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06-27

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Bullpen Report: Stuck in the Middle
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Mike Gianella

06-15

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What You Need to Know: Friday, June 15
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Daniel Rathman

02-02

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Transaction Analysis: Middle Reliever Mania
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R.J. Anderson

01-16

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Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-21

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Internet Baseball Awards: National League
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Greg Spira

11-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Having a Quick Hook Helps
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Mitchel Lichtman

05-24

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Answers from a Sabermetrician, Part 1
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Tom Tango

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the AL
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

03-17

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Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, NL
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-14

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Future Shock: Future Top Dogs, AL
by
Kevin Goldstein

02-16

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29

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-25

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Baseball Therapy: Profiling a Manager, Part 2
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Russell A. Carleton

01-06

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41

Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for Pitchers
by
Jay Jaffe

12-06

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On the Beat: Pre-Winter Meetings Shopping Lists
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John Perrotto

11-11

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21

The 2009 Internet Baseball Awards
by
Greg Spira

11-10

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The 2009 Internet Baseball Awards
by
Greg Spira

05-28

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Future Shock: 2008 Draft Review: AL
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-20

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You Could Look It Up: No Relief in Sight
by
Steven Goldman

04-16

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Transaction Analysis: NL Roster Roundup
by
Christina Kahrl

03-17

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23

Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 1
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-12

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Future Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-26

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Future Shock: Orioles Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-12

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Pitchers
by
Jay Jaffe

12-07

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Future Shock: Brewers Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-25

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Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-10

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Transaction Analysis: NL Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: Senior Circuit Shuffling
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Christina Kahrl

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: The Weekend Trio
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Christina Kahrl

07-27

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Every Given Sunday: All Busy-ness 'Round the Major League Table
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John Perrotto

07-23

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Transaction Analysis: Golddiggers and Going For It
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Christina Kahrl

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: Weekend Moves Omnibus
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Christina Kahrl

07-17

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On the Beat: The Two-Week Watch
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John Perrotto

06-04

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Future Shock: Mock Draft 2008
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Kevin Goldstein

06-03

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Future Shock: The Top 50 Talents
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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The Class of 2008
by
Jay Jaffe

11-01

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The 2007 Internet Baseball Awards
by
Greg Spira

10-16

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Future Shock: How the Indians Were Built
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Kevin Goldstein

08-26

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Transaction Analysis: All-Around Catch-Up Edition
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Christina Kahrl

08-24

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Transaction of the Day: Micro Deals
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Christina Kahrl

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day
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Christina Kahrl

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Swaps and Moves
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Christina Kahrl

07-11

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Looking Ahead
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John Perrotto

07-10

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Future Shock: Risers and Fallers, National League
by
Kevin Goldstein

07-10

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Cape Cod League Pitchers
by
Bryan Smith

06-12

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Transaction Analysis: National League Moves
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Christina Kahrl

05-31

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Transaction of the Day: Senior Circuit Switches
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Christina Kahrl

04-30

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Transaction Analysis: April 21-28, 2007
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the Easts
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Christina Kahrl

04-11

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BP Kings Update
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Ben Murphy

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June 27, 2013 5:00 am

Bullpen Report: Stuck in the Middle

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Mike Gianella

Mike explains why elite middle relievers haven't climbed his tiers, before revealing the latest edition of those tiers and the updated dollar values.

Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, a pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week this factors into the ranking as well.

Last week, one of my readers wanted to know why I didn’t have a middle reliever in the top tier. Although middle relievers are integral in some leagues, I have not been ranking them due to the fact that their value is vastly different depending upon each league’s rules. In leagues that use holds as a separate category, non-closers carry a great deal of value. In standard mixed leagues with no start limits, you might not feel the need to carry a middle reliever on your staff at all. My goal is to take a cursory look at a handful of valuable middle relief arms in a non-holds, deeper-league, standard Roto format.

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Tim Collins has emerged as one of the top relievers in the game.

The Thursday Takeaway
As the Royals swept the Brewers out of Kauffman Stadium, one pitcher took home two of the three victories. That pitcher is lefty reliever Tim Collins, who is rapidly developing into one of the top bullpen arms in the American League.

The 22-year-old Collins struggled to rein in his walks last season, issuing 48 free passes in 67 innings as a rookie. He was tough to hit, though, holding opposing batters to a .216 average and pitching effectively against right-handed hitters, who combined for a 582 OPS. Armed with a quality fastball and outstanding curveball, Collins flashed his potential in 2011. In 2012, he has put it all together.


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February 2, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Middle Reliever Mania

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R.J. Anderson

A look at multiple middle reliever signings; IL MVP Russ Canzler's move to Cleveland; Juan Pierre joining the Phils; and new homes for Livan Hernandez, Ryan Theriot, Carlos Guillen, and others



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January 16, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

There aren't a whole lot of nice things to say about this unhappy system.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Kemp, Kershaw take home NL IBA lumber

For full results to this year's IBA voting, look here.

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You might not know it from watching the World Series, but it often makes sense for a manager to pinch hit for his starter before the late innings.

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.

Mitchel Lichtman, or MGL, has been doing sabermetric research and writing for over 20 years. He is one of the authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, and co-hosts The Book blog, www.insidethebook.com. He consulted for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2004 to 2006, as well as other major-league teams. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Nevada Boyd School of Law. Most of the time these days you can find him on the golf course.


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Tom Tango returns to answer your first batch of questions from last week.

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.

You asked, he answered. Below are the first batch of responses to the questions BP readers submitted for sabermetrician Tom Tango. All questions are presented in their original form.

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The Braves and Pirates make a flurry of moves, but they weren't the only ones wheeling and dealing on July 31.

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National League

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
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Traded RHP Chad Qualls to the Rays for a PTBNL; traded C-R Chris Snyder, SS-R Pedro Ciriaco, and $3 million to the Pirates for RHP D.J. Carrasco, INF-R Bobby Crosby, and OF-L Ryan Church; recalled C-R John Hester from Reno (Triple-A). [7/31]
Optioned OF-R Cole Gillespie to Reno. [8/1]

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The Red Sox continue to retrench, while the Yankees add big names--but will they make a big impact?

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American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
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Traded LHP Will Ohman to the Marlins for RHP Rick VandenHurk, and optioned VandenHurk to Norfolk (Triple-A). [7/31]
Recalled LHP Troy Patton from Norfolk. [8/1]

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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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February 16, 2010 10:24 am

Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Not surprisingly, many ex-Mariners dot this list of top prospects.

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