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08-21

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Transaction Analysis: The A's Acquire Stephen Drew *UPDATED*
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Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein

03-12

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops
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Derek Carty

02-20

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Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-15

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Minnesota Twins
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Jason Parks

02-03

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35

Future Shock: Giants 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

12-09

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Sunset in Flushing
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Jonathan Bernhardt and Jarrett Seidler

11-14

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Transaction Analysis: The Twins Go Carolling
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R.J. Anderson

08-04

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Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
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Mike Fast

07-20

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The Lineup Card: The Top 13 Veterans Committee Selections That Weren't THAT Bad
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Baseball Prospectus

06-30

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Divide and Conquer, AL East: Coming Up Short at Shortstop
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Ben Kabak

06-28

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Shortstops
by
Jason Parks

05-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Fielders, Part I
by
Jason Parks

03-11

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Prospect Profile: Grant Green
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David Laurila

02-23

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12

The BP Broadside: Genius + Zobrist = Maddon
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Steven Goldman

02-18

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14

Fantasy Focus: Shortstop Rankings
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Marc Normandin

02-08

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Prospectus Hit and Run: I Saw 'em When, Part 2
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Jay Jaffe

02-07

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16

Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

01-13

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Shortstop
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Marc Normandin

12-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: No Shortage of Quality Shortstops
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Jay Jaffe

12-01

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Prospectus Perspective: Short Shrift?
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Christina Kahrl

11-30

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27

Prospectus Perspective: Yankee Drama
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Christina Kahrl

11-17

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34

Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-11

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So You Need: Middle Infielders
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Marc Normandin

09-02

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38

Overthinking It: A Captain's Ransom
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Ben Lindbergh

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
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David Laurila

07-28

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Manufactured Runs: Looking Farther Afield
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Colin Wyers

04-06

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop
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Michael Jong

02-26

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Fantasy Focus: Shortstop Rankings
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Marc Normandin

01-26

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You Could Look It Up: The Statheads vs. Blondy Ryan
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Steven Goldman

01-26

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Prospectus Q&A: Terry Reynolds
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David Laurila

01-26

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33

Future Shock: Reds Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-18

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Fantasy Focus: Shortstop Rankings Review
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Marc Normandin

11-22

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Prospectus Today: Infield Free Agents Review
by
Joe Sheehan

11-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Brian Butterfield
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David Laurila

11-12

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Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-18

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Winter League Preview
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Carlos J. Lugo

10-11

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Ahead in the Count: Ranking the Ds
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Matt Swartz

08-11

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You Could Look It Up: On Droughts and Drafts
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Steven Goldman

08-10

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A Talent Drought
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Kevin Goldstein

07-16

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On the Beat: Buyers Rush Nearly Empty Shelves?
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John Perrotto

07-10

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Fantasy Beat: Feeling Short at Short?
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Marc Normandin

07-05

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Kniker Interview Transcript
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Tim Kniker

07-02

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The Latin Talent Market
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Kiley McDaniel

06-21

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Future Shock: NL Draft Wrap
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Kevin Goldstein

06-21

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Are Offensive Shortstops Becoming Toxic Sub-Prime Mortgages and Other Evolutionary Trends in Baseball Positions
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Tim Kniker

06-08

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The Latin Talent Market
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Kiley McDaniel

06-06

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Future Shock: Draft Class '09 Top 50
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Kevin Goldstein

04-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Catching the Next Wave
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Jay Jaffe

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Shortstop is a huge weakness on many major-league teams, but is there about to be an infusion of talent through the pipeline?

I’m going to curb my desire to craft a cute narrative about the importance of the position. (As is often the case, I’m going to satisfy my desire of cuteness delivery by assembling cute prospect tiers.) If you read Baseball Prospectus, you are already ahead of the baseball knowledge curve, so I don’t need to get didactic about the inherent skill set required to play the position, or the overall value a quality shortstop brings to the table. If you really want to read my take on what it takes, you can always check out my “U Got the Look” series and read 12,000 words of meandering scouting patois presented with a perfectly striped bow of instability.

For this exercise, I turned a blind eye to the substance offered by the middle-class prospects at the position, focusing instead on those with high ceilings, those with flashy leather and questions with the stick, and those who find themselves the targets of positional deficiency whispers. The tiers are self-explanatory, but not comprehensive; it would take three more editions to include all the names in my notes, and frankly, you don’t want to read four articles discussing every shortstop prospect in the minors. Actually, I take that back. You probably do. Let me rephrase: I don’t have the sanity it would take to write four articles breaking down every shortstop in the minors. I have to monitor my sanity reserves; after all, I’m heading back to Arizona for a lengthy scouting trip. Give me strength. Let’s get started.

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When looking for an infielder or outfielder, what do scouts look for in terms of body, skills, and glove work?

It’s not easy to evaluate defensive tools, especially at the amateur ranks or the lower levels of professional baseball. Good defense is a product of sound fundamentals established through instruction [read: proper instruction], raw physical ability, and refinement through repetition. It takes time to put the total defensive package together, assuming a competent package is even possible. This is what I want to do: I want to look at each position, break down the specific physical attributes that are necessary to excel at each position, and look at the process of projecting those attributes. In part two (you knew that was coming), I want focus on catchers and game-calling, something that I think is one of the most misunderstood and undervalued aspects of the game.

First Base: First base is, first and foremost, an offensive position. The modern game suggests if the bat is above average, the value provided by the glove is gravy. While I agree with the offensive weight attached to the position, I’m of the belief that good defense at first base is more than just gravy, and trust me, I love gravy.

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March 11, 2011 5:08 pm

Prospect Profile: Grant Green

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David Laurila

The A's top 2009 pick has questions to answer about his upside afield and at the plate.

Power-hitting shortstops are a valuable commodity, and power-hitting shortstops who provide solid defense are invaluable. Which brings us to Grant Green, who may or may not fit either of those descriptions.

Rated as the top prospect in the Oakland system by both Baseball America and ESPN's Keith Law, while Kevin Goldstein ranks him second, Green was drafted 13thoverall in the 2009 draft out of the University of Southern California. He put up an eye-opening .318/.363/.520 slash line in High-A Stockton last summer, but opinions are mixed on just how good he will be—and at which position.

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February 23, 2011 11:04 am

The BP Broadside: Genius + Zobrist = Maddon

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Steven Goldman

Zorilla's versatility has allowed Joe Maddon to play to one of his greatest strengths, and it has made the utilityman an invaluable ballplayer.

Yesterday, I did an interview with Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune, in the course of which I said a lot of positive things about Joe Maddon. Not one to let an encomium pass by unchallenged, Mr. Fennelly asked me why I liked Maddon so much. I said, in far too many words, “flexibility,” but what I really meant was this: I like Joe Maddon because of Ben Zobrist. Similarly, I like Ben Zobrist because of Joe Maddon. They are a lot like chocolate and marshmallow. Taken separately, they have their moments. Put them together and magic happens.

Having an everyday sub is a sign of intelligence in managers. I first realized this when I began learning about Casey Stengel and realized just how important Gil McDougald was to his Yankees teams. Until the Herb Score incident derailed him emotionally, McDougald was an above-average hitter, though somewhat neutered by old Yankee Stadium (he was a career .296/.379/.469 hitter on the road versus .255/.333/.348 in the Bronx), who was the Yankees’ second baseman-shortstop-third baseman, depending on need, yet was in the lineup every day.

A manager has many jobs, but if you want to boil down one of the most important, that of allotting playing time, to its basic essence, it’s stay the hell away from the replacement level. When the team has an injury, does the manager shrug his shoulders and plug in Cody Ransom, Clay Bellinger, or some equally execrable bit of Triple-A fodder, or does he find a way to shuffle things so that he gets a good all-around player into the lineup, even at the cost of distorting the defense? The great managers don’t accept one-for-one substitutions that leave them at a major loss. They don’t replace Chase Utley with Wilson Valdez when doing so means that you’re writing off what had been a major part of your offense for the duration. They think, “How is the injury to my second baseman an opportunity to get a second right fielder into the lineup?” and they identify players who have the skills to make that possible—which is to say that they’ve anticipated how to deal with injuries even before the injuries happen.

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February 18, 2011 12:00 pm

Fantasy Focus: Shortstop Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Which position is more depressing for fantasy owners, shortstop or catcher? Start your search for the answer here.

These are the shortstop fantasy rankings for 2011. Check out our previous first base, second base, and third base installments.

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February 8, 2011 9:20 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: I Saw 'em When, Part 2

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Jay Jaffe

More memories from a childhood's worth of ballplayers in Utah and Walla Walla.

Today we pick up where I left off last week in covering some of my favorite minor leaguers I saw in Salt Lake City, Utah (where I grew up) and Walla Walla, Washington (where my grandparents lived) during the late '70s and '80s. Some went on to have notable major-league careers, and one even reached Cooperstown. Others would earn less distinction, though they retain my considerable affection.

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Rob McQuown gives more keeper tips and dives into draft preparation notes.

With many leagues having keepers due today, I'll be around to offer any commentary on keepers. One last-minute tip is to not forget about defense. Be sure to check out these resources:

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January 13, 2011 3:10 pm

Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Shortstop

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Marc Normandin

Marc reviews his 2010 shortstop rankings.

This is a review of my 2010 shortstop rankings. This time around, not only will we use auction values for mixed leagues, but also the dollar value for AL- and NL-only leagues. These dollar values come from Graphical Player 2011, and I think these will do a good job illustrating how much I missed by on the players I missed, though, broken record style, the why is more important than the result when it comes to these rankings. All PECOTA projections, dollar values and statistics in the parentheses are from 2010.

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Looking at players from two defensive positions on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.

Like ballotmate Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin and Alan Trammell are overwhelmingly qualified for the Hall of Fame, but didn't gain entry last year. Larkin made a strong showing in his first year on the ballot, one which suggests he'll reach Cooperstown sooner or later, while Trammell continued to receive a puzzling lack of support and watched his odds of election grow even longer. Today, we'll use JAWS to re-examine their Hall of Fame cases, and with just a week until the ballot results are announced, we'll also take a brief look at the backstops on the ballot—catching up, if you will.

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December 1, 2010 9:00 am

Prospectus Perspective: Short Shrift?

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Christina Kahrl

The race to get shortstops while the getting's good could put the Rays in the catbird seat with Jason Bartlett.

The shortstop market is probably the most dynamic component of the Hot Stove position-player market. Lots of teams are looking for help, especially where dire need has sucked unlikely candidates like Jerry Hairston Jr. or Miguel Tejada into the breach on one club last season—a contender, no less! And then there's the perpetuation of players like Yuniesky Betancourt, Cesar Izturis, or Tommy Manzella, easy fodder for die-hard contractionistas dug into Bud's bunker, as well as those grognards terminally committed to bellyaching about something about the game itself—why not the shortage of shortstops as the latest evidence that 30 teams is simply too much of a good thing?

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Brian Cashman lets the Captain set his own course, but will he also say no to Mo?

Well, they don't refer to the American League East as the drama division for nothin'. In this corner, we've got two of the most recognizable stars of a generation: the Captain, Derek Jeter, face of the game's marquee franchise, plus Mariano Rivera, perhaps the greatest closer in baseball history as a matter of common perception and acclamation. And in that corner, we've got Brian Cashman, a canny money manager, even for the steward of the game's great cash cow, and a man pondering how much Steinbrenner gold he can dish out to employ the pair of grand old men.

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November 17, 2010 12:00 pm

Future Shock: Baltimore Orioles Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

With so many young players graduating to the big leagues, the Orioles system is suddenly among the thinnest in the game.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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