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04-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Spring Training Risers
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J.J. Jansons

03-23

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Playing Time Battles: National League East
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-23

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Playing Time Battles: National League Central
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George Bissell

03-22

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Playing Time Battles: American League West
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Wilson Karaman

03-22

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Playing Time Battles: National League West
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Matt Collins

03-21

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Playing Time Battles: American League East
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J.P. Breen

03-21

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Playing Time Battles: American League Central
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J.J. Jansons

03-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: Spring Training Velocity Watch
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Matt Collins

03-14

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Life at the Margins: Not Fade Away
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Rian Watt

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
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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
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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
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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
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Jeff Moore

03-07

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Painting the Black: Spring Flings
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R.J. Anderson

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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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The staff will be keeping an eye on these competitions over the next month.

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Raimel Tapia, Carlos Correa, Julio Urias, Clint Frazier, and other prospects we can't wait to scout this summer.

Raimel Tapia, OF, Rockies (Low-A Asheville)
Internet evaluators have a tendency to overcomplicate the scouting process, focusing too much of their attention on what players will do in the future rather than simplifying the explanations of what they actually can do in the present. We can dream on athletic bodies and cite physical projection to justify our fantasies about future accomplishment, and I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to attaching my name to body-beautiful types regardless of current skill level. But a good rule of thumb—in the particular context of evaluating position players—is that good hitters hit and bad hitters only project to hit.

Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia can hit. He accomplishes this with a combination of balance and bat speed at the plate, allowing him to consistently drive the baseball, but there is an innate component at play here that goes deeper than any breakdown of his setup or swing. He excels at putting the barrel of his bat on the baseball, recognizing the ball early out of the pitcher’s hand and using his excellent hand-eye coordination to finish the connection. This natural ability to hit has been evident at every stop in his professional career, and is likely to continue as he climbs toward the highest level. We can wax poetic—and I have—about his other physical gifts, like plus run, a plus arm, and the potential to stick up the middle with the glove, but the name of the game is bat-to-ball, and Tapia can hit. Sometimes it’s as simple as that. –Jason Parks


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April 4, 2014 6:30 am

BP Top 101 Prospects

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Ron Shah

Springer, Buxton, Appel and others: The Opening Day assignments that require some explanation.

Wilmer Flores, 2B/3B, New York Mets
The Mets would tell you Flores is beginning the year somewhere other than where they expected, and that is because Flores’ opening day assignment was changed at the last minute. The Mets original developmental plan for Flores, 71st on the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 list, was to have him work at shortstop in the minor leagues. That plan quickly changed once the team needed an infielder on the major-league roster after placing second baseman Daniel Murphy on the paternity list. Instead of beginning the season in Triple-A with the Las Vegas 51s, Flores found himself getting the start at second base for the Mets on Wednesday. It is unclear whether the Mets, who have been rumored to be in search for a shortstop, will keep Flores with the major-league team or send him back to Triple-A to begin working on the conversion to shortstop.


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