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05-06

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Dissecting the Draft: Identifying Our Tiers
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Nick J. Faleris

04-30

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Dissecting the Draft: Introduction
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Nick J. Faleris

11-27

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BP Unfiltered: Former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller Passes Away and Why He Should Be in the HOF
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Maury Brown

10-23

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Bizball: 2012 MLB Postseason Shows Money Matters
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Maury Brown

06-14

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8

On the Beat: Trusting The Process
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John Perrotto

05-29

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Bizball: Inside the 2012-16 CBA: The Luxury Tax Meets the Draft
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Maury Brown

03-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Spring Training Diary, Day 5
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Jason Parks

02-28

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Bizball: With Ryan Braun, Details of MLB’s Drug Testing Process Get More Questions than Answers
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Maury Brown

02-20

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Collateral Damage: The DL Kings: Nick Johnson
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

02-20

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Bizball: Inside the 2012 Salary Arbitration Class
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Maury Brown

01-31

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Overthinking It: Managing Expectations: Baseball's Next Big Inefficiency
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Ben Lindbergh

01-31

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Los Angeles Angels
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Jason Parks

01-30

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Bizball: The Sale of the Dodgers and the Possible Relocation of the St. Louis Rams
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Maury Brown

01-27

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Collateral Damage: Rounding Up the Usual Suspects: Abdominal/Oblique Strains
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Corey Dawkins

01-26

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Inside The Park: Why We Want Players to Remember the Past
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Bradford Doolittle

01-26

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Seattle Mariners
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Jason Parks

01-25

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Pebble Hunting: Scott Boras' First Time
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Sam Miller

01-23

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Wezen-Ball: An End in Sight for the Ryan Braun Saga
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Larry Granillo

01-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Roger Abrams
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David Laurila

01-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Arbitration Process
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Thomas Gorman

01-12

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13

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One-on-One with Professor Parks, Part II
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Jason Parks

01-10

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One-on-One with Professor Parks, Part I
by
Jason Parks

12-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Leverage
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Joe Sheehan

12-20

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15

Overthinking It: Keeping Up with the Friedmans
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Ben Lindbergh

12-20

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Collateral Damage: Rounding Up the Usual Suspects: Fractures
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

12-13

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Collateral Damage: Rounding Up the Usual Suspects: Cartilage Injuries
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

12-12

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Braun Banned for PEDs [Version 9]
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Jay Jaffe

12-12

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30

A Visit with Verducci
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Jason Parks

12-05

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Collateral Damage: Rounding Up the Usual Suspects: Impingement
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

12-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Resetting the Standard
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Jay Jaffe

12-02

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Collateral Damage: Offseason Surgery Updates
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

12-01

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Seeing is Believing
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Jason Parks

11-10

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The Lineup Card: Buy Me Some Wontons and Crackerjack: 11 Foods That Should Be Available As Ballpark Concessions But Aren't
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Baseball Prospectus

11-02

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Transaction Analysis: Quade-ing Through the Wreckage
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R.J. Anderson

11-02

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Wezen-Ball: Player Rankings for Type A/B Calculations, 1982-1984
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Larry Granillo

10-27

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Transaction Analysis: One Curse Down, One to Go
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Ben Lindbergh

10-04

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Instructional League Report: The Best 16-year-old Hitter I've Ever Seen
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Jason Parks

09-22

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2011 Minor League Awards: Pitchers
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Jason Parks

09-06

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Beating the Weak and Powerless
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Geoff Young

08-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: Blowing It
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Nate Silver

08-23

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26

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Best of the Best
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Jason Parks

08-16

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The BP Wayback Machine: Going Over Slot
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Kevin Goldstein

08-16

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Transaction Analysis: Catching Up with NL Contenders
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Ben Lindbergh

08-16

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27

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Right Field
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Jason Parks

08-12

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Collateral Damage: Cracking the Morse Code
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

08-11

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

08-04

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Left Field
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Jason Parks

07-19

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

07-18

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Collateral Damage: The Hidden Pain
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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

07-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Third Basemen
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Jason Parks

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May 6, 2013 5:00 am

Dissecting the Draft: Identifying Our Tiers

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Nick J. Faleris

In the latest installment of this series, Nick breaks down the 14 candidates for his seventh-overall selection into three groups to help clarify the decision-making process.

Introduction

We left off in our last installment by identifying 14 targets to consider for selection with our first pick (seventh overall) in our shadow draft:

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April 30, 2013 5:00 am

Dissecting the Draft: Introduction

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Nick J. Faleris

The first installment of a new series, in which a member of our prospect team will step into the Red Sox' shoes and conduct a shadow draft.

Creating a Mechanism for Evaluation of Draft Strategy

Part of what drew me to Baseball Prospectus, other than my respect for Jason Parks and his vision of a scouting-department-style “Prospect Team,” was the allure of stepping into a ready-made readership eager and able to help me explore baseball on both a macro and micro level. As far as the draft is concerned, that means not only breaking down draft prospects from a scouting perspective on a player-by-player basis, but also working to understand what goes into formulating an overarching approach to player acquisition through the draft. This includes general strategies relating to draft acquisitions, as well as draft-class-specific game planning.

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Former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller passed away today at the age of 95. A larger man in the history of baseball we may not have seen, and yet, he's yet to grace the Hall of Fame.

It’s hard to know where to begin with the news today that former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller passed away at the age of 95. In the history of sports, there may have never been a more galvanizing and important figure. As with most people of greatness, the actions of Miller were not seen by all as being good for sports. Still, love him or hate him, his impact on not only Major League Baseball, but all professional sports leagues, cannot be overstated. Collective bargaining, arbitration, free agency, and the fight for players’ rights all began with Miller. In that, you might disagree with Miller, but you had to respect him.

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October 23, 2012 5:00 am

Bizball: 2012 MLB Postseason Shows Money Matters

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Maury Brown

How important is money when it comes to making a deep run into the playoffs?

I don’t care how many times you’ve heard it, but money matters in sports. Somewhere along the line, maybe starting with a book by some guy named Lewis about the A’s, someone confused “money doesn’t win championships” for somehow meaning that money doesn’t matter if you want to be competitive. That’s never been true.

We can haggle over this a bit. There’s empirical evidence—a good bit of which comes from this current season—that a team can get into the playoffs without having a massive player payroll. After all, there was “Moneyball” then, and someone will say we saw a new form of “Moneyball” in Oakland this season. But as Nate Silver and Dayn Perry said so eloquently in Baseball Between the Numbers, Billy Beane’s shit hasn’t worked in the postseason. In truth, having money helps if you wish to go deep into the playoffs.

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June 14, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Trusting The Process

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John Perrotto

The Kansas City Royals are suffering through yet another losing season, but the team still trusts in The Process, and an interview with Andrew McCutchen.

When Dayton Moore was hired as general manager by the Royals in June 2006, he talked about how it would be a process to turn around a franchise that hadn't been to the postseason since 1985. Moore used the word so much over time that the business of restoring the Royals to respectability became known as “The Process” by their fans.

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Our first look inside the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series on the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement

On November 22 of last year, Major League Baseball and the MLBPA did something that the NFL and the NBA could not: reached a new labor agreement without a work stoppage. For those that follow baseball’s labor history, it has become a miraculous run. By the time the current five-year Basic Agreement (read here) expires on December 1, 2016, it will have been 21 years of uninterrupted labor peace.

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With some thoughts on the best pen and paper for the job, Jason shares some scouting notes on Yu Darvish.

Day 5: 4:30 PM
Back from the fields and swollen with stories, Patricia. Thanks for the note you left. I didn’t read it until I was nearing the stadium here in Surprise. Very thoughtful of you to wish me well. Remind me to volley the kindness back to you at a time more convenient for such an act. I’m growing closer to you by the minute. My eyes might only own a few tears, saved up over the years just in case I might need to deploy them in a tear-appropriate situation, but I think I caught a hint of one’s presence after I learned that you had feelings for me. It retreated out of fear and because this desert climate chews moisture like George Lucas chews chocolate. Tears can be such cowards. I’m just assuming you have feelings for me. I’ve only been in Arizona for five days and I’m already lonely. I’m not sure when you will read this, but it’s Friday, March 2nd when I’m writing it. I know you are busy. Read it when you can.

On the way back to the house I was overcome with anticipation as I pored over my scouting notes from the previous week, knowing that the upcoming dictation of these thoughts would reanimate them in my mind. The process I constructed is as follows: Observe the talent on the field, and take notes on the talent using a standard issue soft-cover Finest Selection Gold Fibre notebook from Ampad, with its 80 medium-ruled sheets that are micro-perforated for neat sheet removal and a convenient 5’’ x 8’’ size, which fits neatly into my leather Wenger portfolio, which also houses several varieties of custom made hit and pitch charts, several Pentel EnerGel pens (black), a respectable stack of glossy Baseball Prospectus business cards that bear my name and my contact information, an extra AX725 AccuSplit stopwatch (yellow), and a backup legal pad, which comes as standard issue when you purchase the Wenger portfolio.


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A look inside Ryan Braun's PED case

Let’s just cut to the chase and say, “We don’t know.” Of course, we’re talking about Ryan Braun’s PED case, which saw his 50-game suspension overturned this past week. There are just too many questions still unanswered, many of which may never be fully known.  What we do know is there are two issues in the Braun case that are in direct conflict with each other: Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, and the manner in which Braun’s test specimen was handled was deemed to break the chain of custody protocol within baseball’s drug agreement. You can argue that Braun’s comments come into play as well, but at the heart of it, the matter is about a positive PED test and the manner in which the specimen that showed that Braun’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was over the threshold for a positive test was handled improperly. That’s it.

The following breaks down aspects of the most recently available Joint Drug Agreement (JDA) as it relates directly to the Braun case (a new JDA that is part of the recently reached CBA has not yet been released to the public).

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February 20, 2012 5:34 am

Collateral Damage: The DL Kings: Nick Johnson

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Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

As the sad tale of Nick Johnson shows, a high on-base percentage doesn't help unless you can stay in the lineup

One of the most difficult aspects of injury projection is deciding how to deal with acute injuries. Athletes often acquire a “bad luck” label that follows them over the course of a season or a career, even if their injuries haven’t followed a predictable pattern. It isn’t much of a surprise that out of all the hitters in the last decade, one such injury-prone player, Nick Johnson, has missed the most days on the disabled list and the third-most of any player.

The New York Yankees drafted Johnson in the third round of the 1996 draft. Like all of the other players on the DL Kings list, when Johnson has been healthy, he’s been a productive player. In his first season in the Sally League, he displayed power, speed, and a good eye, only to improve over the next two years. He also got his first taste of the injury bug in 1998 when he dove for a ball, tore his labrum, and underwent surgery. He missed six weeks.

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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Inside the 2012 Salary Arbitration Class

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Maury Brown

Taking a deeper look at the players who went through (or threatened to go through) the arbitration process this winter

Salary arbitration is a funny thing. In an era when club owners and COOs are more honed in on cost certainty with contracts than ever, few clubs fully know what player payroll for the upcoming season will be until approximately a month and a half before the season begins. Until each player has reached a contract or gone to hearing in the salary arbitration process, you don’t know what each player will ultimately be paid.

This year, I went diving deeper than ever before in salary arbitration, and for the time, I am making all my data for the 2012 salary arbitration season available for download. Here’s the details, plus an explanation as to why the increases, while large, shouldn’t be too surprising on a certain level.

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Why the next big step for baseball teams might not be learning something new, but making better use of the information they already have.

“The management and analysis of data, whether it be scouting reports, statistics, medical information or video, is a critical component of our operation. We look forward to developing a customized program that utilizes the most advanced and efficient technology available in the marketplace today to facilitate quicker, easier and more accurate access to all the sources of information we use to make baseball decisions.”—Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, January 2012

“[Statistical analysis] helps but doesn’t tell the whole story of the game. There is a lot of gut feeling you got to make. If you have a stat and see a flashing number and you see that this guy is doing very good against this other guy, you can use that in a game during a key situation. Yes. But we cannot just depend on stats alone. You got to depend on many other things… I don’t like to become a fantasy manager. The goal for a good manager is to have players who are able to manage themselves on the field.”—Unsuccessful Cubs managerial candidate Sandy Alomar Jr., November 2011

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Genuflect, genuflect, genuflect to Mike Trout and his supernatural powers.

Prospect #1: OF Mike Trout
Background with Player: My eyes; industry sources.
Who: It’s a little cheap to include Trout in these rankings; after all, he belongs at the major league level in 2012 and already accrued 40 games there in 2011. But this is my series and I can do what I want, and what I want to do is wax poetic about Mike Trout. The 20-year-old prospect is not a mystery to man; he has been on the prospect landscape since a breakout debut campaign in 2009 put him on the map and an even greater sophomore season peeled back the layers of his superiority and left the baseball world with a top tier talent. Trout can do just about everything on a baseball field, with elite speed, a near-elite hit tool, plus power potential, a plus-plus glove, and enough arm to grade around average. That’s a legit five-tool talent, and while we are being honest here, if given a choice of any prospect in baseball to build a team around, I’d take Trout over Harper, I’d take Trout over Moore, and I’d take Trout over Profar. I’ve only seen the kid play five times in two years, but each time his performance triggered an internal existential debate: Is Mike Trout the archetype of the modern player? Is Mike Trout a baseball deity?

What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Trout’s physical skills are straight out of your favorite fables, but he’s only 20 and those post-biblical skills aren’t refined. As a right-handed hitter, Trout struggled with his first-taste of major league quality stuff, especially arm-side stuff on the inner half of the plate, be it sharp fastballs, benders with depth, or sequencing that kept him guessing on both. I fully expect to see more struggles of this variety in 2012, as Trout should pound lefties and remain inconsistent against the arm-side. To his benefit, Trout has lightning-fast hands and strong wrists which give him good bat control and contact ability. With those attributes, his contact rates should climb in 2012, but negotiating the difficulties associated with electric arm-side stuff is something you can only overcome through exposure, and setbacks are intrinsic to that process. In the end, Trout could be a perennial MVP candidate as a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder that is going to hit over .300, reach base at a high clip, slug 20 homers and a ton of doubles, steal bases, and change the fortunes of the Angels franchise more than their recent free agent additions. The Church of Trout starts here.



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