantasy rankings for first basemen.

Before the 2010 season, we introduced a few new looks for our fantasy content here at Baseball Prospectus. We shifted our numbered ranking system for fantasy rankings to a tiered model that grouped similarly producing players together rather than ordering them in a much more rigid—and not necessarily reflective—numerical format. We, in many cases, doubled the number of players we were ranking at each position, which (we hope) was more helpful to you, our readers. We also began to review the previous season's rankings, in order to see what lessons could be learned from what we thought we knew, to see if the processes for putting together the rankings were sound. We're bringing back the tiered format this season, but that will come later on—for now, we're diving into the review of the 2010 rankings.

First up is first base, which is where the rankings began. A few things to remember while analyzing my analysis of my analysis: these are not the 2011 rankings—they are just a reflection on the 2010 ones—and the focus here is not so much on whether or not the projections were correct, but whether or not the thinking and process that led me to do what I did was correct. For example, there is literally no way I could have foreseen Jose Bautista's 2010 campaign back in February, but I should have looked at his productive September of 2009 and dug deeper to see if he would be a better player over the old Bautista—as discussed in his Player Profile from September, there were some signs he could be better in the future. That doesn't mean I'm going to give extra credit to everyone who finished the year hot, but it does remind me that projection systems don't always know about certain changes in a player, and won't always reflect those changes. With that, let's check out what first base looked like back in February of 2010.

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December 11, 2009 11:21 am

Fantasy Focus: Third Base Rankings Review

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Marc Normandin

In a process to provide answers, there's some heat to be taken for the pre-season hot corner rankings.

It's time to see where I went right and wrong with my fantasy rankings for third base. These rankings were made during spring training, and this particular series of pieces is meant to review those rankings so we can see what there is to learn from both the process and the results-my hope is that next season's rankings will improve through this, since I'm forced to face the music in a way.

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December 4, 2009 12:41 pm

Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings Review

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Marc Normandin

Reflecting on the 2009 rankings for the second sackers and looking forward to the 2010 projections.

Continuing from where we left off last time, this week we will take a look at the fantasy rankings for second base that I made prior to the start of the regular season. Remember, the plan is to see what went right and what went wrong, both in terms of things that cannot be controlled (such as injuries, demotions, etc.) as well as problems with the process (over- or underrating a particular player or skill). First base went well, with just one major mistake, but second base saw a lot of new blood injected into it in 2009, as well as loads of rebounds and surprise seasons. Let's take a look and see how much of that is something we need to pay attention to going forward.

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November 20, 2009 1:10 pm

Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings Review

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Marc Normandin

Looking back on the 2009 projections at first base, and seeing what takeaway lessons come of them.

We're handling the offseason's fantasy content a little differently this year, and with good reason. The plan is for me to go through all of the rankings I made in the preseason so that we can see what went right and what went wrong, and see what we, as a group, can learn about the process and how it should be improved for 2010's rankings. I think this kind of transparency will be healthy for the BP Fantasy Beat, as it will give me loads of time to think on my mistakes from 2009 and to judge them appropriately as legitimate errors in the process or see them for what they really were, which is something I, nor anyone else could not foresee-you know, the kind of stuff that happens in baseball hundreds of times a year, the kind of stuff that makes us love the game, but also screws up our fantasy teams.

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May 19, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Preview: Monday's Games to Watch

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Caleb Peiffer

A resumption of infighting in the NL Central, the Rays and A's put old-timers in the shade, and answering why everyone likes going home again.

Today's Full Slate of Games

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Brian Bannister begins his quest to beat the odds, Rich Harden continues his to stay off the shelf, and two outstanding young righties square off in LA.

Today's Full Slate of Games, at MLB.com

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January 10, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: AL Top 11 Prospects Update

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Kevin Goldstein

After a busy winter's swapping in the junior circuit, a scoresheet of the changes down on the farm.

One of the great troubles with ranking prospects is that time doesn't stand still and rankings don't exist in a vacuum. Teams make moves, my inbox gets flooded, and rankings need to change. So instead of just leaving well enough alone, before I begin the National League let's go back to the American League and see what needs updating.

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Every winter involves some railing at the industry's wacky-pack free agent rankings--what gives?

Every year, one of the first steps in the free agent dance is the ranking of players who finished the year on major league rosters for purposes of compensation. Under baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), teams that lose a free agent may be entitled to additional picks in the next year's Rule 4 amateur draft, depending on how good the free agent is.

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October 17, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Digging in the Hit List Sandbox

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Jay Jaffe

With the Rockies in the World Series, what can we learn from their movement up and down the Hit List this year?

"What's the highest the Diamondbacks ranked on the Hit List this year?"

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Nate comes to the end of his prospect review by naming his Top 100 and combining his valuations with those of our own Kevin Goldstein.

This is my favorite column of the year to write, perhaps because there's relatively little actual writing involved. Let's bring the PECOTA Takes on Prospects series to its long overdue conclusion.

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Nate introduces this year's PECOTA-based look at ranking prospects. Today, he lays out the methodology, which includes a few key changes to how he approached this project last year.

Last year, we ran our first-ever series of PECOTA-based prospect rankings. This wasn’t necessarily intended to be an annual feature, but it proved to generate a lot of good discussion, so here we are again.

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