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    Pitcher Splits: Changeup Drops

    "Hitting is timing and Pitching is upsetting timing." - Warren Spahn This analysis is about deception. When we talk about splits between between a pitchers fastball and changeup, it's not about the speed of the fastball, it about the...

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    Prospect Central 18 - Wk 18

    That is the question with him and a decent hit tool is the key that can unlock all of that other toolsiness...

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    Prospect Central 18 - Wk 16

    You have every right to question his power ceiling...

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    Prospect Central 18 - Wk 15

    Tuck Yeah!

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    Prospect Central 18 - Wk 13

    I think that's a highly-realistic projection and one you can make with an unusual amount of confidence for a pitching prospect.

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    Prospect Central 18 - Week 12

    Shane shares one similarity with Jonathan Loaisiga...

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    Prospect Central 18 - Week 2

    I guess it comes down to power. He's a 20-HR guy but who knows, I might be a 20-HR guy in MLB in 2018.

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    Prospect Central 2017 Week 15

    A sample of Sunday's Prospect Central

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    Prospect Central 2017 Week 13

    A sample of Sunday's Prospect Central

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    Prospect Central 2017 Week 12

    A sampling of Sunday's Prospect Central.

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    Prospect Central 2017 Week 10

    A Sample of Sunday's Prospect Central for Week 10

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    Prospect Central 2017 - Week #2

    Welcome to Prospect Central! Each week we profile prospects that are expected to have an impact on the fantasy landscape with industry leading depth and insight. Trey Mancini, 1B, OriolesTrey Mancini led the charge in the O's big win over...

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    The Dying Days of the 5-Man Rotation? by Kyle Elfrink

    In a world of change, baseball's five-man pitching rotation has been a given. In fact, for those under 40, it has been that way, well, forever. For decades, we've had a few assumptions when it comes to a pitching staff....

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    May Pitcher Rankings 2014

    In our continuing series on player recommendations, today we take a look at the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production. The past has shown us that pitchers have a more difficult time reverting to their historical mean. Especially...

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    Historical Fantasy Baseball Values 5x5

    Hi Folks, Welcome to the start of the 2014 fantasy baseball season! With Pitchers and Catchers reporting in a few short weeks, one of the ways I open a new season is by taking a look back at the previous...

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    Pre-season Report- February 20, 2014

    Boston Red Sox Clay Buchholz- Fantasy Ace or Injury waiting to happen? Last week, when we touched upon the Red Sox rotation, I wrote about Jon Lester. Lester is the anti-thesis to Clay Buchholz. Lester's days of being a fantasy...

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    Preseason Prep- February 14, 2014

    Boston Red Sox Will Middlebrooks- Cheap power at third or a dead spot in your fantasy lineup? Few players were more Jekyll and Hyde in 2013 than Red Sox Third Baseman, Will Middlebrooks. The first half of the season in...

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    June 2013 Fantasy Pitcher Rankings

    In our continuing series on player recommendations, the latest edition of Strategy Manager + highlights the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production this season. On the ranking sheet (Pitcher Rankings for June) you will find 5 tiers...

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    Player Consistency - Head to Head leagues

    New Page 2 Player Consistency Revisited Several years ago we introduced Consistency Factor and it's implications to both Head to Head leagues as well as all Fantasy leagues regardless of their scoring setup. We run and update this piece...

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    2012 Fantasy Baseball Second Half Rankings

    2012 fantasy baseball second half rankings.

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 8

    This is a sample of Insiderbaseball.com's weekly Prospect Central column featuring in-depth analysis of over 120 prospects each season. Please visit Insiderbaseball.com or click the "Home" tab at the top of the page to see all the great insights...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 6

    This is a sample of Insiderbaseball.com's weekly Prospect Central column featuring in-depth analysis of over 120 prospects each season. Please visit Insiderbaseball.com or click the "Home" tab at the top of the page to see all the great insights...

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    Player Rankings Update

    Under/Over Performing Pitchers May Update 2012 (see the Recommendations) In our continuing series on player recommendations, today we take a look at the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production. The past has shown us that pitchers have...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 4

    Just to preempt some questions that I'll get this week ... I see Prospect Central as a way to talk a little more in depth about some prospects that don't get a huge amount of copy in the fantasy...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 3

    A.J. Pollock - Third Base - Diamondbacks The D-backs purchased the contract of A.J. Pollock from AAA in response to Chris Young's injury. The 24 year old missed all of 2010 regular season with elbow surgery but returned for...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 2

    Freddy Galvis - Second Base - Phillies 21-year-old Freddy Galvis started off the season 0- for -10 before collecting a 2-run double to snap the streak. He entered the weekend 5- for -14 including his first career HR on...

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    Prospect Central 2012 - Week 1

    Drew Smyly - Tigers - SP The Tigers will start the season with Drew Smyly as their 5th starter, even if he will start the season in the minors to get a start in while the 5th slot comes around....

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    The Inconsistent Player 2012

    Image via WikipediaSeveral years ago we introduced Consistency Factor and it's implications to both Head to Head leagues as well as all Fantasy leagues regardless of their scoring setup. We run and update this piece every season because of it's...

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    Fantasy Baseball: Is a Stolen Base more valuable than a Home Run?

    Lets face it, it's a dilemma that many Fantasy GMs face on draft day: How valuable is speed in relation to power. Let's start by examining how Rotisserie values a Stolen Base verses a Home Run:

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    Expected ERA winners and Losers from a season ago

    Expected ERA (XERA) depicts a pitcher's "True ERA" based on the factors within a pitcher's control. These factors include Hits, Walks, Home Runs allowed and K's. When one considers the inequity with the ERA calculation, specifically related to defense and...

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    Preseason Pitching Box Scores

    It's that time of the year again, Preseason Baseball is underway and we'll be carrying the pitcher box scores here every morning. Please be aware that the early preseason box scores can be deceiving. Pitchers, especially veteran pitchers, sometimes...

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    2011: Here comes the Small Ball Part 2

    Last week we discussed the shift we've seen from pitchers in this post PEDs era. Today we're going to look at what's happening on the offensive side. Like Yin and Yang, what happens on one side must also affect...

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    2011 Top of the Prospect Class

    2011 Top of the Prospect Class It is at this point every year when I am charged with telling you all about prospects who I think will make in impact in 2011. Last year at this time we talked about...

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    Prospect Central '10 - Week 19

    Thomas Diamond – SP Chicago Cubs Injuries has dimmed the once bright outlook for Thomas Diamond, the 10th overall pick in 2004. Possessed of incredible stuff and a lamentably flawed guidance system, Diamond was derailed by TJS prior to 2007,...

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    Prospect Central '10 - Week 18

    Mike Minor - SP Atlanta Braves The Braves will start Mike Minor against the Astros tomorrow as the left-hander will make his major league debut. The Braves' first round pick last year out of Vanderbilt, Mike signed for $2.42M with...

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    Prospect Central '10 - Week 12

    Brett Lawrie – Second Base Milwaukee Brewers The Brewers Brett Lawrie may already be, at 20 years old, the best second base prospect in the minors, especially from a fantasy standpoint where you can throw out his defensive limitations. Except...