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06-20

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What You Need to Know: Wheeler Hooks the Fish
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

05-15

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Pebble Hunting: Recent History's Most Cringe-Worthy Pitch Counts
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Sam Miller

02-18

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Fantasy Team Preview: New York Mets
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Bret Sayre

01-27

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Top 101 Prospects
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Jason Parks

10-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Ten Could-Be Fantasy Aces for 2014
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Bret Sayre

08-29

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What Scouts Are Saying: August 29, 2013
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Baseball Prospectus

08-20

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What You Need to Know: Recapping the Dodgers' Incredible Run
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Daniel Rathman

08-13

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

07-26

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Pebble Hunting: The Real Reason Why Zack Wheeler is Predictable
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Sam Miller

07-10

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What You Need to Know: Chicago Firepower
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Daniel Rathman

06-28

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Raising Aces: A Look at Rooks Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler
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Doug Thorburn

06-19

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BP Unfiltered: Zack Wheeler and First-Start Jitters
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Ben Lindbergh

06-18

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The Call-Up: Zack Wheeler
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 226: Predictions About Zack Wheeler/The Story of Signing Puig
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-11

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The Stash List: Wilpocalypse Now?
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Bret Sayre

03-07

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Overthinking It: The All-Rookie Roster
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Ben Lindbergh

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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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Top 101 Prospects
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Jason Parks

12-18

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: New York Mets Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

04-19

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 18
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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

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Beltran by the Bay
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Kevin Goldstein and Ben Lindbergh

02-14

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Future Shock: San Francisco Giants Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

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June 18, 2013 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Zack Wheeler

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

After gaining polish over 13 Triple-A starts, Zack Wheeler is ready to prove that he belongs in the Mets rotation.

The Situation: With the Mets struggling at the big-league level and the “Super 2” timeline squarely in the rearview mirror, it was time for the club to call upon their other high-end pitching prospect to pair him with right-hander Matt Harvey. Zack Wheeler will make his major-league debut just down the road from where he grew up near Atlanta on Tuesday night against the Braves.

Background: Wheeler, the sixth-overall pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2009, joined the Mets in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran at the trade deadline in 2011. After two successful but inconsistent seasons in Low-A and High-A with the Giants, Wheeler got his first taste of the upper levels in 2012 with the Mets. In 19 Double-A starts Wheeler notched a 3.26 ERA with just 92 hits allowed in 116 innings. He walked a career-low 3.3 batters per nine innings and fanned better than a batter per inning, making progress in his development. The Mets promoted him to Triple-A Buffalo at the end of 2012 season, and he logged a 3.27 ERA in six starts. Returning to Triple-A to start the 2012 season, though this time in the high-octane Pacific Coast League, Wheeler has posted a 3.93 ERA with 61 hits and 27 walks yielded in 68-2/3 innings and an impressive 73 punchouts.

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Ben and Sam discuss their expectations for Zack Wheeler and other young pitchers, then talk about the true story behind the Dodgers signing Yasiel Puig.

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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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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 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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December 18, 2012 5:00 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: New York Mets Top 10 Prospects

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Jason Parks

The Mets got an infusion of talent from the Dickey trade at the top of their rankings, but it's a pitcher they already had who heads up the list.

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April 19, 2012 12:57 pm

Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 18

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Kevin Goldstein

How D.J. Mitchell might be the first Yankee pitcher to get called up this year and notes on 28 more prospects.

D.J. Mitchell, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Empire State): 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

Mitchell is not the best prospect on the Yankees Triple-A staff, but don't be surprised if he's the first to the majors. Scouts think he could be effective as either a back-end starter or middle reliever, as while he's on the small side, he's ultra-athletic and features a fastball that has slightly above-average velocity and plenty of movement. He's not going to be a star, but he should have big league value, even on a championship-level roster.

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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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July 28, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Beltran by the Bay

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Kevin Goldstein and Ben Lindbergh

The Giants add some much-needed offense, while the Mets secure salary relief and a high-upside young arm.

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February 14, 2011 10:55 am

Future Shock: San Francisco Giants Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

It's not good, but then again, the team also did just win a ring.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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