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04-03

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Notes from the Field: Texas' Extraordinary Organizational Depth
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Craig Goldstein

04-02

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Spring Training Notebook
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Jeff Moore

04-02

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Notes from the Field: Last Looks From Arizona
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Mauricio Rubio

04-01

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Notes from the Field: Seven Days and 32 Prospects in the Desert
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Al Skorupa

03-31

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Dynasty Dynamics: TINO Does Arizona, 2015
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

03-27

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Prospectus Feature: How the Astros do Spring Training
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Howard Megdal

03-25

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The Lineup Card: Eight Spring Training Lines of Interest
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Baseball Prospectus

03-25

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Five to Watch: National League Position Battles
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Wilson Karaman

03-24

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Five to Watch: American League Position Battles
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Nick Shlain

03-19

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The Lineup Card: Seven Tips for Spring Training
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Baseball Prospectus

03-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: Spring Training Battles to Watch
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J.P. Breen

03-17

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Baseball Therapy: Can a Manager 'Win' Spring Training?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-26

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The Lineup Card: Nine Spring Training Job Battles to Watch
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Baseball Prospectus

04-07

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: Prospects We're Most Excited to See This Year
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

04-04

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BP Top 101 Prospects
by
Ron Shah

04-03

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An Agent's Take: Spring Training from the Agent's Perspective
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Joshua Kusnick

03-31

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 28-29
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Jeff Moore

03-28

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 27
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Jeff Moore

03-28

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Changing Speeds: The Velocity Gainers and Losers of Spring 2014
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Harry Pavlidis

03-27

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 26
by
Jeff Moore

03-26

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/26
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-25

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/25
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-25

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 24
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Jeff Moore

03-24

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 21-23
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Jeff Moore

03-21

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/21
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-21

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 20
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Jeff Moore

03-20

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 19
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Jeff Moore

03-20

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Notes from the Field: Spring Scouting Notes, 3/20
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-19

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The Lineup Card: 11 Spring Training Performances We Sort of Believe In
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Baseball Prospectus

03-19

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/19
by
Jason Parks and Mark Anderson

03-19

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 18
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Jeff Moore

03-18

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 17
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Jeff Moore

03-17

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of April 14-16
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Jeff Moore

03-17

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/17
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-14

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 13
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Jeff Moore

03-13

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 12
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Jeff Moore

03-12

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 11
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Jeff Moore

03-11

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 10
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Jeff Moore

03-10

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 7-9
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Jeff Moore

03-07

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 6
by
Jeff Moore

03-07

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Painting the Black: Spring Flings
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R.J. Anderson

03-06

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 5
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Jeff Moore

03-05

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 4
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Jeff Moore

03-04

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 3
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03-04

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 3
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Jeff Moore

03-03

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of February 28-March 2
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Jeff Moore

02-28

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of February 27
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Jeff Moore

02-27

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of February 26
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Jeff Moore

02-12

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The Lineup Card: Ten Prospects Who Could Make Cases for Call-Ups This Spring
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Baseball Prospectus

02-05

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The Lineup Card: Eight of the Least Interesting Spring Training Storylines
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Baseball Prospectus

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Craig offers his takeaways from the backfields.

March 2015 marked the fifth consecutive time that I’ve traveled to Arizona for spring training, the second time as a member of Baseball Prospectus, and the first as a member of the prospect team. My perspective and reasons for going have evolved over the years as my knowledge and interest in baseball have continued to grow. Originally attending purely as a fan, the past three years have been more about getting out to the backfields to see guys I wouldn’t be able to see in my area the rest of the year.

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Eyes on the Phillies, Blue Jays, Yankees and Pirates.

Driving around the state of Florida sucks. It’s no wonder so many teams made the migration to the Cactus League over the past decade. The travel is considerably easier in Arizona, where no two complexes are more than an hour away from one another.

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Trevor Story, wasted 100 mph, the fastest man in professional baseball, and more leftovers from Mau's trip to the backfields.

Mauricio Rubio has just returned from the backfields of Arizona. Here's what he saw:

Trevor Story
He has the ideal baseball body; high-waisted player with an athletic torso. The bat speed and lift are there for plus raw power. The limiting factor on him actualizing his potential remains his swing. Story has coverage issues and the swing can get long at times due to a hitch in his mechanics, creating a ton of swing-and-miss. The glove is below average but I think it’s playable at short and he has the arm to make all of the shortstop throws. Story did a good job rebounding from a horrific 2013 season but there are still questions he has to answer in 2015. The hit tool looks to max out at below average, which will limit the power utility. I still think there’s a player here because the power is tantalizing enough to keep dreaming on and he does show an aptitude for the strike zone. At maturity we could be looking at a 40 hit/55 power shortstop with a 60 arm. Those guys play in the majors.


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Al Skorupa wraps up his trip to the Arizona backfields.

Al Skorupa just returned from the Cactus League. Here's who he saw on the backfields.

Christian Arroyo, SS, San Francisco Giants
Arroyo lacks imposing tools and physicality, but is a solid all-around player. Arm is sufficient for shortstop, but actions and footwork are lacking. He puts the ball in play with a simple, contact-oriented swing. He has a good feel for hitting, but the power is more to the gaps than over the fences. There’s a lot of tweener to this profile, but Arroyo does enough well to be a role-5 type who could be a solution for a team in need at any of a few positions. His feel for the game and hustle lets the entire package of tools play up some.


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March 31, 2015 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: TINO Does Arizona, 2015

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Player observations from the duo's trip to the desert.

Craig and I went to Arizona again this year. We drank beer and stared into Jeff Quinton’s eyes and watched baseball. Here’s how we feel about some players we saw, because #scouting:

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How a process team handles six weeks that many analysts consider worthless.

Roaming cyborgs menace outfielders shagging fly balls. Infielders need to stop after every groundball and log it at a nearby computer. When player performance drops below a certain proprietary algorithm, a trap door opens below that player on the Osceola County Stadium field, and that one-time Astro is never heard from again.

I can confirm that this is not how spring training works for the Houston Astros.

Still, spring training is a notorious breeding ground for poor decisions made on incomplete, inaccurate or just plain useless data—the sort of bad-sample trap that should drive a Process team nuts. This isn't some progressive Astros conclusion, but a generally understood reality within the sport. I heard Mets manager Terry Collins make an umprompted argument against spring performance as a decision-driver last week, and few people have pegged Collins as some kind of hyper-sabermetric strategist. And yet: no one has moved to abolish spring training. So what does a team like the Astros, whose front office is quite aware of the limitations of spring numbers, use that time for?

For a bit of evaluation—the Astros do utilize spring performance as data, though carefully, and tacked on to what the team already knows about a player. As a significant teaching period that allows the Astros to codify coaching approach throughout the organization. And as a large dose of emotional and psychological interaction that the Astros believe will have a dramatic if still unquantifiable impact on the season.

“When we show up here, it's the one time when we have 200 players in the same place, we have 60 coaches in the same place,” Astros assistant general manager David Stearns told me as we sat in his office, a few minutes before the March 20th game between the Astros and Nationals. “It's a tremendously important time for player development. So put the evaluation aspect to the side for a moment, you think about the coach-to-player ratio during spring training, and it's about as good as it can possibly get at any time of the year. And so the amount of individual attention and specified instruction that can go on between our players and our coaches is better this time of year than anything else. For me, as I look at this for the organization as a whole, that's what gets me really excited about spring training.”

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The staff is intrigued by these players' Cactus and Grapefruit League performances to date.

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March 25, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Position Battles

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Wilson Karaman

The latest on a handful of competitions ongoing in senior circuit camps.

Yesterday, Nick Shlain wrote about some fantasy-relevant position battles in the American League, and today we’ll turn our attention to the senior circuit. Here are a few I’ve had my eye on.

Chicago Cubs 2B: Et Tu, Javier?

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March 24, 2015 6:00 am

Five to Watch: American League Position Battles

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Nick Shlain

Examining a handful of competitions that are unfolding in spring training.

Tampa Bay Rays SP: Nate Karns in the rotation to start the season?

Injuries to Alex Cobb (forearm), Drew Smyly (shoulder), and Alex Colome (pneumonia) have the Rays rotation in flux. Nate Karns, a 27-year-old right-hander acquired from the Nationals prior to last season, went from battling for the fifth spot in the rotation to being locked in after these injuries. Spring training statistics can be deceiving, but Karns has had a good spring (9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K in 13 1/3 innings) after he posted a 5.08 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 27 starts with Triple-A last season.

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Advice ranging from ballparks worth visiting to beer selections while there.

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March 18, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Spring Training Battles to Watch

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J.P. Breen

A few job competitions to keep an eye on in Cactus and Grapefruit League play.

Though many fantasy baseball leagues have already completed their drafts, many leagues are still holding out to ensure injuries have time to occur and spring training battles have largely been sorted out. After all, it becomes tricky in late-round situations, if you’re trying to guess whether Pitcher X or Pitcher Y will secure the fifth-starter spot—as the other guy gets sent to Triple-A and is a fantasy non-factor.

Which spring training roster battles should you be tracking over the next couple weeks? Here are a trio of competitions that could affect late-round draft strategy:

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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Can a Manager 'Win' Spring Training?

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Russell A. Carleton

Trying to find a reason to believe some managers get their players ready better.

It’s officially the dog days of spring training. The pitcher and catchers finally reported. They started playing games. The Will Ferrell thing happened. Everyone is wearing green today, even though that doesn’t make any sense for some teams whose name starts with “Red”. But a funny thing will happen in these next few weeks. Gone are the days when guys play every other day for four innings. Oh, they’re not up to every-single-day mode yet, but this is the part of spring training where you have to get up to full speed. Opening Day will be here before you know it!

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