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May 11, 2013

Baseball Prospectus News

UPDATED: The Baseball Prospectus Futures Guide 2013.

by Dave Pease and Jason Parks

UPDATE 05-11: We're happy to announce that the paperback edition of the BP Futures Guide 2013 is now available from amazon.com. My copy smells like toner and looks like this:

Your copy will smell like success and look like this:

The book is 278 pages at 8.5"x11". It will look great on your bookshelf next to Baseball Prospectus 2013. It features statistical workups including 2013 and 2014 PECOTAs for almost every Top 10 Prospect. It includes a new foreword by Kevin Kerrane, author of the soon-to-be-republished Dollar Sign on the Muscle. It is priced at $8.34.

To give you an idea of what you can expect in the book, following is a short excerpt of the beginning of the Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects. You can click here or click the excerpt below to get the entire Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects from the book in PDF format.

If you have already purchased or care to purchase the e-book package directly from us, you'll want to know that we've updated the PDF that is included to match the book. You can always download the latest DRM-free PDF of any product you buy from us on your Manage My Profile page.

UPDATE 04-26 5:00pm Pac: The e-book is now available! Click here to purchase. $5.00 gets you DRM-free PDF, MOBI, and EPUB downloads via your Manage My Profile page. A prettier PDF is coming along with the printed book next week. Please leave any questions, comments, or bug fixes in the comments or click here to email them to Dave, and enjoy!

Baseball Prospectus will be releasing our first-ever prospect book this year. The Baseball Prospectus Futures Guide 2013 is built around the best of Jason Parks and the BP prospect team's pre-season Premium prospect material, weighing in at nearly 300 pages of content and including:

  • Top 10 Prospects for every major-league team: 300 prospect capsules, with exclusive updates to account for trades and other player movement since original publication date.
  • Three Prospects on the Rise and three Factors on the Farm for each major-league system: coverage of an additional 60 prospects at all levels of organized baseball. Get to know some of 2014's top prospects a year before everyone else does.
  • The Baseball Prospectus Top 101 prospects, with complete commentary from Baseball Prospectus 2013 and additional background and notes to cover developments since the list's January compilation.
  • Baseball Prospectus' 2013 Organizational Rankings. Every major-league organization, dissected and ranked from top to bottom.
  • The Baseball Prospectus fantasy team's Top 100 dynasty league prospects: the guys you need to know to set your dynasty league roster for the rest of the decade.

An Introduction to the Process
What started with the first touch of one anxiety-ridden hand ended with the confident grip of an entire staff, and the finished product stands Stanton strong as a result. From the end of October to the end of March, not a day went by without a communiqué with an industry source, as we went spelunking for information at every available opportunity. The raw scouting data collected was then fed back into the Baseball Prospectus prospect machine, where the sharp minds on the staff added their flavor and helped form a cogent opinion. My job was to sift through a deep catalog of opinion, add any personal observations to the mix, and come away with a shape that I thought was pleasing to the palate.


Jurickson Profar

The best prospect in baseball, but where does he play?

Gerrit Cole

High-powered stuff and status, but where is the domination?

Dylan Bundy

Is Bundy even the best pitching prospect on the Orioles' farm?

Oscar Taveras

The most dangerous bat in the minors, waiting in the wings

Zack Wheeler

Is he ready to join Matt Harvey at the top of the Mets rotation?

The real heroes in the equation are the ones who took what would be a basic article and transformed it into something with more depth and aesthetic quality. People like Rob McQuown, Dave Pease, Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, and Steph Bee were vital to the process, as were outside-the-org colleagues Patrick Ebert and Bill Mitchell. Of course, none of this would have been possible in the first place without Baseball Prospectus President and CEO Joe Hamrahi, who believed in the direction and approach from the beginning, pumping confidence into us at every turn and standing in the shadows pulling the strings that helped produced the dance. I might have penned the prospect words, but it was a collaborative effort to bring them to life, and my name appears on the cover only because of my 37 pieces of flair and terrific smile. —Jason Parks

Measurables
Futures Guide 2013 will be available in EPUB, MOBI, DRM-free PDF, and printed book formats. The e-books are coming at the end of the week, and we're shooting for next week for the printed book to be available at Amazon.com. You can pre-order the e-book now for $5.00, and it will appear on your profile page the minute it is available. The paperback is going to be special — we'll be including an expanded statistical workup and full PECOTA projections for each Top 10 player. We're pricing the printed book somewhere south of 10 bucks, to help cover the nation in prospect goodness and make this an easily gift-able option for those who are interested in baseball but don't have a Baseball Prospectus Premium account. We will have more information on all fronts presently.


Purchase the e-book for $5.00 now!

Dave Pease is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Jason Parks is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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ttt

Somewhat off topic, but will a profile of Trevor Bauer go up, or did I miss it?

Apr 24, 2013 07:13 AM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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He's #2 in the Cleveland Top 10 in the book.

We will update the top 10s on the site to match the Top 10s in the book. However, we won't do that for a couple of weeks.

Apr 24, 2013 09:22 AM
 
klord1

Cool

Apr 24, 2013 08:41 AM
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JoshuaGB

Just to be clear, will this include updated top tens or a collection of those already up on the site?

Apr 24, 2013 08:50 AM
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Sharky

Good question. I'm excited about the content, but it looks like a repackaging of what we've already seen. It would be helpful to have BP highlight the differences.

Apr 24, 2013 09:06 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
BP staff

The book will feature updated top tens based on trades made, etc, but the rankings will not be altered or influenced by performance or attrition. Prospects that were traded before their teams were profiled (Bauer, May, Meyer, etc) will have reports and be placed with their current team, and the old lists adjusted to reflect their absence.

The book is a resource that will house every (updated) Top Ten list, the 101, detailed notes on those prospects, fantasy lists, etc, and all in one convenient location. It's a repackaging of sorts, but you get updated information and you get everything compiled together and you get it for very cheap.

Apr 24, 2013 09:20 AM
 
BP staff member Dave Pease
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To follow up on what Jason said, most of the book content has already been published and is available to Baseball Prospectus Premium subscribers. The things you'll get in here that you can't anywhere else are

* Top 101 Prospects of 2013 rankings, write-ups, and notes in a single place--you can get all these individually from Baseball Prospectus 2013 and the website, though.

* In the paperback, full statistical treatment of all 300 Top 10 Prospects including PECOTA projections for both 2013 and 2014. We won't be publishing this in any other form.

Apr 24, 2013 10:02 AM
 
jimcal

I will be purchasing this despite religiously follow BP Prospect team articles, since I want BP to do well. Thanks for Dave 's comment, and my follow up question is: how PECOTA works for prospects, especially 2014?

Apr 24, 2013 12:18 PM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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Thanks! We hope you enjoy it. In general, the less data PECOTA has to work with, the less I'd bet on its projections--but then that's true of any system. We're planning looking at this very issue more closely as the year goes on.

Apr 24, 2013 14:08 PM
 
JPinPhilly

Will it be sexy?

Apr 24, 2013 09:21 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
BP staff

Extremely sexy.

Apr 24, 2013 09:22 AM
 
summoner

So when is the online prospect tracker getting updated with 2013 stats?

Apr 24, 2013 11:48 AM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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We've got our top men on it. It will be soon.

Apr 24, 2013 14:04 PM
 
David Jackson

"Who?" "Top. Men."

Given the reference, I imagine the Prospect Tracker being crated and slowly rolled into a giant warehouse/matte painting to be lost forever.

Apr 24, 2013 17:55 PM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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Top. Men.

Apr 26, 2013 09:52 AM
 
BirdlandPGH

This is a great idea and I'm excited to see it. I won't be buying this year's version but I would buy next year's if: (a) it's released before my fantasy draft (late Feb/early March) and (b) it includes quantitative analysis of prospects (particularly UPSIDE and 10-year projections) as well as qualitative. If it includes those statistical measures, I can see this being more popular than Baseball America's prospect book.

Apr 24, 2013 12:43 PM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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Thanks for the thoughtful feedback.

Apr 24, 2013 14:03 PM
 
mwright

I too miss the Pecota long-term "Upside" calculation that used to get published as part of the Pecota spreadsheets and would love to see that included anywhere. That would be something that would be interesting in any form online or in print if it were out before my drafts.

Apr 24, 2013 17:47 PM
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sbnirish77

Didn't we use to get this information at this site?

Apr 24, 2013 14:15 PM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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It is virtually all on the site. If you don't want it in a convenient e-book or printed format, this product is probably not for you.

Apr 24, 2013 14:16 PM
 
stencil1047

My draft is Saturday afternoon. Will anything be ready before then?

Apr 25, 2013 00:16 AM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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The ebook should be ready tomorrow sometime. Just to recap, almost everything in there is available in the Top 10s on the site, so you can look at those immediately.

Apr 25, 2013 14:41 PM
 
Oldwell89

Expanded edition with Pecota ought to be in the E-Form and not paperback, not the opposite. Cheaper and more environmental!

Apr 25, 2013 10:55 AM
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BP staff member Dave Pease
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It's not easy to make matrixes of numbers legible on a Kindle.

Apr 25, 2013 14:40 PM
 
Andy Cochrane

True that!

Apr 27, 2013 02:22 AM
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JOARGE9481

Just made the purchase due to my Baseball Prospectus addiction.

Apr 27, 2013 08:34 AM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

Thank you!

Apr 29, 2013 11:56 AM
 
ImpactBlue

Will you guys autograph my copy at the St Louis event?

Apr 29, 2013 13:08 PM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

Of course we will! :)

May 01, 2013 11:51 AM
 
Lloyd Cole

What is the future of UPSIDE? I know it's shorthand, but it used to be a great way to spur further thinking about the future worth of players for dynasty leagues. Have you found a way to compute it that is satisfactory, or is the lack of a suitable computation the reason for its disappearance?

May 01, 2013 09:52 AM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

It's on the agenda to be rolled out again in the upcoming offseason.

May 01, 2013 11:52 AM
 
Lloyd Cole

Thank you! I look forward to its reintroduction. BP just continues to get better and better.

May 02, 2013 15:49 PM
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