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10-19

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17

Outta Left Field: What Happens When a Hitter Has a Tell?
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Dustin Palmateer

07-18

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The Buyer's Guide: Wil Myers
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J.P. Breen

12-17

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Rumor Roundup: A Monster Myers Move?
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Chris Mosch

05-06

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26

Dynasty Dynamics: AL East U25 Lists
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Yes, I Paid for Trout
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Wilson Karaman

02-20

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Tale of the Tape: Yoenis Cespedes vs. Wil Myers
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Wilson Karaman

01-27

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104

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Top 101 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

11-11

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4

Internet Baseball Awards: American League Top Rookie
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Nick Bacarella

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game One Recap: Red Sox 12, Rays 2
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Zachary Levine

09-30

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48

Regular Season Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

08-13

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12

The Stash List: Checking Back in on the Graduated Perch Dwellers
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Bret Sayre

08-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 263: Jose Dariel Abreu and the Future of Cuban Baseball/The Unmade Wil Myers Trade
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-18

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3

The Call-Up: Wil Myers
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

06-11

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22

The Stash List: Wilpocalypse Now?
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Bret Sayre

04-16

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7

Punk Hits: Road Games
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Ian Miller

03-07

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22

Overthinking It: The All-Rookie Roster
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Ben Lindbergh

02-27

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games (February 26, 2013)
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Jason Martinez

02-26

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Painting the Black: The Other Pitcher the Royals Got
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R.J. Anderson

02-26

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games: February 22-24
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Jason Martinez

02-25

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118

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Top 101 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-28

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14

Minor League Update: Potential Impact Rookies In 2013 (AL EAST)
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Jason Martinez

01-21

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10

BP Unfiltered: MLBDepthCharts Mailbag
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Jason Martinez

12-28

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Minor League Update: 25-Man Roster of Prospects Traded This Offseason
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Jason Martinez

12-14

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17

Overthinking It: The Prospects Who Get Traded
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Ben Lindbergh

12-11

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47

Overthinking It: The Royals, the Rays, and the Problem with Windows
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Ben Lindbergh

12-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 99: Two More Reactions to the Rays-Royals Trade
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-03

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55

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

11-26

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Painting the Black: What's Wrong With Wil Myers?
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R.J. Anderson

11-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 88: Wil Myers, the Royals, and Rumors About Trading Top Prospects
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-01

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17

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

06-12

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24

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Midseason Review: Boogie Nights Edition
by
Jason Parks

05-30

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19

Future Shock: Blocked Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

05-07

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27

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

04-06

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Future Shock: Surprising Minor League Assignments
by
Kevin Goldstein

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June 18, 2013 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Wil Myers

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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

One of baseball's best-hitting teams adds one of baseball's best-hitting prospects.

The Situation: Wil Myers, ranked by Baseball Prospectus as Tampa Bay’s no. 1 prospect (and no. 7 in baseball) entering this season, has received his much-anticipated MLB call-up. Although Myers appeared to be near big-league ready after mashing in Triple-A last season, the Rays sent him back to the minor leagues in mid-March, citing adjustments needed both offensively and in right field while likely keeping a watchful eye on this year’s “super two” arbitration window. That window has since passed, and Myers has recently caught fire at the plate, leading to Tuesday’s call-up. The top prospect will look to bolster Tampa Bay’s already strong offense in the midst of a tight American League East race.

Background: Drafted by Kansas City as a catcher in 2009, Myers spent two summers behind the dish before his advanced bat enabled him to fly through the lower minors. After the former third-round pick hit .315/.429/.506 between the Low- and High-A levels in 2010, the Royals chose to accelerate his developmental timetable by scrapping his still-raw catching and moving him into the outfield. Myers has since spent time at all three outfield spots but this year has settled in as a right fielder, where he profiles long term. He continued to mash upper-level pitching in 2012, hitting .314/.378/.600 with 37 home runs between Double- and Triple-A. Although Myers got out to a slow start (by his standards) this season, he’s batting .286 through 64 games and has a .339/.377/.696 slash line this month.

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June 11, 2013 5:00 am

The Stash List: Wilpocalypse Now?

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Bret Sayre

Gerrit Cole starts on Tuesday. Zack Wheeler is coming up next week. What about Wil Myers? He leads off the eighth edition of the list.

The Rays and Wil Myers have become baseball's 2013 version of Jim Halpert and Pam Beasley. Will they or won't they? When will it happen? Why hasn't it happened yet? There are plenty of questions that we can't answer about the impending (or maybe less impeding than we thought) call-up of the next great Rays' prospect. However, what we can say with some reasonable certainty is what's been happening at the major-league level, purely from a baseball perspective, that is keeping Wil Myers in Triple-A. The Rays are six games over .500 at the moment, and four games out of first place in the AL East, so it isn't simply about the money, it's also about performance.

Heading into the season, it was widely assumed that Myers would hang down in Durham until the Rays deemed it financially appropriate for their long-term future to bring him up. And to make room for him, Kelly Johnson would head to a utility role with Ben Zobrist taking over full-time again at second base. But with an 802 OPS and 10 homers in 53 games, Johnson has made his statement to stay in the lineup—which moves the conversation over to the first-base position. Unfortunately for Myers, that's where James Loney is hitting .325 with seven homers this season. Instead of wondering what kind of sorcery is leading to his resurgence in Tampa, we'll just move on. This brings us to the final player who is getting in the way of the Wilpocalypse.

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April 16, 2013 5:00 am

Punk Hits: Road Games

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Ian Miller

Ian plays the East Coast; the East Coast plays for Ian.

I have two amazing jobs, one of which is writing here, but neither of those pays my mortgage. For that I have a day job that is so arcane and boring that it does not even warrant description.

My other side job that doesn’t pay the mortgage: I play bass in Kowloon Walled City, a San Francisco-based band that’s been around since 2007. We’ve put out a few records and played a few shows. The pay is terrible, but the fringe benefits are great: Playing music not only keeps me from going insane, but it also gives me an opportunity to travel and see things I wouldn’t ordinarily get to see.

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How many game could a team of all rookies win? Think about it for a minute, pick a number, and then read on.

One of the chapters I wrote for Extra Innings was about the ways that perennial losers like the Pirates and Royals get broken, and how they might eventually go about getting fixed. “Getting younger” is sometimes seen as a solution, and often it’s at least a step along the way. But early on in the chapter, I noted that youth isn’t always an immediate answer, writing, “All else being equal, a younger team is preferable to an older one, since younger players generally cost less and offer more room for improvement, but a roster composed of players who haven’t yet hit their primes is at least as unlikely to succeed as a team of players who’ve left their primes behind.” Comparing the average ages of teams that finished above or below .500, or that won or lost over 100 games, I concluded, “Too little inexperience can be even more toxic to a team than too much experience.”

It’s easy to explain why many young teams lose a lot of games: they’re learning on the job, with few players in their prime and a limited supply of highly touted and/or major-league-ready rookies. But for a few minutes, let’s ignore the way the real world works and imagine a young team too talented to occur in nature. If we could form an entire team for 2013 out of rookie-eligible players from any organization, which rookies would we pick? And armed with only the best young players in baseball, how many games would our all-rookie roster win?

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February 27, 2013 3:00 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games (February 26, 2013)

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Jason Martinez

Minor League Update (February 26, 2013)

GAMES OF FEBRUARY 26, 2013

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February 26, 2013 5:00 am

Painting the Black: The Other Pitcher the Royals Got

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R.J. Anderson

What sort of arm can Kansas City expect in Wade Davis?

Not long ago Wade Davis placed near the top of prospect lists. At 6-foot-5 with a simple delivery and easy arm action Davis was the textbook power pitcher. He had a lively fastball that ranged into the mid-90s and could touch higher, a knee-buckling curveball, a solid slider, and a developing changeup. You weren't alone if you thought Davis could turn into a frontline pitcher. The Rays showed confidence in their young arm by refusing to trade him for Jason Bay or others, and by signing him to an extension after just 35 big-league starts. Success seemed like a birthright to Davis back then.

Davis reached the majors as a 23-year-old. In his first start in the majors he struck out nine batters, including three in a row to start the game—his first six outs were recorded via strikeout. After six starts Davis had a 118 ERA+ and a 2.77 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But that early success turned out to be a tease, a figment of small-sample magic, and not an omen. Davis would spend the next two seasons in the rotation looking average. He made 58 starts, posted a 90 ERA+, and struck out 1.74 batters per walk. Faced with an overcrowded rotation the Rays opted for Jeff Niemann over Davis last spring, then Alex Cobb over Davis when Niemann suffered an early-season injury. 

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February 26, 2013 3:15 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games: February 22-24

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Jason Martinez

Spring Training Games Roundup: FEB 22-25

Baseball has finally arrived! And so has the much-anticipated Top 101 prospects list put together by Professor Parks and BP's minor league crew. With the opening of Spring Training, we get a mix of prospects from this list, less talented minor leaguers who still could have a big league future, and established veterans and superstars showing up in the same box score on a daily basis. I'll be keeping you updated on the performances of the more notable minor leaguers. By mid-March, many of the best prospects will be back in minor league camp getting much-needed at-bats. Some, however, have a legitimate shot at breaking camp with the big league club, a few will open some eyes before starting the season in the minors, and some could disappoint. Here's what's happened so far through the first four days worth of games ...

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Baseball's best prospects in 2013.

Previous Rankings: 20122011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

2013 Top 101 Prospects Breakdown by Position, Organization, and Age: Link

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Potential Impact Rookies in 2013 (AL EAST)

When we talk about "impact" rookies, it's important to note that several rookies will be getting the call to the majors and will fail to help their team in any way, shape, or form. Coming up with a few big hits or making a couple of quality starts, however, could make a big difference at the end of a 162-game season. Here are some AL East rookies who I think can make an impact on their team's success in 2013. Click HERE for my NL East picks. 

Baltimore Orioles

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January 21, 2013 3:19 am

BP Unfiltered: MLBDepthCharts Mailbag

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Jason Martinez

Jason Martinez answers questions on the Rays' lineup and Brewers' rotation in the latest 'MLBDepthCharts Mailbag'.

Jacob Larsen (@jakelarsen) asks this question about the 2013 Tampa Bay Rays, "Do the Rays sign a DH, allowing Brandon Guyer and Matt Joyce to fill an OF spot until Myers is ready?"

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A 25-man roster of prospects traded this winter.

For my last Minor League Update of 2012, I put together a 25-man roster of prospects who have been traded so far this offseason. There was a lot of starting pitching depth with four or five pretty good pitchers that didn't make the cut. There weren't any good first base prospects and only two very good outfield prospects. Besides that, it's a pretty solid squad.

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December 14, 2012 12:00 am

Overthinking It: The Prospects Who Get Traded

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Ben Lindbergh

Teams know their own prospects best, so should it be a red flag if they're willing to trade a top one? History suggests it is so.

Winning baseball teams—at least the ones without exorbitant payrolls—are usually powered by young, cost-controlled talent. And in the land of cost-controlled talent, the top prospect is king. Not only do elite prospects stand a good chance to be stars, but they promise to provide that production—which would cost a fortune to obtain from a free agent—for the league-minimum salary or something close to it.

Since top prospects are such valuable commodities, teams are reluctant to trade them without receiving huge hauls in return, so we rarely see them change organizations before they’ve had a chance to sink or swim in the majors. That’s why it was so strange to see two top prospects—Wil Myers and Trevor Bauer, each of whom either is now or has recently been a top-10 prospect in baseball—on the move this week.

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