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06-19

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BP Unfiltered: Zack Wheeler and First-Start Jitters
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Ben Lindbergh

05-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 209: Veterans vs. Young Players/The Dodgers and Grit
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 52: Oakland's All-Rookie Rotation/Baseball's Ever-Rising Strikeout Rate
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Two Teams Without Any Rookies
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Ben Lindbergh

04-08

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Rookie Effect
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Brian Mills

08-19

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Changing Speeds: The Golden Generation
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Ken Funck

06-10

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Overthinking It: Neither a Berroa Nor a [Ver]lander Be
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Ben Lindbergh

04-01

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

03-26

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL East
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Kevin Goldstein

03-25

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL Central
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Kevin Goldstein

03-20

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL East
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Kevin Goldstein

03-19

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Future Shock: State of the Systems: AL Central
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Kevin Goldstein

12-07

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Fantasy Beat: Winter Meetings Wrapup
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Marc Normandin

03-28

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

03-22

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL East
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Kevin Goldstein

03-21

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL Central
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Kevin Goldstein

03-15

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL West
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Kevin Goldstein

03-14

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL East
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Kevin Goldstein

03-09

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Future Shock: State of the Systems, AL Central
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Kevin Goldstein

09-15

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Future Shock: Short Term Impact, NL
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Kevin Goldstein

09-14

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Future Shock: Short-Term Impact, AL
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Kevin Goldstein

03-09

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Future Shock: State of the Systems: NL East
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Kevin Goldstein

03-08

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Future Shock: State of the Systems: NL Central
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Kevin Goldstein

03-28

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Impact Rookies
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Jeff Bower

07-15

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Do rookie starters struggle to find the strike zone in their first career starts?

Zack Wheeler’s big-league debut on Tuesday night went well. He held the Braves scoreless over six innings, allowing four hits, striking out seven batters, and showing impressive stuff. The only cause for complaint was that he walked five.

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Ben and Sam talk about some recent conflicts between veterans and young players, then discuss Don Mattingly's comments about the Dodgers' lack of grit.



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Ben and Sam discuss whether the A's all-rookie rotation bodes well for their future, then talk about whether the average strikeout rate has risen too high.

Ben and Sam discuss whether the A's all-rookie rotation bodes well for their future, then talk about whether the average strikeout rate has risen too high.

Episode 52: "Oakland's All-Rookie Rotation/Baseball's Ever-Rising Strikeout Rate"

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Two major-league teams are bereft of new blood on one side of the ball this season.

I lied to you a little in the title of this post. I did that because I wanted you to click on this article, and I was worried that you wouldn’t if I didn’t embellish a bit. Evidently it worked. So this is where I come clean and tell you that there aren't actually two teams who haven't had a rookie play for them in 2012. But now that you’re here, you might as well keep reading! Because there is something almost as interesting as two teams that haven’t had a rookie play for them: one team that hasn’t had a rookie pitcher play for it, and one team that hasn’t had a rookie non-pitcher play for it. Those teams, unlike the ones in my title, actually exist.

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Do early-season phenoms fade once the rest of the league learns to stop giving them pitches to hit?

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.

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August 19, 2010 8:00 am

Changing Speeds: The Golden Generation

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Ken Funck

The 2006 class is a tough one to beat among a strong recent group of rookie classes.

Earlier this week, the folks at Beloit College released their annual MindsetList, a document designed to explain the cultural differences between the incoming class of college freshmen and the older faculty hired to teach them. The idea is to highlight the small and large ways the world has changed in the last 20 years by mentioning things that were true during the life span of oldsters that were never true for those under 20, e.g., the existence of things like a telephone cord, a country called Czechoslovakia, and a baseball commissioner not named Bud. For me, a man who fervently hopes Jamie Moyer comes back next spring to ensure I won’t have to face being older than every major-league ballplayer, this is always a time to reflect on youth and age, both in life and in baseball—especially so this year, since the current Mindset List includes a reference to the term Annus Horribilus, which I happened to use in last year’s BP Annual, but which I now know dates me almost as much as saying “23 Skidoo.”

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June 10, 2010 9:40 am

Overthinking It: Neither a Berroa Nor a [Ver]lander Be

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Ben Lindbergh

Players who set the bar high in their rookie seasons naturally have a harder time meeting expectations as sophomores.

A quick glance at the recent fortunes of last year’s Rookie of the Year hopefuls reveals that bringing home the hardware is far from a guarantor of future success. Of those receiving votes in the American League, victor Andrew Bailey, runner-up Elvis Andrus, and fourth-place finisher Jeff Niemann have used their successful starts as springboards for continued or heightened success. However, 2010 has been less kind to the other AL tyros who earned some November lovin’ from the BBWAA. A mere eight months ago, Rick Porcello was mowing down the Twins in the Metrodome as the Tigers’ season entered overtime; now he finds himself sporting an ERA over five (Skill-Interactive and otherwise). Gordon Beckham and his TAv below the terrible twos (.196, to be precise) have earned Ozzie Guillen’s ire (a distinction shared by many), and Brett Anderson, all but christened Cy Youngster prior to the season, may have pitched his last.

In the NL, the picture is similarly muddled. Andrew McCutchen and Tommy Hanson (at least from a defense-independent perspective) have made strides toward stardom, and J.A. Happ and Casey McGehee have sustained their performance, but top vote-getter Chris Coghlan’s sub-replacement performance has placed him in the unenviable position of having to refrain from looking back, lest he find Mike Stanton gaining.

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April 1, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL West

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Kevin Goldstein

The high-level system overviews conclude with a look at the NL West.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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March 26, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL East

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Kevin Goldstein

If a trade deadline acquisition is needed to win the division, the Braves and Phillies will have the edge over the Mets.

Atlanta Braves

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March 25, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems, NL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

A few premier prospects aren't enough to save the generally barren systems of the NL Central.

Chicago Cubs

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With so many top prospects--and hyped talent--the state of affairs in the East is as interesting beyond the big leagues as it is at the highest level.

Baltimore Orioles

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March 19, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: State of the Systems: AL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

Five systems that have already seen a lot of promotions nevertheless offer their fans some promise as well.

Chicago White Sox

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