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03-05

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12

Top Tools: Best Slider/Changeup/Command
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

04-27

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Minor League Update: Games of April 25-26
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Zach Mortimer

04-22

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9

Minor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21
by
Zach Mortimer

04-15

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11

Minor League Update: Games of April 12-14
by
Zach Mortimer

04-08

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10

Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7
by
Zach Mortimer

02-15

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10

Pitcher Profile: Milwaukee's Rotation Brew
by
Harry Pavlidis

09-12

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2

Pebble Hunting: The Mysterious Resurgence of Ervin Santana
by
Sam Miller

04-18

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7

The Lineup Card: 10 Favorite Player/Executive Attributes
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Baseball Prospectus

01-16

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23

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-03

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27

Future Shock: Miami Marlins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-12

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13

Pebble Hunting: These Pitches Three
by
Sam Miller

10-19

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23

World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview
by
Ben Lindbergh and Derek Carty

06-14

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26

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

05-11

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6

Fantasy Beat: Bud's Breakout
by
Craig Brown

04-08

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Prospectus Profile: Parnell Adds a Weapon
by
David Laurila

03-18

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23

Baseball ProGUESTus: Looking at Pitches Through the Batter's Eyes
by
Matt Lentzner

03-14

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19

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Scouting Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer
by
Jason Parks

12-21

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33

Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-16

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35

Spinning Yarn: Why The Yankees Need Andy Pettitte
by
Mike Fast

10-26

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Spinning Yarn: Interpreting Pitch Classifications
by
Mike Fast

10-08

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2

Playoff Prospectus: The Development of Tommy Hanson
by
David Laurila

07-22

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6

Overthinking It: Ringing Them Up at Wrigley
by
Ben Lindbergh

06-25

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2

Prospectus Q&A: Brad Lidge
by
David Laurila

05-27

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Prospectus Q&A: Scott Kazmir
by
David Laurila

09-02

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11

Checking the Numbers: Off the Lidge
by
Eric Seidman

06-21

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11

Future Shock: NL Draft Wrap
by
Kevin Goldstein

06-06

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31

Future Shock: Draft Class '09 Top 50
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-17

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14

Prospectus Idol Entry: Jeremy Greenhouse's Initial Submission
by
Jeremy Greenhouse

03-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Glen Perkins
by
David Laurila

11-03

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18

Future Shock: Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-10

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Prospectus Q&A: Brad Ziegler
by
David Laurila

07-03

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Scherzer 101
by
Eric Seidman

02-07

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Future Shock: Mets Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-31

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Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-16

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Player Profile: Fausto Carmona
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Marc Normandin

07-05

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Schrodinger's Bat: Searching for the Gyroball
by
Dan Fox

06-27

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Player Profile: Chad Gaudin
by
Marc Normandin

06-14

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Science and Art of Building a Better Pitcher Profile
by
Dan Fox

06-05

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Future Shock: Top 50 Draft Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-27

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Schrodinger's Bat: Of Crowds and Splits
by
Dan Fox

03-16

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Future Shock: Taking a Step Back, Part Three
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-13

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees, 7/10/05
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Jonah Keri

05-24

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Prospectus Game of the Week: St. Louis Cardinals @ Kansas City Royals, 5/22/05
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Jonah Keri

08-15

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Southpaws
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Deric McKamey

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May 27, 2010 8:37 am

Prospectus Q&A: Scott Kazmir

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David Laurila

The Angels left-hander talks about his evolution as a pitcher and breaks down his repotraire in great detail.

Scott Kazmir is not unlike the little girl with the little curl. When he’s good, he’s very, very good. When he’s bad, he’s usually out of the game with a high pitch count by the end of the fifth inning. The Angels left-hander has unquestionably flashed brilliance since coming up with the Rays as a 20-year-old wunderkind in 2004, but just like the girl in the nursery rhyme, he has been maddeningly inconsistent. His first seven starts this year tell the same story, but the hard-throwing southpaw sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Only time will tell in which direction that train is headed.

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A diagnosis of what's amiss with the Phillies' closer.

Brad Lidge's tenure with the Phillies has been about as topsy-turvy as is possible in baseball, with an initial excellence that made fans feel safe as the final frame rolled around followed by a sophomore-effort putridity that's making fans who previously partook in Halo Effect activities wish former GM Pat Gillick never offered Lidge that three-year contract extension. After blowing nary a save last year, many were convinced that the Lidge of old-the dominant reliever who helped make Billy Wagner expendable to the Astros in 2003 and repeated the act with Octavio Dotel the very next season-had returned. Unfortunately, the so-called return to form was short-lived, as Lidge's 2009 campaign has been marred by injury and ineffectiveness, with a -1.93 WXRL mark that registers as the worst in baseball; as of Tuesday, Kyle Farnsworth ranked second worst with a -1.29. With a 7.03 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, and 62.9 percent strand rate as symptoms of system-wide failure, perhaps we need to step back and ask, what the heck has gone wrong here? How can someone go from being the best reliever in the game one year-Lidge's 7.61 WXRL led all relievers last season, and ranks among the 20 best relief seasons on record during the Retrosheet era-to the very worst a year later?

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June 21, 2009 11:18 am

Future Shock: NL Draft Wrap

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Kevin Goldstein

The senior circuit's sweet 16 draft crops, reviewing the top picks and the late-round surprises.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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June 6, 2009 12:23 pm

Future Shock: Draft Class '09 Top 50

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Kevin Goldstein

Taking the teams out of the equation to answer who the best talents are in this year's draft.

To be clear, this is not a prediction of how the players will be selected, nor is it any kind of mock draft. Instead, this is a pure ranking of talent based on a combination of ultimate ceiling and the probability of reaching it after numerous conversations with scouts, cross-checkers, scouting directors, and front office officials.

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Bio: I'm a sophomore at Tufts University. I write a weekly column for The Baseball Analysts and am an editor and columnist for the school daily newspaper. I'm the president of the Baseball Analysis at Tufts club and the Tufts Table Tennis club. Frankly, I don't really think I should win BP Idol. I know there are better writers out there who are submitting entries, and all I've got on them as that my love of baseball is at least equal to theirs. But I've got nothing to lose, so here goes.

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The Twins' young starting pitcher talks about aggressiveness, acquiring new offerings, and being a Minnesotan.

Glen Perkins is a Twin Cities kind of guy. A native of St. Paul who played his college ball at the University of Minnesota, the hard-throwing left-hander is now a full-fledged member of the Minnesota starting rotation. Returned to a starting role last season after making his first 23 big-league appearances out of the bullpen, Perkins established himself by going 12-4 with a 4.41 ERA for his hometown team in 151 innings over 26 appearances. Now 26 years old, Perkins was the Twins' pick in the first round of the 2004 draft.

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November 3, 2008 11:07 am

Future Shock: Diamondbacks Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Fewer prospects in Arizona's inventory is made bearable by the presence of so much young talent already on the major league roster.

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The streaking submariner talks about changing to a new delivery, ignoring his success, and what he has to do differently.

Brad Ziegler is still perfect. One of the best stories of the 2008 season, Ziegler made his 28th appearance out of the A's bullpen on Friday, and again didn't give up a run. Since making his big-league debut on May 31, the submarining right-hander has thrown 37 scoreless innings, the most ever to begin a career. Originally a 20th-round pick by the Phillies out of Southwest Missouri State in 2003, the 28-year-old Ziegler has survived a pair of skull fractures and a stint in indie ball on his way to chasing cult status in Oakland.

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July 3, 2008 12:00 am

Scherzer 101

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Eric Seidman

It turns out Brian Bannister isn't alone, as the D'backs' fireballer talks about his own numbers-crunching.

One of the biggest stories to hit the blog this offseason involved Brian Bannister's interview at MLB Trade Rumors, in which he demonstrated his statistical prowess and professed his love of numbers. The Royals righty uses statistics to help with his mound approach, and in exploiting said numbers, has been able to keep hitters off-balance with an 89 mph fastball. This admission garnered him the Baseball Tonight nickname, "the cerebral one," and it also sent statheads-myself included-into an absolute frenzy. It suddenly became cool to "live in our mother's basement," or whatever the favorite clichd put-down towards analysts is these days, because here was an actual player conducting some of the same studies.

In working with Arizona Republic writer Nick Piecoro for the last month or so, I've learned that Bannister is not the only stathead on the diamond. At least one other exists: young Diamondbacks flamethrower Max Scherzer. In conducting some personal studies for Scherzer, I got to know him quite well, and he graciously allowed me to "expose" his interest in statistics through an ongoing interview over the past week. It should come as no surprise after reading the discussion below that before even answering my questions Max had questions for me regarding the Pitch F/X data and what it can tell us, as well as how it could be manipulated to help certain aspects of his game.

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February 7, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: Mets Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

While the Santana deal gutted the Mets system, New York still has its top prospect and a number of projectable arms.

Five-Star Prospects
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Four-Star Prospects
1. Fernando Martinez, OF
Three-Star Prospects
2. Jon Niese, LHP
3. Eddie Kunz, RHP
4. Wilmer Flores, SS
5. Brant Rustich, RHP
Two-Star Prospects
6. Nathan Vineyard, LHP
7. Scott Moviel, RHP
8. Bobby Parnell, RHP
9. Dan Murphy, 3B
10. Ruben Tejada, SS/2B
11. Stephen Clyne, RHP
















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October 31, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

An improving system might help the Orioles shake off some of their second-class doldrums in the AL East.

Five-Star Prospects
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August 16, 2007 12:00 am

Player Profile: Fausto Carmona

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Marc Normandin

The Indians' sophomore surprise and stalwart starter has a striking similarity to the Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang.

After a 2006 season in which Chien-Ming Wang was declared to be a unique hurler with outcomes only reproducible by Wang himself, we seem to have possibly found another edition, a pitcher just as capable of succeeding in the face of sabermetrically-orthodox expectations. That's because the Indians have stuck Fausto Carmona into their rotation with similar results. Other than Carmona's extra few punch-outs, the two do almost the same things to succeed. Is this enough for Fausto to survive round two in the majors as a big-league starter in 2008?

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