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January 28, 2013

BP Announcements

2013 Starting Pitcher Guide

BP's Paul Sporer announces his annual Starting Pitcher Guide, and a special BP guest is joining him this year.

The sixth annual version of the Starting Pitching Guide is a comprehensive look at the starting pitching pool in all of baseball, ranging from the aces who will lead your fantasy team to the promised land in 2013 all the way down to the High-A prospects whom you hope will keep your dynasty fantasy team solvent through 2016 (just as your super-cap-friendly Mike Trout contract expires).

The 2013 iteration is now available for pre-order.

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Wezen-Ball

Ball Park's Classic Guide to Franks

"Baseball fans' guide to Ball Park Franks."

Discovered in the 1982 Detroit Tigers Yearbook:

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 127: 2013 Season Preview Series: New York Yankees

Ben and Sam preview the Yankees' season, and Pete talks to ESPN New York columnist Wallace Matthews (at 15:45).



Ben and Sam preview the Yankees' season, and Pete talks to ESPN New York columnist Wallace Matthews (at 15:45).

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Minor League Update

Potential Impact Rookies In 2013 (AL EAST)

Potential Impact Rookies in 2013 (AL EAST)

When we talk about "impact" rookies, it's important to note that several rookies will be getting the call to the majors and will fail to help their team in any way, shape, or form. Coming up with a few big hits or making a couple of quality starts, however, could make a big difference at the end of a 162-game season. Here are some AL East rookies who I think can make an impact on their team's success in 2013. Click HERE for my NL East picks. 

Baltimore Orioles

Jonathan Schoop, 2B: As a 20 year-old, Schoop wasn't overwhelmed in his Double-A debut in 2012. He had 14 home runs, 24 doubles, and 50 walks in 124 games playing primarily second base, which just happens to be the position the O's could be looking to upgrade at some point in 2013. If Brian Roberts fails to stay healthy again, Alexi Casilla and/or Ryan Flaherty could help to fill the void but a strong first half for Schoop could have him in position for an early August promotion for the stretch drive a la Manny Machado.

Dylan Bundy, RHP: The O's head into 2013 with enough rotation depth to compete in the AL East once again. What they will lack early in the season, though, is someone with a pitch arsenal as strong as Bundy, who shot through the minors as a 19 year-old before a late-season cup of coffee in the majors. He'll start the season in either Double-A or Triple-A, where the O's could monitor his workload before unleashing him on big league hitters at some point after June 1st. 

Boston Red Sox

Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF: A competitive Red Sox team with a healthy outfield is unlikely to call on Bradley, their likely center fielder and leadoff hitter of the future, in 2013. But if the 22 year-old can continue to show an ability to reach base at a high rate in the upper minors -- he had a .430 OBP between Double-A and Hi-A last season -- while the big league outfield struggles to produce and stay on the field, don't rule him out.  

Steven Wright, RHP: The 28 year-old Wright had a terrific 2012 season and continues to get better at his craft, meaning that the Red Sox could have another knuckleballer on their roster less than two seasons removed from Tim Wakefield's last start. Wakefield, of course, debuted in Boston as a 28 year-old in 1995 and ended up winning 186 games for the Sox over the next 17 seasons. 

New York Yankees

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January 26, 2013

BP Fantasy Podcast

Episode 30: Bigger Than Honey Boo Boo's Mom

Jason and Paul review the latest news, talk a lot about ADP as well as both auction and draft strategies while reading your emails.

 

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January 25, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Why Wahoo's Gotta Go

What a decades-old Mel Allen call says about the Indians' long-lived mascot.

Earlier this week, I came across a link from Craig Robinson at Flip Flop Fly Ballin’ to a cache of 14 radio broadcasts of baseball games from 1948-1967. If you like history or listening to baseball on the radio, this is a treasure trove, and you’ll want to spend a while absorbing the sounds of the game in the time of fast talk and high trousers: Boudreau, Berra, and Ballantine Beer.

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Effectively Wild Episode 126: Justin Upton is Actually Traded

Ben and Sam analyze the Justin Upton trade and Arizona's offseason.



Ben and Sam analyze the Justin Upton trade and Arizona's offseason.

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January 24, 2013

BP Unfiltered

A Definitive Ranking of the Diamondbacks' Grittiest Players

Who's the fairest of them all in Kevin Towers' new world order of grit?

In light of Kevin Towers’ desire for a grittier team after trading Justin Upton, here’s the Diamondbacks projected roster ranked by grittiness. These are correct, so don’t bother leaving comments.

  1. Eric Hinske
  2. Cody Ross
  3. Martin Prado
  4. John McDonald
  5. Aaron Hill
  6. Cliff Pennington
  7. Gerardo Parra
  8. Eric Chavez
  9. Jason Kubel
  10. Wil Nieves
  11. Paul Goldschmidt
  12. Miguel Montero
  13. Adam Eaton

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