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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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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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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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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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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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The Rangers prospects are blue-chip talents with rough edges, but will 2011 see them get sanded or beaten down?

Not so long ago, the Rangers' farm system put the sex in sexy, ranking as the top organization in baseball thanks to an assembly line of talent that ran from the lowest complex leagues all the way up to Triple-A. After a few seasons of major league promotion, attrition, and stagnation, the system has lost some of its mainstream shine. As we head into the 2011 season, the overall depth remains impressive, but depth is a drug without immediate effect. However, if you prepare yourself for the developmental hurdles, embracing a system stacked at the lower levels can be a more rewarding high, assuming of course that following the development of minor-league baseball players gets you high, which—believe me—it does.

For this article, let’s move away from the dreams associated with low-level depth, and take a look at the top five prospects in the Rangers’ system, and how their 2011 seasons might end up breaking a few hearts.

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February 3, 2011 10:22 am

Future Shock: Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

One of the best systems in the game has dropped due to a combination of graduations, trades, and disappointments, but there's still plenty of young talent to dream on.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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The Indians' 2011 first-rounder talks about mechanics, signing late, and his quirky curveball.

Drew Pomeranz has a unique curveball to go with his high ceiling. The tall left-hander was drafted fifth overall by the Indians last June—he was the first college pitcher selected—and a big reason is a breaking ball that is both nasty and, in his own words, “hard to explain.” A 6-foot-5 product of the University of Mississippi, Pomeranz inked a contract at the August signing deadline and will begin his professional career this spring.

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November 19, 2010 9:00 am

Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The best system in baseball is close to turning the franchise's fortunes around.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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The Mariners bullpen coach and former major-league closer discusses pitching mechanics, knowing his pitchers and the question "Why?"

Only 10 pitchers in major-league history have saved more games (330) than John Wetteland, and of them, it is likely that none have ever been as enamored with physics and the question, “Why?” After breaking in with the Dodgers, Wetteland went on to close for the Expos, Yankees, and Rangers, amassing the most saves in the 1990s. The Most Valuable Player of the 1996 World Series with the Yankees, and the Rangers’ all-time leader in saves, Wetteland currently serves as the bullpen coach for the Mariners.

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September 27, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Septembers To Remember For Some Longshots

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John Perrotto

The final month of the season provides some great human interest stories, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

In many regards, Major League Baseball's rule that allows the active roster limit to expand from 25 to 40 on September 1 is absurd. No other sport permits teams to have more players at their disposal during the most important regular-season games than at any other point of the season.

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September 22, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Something to Build On

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John Perrotto

The Pirates are encouraged by the performance of four youngsters in their lineup, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

The Pirates are approaching the end of another dismal season. They are assured of finishing below .500 for an 18th consecutive year, extending their North American major professional sports record. They find themselves 33 games off the pace of the first-place Reds in the National League Central.

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September 20, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Being Part of the Solution

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John Perrotto

Interim manager Kirk Gibson would like a full shot at turning around the Diamondbacks, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

Everything is lining up for Kirk Gibson to have the "interim" removed from his title and continue as the Diamondbacks' manager past the end of this season. The Diamondbacks' search for a permanent general manager is down to two, with interim GM Jerry Dipoto and former Padres GM Kevin Towers the finalists and a decision likely to come this week. Dipoto will keep Gibson, who was promoted from bench coach to interim manager on July 1 when A.J. Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes were fired, and Towers is expected to do the same if he is hired.

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Aroldis Chapman's sizzling fastball tops the chatter around baseball.

ROB DIBBLE IS ALREADY ON A PLANE TO OHIO

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The Red Sox' supplemental-round pick this year discusses getting drafted, his arsenal, and coming back from injuries.

Anthony Ranaudo lasted until the 39th pick of this year’s draft, but the 6-foot-7 right-hander might have the highest upside of any hurler selected. The Red Sox certainly hope so, as it took a $2,550,000 signing bonus—an agreement made minutes before the August 16 deadline—to get the LSU flamethrower in the fold. Widely regarded as the top draft-eligible pitcher going into the season, he ultimately fell to Boston in the sandwich round due to an inconsistent junior campaign, concerns about his elbow, and the Scott Boras factor. Ranaudo, who will turn 21 next week, joined the short-season Lowell Spinners after spending the summer pitching in the Cape Cod League.

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Plenty of talk about Stephen Strasburg's major-league debut along with other chatter from around baseball.

WE ASKED YOU NEVER TO SAY THOSE NAMES

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The notable quotables from the week that was.

ZACK, CAN YOU SIGN THIS PECOTA CARD I PLAN TO LAMINATE

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