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June 7, 2013

BP Announcements

Baseball Prospectus Day at Turner Field - June 15, 2013 (Last day to purchase tickets is June 7)

Baseball Prospectus stadium tour comes to Atlanta

Baseball Prospectus and the Atlanta Braves invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Saturday, June 15 at Turner Field. Thanks to the fine folks in the Braves front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

  • Admittance to a private meet and greet with Jason Parks, Russell A. Carleton, and special guest Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton, and in the Atlanta Braves All-Star room 2 hours prior to game time
  • A question and answer session with Atlanta Braves Assistant General Manager John Coppolella
  • Terrace Reserved ticket to Turner Field to watch the Braves take on the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants with Baseball Prospectus fans and staff
  • A $15 coupon to be used toward a new Baseball Prospectus Premium subscription or your next Premium renewal
Game Time is 4:05 PM.
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January 5, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Top Prospect Compilations 2009 - 2012

Top prospect compilation spreadsheets from the past several years

Over the past several years, I've put together top prospect compilations from sources across the Internet. As I get set to begin work on the 2013 version of the file (to be available on Google Docs and as a stand alone Excel workbook), I thought it might be fun to take a look back at the compilations from their inception.

I have linked to the files below. The Excel workbooks contain tabs at the bottom representing each of the league’s divisions as well as a tab for top 100 lists and positional analysis.

As usual, if you find any errors or omissions, would like to recommend a ranking source for 2013, or have any other comments or suggestions, please email me at jhamrahi@baseballprospectus.com.

2009-2010 Top Prospects Compilation

2010-2011 Top Prospects Compilation

2011-2012 To Prospectus Compilation 

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January 4, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Remembering Jim Sandoval

Hudson memorializes a friend who helped him become a better scout.

Jim Sandoval passed away last week. Jacob Pomrenke wrote a bit about Jim's life at SABR's website, but Jim was a friend of mine, so I want to offer a few words of my own about a great baseball man.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 112: The Kyle Lohse Quandary

Ben and Sam reflect on one of the slowest days of the offseason and then discuss the lack of movement in the market for Kyle Lohse.



 
Ben and Sam reflect on one of the slowest days of the offseason and then discuss the lack of movement in the market for Kyle Lohse.

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January 3, 2013

Minor League Update

Ten NL Prospects Who Could Start the Season in the Majors

Ten NL Prospects Who Could Start the Season in the major leagues.

Yesterday, I listed ten American League prospects that will be competing for a big league job in Spring Training and have a legitimate chance to start the season in the majors. Here's a look at ten National League prospects.

  • Tony Cingrani, LHP, Cincinnati Reds: If Aroldis Chapman happens to start the season in the rotation, as has been discussed, the Reds would have just one lefty, Sean Marshall, locked in to a bullpen spot. While Cingrani appears to have a future as a big league starter, he could help out now as a second lefty out of the 'pen. The 23 year-old made three relief appearances during a September call-up, allowing a run in five innings with 2 walks and nine strikeouts. 
     
  • Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks traded center fielder Chris Young to the A's early in the offseason, which seemingly opened up the starting job for Eaton, a 24 year-old who had a .794 OPS in 22 September games. But the recent signing of Cody Ross clouds Eaton's immediate future because the team already has Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra, and Justin Upton on the roster. While they say they're happy to stand pat, which means Eaton would likely start in Triple-A, they are very likely to continue exploring a deal for Kubel or Upton so Ross can play a corner spot and Eaton can play center field. 
     
  • Evan Gattis, OF, Atlanta Braves: This offseason, the thinking was that the Braves would add two outfielders, allowing Martin Prado to move from left field to play third base full-time. As of now, they've only added one, center fielder B.J. Upton, leaving a platoon of Juan Francisco (3B) and Reed Johnson (LF) to fill the void. Recent talks, however, involve Gattis, a converted catcher who is playing left field in Venezuela, getting a shot to win a starting job in Spring Training. The 26 year-old had 34 homers in 2012 between Hi-A, Double-A, and Venezuela. 
     
  • Jedd Gyorko, 2B, San Diego Padres: The Padres could be content to allow Logan Forsythe to start the season as the starting second baseman but Gyorko's bat appears to be major league ready and he could break camp with the team if he clearly outplays Forsythe in Spring Training. Despite his defensive limitations, the Padres think he can handle the position and his bat should more than make up for it. The 24 year-old had 30 homers and a .921 OPS in 126 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012. 
     
  • Kyle McPherson, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates: The Bucs now have solid veterans filling out the first four spots of the starting rotation and one spot up for grabs with McPherson among the candidates. The 25 year-old is coming off of a stellar season in which he walked just 16 batters and struck out 84 in 93.1 innings between Double-A, Triple-A, and the majors. He's not going to strike out a ton of hitters in the big leagues, but he throws strikes and should be a solid back-of-the-rotation innings-eater for a Bucs team that has ran out of gas in the second half of the past two seasons. 
     
  • Shelby Miller, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals: Something clicked for Miller in the second half of 2012 and he appears primed to make the permanent jump to the majors in 2013. After posting a 6.17 ERA in his first 17 starts, Miller dominated with a 2.88 ERA, 7 walks, and 70 strikeouts in his last 59.1 Triple-A innings and then pitched well after a late-season major league call-up. The Cardinals have excellent starting pitching depth, but Miller could force his way into the mix with a strong camp. 
     
  • Josh Prince, IF/OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Primarily a shortstop until 2012, when he played 128 games in center field for Double-A Huntsville, Prince has the versatility, speed, and on-base ability to help the Brewers in the near future. The 24 year-old hopes to parlay an impressive Arizona Fall League performance (1.064 OPS, 10 SB in 25 games) into an opportunity to win a super-utility role with Milwaukee. 
     
  • Trevor Rosenthal, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals: A deep bullpen could allow the Cardinals to keep Rosenthal in the minors where he can continue to develop as a starter. But why do that when he could be a dominant late-inning reliever now? The 22 year-old posted a 2.78 ERA with 7 walks and 25 strikeouts in 22.1 big league innings in 2012 while flashing a fastball that reached triple digits and an assortment of secondary pitches. 
     
  • Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks: His main competition for the last rotation spot, Trevor Bauer, was traded to the Indians, meaning Skaggs is now the front runner for the job. Many think the 21 year-old Skaggs would've won the job anyway, filling out an impressive rotation that includes right-handers Ian Kennedy, Brandon McCarthy, and Trevor Cahill, and All-Star lefty Wade Miley
     
  • Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves: On the prospect radar for years, the buzz surrounding Teheran had died down after a disappointing season in Triple-A. But once people remember he's only 21 years old and still has top-of-the-rotation potential, it's hard not to get excited about Teheran winning a rotation spot in the spring and pitching every fifth day for the Braves. He'll have to beat out Randall Delgado, although he already left a lasting impression with his last three starts in the Dominican Winter League (16.2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 15 K).

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 111: How Do Major-League Managers Differ from Non-Baseball Bosses?

Ben and Sam discuss Joe Maddon's value and the ways in which managers might have more or less impact than the typical non-baseball boss.



 
Ben and Sam discuss Joe Maddon's value and the ways in which managers might have more or less impact than the typical non-baseball boss.

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BP Unfiltered

A New Solution to the DH Debate

Russell proposes a simple solution that might resolve the DH debate to everyone's satisfaction.

It's January. The holidays are over. The Winter Meetings are over. Hall of Fame voting is over. They even solved that fiscal thing. The MVPs and Cy Youngs and Rookies of the Year have been given out. Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton have signed. And frankly, I can only read so many "Where will Michael Bourn sign?" pieces. Baseball is officially stuck in a rut. Well, when you need to start a conversation going on baseball, there's always the old reliable flint in the matchbox: the designated hitter.

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BP Unfiltered

Solutions to Last Week's Baseball Acrostic Puzzle

Between Christmas and New Year's, we challenged you with a baseball twist to a classic puzzle. Here are the solutions.

Thanks to everyone who downloaded and either completed or tried out the acrostic puzzle last week. I hope you enjoyed this baseball spin on one of my favorites from the puzzling world.

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