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07-11

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BP Unfiltered: Scouting Chris Gimenez as a Pitcher
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Dan Rozenson

06-30

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 30, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

06-27

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BP Top 50
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Jason Parks, Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and CJ Wittmann

06-27

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Transaction Analysis: Chris Crossed
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R.J. Anderson

06-18

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What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals
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Daniel Rathman, Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch

06-16

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Painting the Black: Lessons of a Bad Basestealer
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R.J. Anderson

06-10

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Going Yard: Joey Gallo
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Ryan Parker

05-23

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Overthinking It: How to Prevent Future Prince Fielders
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Ben Lindbergh

05-09

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The Call-Up: Rougned Odor
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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

04-28

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Pebble Hunting: Martin Perez Turns Two, 12 Times
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Sam Miller

04-22

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The Call-Up: Luis Sardinas
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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

04-14

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Notes from the Field: Carolina League Notes: Wilmington vs. Myrtle Beach
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CJ Wittmann

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2014 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski

03-27

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at Globe Life Park - April 12, 2014 (Last Day to Purchase Tickets is March 30)
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Joe Hamrahi

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

03-21

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Painting the Black: The Predictive Power of the Hit By Pitch
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R.J. Anderson

03-14

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Going Yard: The Many Swings of Chris Davis
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Ryan Parker

03-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 403: 2014 Season Preview Series: Texas Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-05

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Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan
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R.J. Anderson

02-12

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Transaction Analysis: Don't Ya Need Him Brantley
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-18

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BP Announcements: Texas Rangers Seek Programmer Analyst, Baseball Operations
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Joe Hamrahi

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings
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Daniel Rathman

01-02

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Transaction Analysis: Crain So Good Coulda Swore You Went to College
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: Gentry Landed
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Ben Lindbergh and Nick J. Faleris

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Nolasco Heads North
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R.J. Anderson and Rob McQuown

11-25

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Transaction Analysis: Angels and Cards Swap Spare Parts, Mets Add in Outfield
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

11-21

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Transaction Analysis: Four Teams Bet on Bouncebacks
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Ben Lindbergh and Craig Goldstein

11-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 334: The Fielder-Kinsler Trade/Australia's Asia Series Cinderella Story
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Fantasy Fallout of the Fielder-Kinsler Swap
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Bret Sayre

11-21

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Transaction Analysis: Fielder, Kinsler, and the Trade That Put Everything in its Place
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Sam Miller

11-13

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Fantasy Team Preview: Texas Rangers
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Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer

11-12

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Transaction Analysis: Perez Built On
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R.J. Anderson

11-12

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One Move: American League West
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Ben Carsley

11-11

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

10-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 297: NL Wild Card Game Preview/Adam J. Morris on the Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-30

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Playoff Prospectus: AL Game 163 Preview
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

09-27

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What You Need to Know: A Bronx Goodbye
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Daniel Rathman

09-25

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What You Need to Know: Cleveland Socks
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Daniel Rathman

09-24

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What You Need to Know: Monday in Playoff Implications
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Daniel Rathman

09-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 290: The Rays' Under-the-Radar Move/Hot AL Wild Card Talk
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-16

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What You Need to Know: The A's Sweep Away Texas
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Daniel Rathman

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Jose Fernandez's Closing Argument
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Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

08-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 271: Disciplining Puig/Trade Deadline Do-Overs/Mistaken Sabermetric Assumptions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Royals Add a Pretty Face
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R.J. Anderson

08-09

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Transaction Analysis: Rios in Texas
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Cole

08-07

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Transaction Analysis: Drop, Drop, Drop it Like it's Hawpe
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R.J. Anderson

08-01

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What You Need to Know: The Will to Walk-Off Win
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Daniel Rathman

07-30

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What You Need to Know: Striking from Second Place
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Daniel Rathman

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Garza's Trip
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Jason Parks, Jason Cole and Sam Miller

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The sixth and final part in a division-by-division dialogue leading up to Opening Day.

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BP Visits Arlington to kick off the 2014 ballpark tour

Baseball Prospectus and the Texas Rangers invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Saturday, April 12 at Globe Life Park.Thanks to the fine folks in the Rangers front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

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March 26, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/26

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Eyes on Julio Urias, Nick Williams, Christian Arroyo and others.

RHP Cody Buckel: Half-windup; over-the-top slot; showed a lot of effort generating his velocity; fastball worked 89-91; lacked movement; very flat and visible up in the zone; plane when he worked down; found plenty of barrels; dropped several slow lollipop curveballs to steal a few strikes; loose and easy to track; not a legit pitch against better bats; fringy slider in the 82-84 range; lacked sharp break; body language was poor (slumped shoulders and sulked); didn’t record an out in his first inning of work; required several mound visits and encouragements; airmailed a few balls to the backstop; didn’t get a “yips” vibe despite some wildness; pitched with trepidation; find optimism in the fact that he was able to throw some strikes but the stuff and the body language on the mound left a lot to be desired. Didn’t look like a future major-league pitcher. –Jason Parks

OF Nomar Mazara: Lanky; a solid 6’4” at least; very lean and muscular; seemed very comfortable in the box; knew his strengths; laid off some spin down in the zone; got himself into good hitting counts; has big-time bat speed; hitchy timing mechanism; the way his hands load is reminiscent of Chris Davis; timing needs to be perfect, but when it works it’s explosive; pulled a middle-in fastball for a 420-plus-foot bomb; raw power is near elite; game power is starting to actualize; loved the way he hit—he looked for a pitch in a certain spot and demolished it when it came; in his third and last at-bat, he hit one over Terrance Gore’s head in CF for an inside-the-park homer, another fastball over the heart of the plate that he didn’t miss; showed off solid-average speed around the bases as well.

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March 25, 2014 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/25

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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Eyes on Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Ronald Guzman, and others.

OF Albert Almora: Mixed production at the plate; squared a 95 fastball up in the zone for an opposite-field RBI single late in the game; fast hands and aggressive; loved the way he attacked the ball; earlier in the game, was sawed off by a fastball inside and hit an infield squib; clocked a 4.4 time to 1B. I like the setup and swing, with an open stance and very good balance through his load and stroke. Swing is more linear without a lot of lift at present, but he can make hard contact with the ball, especially against quality fastballs; in the field, looks the part of a plus center fielder; glides naturally to the ball; effortless ability to make quality reads.

Example: On a high sky, sun field, tracked a high fly ball that was tailing toward the right field side. It would be common to see young center fielders make a poor opening read and struggle to adjust to the ball because of the sky and tail on the ball. My eyes focused on Almora upon contact, and he glided to the spot on his initial read and made a catch at his left hip, which looked as effortless (and cool) as his route to the ball. For most outfielders, the appropriate response to the flair of this particular catch on a backfield would be, “Nice catch Hayes, don’t ever do it again.” But for Almora, its just natural baseball. –Jason Parks

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Getting hit by a pitch is a skill, but how repeatable is it, and what should we look for?

The hit by pitch—or at minimum the threat of one—is supposed to be a tool for pitchers to use against hitters. Not just in the Bob Gibson sense, but in a nuanced understanding that goes something like this: humans can only be so accurate when throwing a projectile over long distances. Accidents happen, regardless of intent, and both sides know it—but only one side faces the projectile on each pitch. As Roger Angell writes in Five Seasons, "Most pitchers seem hesitant to say so, but if you press them a little they will admit that the prime ingredient in their intense personal struggle with the batter is probably fear."

If fear buys the pitcher another inch on his fastball, or causes the batter to bail on his breaking ball, then he becomes more likely to realize success than he would otherwise. Instilling fear is an unhealthy aspiration, but nonetheless passes as legitimate strategy. Most hitters react like normal beings; after all, getting drilled by a firmly thrown ball hurts no matter the location. Yet there are some batters who have turned the hit by pitch into their own weapon against pitchers. These batters fear not getting hit; instead, they embrace it—some even hunt for pitches to throw their limbs toward. These batters are the stupidest smart guys in the game.

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March 14, 2014 6:00 am

Going Yard: The Many Swings of Chris Davis

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Ryan Parker

Chris Davis' amazing journey is the story of a swing, broken and put back together.

Chris Davis came into the major leagues in 2008 as a highly touted slugger from East Texas who was expected to hit monster home runs in bunches. He hit 17 home runs in a little less than half a season, but the next three seasons were the most frustrating three years of his baseball career. That began a stretch during which his swing was under heavy scrutiny and suffered numerous ill-advised changes. Davis was chosen for this article because the swing changes he made or was encouraged to make are some of the “go-to” changes hitting coaches will push upon their players.

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Ben and Sam preview the Rangers' season with Lana Berry, and Nick talks to Fort Worth Star-Telegram Rangers beat writer Jeff Wilson (at 26:14).

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March 5, 2014 6:05 am

Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan

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R.J. Anderson

Three teams sign utility infielders, the Rangers pick up Joe Saunders, Johan Santana finds a lifeline and other moves.

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February 12, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Don't Ya Need Him Brantley

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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

The Indians extend Michael Brantley, and the Rangers sign Tommy Hanson.

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Rangers looking to fill Programmer Analyst position in Arlington

Our friends with the Texas Rangers are looking looking to hire a Programmer Analyst, Baseball Operations to help expand their baseball software systems in Arlington. If you're interested and meet the job qualifications below, please apply online here: Texas Rangers Programmer Analyst, Baseball Operations

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January 13, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings

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Daniel Rathman

The Indians seek to extend Justin Masterson, and the Rangers try to replace Derek Holland.

Indians expect to discuss long-term pact with Justin Masterson
With more than five years of service time under his belt, Justin Masterson has one more year of arbitration eligibility left before his first chance to hit the open market. The 28-year-old right-hander took home about $5.7 million in 2013, when he forwent his hearing by agreeing to that salary on January 18, and the Tribe is once again hoping to come to terms with his agent, Randy Rowley.


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The Astros make a savvy signing in Jesse Crain, the Pirates sort of fill a platoon, and the Rangers get something where once they might have gotten nothing.



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