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05-13

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Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping Targets, a Look Back
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Mike Gianella

03-29

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2013 Organizational Rankings
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Jason Parks

03-15

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-28

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Arizona Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

12-13

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-29

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-15

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-07

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

08-09

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BP Announcements: The Call-Up 2012 UPDATED
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Joe Hamrahi

08-01

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Rarified Air: The Top 10 Prospects in the Minors
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Jason Parks

08-01

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Future Shock: The Midseason Top 50 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-22

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Is Prospect Potential Realized?
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Derek Carty

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

12-17

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Ahead in the Count: Anatomy of a Blockbuster
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Matt Swartz

04-07

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Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, AL
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Kevin Goldstein

03-05

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Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2
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Kevin Goldstein

04-11

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BP Kings Update
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Ben Murphy

02-14

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Future Shock: Organizational Rankings
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Kevin Goldstein

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

05-09

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

05-09

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How Sure Is A "Sure Thing"?
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Paul Covert

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May 13, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Dumping Targets, a Look Back

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Mike Gianella

Mike uses evidence from 2008 top-prospect lists to evaluate the merits of targeting minor leaguers in "dump" trades.

Most fantasy web sites and other resources do little if any analysis on playing for next year, or what is known less elegantly as “dumping.” Some analysts refuse to even acknowledge that it is part of the game and advise that it is always best to trade with this year in mind and worry about future consequences next year.

In reality, if you’re in a keeper league, you will probably have to give up and play for next year sooner or later. If other teams are building rosters for 2014 around cheap players such as Bryce Harper, Matt Harvey, and Shelby Miller, and you are sitting back while your team languishes in seventh place with little hope of winning, you are not doing yourself any favors.

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The Cardinals have the best farm system in baseball. Who's next?

(Note: Players mentioned in the "Prospects To See There" sections aren't necessarily starting the season at the "Must-See Affiliate." However, they may appear there at at some point in 2013.)

1. St. Louis Cardinals
Ranking in 2012: 3
State of the Farm: Built on high-impact talent and depth, the Cardinals have an elite farm system and could maintain the top spot in 2014 even with the likely promotions of Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, and the best pure bat in the minors, Oscar Taveras.
Top Prospect: Oscar Taveras
Breakout Candidates for 2013: Charlie Tilson and Tyrell Jenkins
Prospects on BP 101: 7
Must-See Affiliate: Triple-A Memphis
Prospects To See There: Oscar Taveras, Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams
Behind the Curtain (Key figures in talent acquisition/player development): Matt Slater, John Vuch, Dan Kantrovitz









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The Yankees' system isn't among the best in baseball, but its quality might surprise you.

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The Dodgers have plenty of questions marks in the system, but that doesn't mean there's not a lot to pay attention to.

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The upside thins out quickly after the Diamondbacks' top two spots.

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The Jays sent off a prospect package to Miami that would have left other systems barren, but Toronto's remains loaded with high-upside arms.

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High-ceiling Xander Bogaerts heads the Red Sox crop.

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November 15, 2012 5:30 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects

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Jason Parks

A strong crop coming out of the Appalachian League gives the Twins plenty of high-end talent.

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November 7, 2012 5:00 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

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Jason Parks

The Cubs' high-ceiling bats will get the most attention, but their system goes deep with high-ceiling arms, too.

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Introducing our latest mid-season publication.

Introducing the latest in the great line of Baseball Prospectus publications...The Call-Up 2012 e-book!

Like our bestselling annual, this mid-season debut provides the latest scoops and analysis to help fans follow their favorite teams and win their fantasy leagues. The e-book highlights the most notable teams and players of the season's first half, offering over 50 new player comments by 10 of your favorite BP authors, a preface by e-book editor Ben Lindbergh, and some of the best of BP's recent online articles, as well as rest-of-season PECOTA projections for all players profiled.

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Jason tries his hand at his own top prospect list, with rankings and commentary.

It’s not that I’m against prospect rankings; it’s just that they’re not my bag. I stand in awe of those who excel at the process of these classifications, as it takes a balanced approach, one measured against the overall subjectivity of the operation. You have to look at the tools and projection, but you also have to respect and appreciate game production, with each prognosticator assigning their own weight to each variable. National writers like Kevin Goldstein, Keith Law, and Jim Callis have established their bones in this particular brand of prognostication, and I always look forward to their lists.

Last week, a Twitter question coerced me to suggest that Jurickson Profar is the top prospect in the minors, a comment that soon prompted a series of follow-up questions about the prospects who would round out my top five. I never intended to execute a formal ranking, mostly because I like to assign tools and projection more weight than I probably should, and once I fall in love with a prospect, I’m hitched for the long haul. I’m a hypocrite: I try to be as objective as possible when scouting a player, but I struggle to remove the thorns of love when it comes to ranking players against each other. Francisco Lindor was going to be in my top 10 regardless of what he did on the field in 2012. I really like Francisco Lindor, and it’s my article, and that’s my approach. Admittedly, it’s not the best approach. But I’m honest about my intentions, and I did try my best to make this more than just a prospect popularity context. As requested, here are the top 10 players in the minors, with detailed write-ups of the top five.

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August 1, 2012 5:00 am

Future Shock: The Midseason Top 50 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin Goldstein re-ranks the game's top prospects based on their performances to date.

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