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05-24

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7

Fantasy Freestyle: The Myths of Minor-League Strikeouts
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Bret Sayre

05-06

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18

Minor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5
by
Zach Mortimer

04-06

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 6, 2013
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Clint Chisam and Joe Hamrahi

11-13

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37

Bizball: Ranking 10 MLB Relocation and Expansion Markets Shows Why Either is Difficult
by
Maury Brown

09-05

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43

Baseball Therapy: Is There Really Racism in the Broadcast Booth?
by
Russell A. Carleton

09-04

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38

Minor League Update: Games of September 3
by
Bradley Ankrom

05-25

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Wezen-Ball: The Yankees' Fictional Sale
by
Larry Granillo

04-27

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5

Wezen-Ball: Google Wars
by
Larry Granillo

01-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Catch-All
by
Jay Jaffe

01-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Outfielders, Part I
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Jay Jaffe

12-28

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14

Future Shock: Prospect Resolutions
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-19

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18

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: Middle Infielders
by
Jay Jaffe

12-09

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9

Transaction Analysis: Wrapping Up the Winter Meetings UPDATED TWICE
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R.J. Anderson, Kevin Goldstein and Ben Lindbergh

10-07

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18

Baseball ProGUESTus: Moneyball and Money Men
by
Kevin Baker

09-07

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9

Future Shock: Minor-League MVPs
by
Kevin Goldstein

09-06

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24

Future Shock: Top 10 Favorite Prospects of 2011
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-29

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20

Future Shock: Monday-Morning Ten-Pack for 8/29/11
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-24

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Value Picks: Outfield for 8/24/11
by
Rob McQuown

08-22

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4

BP Unfiltered: Jerome Williams Is Back
by
Mike Fast

07-26

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13

Transaction Analysis: Angel in the Infield
by
Ben Lindbergh

07-15

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13

Baseball ProGUESTus: Astros Appreciation
by
Allen Barra

06-27

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12

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-26

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27

Future Shock: Breaking Down Superman
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-26

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3

Transaction Analysis: Return of the Prodigal Sluggers
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-24

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6

Transaction Analysis: Quad-A Saves the Day?
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-18

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Fantasy Beat: The Quad-A Label
by
Jason Collette

05-16

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The Week in Quotes: May 9-15
by
Alex Carnevale

05-02

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19

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-07

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13

Future Shock: An Ideal Road Trip
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-10

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4

The BP Wayback Machine: The Doctor is...Gone
by
Rany Jazayerli

03-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Adam Greenberg
by
David Laurila

02-16

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Purpose Pitches: AL NRIs to Watch
by
Christina Kahrl

02-15

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12

Future Shock: Five Potential All-Star Batteries
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: The Right Fielders
by
Jay Jaffe

12-28

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Alomar's Second Chance
by
Jay Jaffe

12-23

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12

Prospectus Perspective: What's Left on the Shelves?
by
Christina Kahrl

12-13

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12

The Week in Quotes: December 6-12
by
Alex Carnevale

10-25

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Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

09-13

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Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-24

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Minor Issues: Broadcasting the Minors, with Josh Whetzel
by
David Laurila

07-21

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6

Future Shock: The Three R's of Systems Deep in Pitching
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-07

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19

Future Shock: Making a Match for Cliff Lee
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-07

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10

Transaction Action: Western Horizons
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Christina Kahrl

06-29

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35

Expanded Horizons: Is It Next Year Yet?
by
Tommy Bennett

06-16

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13

Checking the Numbers: Where in the World is McLouth's TAv?
by
Eric Seidman

06-11

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3

Campus Notes: Super Regionals Preview, Part 2
by
Charles Dahan

06-10

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Campus Notes: Super Regionals Preview, Part 1
by
Charles Dahan

06-02

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Campus Notes: NCAA Regionals Preview, Part 2
by
Charles Dahan

06-01

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Campus Notes: NCAA Regionals Preview, Part 1
by
Charles Dahan

05-31

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You Could Look It Up: Memorial Day Meditations
by
Steven Goldman

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Tying up the loose ends from Dallas, as the Brewers bring in Alex Gonzalez to replace Yuniesky Betancourt, the Angels sign LaTroy Hawkins, the Orioles trade for Dana Eveland, and the Rockies and Cubs swap flawed former prospects.

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Baseball might be an unfair game, but not just for the reasons the movie would have you believe.

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.

Kevin Baker is a novelist and historian who is currently at work on a social history of New York City baseball, to be published by Pantheon. 

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September 7, 2011 11:06 pm

Future Shock: Minor-League MVPs

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Kevin Goldstein

A quick look at who took home some hardware down on the farm.

The hot-button question on the intertubes of late is “What exactly makes one an MVP candidate?” Can we just use some single-number stat to decide? Does narrative play a role? In the minor leagues it's a different, and sometimes much more complicated, story. More often than not, if a player is doing exceedingly well (read: MVP-level performance) in a league, he doesn't stay in that league very long, and while prospect status does not matter for the awards, counting numbers do. The MVPs of 10 ten full-season league are a mixed bag of prospects and performers—there’s a difference—so here's a realistic look at the 10 who took home the hardware.

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September 6, 2011 5:00 am

Future Shock: Top 10 Favorite Prospects of 2011

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin remarks on his top 10 favorite prospects to follow this season.

With the minor league regular season coming to an end over the holiday weekend (the Pioneer League goes a couple of extra days for some reason), it's time to celebrate the year with my 10 favorite prospects of the year. These guys aren’t the best, simply who I would always focus on in the box score, who we learned something about, or who we simply had fun with.

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August 29, 2011 3:54 pm

Future Shock: Monday-Morning Ten-Pack for 8/29/11

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Kevin Goldstein

Everyone is preparing for the celebration of Strasmus, while a first-round pick from 2010 shows he's more than just a California League mirage.

Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville)
With his late-season run, Bogaerts has gone from good story to one of the biggest in the Sally League. He generated plenty of buzz in the Dominican Summer League last year, and was expected to follow a more standard developmental path this year with a Gulf Coast Least assignment. Instead, he was placed in the South Atlantic League on June 9, and with home runs on Friday and Saturday, he's now hitting .253/.321/.515 with 15 bombs in 66 games. Bogaerts, who is only 18 years old, might not be hitting for much average, and there is no way he's a shortstop down the road, but he's also hit more home runs in fewer at-bats then Bryce Harper did at the same level at the same age, and that alone deserves note.


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August 24, 2011 10:55 am

Value Picks: Outfield for 8/24/11

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Rob McQuown

The speedy Ben Revere and much-hyped Brandon Belt return to VP this week.

Last week's choice of players spurred some interesting discussion in the comments about Casper Wells, with a smart reader looking even smarter now, as Wells has posted a nice .308/.400/.538 batting line this week. However, the Mariners seem to agree with this author's opinion that he's nothing more than a fourth outfielder, limiting him to just 15 plate appearances. He's someone to keep an eye on, to be sure. Meanwhile, owners who were able to find space for AL-only multi-position pick Trevor Plouffe were rewarded with a fine .308/.357/.500 batting line and 28 plate appearances. Meanwhile, former NL-only VP Trent Oeltjen had a nice eight (8) plate appearances, hitting .429/.500/.857 and stealing a base, raising his season line to .250/.387/.438. Of course, as Derek Carty points out, he's started only one game in the past (nearly) two months, so he's purely deep-league filler. Onward to more significant players...
 


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An analysis of Williams' start with the Angels and a brief comparison to 2007.

Prior to last week, Jerome Williams last played in the major leagues in 2007. He suffered a rotator cuff injury that April and finished with a 7.20 ERA in six starts before being demoted by the Washington Nationals. Since then, he has pitched for minor league affiliates of the Nationals, Twins, Dodgers, and Athletics. He spent the 2010 season with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan, and he started the 2011 season with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League. On June 16, the Angels signed him to a minor league contract and assigned him to the Salt Lake Bees. Last week, the Angels recalled him to the major leagues.

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July 26, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Angel in the Infield

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Ben Lindbergh

The Rays finally send for Desmond Jennings and demote Reid Brignac, the Pirates get some assistance from within, the Diamondbacks part with Wily Mo Pena and acquire a blast from the past, and the latest knuckleball developments out of Boston.

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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the oldest team without a title.

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.

Allen Barra writes about sports for the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast, and The Atlantic.com. He is the author of Yogi Berra, Eternal Yankee (2009) and Rickwood Field: A Century in America's Oldest Ballpark (2010). His next book is Mickey and Willie: The Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age, due out in 2011 from Crown.

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A sleeper rises to the top, while a career disappointment finally struts his stuff.

James Baldwin, OF, Dodgers (Rookie-level Ogden)
A fourth-round pick last June out of a North Carolina high school, Baldwin certainly has the big-league bloodlines—his father of the same name pitched in the majors for more than a decade—and certainly had the tools—a burner with center-field tools and a long frame that could turn into power as he fills out—to succeed. Ogden is a wonderful place to hit, but with three home runs over the weekend, he's already filling out, and with five stolen bases in seven games, he's the most dynamic power/speed combination in the Pioneer League. Tools turning into skills rarely happens this quickly, and we can’t get too excited with the park and small sample size, but at .433/.469/.867, it's one heck of a start.


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May 26, 2011 10:00 am

Future Shock: Breaking Down Superman

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Kevin Goldstein

Bryce Harper is one of the most-hyped prospects ever, but he's still managing to exceed expectations with most of his tools.

The most impressive part about Bryce Harper's career so far has arguably been his ability to consistently exceed expectations while being among the most-hyped prospects in baseball history.

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May 26, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Return of the Prodigal Sluggers

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Ben Lindbergh

Josh Hamilton and Chase Utley are restored to active duty, Dan Johnson and Russell Branyan reach their expiration dates, and J.P. Howell and Lenny DiNardo both re-emerge after long absences, though almost certainly with different results.

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