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Updated Rubbing Mud: All the Implications of Odubel Herrera

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Premium Article The Call-Up: Julio Urias

by Wilson Karaman and Ben Carsley

And so begins the greatest round of "I feel so, so, so old" we've ever seen. . . . more | 5 unread comments

Raising Aces: Digging Under The Gun

by Doug Thorburn

How do we recalibrate our reliance on the radar gun for modern-day pitching evaluation? . . . more | 1 unread comment

Prospectus Feature: Why Is College Baseball A Statistical Wasteland?

by Jake Garcia

You would never know baseball had undergone a data revolution if you only followed the NCAA. This might finally be changing. . . . more | 0 comments

What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record

by Daniel Rathman

The Astros strike out a slew to set one record, Fernandez whiffs a bunch to tie a franchise mark, and Jackie Bradley is back to being a regular guy. . . . more | 6 unread comments

The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, May 27

by Matthew Kory

This one's got a little salt in its language. . . . more | 2 unread comments

Premium Article Weekly Wrap: May 27, 2016

by Will Haines

Bad news for Gary Sanchez, good news for J.P. Crawford and more news and notes. . . . more | 2 unread comments

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 26th

by Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Alex Bregman, Carson Kelly, Sean Reid-Foley, and (almost) all of the Lancaster JetHawks. . . . more | 13 unread comments

Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Batted-Ball Trajectory and BABIP Overachievers

by Wilson Karaman

A look at several players who might be well equipped to sustain lofty batting averages on balls in play. . . . more | 0 comments

Fantasy Article Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week Nine

by Greg Wellemeyer

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers. . . . more | 2 unread comments

Fantasy Article Free Agent Watch: Week Nine

by George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

If these players are available in your league, they might be worth a look, depending on the format. . . . more | 0 comments

Fantasy Article Fantasy Draft Rankings: The Updated Top 300

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Mike and Bret revise their preseason rankings, incorporating early-season performance. . . . more | 2 unread comments

Thursday, May 26

Tools of Ignorance: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out

by Jeff Quinton

Within an unusual and thought-provoking trend, there is an extremely unusual and extremely thought-provoking subtrend. . . . more | 13 unread comments

Players Prefer Presentation: Let Ballparks Get Old

by Meg Rowley

Can baseball thrive in cities where nostalgia is suffocated? . . . more | 10 unread comments

Prospectus Feature: On David Ortiz and Perhaps the Best Final Season Ever

by Aaron Gleeman

Somewhere, a recreational Sunday softball league is about to get really, really good. . . . more | 0 comments

Premium Article Eyewitness Accounts: May 26, 2016

by BP Prospect Staff

Eyes on Rockies' starters Jeff Hoffman and Kyle Freeland, a red-hot Sandy Alcantara, two young Cal Leaguers and more. . . . more | 0 comments

What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect

by Demetrius Bell

The Cubs ace loses one incredible streak but keeps another alive, while Corey Kluber and Nomar Mazara put on shows. . . . more | 1 unread comment

BP Toronto: Blue Jays' Fastball Feast Is Over

by Joshua Howsam

Pitchers have stopped throwing the Blue Jays fastballs and, so far at least, their hitters have yet to adjust. . . . more | 0 comments

Fantasy Article The Stash List: Eighth Edition, 2016

by J.J. Jansons

Trea Turner is still in the minors and still atop this list. . . . more | 4 unread comments

Fantasy Article Deep League Report: Week Eight

by Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deep leagues. . . . more | 1 unread comment

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 25th

by Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Matt Chapman, Joe Musgrove, Jorge Bonifacio, and Ryan Borucki. . . . more | 9 unread comments

Fantasy Article The Fantasy Verdict: Gattis and Catcher Eligibility

by J.P. Breen

Court is in session as J.P. evaluates a star-studded blockbuster and two other trades involving Sonny Gray and Evan Gattis. . . . more | 0 comments

Wednesday, May 25

Team Chemistry: Diagnosing the Swing Swings

by John Choiniere

Batters increase the "swing zone" as the season goes on. To try to understand why, we need to know how. . . . more | 5 unread comments

What You Need to Know: Chris Sale, Imperfect

by Emma Baccellieri

The White Sox ace finally gets hit, while Matt Harvey continues to get hit and Jackie Bradley continues to get hits. . . . more | 1 unread comment

Prospectus Feature: The RISP Mystery

by Rob Mains

When runners are in scoring position, home runs go down, while everything else--including doubles and triples--goes up. Why? . . . more | 2 unread comments

Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak

by Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford

Tim Lincecum finds a home for his comeback, Blake Swihart rejoins the Red Sox as an outfielder, and the Braves buy a draft pick. . . . more | 2 unread comments

Premium Article The Toolshed: The Fastball

by James Fisher

A look at what we're talking about when we talk about the fastball. . . . more | 1 unread comment

Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 24th

by Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Zach Eflin, Bradley Zimmer, Mike Yastrzemski, and Andrew Morales. . . . more | 4 unread comments

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitchers

by Bret Sayre

Reranking the closers, factoring in their early-season performances. . . . more | 7 unread comments

Fantasy Article Updating the Tiers: Starting Pitchers

by Mike Gianella

It's been a rough start to the season for many of the top-50 starters, driving some changes in this midyear rerank. . . . more | 21 unread comments

Fantasy Article TDGX Transactions: Hello Newman

by George Bissell

Recapping the moves made by the experts in the TGDX experts dynasty leagues this week. . . . more | 0 comments

Tuesday, May 24

Cold Takes: Make OBP Honest

by Patrick Dubuque

There is no ideal way to reach first base. It's time, if it ever wasn't, to strip judgment from our stats. . . . more | 11 unread comments

Prospectus Feature: Joe Nathan's Got One Thing To Prove

by Aaron Gleeman

Don't forget how great Joe Nathan was. And as he prepares for a comeback, don't forget what he's still working toward. . . . more | 2 unread comments

BP Toronto: Investing in Michael Saunders

by Tammy Rainey

Michael Saunders is suddenly looking like a player the Blue Jays should be trying to sign long term. . . . more | 0 comments