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12-09

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Fantasy Freestyle: Is Yordano Ventura Overrated Now?
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Nick Shlain

04-22

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

04-11

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11

Raising Aces: Starting Pitcher Four-Pack
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Doug Thorburn

03-31

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 28-29
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Jeff Moore

03-26

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15

Fantasy Freestyle: My Favorite Endgame Targets
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Bret Sayre

03-26

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My Model Portfolio: High Risk, High Reward
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Mauricio Rubio

03-24

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 21-23
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Jeff Moore

03-18

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 17
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Jeff Moore

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Drew to Detroit?
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Daniel Rathman

03-13

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Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 12
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Jeff Moore

02-26

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Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-17

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The Call-Up: Yordano Ventura
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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

08-21

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Sporer Report: Looking Ahead to September Promotions
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Paul Sporer

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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BP Unfiltered: Top 101 Prospects of 2013, Sliced and Diced
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Rob McQuown

12-03

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

04-17

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Baseball is My Stereo: Yordano Ventura and Mike Wright
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Jason Parks

04-10

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Baseball is My Stereo: Royals Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-21

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Future Shock: Royals Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

04-06

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: An Embarrassment of Riches: The Kansas City Royals, Part II
by
Jason Parks

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December 9, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Is Yordano Ventura Overrated Now?

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Nick Shlain

Have 100-mph bullets and the Royals' postseason success blown the righty's value out of proportion?

It didn’t take very long for me to push my anti-pitcher agenda here at Baseball Prospectus, as my first Fantasy Freestyle was about curbing spending on pitchers in auction-style drafts. I’ll continue to not love pitchers today as I take a closer look at Yordano Ventura, who has generated plenty of buzz coming off the Royals’ October run.

Despite a slight build, Ventura held up as his rookie season went along making 30 starts and totaling 183 innings pitched with a 3.20 ERA. He also made four starts in the playoffs. Going forward, how Ventura’s body stands up to throwing 200 innings is a concern, especially when considering he mostly gets by on his flame-throwing as his average fastball velocity was 96 mph this year. Despite his elite fastball velocity, he doesn’t miss bats at an elite rate—his 20.3 percent strikeout rate ranked 37th among all qualified starters this year. Ventura totaled 159 strikeouts this year, the same amount as Justin Verlander. Ideally, Ventura will miss more bats as he matures as a pitcher and improves his secondary offerings. His raw stuff might be too good for it not to happen eventually, but when gauging how to value him for next season it would be extremely unwise to assume improvement without cause.

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April 22, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: AL Central U25 Lists

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

Chris Sale, Byron Buxton, and Eric Hosmer lead the way, but Ben and Craig diverge after the top three.

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April 11, 2014 7:50 am

Raising Aces: Starting Pitcher Four-Pack

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Doug Thorburn

Doug looks for signs of mechanical progress by Yordano Ventura, Trevor Bauer, Chris Archer, and Erasmo Ramirez.

This is my third year writing Raising Aces for Baseball Prospectus, and one of the perks is the dynamic nature of the series (aided by the leniency of our editors). I’m always searching for better ways to communicate ideas about pitching or to broaden the discussion, and transparency has been an integral part of the process.

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 28-29

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out as play in Arizona and Florida wound down.

Friday, March, 28th

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March 26, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: My Favorite Endgame Targets

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Bret Sayre

As the offseason winds down, Bret shares some of his late-draft sleepers for various league sizes and formats.

With spring training reaching peak twilight and the biggest drafting weekend of the year approaching, it’s time for my final marker post column of the preseason.

We’ve been doing rankings and analysis here for the last three months and hopefully they’ve been helpful to you as you sort through all of the information that lead to your most important draft decisions. And to top it off, as we get to the endgame of draft season, it seems only natural to focus on the endgame of drafts. It’s the most interesting, and often most important segment of your draft. Sure, if you miss on your first round pick or get $5 in value from your $25 player, you’re in a hole that can be very difficult to climb out of. As I’ve said many times, closing out your draft strong is a must if you want to win your league.

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March 26, 2014 6:00 am

My Model Portfolio: High Risk, High Reward

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Mauricio Rubio

Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton give Mauricio's ideal Roto squad big-time power potential if they stay healthy.

On Friday, Mike Gianella released his latest mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:

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March 24, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 21-23

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Jeff Moore

Notes on the prospects who stood out on the final weekend of Cactus and Grapefruit League play.

This is it, don’t get scared now.

It’s the final weekend before the regular season. Sure, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers took their adventure down under, but we all know the real regular season starts this Sunday and that the real Opening Day is one week from today. There may not be too many prospects left in camps, but the ones that are left are there for a reason.

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March 18, 2014 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 17

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out in Cactus and Grapefruit League play, where they're competing for or securing big-league jobs.

We’re at the point in spring training when most of the prospects left in camp are either in a legitimate battle for a roster spot or are close enough to the majors that the team wants to see what it has. That, coupled with rain throughout parts of Florida on Monday, didn’t leave us with as much prospect action as usual, but most of the guys who had big days will be major leaguers at some point in 2014.

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March 17, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Drew to Detroit?

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Daniel Rathman

The Tigers and Stephen Drew could help each other out, and the Royals come close to picking a fifth starter.

Could the Tigers and Stephen Drew rescue each other?
News surfaced over the past couple of days that Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias could spend most of the 2014 season on the shelf with long-term injuries to both of his shins. Detroit’s only internal replacement is Hernan Perez, who turns 23 on March 26 and did little at the plate in a 71-plate-appearance sample last year.


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March 13, 2014 5:38 am

Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 12

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects who stood out in Cactus and Grapefrult League play, including Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura.

The Good

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February 26, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects

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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

A rundown of the minor-league arms who could help your fantasy team in 2014 and beyond.

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September 17, 2013 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Yordano Ventura

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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

Kansas City reportedly calls up a flamethrower who could be a back-of-the-bullpen force or a top-of-the-rotation starter.

The Situation: The Royals find themselves in the playoff hunt for the first time since the advent of manned flight, and adding a potent weapon to an already potent bullpen could help propel the team toward October baseball. With the grind of a long season wearing heavily on the legs and the hands of hitters, a high-octane flamethrower capable of hitting over 100 mph on the gun can be a devastating force, even more so when you consider that the league is unacquainted with the young arm.

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