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07-30

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 30, 2014
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Mark Anderson

07-25

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Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel
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Chris Rodriguez

07-24

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 24, 2014
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Tucker Blair

07-23

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 23, 2014
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Chris Mellen

07-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Steven Matz
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Jason Parks

07-21

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 21, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

07-17

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 17, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-14

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-11

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Notes from the Field: Not Jose Fernandez (But the Best Since)
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Jeff Moore

07-11

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2014 Futures Game Preview
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Ron Shah

07-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 489: Statcast's Impact on Player Evaluation
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-10

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2014 Futures Game Preview
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Ron Shah

07-10

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The Call-Up: Christian Vazquez
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Al Skorupa and Ben Carsley

07-09

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The Call-Up: Arismendy Alcantara
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Mauricio Rubio and Craig Goldstein

07-09

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11

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 8
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Jeff Moore

07-08

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Going Yard: Super Hits of the 70s
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Ryan Parker

07-08

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The 2010 Redraft
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Baseball Prospectus

07-03

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Jason Parks and Ron Shah

07-03

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17

Eyewitness Accounts: July 3, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-02

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The 2011 Redraft
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Baseball Prospectus

07-02

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The Call-Up: Domingo Santana
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

06-30

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 30, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-27

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BP Top 50
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Jason Parks, Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and CJ Wittmann

06-26

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BP Top 50
by
Chris Mellen, Jeff Moore and Nick J. Faleris

06-26

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Eyewitness Accounts: June 26, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-25

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Notes from the Field: International League Notes
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Al Skorupa

06-25

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Chris King and Jeff Moore

06-24

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BP Top 50
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Jason Parks, CJ Wittmann and Nick J. Faleris

06-24

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The Call-Up: Marco Gonzales
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Jeff Moore and J.P. Breen

06-24

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Baseball Therapy: Is it Really Harder to Scout in New England?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-23

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 23, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-20

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Behind the Curtain: Lucas Giolito
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CJ Wittmann and Tucker Blair

06-19

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Eyewitness Accounts: June 19, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-17

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BP Unfiltered: When Tony Gwynn Had a Below-Average Hit Tool
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Ben Lindbergh

06-17

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The Call-Up: Andrew Heaney
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-17

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The 2012 Redraft
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Baseball Prospectus

06-16

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 16, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-16

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Painting the Black: Lessons of a Bad Basestealer
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R.J. Anderson

06-13

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What Scouts Are Saying: June 13, 2014
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Baseball Prospectus

06-12

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Series Notes
by
Jason Parks

06-11

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Eyewitness Accounts: June 11, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-11

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft Favorites By Round
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Nick J. Faleris

06-10

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The 2013 Redraft
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Ron Shah and Baseball Prospectus

06-10

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Going Yard: Joey Gallo
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Ryan Parker

06-10

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The Call-Up: Gregory Polanco
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Ethan Purser and Paul Sporer

06-09

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 9, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

06-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Mock Draft 2014
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Jason Parks

06-06

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Round One Analysis
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Nick J. Faleris

06-06

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

06-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Two
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Doug Thorburn

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Mark Anderson puts eyes on Tyler Ybarra, Ryan Schimpf, Steven Moya, Devon Travis, and Dixon Machado.

Tyler Ybarra

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July 25, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel

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Chris Rodriguez

Will the Astros salvage the first-overall pick they did sign?

Take a moment to forget about the Brady Aiken mess and think about last year’s first overall selection. Mark Appel was supposed to be on the fast track. You aren’t supposed to struggle if you’re the first overall selection, and the 6-foot-5 right-handed starter with a prototype body had the look of a player who would move quickly, stopping only briefly in Lancaster and Corpus Christi to humble inferior hitters with his mid-to-upper-90s fastball. If you’ve been paying attention to his season, you know this hasn’t exactly gone as planned.

What has happened
First, appendicitis in January sidelined him for most of the spring. Regardless, the Astros aggressively sent him to Lancaster to begin the season. I was able to catch an early start of his, on April 10th, and was impressed with the raw stuff he brought to the table. Then 22, Appel showed a fastball that touched 98 mph, and paired it with a sharp, bat-missing slider (scouting report). Immediately after this start, on April 14th, Appel’s velocity dipped and only touched 91 mph. As has been well documented, the Astros installed a tandem or “piggyback” pitching rotation, where two “starters” would pitch back to back in the same game. Also, some pitchers would be subjected to only three days of rest, which happened to Appel in these two starts. This obviously took a toll on Appel, and there were rumors of shoulder soreness after the second start. He was sent to extended spring training to get some rest and have proper time to build stamina for the season. After returning, he had the worst start of his season on May 31st, surrendering 10 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Five days later, he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right thumb and scratched from his next start. After getting the standard four days of rest (and sometimes more), he continued to struggle. Recently, the Astros made it public that Appel had a right wrist issue and received a cortisone shot. It’s unclear whether the thumb tendinitis is connected. I took in his start on July 10th with intentions of pin-pointing his problems.


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Tucker puts eyes on Nigel Nootbar, Jake Johansen, Hunter Harvey, Lucas Giolito, Josh Hart, and Drew Ward.

Nigel Nootbaar

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Eyes on Tyler Duffey, Daniel Norris, Henry Owens, Michael Papi, Blake Swihart, and Dalton Pompey.

Tyler Duffey

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Or: Age ain't nothin' but a number.

Steven Matz was selected in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, NY, which is apparently a breeding ground for notable names, ranging from sporadically funny and continuously fat comedian/actor Kevin James, wrestler Mick Foley, former co-host of America’s Funniest Home Videos John Fugelsang, and Terrance Hobbs, lead guitarist for the death metal band Suffocation. Because of these notable names on his high school’s resume, and more importantly, his southpaw potential on the mound, Matz received a bonus of $895K, almost half a million over the recommend slot. The future was bright.

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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 21, 2014

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Updates on Michael Taylor, Victor Arano, Daniel Norris, and others.

The Monday Morning Ten Pack is brought to you by Sidsgraphs.com. SidsGraphs specializes in memorabilia and game-used items from baseball's top prospects! Visit Sidsgraphs.com today or visit their retail store in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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Eyes on Dylan Bundy, Robert Stephenson, Vincent Velasquez, J.P. Crawford, Francisco Mejia, and Bradley Zimmer.

Dylan Bundy

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July 14, 2014 6:00 am

Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014

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BP Prospect Staff

Updates on Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Mejia, Lance McCullers Jr., and others.

The Monday Morning Ten Pack is brought to you by Sidsgraphs.com. SidsGraphs specializes in memorabilia and game-used items from baseball's top prospects! Visit Sidsgraphs.com today or visit their retail store in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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A look at Lucas Giolito in Lakewood brought back memories from 2012.

Lakewood is not what you expect when you think of minor-league towns. Just off a main road not far from a recently rebuilt Jersey Shore, Lakewood is not small town America. It’s overcrowded New Jersey, within commuting distance of our nation's biggest city, a place where it's go big or go home. It's not the kind of place you expect to see perspective-altering performances from 19-year-old kids in A-ball.

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July 11, 2014 6:00 am

2014 Futures Game Preview

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Ron Shah

The U.S. Team includes power arms, toolsy outfielders and a dazzling collection of infielders.

Welcome to part two of a two-part series on scouting the players involved in this Sunday's Futures Game showcase of prospect talent. The International roster preview ran on Thursday.

Pitchers

Christian Binford, RHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington)
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Binford entered 2014 as a prospect on the rise in the Royals system, and his performance so far has earned him the chance to represent Kansas City in Minnesota for the Futures Game. Binford is more polish than projection, as neither the fastball nor slider projects to be a plus or better offering. Meanwhile, the changeup is lagging behind and will need to jump an entire grade before he can realistically profile in a rotation. Regardless, it appears Binford will provide the Royals with more than the expected value of a typical 30th round selection.



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Ben and and Sam discuss Billy Beane's Wall Street Journal op-ed and how Statcast will affect scouting and player evaluation.

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July 10, 2014 6:00 am

2014 Futures Game Preview

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Ron Shah

Carlos Correa will not play, shifting the spotlight to Julio Urias, Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor and the rest of a talented, if somewhat raw, squad.

Welcome to part one of a two-part series on scouting the players involved in this Sunday's Futures Game showcase of prospect talent. The US roster preview will follow on Friday.

Pitchers

Alfonso Alcantara, RHP, Angels (Low-A Burlington)
Alcantara shows a three-pitch mix, with his bread and butter a mid-90s fastball that possesses movement anywhere from 93 to 96 mph. The slider and changeup are both well behind in development, with the slider showing some promise but the changeup looking unplayable too often.


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