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05-22

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6

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight
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Josh Shepardson

05-10

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BP Announcements: TrackMan Seeks Web Developer of Baseball Applications
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Joe Hamrahi

04-22

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9

Minor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21
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Zach Mortimer

04-15

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11

Minor League Update: Games of April 12-14
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Zach Mortimer

12-14

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13

Fantasy Beat: Jeremy Hellickson and Defying Regression
by
Jason Collette

12-12

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BP Announcements: Kansas City Royals Job Posting - Analyst, Baseball Analytics Department
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Joe Hamrahi

09-20

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Value Picks: Starting Pitching for 9/20/12
by
Paul Sporer

05-14

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19

BP Announcements: A New Platform
by
Jay Jaffe

03-30

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22

Pebble Hunting: Your Job Sucks, and So Does Bobby Abreu's
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Sam Miller

01-24

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9

Prospectus Hit and Run: Winter of Discontent?
by
Jay Jaffe

01-03

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27

Future Shock: Miami Marlins Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-21

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36

Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-16

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20

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: One of These Days, Baseball Will Come Back to Save Me
by
Jason Parks

11-06

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-15, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

10-31

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11

Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out Save
by
Kevin Baker

10-24

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8

Fantasy Beat: The Nuisance of Nolasco
by
Jason Collette

10-19

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23

World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

08-19

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12

Fantasy Beat: Deceptive Stat Lines
by
Jason Collette

07-19

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8

Fantasy Beat: Kimbrel and Venters: Ticking Time Bombs?
by
Jason Collette

03-30

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5

The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball's Hilbert Problems
by
Keith Woolner

03-24

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12

The BP Wayback Machine: Derek's Guide to Becoming a Fan Favorite
by
Derek Zumsteg

03-02

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12

Spinning Yarn: How Accurate is PitchTrax?
by
Mike Fast

02-25

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38

Future Shock: Philadelphia Phillies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-27

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Prospectus Q&A: John Axford
by
David Laurila

01-14

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3

Prospectus Q&A: J.T. Snow
by
David Laurila

11-10

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60

Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-08

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71

Future Shock: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-22

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On the Beat: Creating a Mindset
by
John Perrotto

09-29

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88

Under The Knife: Fade To Black Album
by
Will Carroll

09-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Anthony Ranaudo
by
David Laurila

08-29

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2

Between The Numbers: The PITCHf/x Summit Quasi-Liveblog
by
Ben Lindbergh

08-18

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Minor Issues: Discoveries and Perspectives, with Kyle Waldrop
by
David Laurila

08-03

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28

Under The Knife: On Will's Mind
by
Will Carroll

07-19

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24

Transaction Action: National League Roundup
by
Christina Kahrl

07-02

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7

Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating
by
Christina Kahrl

06-30

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5

Top 10 Week: The Super Surgeons
by
Will Carroll

06-30

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6

Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct
by
Christina Kahrl

06-28

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5

Transaction Action: Blast, or Blasted?
by
Christina Kahrl

05-27

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30

Under The Knife: Thursday Update
by
Will Carroll

05-11

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5

Prospectus Q&A: Denard Span
by
David Laurila

04-16

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22

Under The Knife: Stacking On The Sox
by
Will Carroll

04-12

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4

One-Hoppers: Where the Buffalo Burgers Roam
by
Bradford Doolittle

03-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Dwyer
by
David Laurila

03-28

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7

Prospectus Q&A: Logan White, Part 1
by
David Laurila

03-23

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11

Joe's Blog: Decisions, Decisions...
by
Joe Sheehan

03-09

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4

Prospectus Hit and Run: NL Central Competitive Ecology
by
Jay Jaffe

02-23

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8

Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Central Competitive Ecology
by
Jay Jaffe

01-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack Zduriencik
by
David Laurila

01-18

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52

You Could Look It Up: Enhanced?
by
Steven Goldman

01-04

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State of the Prospectus
by
Kevin Goldstein

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May 22, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight

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Josh Shepardson

As his 50-game suspension comes to an end, Yasmani Grandal finds himself among this week's list of senior-circuit players worthy of your waiver-wire attention.

Erik Kratz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Ownership: ESPN: 0% Yahoo!: 1% CBS: 2%
2013 Stats: 11 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB, .209 AVG

Carlos Ruiz was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, and he's expected to be out three to four weeks. While he is on the DL, Kratz will handle the starting catcher duties with Humberto Quintero serving as his backup. The 33-year-old backstop didn't do much with Ruiz serving a 25-game suspension to open the season, but he did hit three homers in just 92 plate appearances. He hits the ball in the air regularly (34.8 percent outfield fly-ball rate), and that will help his home-run power play up. He's not a catcher that should be rostered in most mixed leagues, even those in which teams start two catchers, but his steady playing time for the next month or so coupled with enough power to reach the seats a few times is reason enough to own him in larger NL-only formats.



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TrackMan Inc. is seeking a qualified web developer with a passion for sports and an entrepreneurial spirit to join our team as a Developer of Baseball Applications.

Our good friends at TrackMan are looking for help. Check out the job description below, and if you're interested and qualified, email your resume in Word format with sample work to kp@trackman.dk.  Sample work should detail your contribution if not solely developed by you. Let the guys know Baseball Prospectus sent you!

TrackMan Inc. is seeking a qualified web developer with a passion for sports and an entrepreneurial spirit to join our team as a Developer of Baseball Applications.  This is a ground floor opportunity in an established nimble company working at the intersection of sports and technology.    

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April 22, 2013 2:09 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21

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Zach Mortimer

A's prospect Maxwell Muncy is a first-base only prospect, but his bat could carry him a long way.

Games of Friday, April 19

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April 15, 2013 2:44 am

Minor League Update: Games of April 12-14

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Zach Mortimer

Jameson Taillon's curveball made a scout whom Zach spoke with giddy.

Games of Friday, April 12

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December 14, 2012 5:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Jeremy Hellickson and Defying Regression

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Jason Collette

A look at Jeremy Hellickson's mysterious ERA/FIP discrepancy.

Ryan Franklin was a starting pitcher for just three full seasons in the major leagues. In 2002, he worked in a swing role for the Seattle Mariners. In 2003, he surprised many by posting a 3.57 ERA during a season in which he struck out just 99 hitters and walked 61 more over 212 innings pitched while allowing 34 home runs. His FIP that season was a staggering 5.24, and that 1.67 run difference is the largest difference for any starting pitcher with at least 150 innings of work since the 2000 season.

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Royals looking to hire Analyst for Baseball Analytics department.

The Kansas City Royals are looking to hire an Analyst for their Baseball Analytics department. You can apply for the position by going to Team Work online. A copy of the job description is below. Let the Royals know you read about the opening at Baseball Prospectus.

JOB SUMMARY
The Kansas City Royals Baseball Club is seeking a highly motivated and creative statistician/analyst to develop analytics for use in decision-making by the Baseball Operations department. The ideal applicant will be capable of leveraging baseball data to provide a competitive edge and innovative solutions to the Kansas City Royals.


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September 20, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitching for 9/20/12

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Paul Sporer

This week's VP welcomes a host of young pitchers battling for roster spots in 2013.

The season is almost over, you guys! Is everyone as upset by that as me? There is some good news, though. First, we still have the playoffs immediately after the regular season, and they should excellent again this year. Second, we still have a couple weeks left in the regular season, and if you are in the thick of a fantasy pennant chase, these will be extremely fun, tension-filled weeks and give you a chance to over-manage the hell out of your squad. Lastly, even when the games on the field end, the hot stove burns hot enough to make baseball a year-round sport.

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A longtime BP author undertakes a new challenge.

Dear Readers,

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We don't like to hear baseball players complain about their lots in life, but can we blame them for not counting their blessings?

Back in December, Ken Rosenthal tucked this into a column about Bobby Abreu: “Abreu, who turns 38 on March 11, is not the type to demand a trade, but he would welcome one, according to sources with knowledge of his thinking.” The news in that sentence was that Abreu would welcome a trade, but the most telling part was that Abreu “is not the type to demand a trade.” To oversimplify things: we don’t like guys who demand trades, and we like guys who don’t. Rosenthal was protecting Abreu and stressing that Abreu is a good guy in a tough situation. Rosenthal knows Bobby Abreu well—I’m pretty sure; Rosenthal knows everybody well—and Rosenthal vouches for Abreu. Abreu is not the type to demand a trade. Remember that.

Two months later, of course, Abreu demanded a trade, or at least said it would be “the best thing... The right thing to do.” He also said he has “learned not to have much trust in these people,” which is just a staggeringly dumb thing to say about one’s boss. He suggested that the lack of clarity on his role has affected his preparation, sort of making an excuse for his sub-.100 batting average this spring. It’s gotten ugly, and Bobby Abreu looks like a jerk. But he’s not a jerk, is he? Ken Rosenthal vouched for him. So what’s going on?

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January 24, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Winter of Discontent?

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Jay Jaffe

While fans may be fretting in Boston, nobody should be hasty in evaluating the job GM Ben Cherington has done in shoring up the Sox.

The 2012 Red Sox are a work in progress, Ben Cherington's unfinished symphony. When I set out to write this article, it was from the vantage point of looking back at the weekend's head-scratching swap, which sent shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Rockies for sinkerballer Clayton Mortensen. In isolation, it was a dismal return for a player who's been worth 5.5 WARP over the past two seasons, but by dumping Scutaro's salary, the Sox created room to fill other needs. As if on cue, they agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Cody Ross on Monday night, consigning this article's brilliant original lede* to the dustbin of history and serving as a reminder that very few ballclubs are expected to win games in the dead of January.

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January 3, 2012 5:00 am

Future Shock: Miami Marlins Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Marlins lack elite prospect talent outside of Christian Yelich

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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