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07-08

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Baseball Therapy: What is a Fast Runner Worth?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-16

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Overthinking It: Does Baseball Have a Pace Problem?
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Ben Lindbergh

03-07

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Pebble Hunting: Billy Hamilton, Usain Bolt, and Whether 90 Feet is Still Enough
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Sam Miller

02-20

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Top Tools: Best Speed/Makeup
by
Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

04-08

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

03-08

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22

Raising Aces: Under the Gun
by
Doug Thorburn

02-06

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Pebble Hunting: How Bad Can Clogging the Bases Be?
by
Sam Miller

08-07

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BP Unfiltered: Billy Hamilton is Not Impressed by Usain Bolt
by
Hudson Belinsky

05-11

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The Stats Go Marching In: All About Velocity
by
Max Marchi

11-22

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Spinning Yarn: How Does Quality of Contact Relate to BABIP?
by
Mike Fast

11-16

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Spinning Yarn: Who Controls How Hard the Ball is Hit?
by
Mike Fast

08-26

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Do Pitchers Really Trade Speed for Command?
by
Graham Goldbeck

08-11

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45

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Center Field
by
Jason Parks

07-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Caught Up in the Complex League
by
Jason Parks

06-02

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Speed, Makeup, and the Power of Words
by
Jason Parks

05-11

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15

Spinning Yarn: Speed Traps
by
Mike Fast

04-27

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Spinning Yarn: A Soria Subject
by
Mike Fast

03-30

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15

Spinning Yarn: Do Spring Speeds Matter?
by
Mike Fast

02-16

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38

Future Shock: Minnesota Twins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-07

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Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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Future Shock: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-22

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Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-21

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Future Shock: Milwaukee Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-14

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Future Shock: Houston Astros Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-26

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Spinning Yarn: Interpreting Pitch Classifications
by
Mike Fast

11-22

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Prospectus Today: Infield Free Agents Review
by
Joe Sheehan

09-22

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Checking the Numbers: Perceived Velocity
by
Eric Seidman

06-06

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

03-25

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Speed and Power
by
Christina Kahrl

10-26

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Prospectus Today: Speedy Endings?
by
Joe Sheehan

03-03

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Prospectus Today: Lineupology
by
Joe Sheehan

10-28

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Prospectus Q&A: Curt Young
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David Laurila

08-29

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Future Shock: Positional Rankings--Center Field
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-15

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Future Shock: Teaching Tools
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Kevin Goldstein

04-10

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Who Will Rid Me of This Pestilent McCovey?
by
Brandon Isleib

10-14

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Future Shock: Where Did the Tigers and the Athletics Come From?
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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Blocking the Uppercut
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Seth Samuels

06-17

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Another Look at OBP
by
James Click

08-27

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Value of Speed
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Nate Silver

08-25

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The Week in Quotes: August 18-24
by
Ryan Wilkins

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July 8, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: What is a Fast Runner Worth?

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Russell A. Carleton

Where should a manager bat his burners? And how much does it matter?

“He brings us that athletic dimension that we’ve been missing.”

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April 16, 2014 11:08 am

Overthinking It: Does Baseball Have a Pace Problem?

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Ben Lindbergh

Time of game and time between pitches.

On June 13, 2012, in a close but otherwise unmemorable game at Great American Ball Park between the Reds and Indians, Joey Votto and Derek Lowe reminded us what baseball is missing:

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Is it time to bring back the Herb Washington-style dedicated pinch-sprinter?

We all have radical ideas that we’d like to see implemented: the all-reliever pitching staff, the perfectly optimized lineup, the corner outfielders swapping based on batter handedness, etc. Until somebody puts them into play, they’re just ideas. What Charlie Finley did, then, was a favor to us all: He took one of those ideas and put it in play. And when it failed, we got to move on. We never had to talk about it again. For once, a crazy idea tried, tested, and settled.

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February 20, 2014 6:00 am

Top Tools: Best Speed/Makeup

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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

Part two of a several-part series on the top tools in the minors.

Scouts spend countless hours watching and evaluating players, carefully considering the appropriate grade for each tool or each pitch a player offers. Throughout the course of the season and particularly throughout the course of ranking season, grades are tossed around with near reckless abandon. This player has plus power, and that player has a below-average fastball. This player offers above-average hit projection while that player buries hitters with a potential plus-plus curveball. It's easy to talk about the quality of an individual tool, but what does it all mean in the context of other players?

In the second edition of the annual Top Tools Series, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff debated long and hard over how individual players’ tools stack up against those of their counterparts. Drawing upon our own eyewitness accounts and opinions from scouts across the league, the team debated and compiled the following ratings. The end result is a product that captures the oft-missing context of how individual player tools compare and who has the best of each tool in baseball.

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April 8, 2013 1:46 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 5-April 7

10

Zach Mortimer

Last year's top pick Carlos Correa delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday.

Games of Friday, April 5

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Which pitchers have lost velocity over the past few seasons, and why?

In last week's episode of Raising Aces, we looked at those pitchers who have increased fastball velocity over the last three seasons. The article was inspired by the general tendency for pitchers to lose velocity as they age, and with this premise in mind, I decided to flip the switch and go digging for those pitchers who have lost some speed over the past three years.

For the purposes of this analysis, I chose to utilize the same threshold as with the pitchers who were over the radar: to qualify for the study, a starting pitcher had to have thrown at least 500 fastballs (or sinkers in select cases) in both the 2012 and 2011 seasons, and the average velocity of those pitches in 2012 had to be at least 0.50 mph lower than in each of the previous two seasons. The purpose of these boundaries is to capture a sustained loss in velocity across multiple seasons.

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February 6, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: How Bad Can Clogging the Bases Be?

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Sam Miller

The 2013 Tigers will be heavy, slow, and probably bad at baserunning. How much will it hurt them?

We’re not great at holding a lot of small details in our brain for a long period of time, so we summarize and categorize, often remembering only the nut graph of a story rather than the specifics. I think we do this for baseball teams, too, and I’m sure I do it for baseball teams. I know a little bit about every Tiger, but when I think about the Tigers I mainly think along the lines of these bigger, summarizing narratives:

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One fast man calls an even faster man a fool.

Billy Hamilton is aware of Usain Bolt’s existence, and apparently he's unimpressed.

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Max examines all the factors that influence pitch velocity, lays out his simple and complex approaches to making PITCHf/x information more accurate, and determines how hard the Nationals are really throwing.

Cooling off the radar guns
No more calling Strasburg's 91 mph pitch a 'changeup'. It's disheartening to like 98% of the rest of us for whom 91 is a 'fastball'.—@BMcCarthy32

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Mike continues his investigation of HITf/x data to glean more insights into whether pitchers can prevent hits on balls in play.

In the first part of this study, I used detailed batted ball speed information from HITf/x to examine the degree of skill that batters and pitchers had in quality of contact made or allowed. Here, I will look deeper into the question of why some batted balls fall for hits and others do not.

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When a batter and pitch face off, which has a greater effect on how hard the ball is hit, and what can that tell us about pitcher BABIP?

The last decade has seen much discussion and evolution in sabermetric thought around the relative abilities of batters, pitchers, fielders, and Lady Luck to control the outcome of batted balls. Data collected by Sportvision and MLBAM sheds new light on this question, but before we tackle that data, let’s review some of the history of how we came to our current state of knowledge.

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Taking an old piece of baseball advice to task with Sportvision's new COMMANDf/x system for tracking the catcher's glove.

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.

Graham Goldbeck is a data analyst at Sportvision, the company behind PITCHf/x, HITf/x, COMMANDf/x, and FIELDf/x. In the past, Graham was a writer for the website Beyond the Boxscore and worked as a baseball operations intern for the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.

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