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06-27

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BP Unfiltered: Good Advice About Baseball and Good Advice About Life
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Sam Miller

03-13

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Spring Training Diary, Days 15 and 16
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Jason Parks

02-24

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Future Shock: Detroit Tigers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-10

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Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-04

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Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-21

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36

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-01

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Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

06-09

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: Left-Handed Pitchers
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Jason Parks

04-25

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Spitballing: Cracking the Scouting Code
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Jeremy Greenhouse

02-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Coco Crisp
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David Laurila

02-22

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38

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-09

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong with the Rangers' Top 5 Prospects?
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Jason Parks

02-03

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39

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Drew Pomeranz
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David Laurila

11-19

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62

Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-29

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Prospectus Q&A: John Wetteland
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David Laurila

09-27

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On the Beat: Septembers To Remember For Some Longshots
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John Perrotto

09-22

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On the Beat: Something to Build On
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John Perrotto

09-20

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On the Beat: Being Part of the Solution
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John Perrotto

09-06

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The Week in Quotes: August 30-September 5
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Alex Carnevale

09-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Anthony Ranaudo
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David Laurila

06-14

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The Week in Quotes: June 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

11-23

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The Week in Quotes: November 15-22
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Alex Carnevale

11-20

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34

Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

03-12

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Future Shock: Blue Jays Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

03-10

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Future Shock: Rangers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-27

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Future Shock: Mariners Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-25

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Future Shock: Athletics Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-19

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Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-23

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Future Shock: Nationals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-22

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Future Shock: Phillies Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

12-16

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Future Shock: Mets Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-11

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Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-07

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Future Shock: Braves Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

08-10

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Prospectus Q&A: Brad Ziegler
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David Laurila

06-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Travis Snider
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David Laurila

05-31

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Future Shock: Bearing Down on Phillippe Aumont
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Kevin Goldstein

05-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Jesse Litsch and Brad Arnsberg
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David Laurila

03-10

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The Week in Quotes: March 2-9
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Alex Carnevale

02-25

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Future Shock: Giants Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-05

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Future Shock: Brewers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

02-01

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Future Shock: Dodgers Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-16

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Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-27

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Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-07

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Future Shock: White Sox Top 11 Prospects
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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

04-05

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Doctoring The Numbers: Charlie Haeger
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Rany Jazayerli

01-22

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Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top Ten Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-23

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World Series Prospectus: The I [Heart] New York Matchup
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Jay Jaffe

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What you should do when life throws you a curveball.

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Though prospecting involves looking to the future, Jason uses his time in Arizona to look to his past, as well.

Day 15, 4:40 PM
My roommate (who you are about to meet) is behind the wheel of a 2006 Ford F150 King Ranch Edition, with comfortable leather bucket seats in the front, a spacious leather bench in the back, and enough headroom to support humans of above-average size who have a propensity to wear cowboy hats when they travel. My roommate is not wearing a cowboy hat, nor have I ever seen him wear a cowboy hat, but he is quite tall, standing 6’4’’ with a Texas build and a Texas-sized pinch of smokeless tobacco between his cheek and gum.

My roommate is also named Jason, and aside from the first name, the passion for baseball, the Texas roots, and the love of FIFA on the PlayStation3, one would think we share little else in common; our age gap creates a plane of separation that even baseball struggles to bridge, as he’s almost ten years my junior and didn’t grow up watching classics like Real Genius or Fletch in his formative years. Oh, Patricia, how I love talking about the movies of my youth. I spend most of my time and money trying to recapture feelings that have long escaped me. We all do this, Patricia; even you. I hope you don’t take that the wrong way. Even if you had poor taste in movies and denied yourself the benefits of psychological rediscovery, I’d still like you. This is probably the sweetest thing I’ve ever said and I hope it makes you love me.


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February 24, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: Detroit Tigers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

After Jacob Turner, the Tigers have very few impact prospects

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 10, 2012 3:00 am

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A once-barren Mets system is beginning to look much better under Sandy Alderson

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 4, 2012 12:17 am

Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Rockies' farm system could soon help the team to get back into contention in the NL West.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 21, 2011 2:54 am

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Even after a ton of graduations to the majors, the Royals can still top the prospect charts.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 1, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Trades have bolstered Houston's system, but it still leaves a lot to be desired.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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Sizing up every facet of each contender in this season's Fall Classic.

The Breakdown

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One prospect dominates the present and future of lefty pitching, while another southpaw is falling off the wagon.

For this series, I will be shuttling you through the minor leagues to discover the best talents at each position and ranking them in tiers according to skill, current and future ability, and whether the player in question is from Texas. Need to catch up on how I’m doing the rankings and the top right-handed pitchers? Take a look at Part I.

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The mysterious art of scouting needn't defy analysis, as long as ratings are applied consistently.

Consistency: the word itself a food metaphor, irony dripping from it like ice cream from a half-melted cone. Despite the rhetoric, consistency doesn’t matter much in baseball. What matters is being good. In the process of evaluating ballplayers, however, consistency is all that matters.

Scouts grade prospects based on a 20-80 scale where 50 is average, and, according to one scout*, “one grade is a standard deviation. Think of it as a bell curve.”

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February 25, 2011 8:16 am

Prospectus Q&A: Coco Crisp

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David Laurila

The former Red Sox outfielder explains his side of the brawl he was in against Tampa Bay in 2008.

Benches-clearing brawls are fairly uncommon in baseball, but they do happen from time to time, and a doozy took place in Fenway Park on June 4, 2008. Coco Crisp was the focal point, as he charged the mound after getting drilled by a pitch from Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields. Crisp, who has a background in the sweet science, told his side of the story prior to reporting for spring training with his current team, the Oakland A’s.

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February 22, 2011 9:29 am

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The pipeline of talent keeps flowing with the always-impressive Rays system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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