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06-06

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PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

02-07

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18

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-07

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Shortstops
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

02-06

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Tale of the Tape: J.J. Hardy vs. Xander Bogaerts
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Wilson Karaman

02-06

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27

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
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Bret Sayre

02-05

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12

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops
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Craig Goldstein

02-04

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11

Fantasy Team Discussion
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-04

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7

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Shortstops
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Mauricio Rubio

02-04

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13

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops
by
Paul Sporer

02-03

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State of the Position: Shortstops
by
Mike Gianella

02-03

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11

Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstops
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BP Fantasy Staff

11-12

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Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop
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Ben Lindbergh

09-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter
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Ben Lindbergh

09-05

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Skewed Left: The Literal Rise of the Shortstops
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Zachary Levine

04-18

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Checking in On: Shortstops, Part 2
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Jason Parks

08-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 27: Revisiting the Dan Haren Trade/Derek Jeter Defies Dire Forecasts
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-19

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

12-17

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Prospectus Perspective: Shorting Short?
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Christina Kahrl

08-11

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7

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

07-10

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11

Fantasy Beat: Feeling Short at Short?
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Marc Normandin

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

06-28

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Future Shock: The Draft Spectrum, Part Two
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Kevin Goldstein

03-22

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Lies, Damned Lies: Rethinking Replacement Level
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Nate Silver

03-01

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You Could Look It Up: When You Wish Upton a Star
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Steven Goldman

02-24

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You Could Look It Up: Position Changes
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Steven Goldman

09-13

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part Seven
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Rany Jazayerli

07-28

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Crooked Numbers: Stopped Short
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James Click

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September 11, 2013 9:17 am

Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter

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Ben Lindbergh

With Derek Jeter day-to-day, the Yankees trade for opposite player Brendan Ryan.



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September 5, 2013 6:30 am

Skewed Left: The Literal Rise of the Shortstops

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Zachary Levine

Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts, and Carlos Correa could spearhead another growth spurt at a position where the players keep getting bigger.

If your Creator or your chromosomes or whatever combination of the two you deem responsible for such things didn’t make you short enough to play shortstop, then you just have to get that short yourself.

That’s Xander Bogaerts’ key to being a tall shortstop. The superb Red Sox prospect and rookie big leaguer is listed at 6’ 3”, claims 6’ 2”, and realizes that when he’s at the position, he has to act like he’s 5’ 9”.

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Looking at the early-season returns on shortstops who might stick at the position.

In part one of the series, we checked in on the pure shortstops in the minors, the players who stand above the rest with the leather and project to stay at position all the way up the chain. The criterion for inclusion in this particular series was a placement on the Baseball Prospectus 101, a team top 10 list, or a mention as an “On the Rise” candidate for the individual team prospect ranking series, so the pool of talent is by no means the entire ocean. By breaking down these featured prospects, the goal is to highlight the extreme depth at the position in the minors, while also shedding some light on the early season developments of the talent in question.

Part 2 will focus on the players housed in the tier below the pure leather wizards in the minors, but ones who still have the quality to stick around at the position despite some whispers to the contrary. It needs to be remembered just how difficult it is to profile as a shortstop at the highest level, as only a select few can stand above the crowded field of highly skilled individuals and wear the badge of the position. The “Pure Enough” tier features prospects known more for their offensive potential than their defensive heroics, but we shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss their skill at the position just because the profile lacks the cloak of the magus. These combo prospects have some of the highest ceilings in the minors, with impact potential bats and the actions and arms to make plays at a premium position on the diamond.

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Ben and Sam revisit the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels in light of Haren's down year and Tyler Skaggs' debut for the Diamondbacks, then talk about how Derek Jeter has remained productive at age 38 and examine whether the Yankees are in any trouble in the AL East.

Ben and Sam revisit the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels in light of Haren's down year and Tyler Skaggs' debut for the Diamondbacks, then talk about how Derek Jeter has remained productive at age 38 and examine whether the Yankees are in any trouble in the AL East.

Effectively Wild Episode 27: "Revisiting the Dan Haren Trade/Derek Jeter Defies Dire Forecasts"

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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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December 17, 2010 12:00 pm

Prospectus Perspective: Shorting Short?

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Christina Kahrl

Sizing up the shortstop market and who has been on the move this winter.

One of the most over-worked tropes of the last three seasons has been the newly assigned importance of defense, as if fielding had been suddenly forgotten or overlooked or undervalued. Where there used to be the suggestion that much—perhaps too much—of sabermetrics was the art of documenting the previously observed, to some extent I wonder if these phenomena are more appropriately chalked up to the need to discover, as opposed to making real discoveries. After all, everyone likes being the first to notice something, and if there wasn't really anything there, well, it was news in 2008, so it has to be newsworthy, right?

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August 11, 2009 1:20 pm

You Could Look It Up: On Droughts and Drafts

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Steven Goldman

That brief moment when shortstops put first basemen in their shadows.

On Monday, Kevin Goldstein wrote about a talent drought as far as the lack of prospective left-side infielders coming into the minor leagues in recent years. While Kevin's article suggests that this may be the result of systemic changes in the way young players are treated before turning pro, it is also true that such fluctuations in the player supply have happened before. In the 1980s it was catchers; for a brief period it seemed as if the future of backstopping was going to look like Ron Karkovice and not Joe Mauer, so few were the attractive prospects at the position.

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July 10, 2009 12:02 pm

Fantasy Beat: Feeling Short at Short?

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Marc Normandin

If you aren't one of the people holding one of the half-dozen quality options, you shouldn't be alone in your league.

A few weeks ago we looked at how strong the first-base position was in 2009. There were so many first basemen performing at a high level that it caused Ryan Howard's production to drop down to right at the average despite his performing about like you would expect him to in a normal season for him. Shortstop wishes it had problems like that, which is why we will take a look at the weakest position on the diamond today. Things are so bad at the shortstop position right now that catcher has a higher average EqA, even if it's just by a few points.

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In March 2002, Baseball Digest said we were living in "the era of the shortstop." After all, the late 1990s ushered in a crop of offensive-minded shortstops like Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada, Derek Jeter, and Nomar Garciaparra. The article included the Royals' Neifi Perez, but given the benefit of hindsight, I'll leave him out of the discussion. A popular conception was that this represented a new era where the once defense-dominated position was no longer going to be a wasted spot in the batting order. As the other teams scrambled to keep up with the Joneses, was something lost in the process? Is the quest for the next batch of power-hitting shortstops leaving defense in its wake? To answer this question and others, we will use the Win Shares system to help us.

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June 28, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: The Draft Spectrum, Part Two

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Kevin Goldstein

In the second part of his series, Kevin investigates where players come from across the defensive spectrum.

Last week, I began to delve into the concept of the draft spectrum. To recap: I decided to try going through today's players to see if we could identify any trends when it comes to where a player plays and how he entered the pro game (the term I'm using is "source"). The player pool I'm using here consists of 254 players, defined in this exercise as starters, chosen by selecting the player on each team with the most playing time at each defensive position. So 30 x 8 = 240 + 14 designated hitters = 254. Then I identified their source of entry into the pro game. Admittedly, this is a quick-and-dirty system. There are players who are normally starters but are not counted due to injury, and there have already been job changes that will lead to the pool having a turnover somewhere in the 10-20 percent range at the end of the season.

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March 22, 2006 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Rethinking Replacement Level

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Nate Silver

Nate wonders if there's still more to be learned when it comes to considering replacement level talent.

To answer this simple question, I performed a search for players for all players since 1985 that met the following criteria:

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Steven follows up his most recent column on B.J. Upton with some responses to reader mail.

The day after the YCLIU on a possible position change for B.J. Upton went up here at BP, MLB.com posted two stories relevant to the discussion. The first, on Upton himself, emphasized that--like a latter day Curt Flood less concerned with which team he plays for than with what position he plays--he will not be moved. The second, on Dodgers prospect Joel Guzman, reported that from now on he will play--they don't know where, they just know it isn't shortstop. A follow-up on Guzman highlights his pragmatism, making for a strong contrast with Upton's intransigence:

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