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Scouting Book is updated daily and always expanding with new info and insights on rookies, breakouts, prospects and pros. Now featuring 'The Book' on more than 500 prospects, the new at-a-glance Closer Watch grid, and the sortable, multi-ranked Prospect Matrix.
New Data, Tools and Toys Coming Soon
With the World Series finished and post-season errata tied up, we've begun our annual large-scale overhauls and updates here at ScoutingBook.com.
You'll already notice that many of 2013's top prospects, from Jurickson Profar to Shelby Miller, have moved on, as they'll no longer be rookies this coming season. That means they won't get the day-to-day coverage that the game's next wave will receive from us. You'll still find them online here, of course, and in the months to come you'll see that we'll be doing a little bit more with these young veterans than we have in the past, but in terms of top prospect watching? They're yesterday's news.
During the winter, expect only occasional postings and updates from us, as we're busy behind the scenes building things you'll be able to enjoy next season. We will take a moment to give our readers updates and insights on any midwinter signings or trades that are especially important to prospect-watchers, of course.
Speaking of prospects, our Top Prospects for 2014 is bound to be the most popular feature this season (it always is), and we'll be overhauling and updating the data on thousands of young players soon so that before 2014 is underway, you'll have everything you need to know them very well. As has become our tradition, the 2014 version of our profiles will be expanded once again from last year's version, thanks to the addition of a few new data sources that we hope gives our readers a little more insight into each and every prospect from a couple of new perspectives.
And of course, we'll also be revising and expanding many of our other most-beloved features and tools, from old standbys like Park Factors and Closer Watch to young pups like our recent Farm Strength Index We'll also be adding some completely new tools for 2014, one of which we're especially excited about, so stay tuned: while it will take a little time, we'll eventually be sneaking new tools and features for some public testing before Spring Training, and you won't know about them unless you stick your head in occasionally to see what's happening.
Deep on the Farm, IFAs Can Remake Futures
July is an active month in Major League Baseball, especially if you're a general manager or anyone else deeply interested in a team's roster makeup and competitive future. Complete Article
The Coin Tosses Continue
Historically, second-round Draft selections have a near 50-50 chance of leading productive careers in Major League Baseball, with college players more likely to succeed. That doesn't mean high-schoolers are worthless, of course. Billy Hamilton (2009) is one of the top prospects in baseball today, after all, and super-slugger Mike Stanton back was plucked from Notre Dame High School back in 2007. Complete Article
Where All The Top Prospects Landed
The 2013 First Year Player Draft (as it's officially called) provided few first-round surprises, with most of the top 10 falling pretty much as-expected. Complete Article
Another Sampling of This Year's New Talent Pool
The 2013 First Year Player Draft begins tomorrow, June 6th. Since we've already covered college prospects, today we'll provide a quick introduction to the year's most interesting high school candidates. In the draft's first day, baseball's weakest franchises will be especially interested in high-school players. Complete Article
A Sampling of Next Week's Talent Pool
With MLB's First Year Player Draft just around the corner, it's time to open our vault a little to share some of what we know about the best up-and-coming college players, those most likely to be selected by MLB teams next week. Many baseball brains believe that college players are safer picks than high-school talents, and the numbers show the classic Moneyball wisdom of that belief: almost seventy-five percent of college players chosen in the first fifty picks end up in MLB, while only about forty-five percent of high schoolers chosen that high ever reach the Show. Complete Article
Closer Watch 2.0 is Now Live
No matter whether you're a fantasy player or just a hardcore baseball fan, relief pitching is probably one of your biggest frustrations. Relievers are notoriously flaky, and their grip on the job is usually a weak one: some teams will replace their setup men and closers not just once, but many times per season. Meanwhile, fans and fantasy players lose hair over each blown save or meltdown, and hope that some new pitcher in the minor leagues will be their team's late-inning salvation... someday. Complete Article
Our New Farm Strength Index Measures Overall Minor League Might
If there's anything we love more than baseball here at Scouting Book, it's building new tools we can use to study and follow baseball from new angles. Today, we're taking the wraps off our newest favorite toy, a tool to measure and track the overall strength of all 30 MLB minor league systems. Complete Article
Can a 'Perfect' Roster Get Even Better?
No team has done a better job building a home-made contender than the Washington Nationals. Unlike many franchises that throw all-in for a win-now season or two, cashing in and cashing out prospects and veterans as the winds dictate, the Nats have used prudence and caution to build a solid foundation of core players that should keep the club in contention for most of the next decade. Complete Article
With So Much Betrayal, Why Do Fans Even Bother?
They say some victims stay with abusive partners because they adjust to the mistreatment as if it's some new kind of normal. If that's the case, Marlin season-ticket holders must be studies in the Stockholm Syndrome. No matter how poorly the team treats its supporters with big promises followed by big selloffs, fans keep coming back anyway. Even in the worst-attended ballpark in the country, hundreds (even thousands) of fans still, somehow, believe. The Marlins are proof of one of the oldest maxims in the game: Baseball always survives, no matter how hard ownership tries to kill it. Complete Article