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What You Need to Know: Friday, May 11
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Daniel Rathman

05-10

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On the Beat: Harping on Harper
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John Perrotto

08-22

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Is Prospect Potential Realized?
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Derek Carty

06-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primary: Right-Handed Pitchers
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Jason Parks

04-05

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Future Shock: Prospect Preview: NL Central
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Kevin Goldstein

03-29

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Future Shock: Prospect Preview: AL West
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Kevin Goldstein

03-17

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Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, NL
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Kevin Goldstein

03-14

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Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, AL
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Kevin Goldstein

03-09

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Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

04-07

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Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, AL
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Kevin Goldstein

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Transaction Analysis: September 5-11
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Christina Kahrl

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Transaction Analysis: September 1-4
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Christina Kahrl

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Transaction Analysis: August 28-31, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

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Transaction Analysis: July 17-21, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-26
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Christina Kahrl

02-21

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2006 Top 50 Prospects
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David Regan

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Transaction Analysis: December 7-13
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Christina Kahrl

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: September 1-7
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Christina Kahrl

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Transaction Analysis: August 30-September 15
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Christina Kahrl

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Transaction Analysis: June 2-8, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

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Transaction Analysis: April 19-25, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

02-24

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part IV
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Baseball Prospectus

02-23

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part III
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Baseball Prospectus

02-22

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part II
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Baseball Prospectus

02-21

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Prospectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part I
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Baseball Prospectus

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Transaction Analysis: August 19-24
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Christina Kahrl

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Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

05-09

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Prospectus Feature: How Sure is a "Can't Miss" Pitching Prospect?
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Paul Covert

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How Sure Is A "Sure Thing"?
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Paul Covert

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Prospectus Roundtable: How the Sausage Was Made
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Stephen Strasburg faced the Pirates for the first time since his major-league debut, and he reeled off a similar line.

The Thursday Takeaway
Merry Strasmas, Nationals fans. With the team coming off a disappointing three-game skid, Stephen Strasburg took the mound against the Pirates and played stopper with results strikingly similar to his major-league debut.

Back on June 8, 2010, Strasburg surpassed even the loftiest of expectations by striking out 14 batters without issuing a walk over seven innings in his first career start. Strasburg’s victims that night were the Pirates, who managed only two runs on four hits, one of which was a Delwyn Young homer.


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May 10, 2012 3:00 am

On the Beat: Harping on Harper

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John Perrotto

Though Bryce Harper's reputation leaves many questioning his maturity, his Nationals teammates have embraced him.

When Bryce Harper stepped into the batter's box for his first major-league plate appearance April 28 at Dodger Stadium, the usually laid-back LA crowed booed the Nationals rookie outfielder lustily.

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August 22, 2011 9:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Is Prospect Potential Realized?

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Derek Carty

Checking in on whether a player with high pedigree has a better major-league career than a non-prospect.

Potential is a funny thing. The team that manages to grab the most players who outperform expectations often wins fantasy leagues. Every spring we hear about breakout candidates and which players stand the best chance of outperforming their projections. Often, these breakout candidates are selected based on their tools and their pedigree—their potential. While this kind of subjective and scouting data is very important, few people outside of Major League Baseball have a database with scouting reports on enough players dating back as far as we’d need to run a study to examine what these things actually tell us—not to mention all of the complications that would go into such a study. But there is one freely available tool that I thought might make for an interesting study: Baseball America’s archive of their Top 100 prospect lists dating back to 1990.

Today, I wanted to run a study using this archive as a proxy for pedigree to see how much pedigree matters for players who have already made it to the majors. Once a player is in the majors, does his pedigree make him more likely to break out?

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With the first round of the draft in the books, do any of the northpaws crack the top tier of right-handed pitching prospects?

Ranking prospects by position has been done—at least, it has been attempted in the traditional sense [read: standard formula, i.e., #1. Best. #2. Second-best. #3. Third-best. You get it.]. Instead of following the standard formula, I thought I would offer something a little different, though the fundamental objective will remain the same: identifying baseball’s best prospects at each position.

Over the next 11 installments, I’ll focus on one position on the field, identify the preeminent talent in the minors at said position, and place them into cute little tiers to contextualize their place in my world. It’s an earnest and sincere exercise, delivered with some (attempted) humor, so hopefully it will be taken as such. I want to embrace the subjective nature of the task rather than pretend to be objective about it, which is great in theory, but not practical in its application. Everybody looks at players through a unique lens, and as a result, personal feelings enter into the equation. I’m cool with this. As I said, I’m going to attempt to deliver a sincere and earnest series, free from the artificiality associated with presenting a universal truth. Opinions change based on the climate of the moment. This is a snapshot of that moment.

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April 5, 2011 6:06 pm

Future Shock: Prospect Preview: NL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

With an abundance of trades over the winter, who is left to take over as the NL Central's top prospects?

Chicago Cubs
How'd I do in 2010?: Of the five players given odds, three were not eligible for the this year's list; shortstop Starlin Castro (4-1) and right-hander Andrew Cashner (15-1) both saw their big-league timetables accelerated, while shortstop Hak-Ju Lee (10-1) went to the Rays in the Matt Garza deal. The eventual top prospect, outfielder Brett Jackson, got decent odds at (6-1), but the player with the best odds, third baseman Josh Vitters (3-1), saw his stock dip significantly.


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March 29, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Prospect Preview: AL West

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Kevin Goldstein

Will the new King Fish still be at the top of the food chain at the end of the season?

Los Angeles Angels
How'd I do in 2010?: Last year's Angels Top 11 was one of the few to have outfielder Mike Trout listed as the top prospect, and he was the slight favorite (4-1) over catcher Hank Conger (5-1) and right-hander Jordan Walden (6-1), both of whom are in this year's Top 11. The only miss was infielder Jean Segura, who did not make the previous year's Top 15.


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March 17, 2010 11:21 am

Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, NL

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Kevin Goldstein

A look back and a look ahead to who could the top prosects in the senior circuit next year.

One of the most frequent questions I get, be it via e-mail, chats, or the comment sections in the articles, is which player on (insert team here) has the best shot at moving into the Top 101. That's a much different question from who is the best prospect not in the Top 101, as the focus need to move solely to growth potential. Building on last year's "Future Top Dogs" series, let's keep that category in this year's version, while also taking an honest look at last year's prognostications.

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March 14, 2010 1:24 pm

Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, AL

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Kevin Goldstein

Looking ahead to who could top next year's prospects lists in the junior loop.

One of the most frequent questions I get, be it via e-mail, chats, or the comment sections in the articles, is which player on [insert team here] has the best shot at moving into the Top 101. That's a much different question from who is the best prospect not in the Top 101, as the focus needs to move solely to growth potential. Building on last year's "Future Top Dogs" series, let's keep that category in this year's version, while also taking an honest list at last year's prognostications.

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March 9, 2010 11:51 am

Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2

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Kevin Goldstein

Counting down the top 15 farm systems armed with the most promising talent.

15. New York Mets
Last Year’s Ranking: 18
Why They Are Here: The system is on the upswing, thanks to a nice group coming from the international market and, for the first time in a while, a draft class (2009) that looks like it will pay some dividends. With four Top 101 prospects and a three-star list that runs into the early teens, there's room for optimism here.
Where They Will Be Next Year: The Mets could add another Top 50-type with the seventh overall pick in the draft, their highest slot since 2004, and fourth-highest pick in the last 25 years. Top prospects like Jenrry Mejia and Ike Davis have more of a 2011 timetable, so Fernando Martinez is the only top prospect likely to lose his eligibility this season.




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April 7, 2009 11:16 am

Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, AL

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Kevin Goldstein

The prospects positioned to campaign for the top spots in-house and within the game at large.

Prospecting is all about the future, so let's look deep into the coming year and try to figure out who might be topping next year's prospect lists in their respective organizations, as well as who could be moving up, down, or even out, beginning today with the American League.

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The Tigers are in panic mode starting........now.

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September 6, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: September 1-4

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Christina Kahrl

The September call-ups begin, either to help a team's playoff chances, or to get a glimpse of the future.

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