Prospect Retrospectives

The career of A.J. Pierzynski

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SIgned by the Cardinals as a free agent this weekend, veteran A.J. Pierzynski has had a very long career. Here's how he ranked as a prospect.

The career of Cameron Maybin

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San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games for unauthorized use of amphetamines. Once one of the top prospects in baseball, his career has been disappointing.

Prospect Retrospective: David Price, from A to ace

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The career of David Price, a Grade A prospect who became a Grade A ace.

Michael Brantley:from sleeper prospect to All-Star

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Cleveland Indians outfielder and 2014 American League All Star Michael Brantley is a good example of a sleeper prospect who made good.

Origins of 2014 All-Stars:National League pitchers

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Here's the breakdown of the amateur origins of the 2014 National League All Star pitcher roster.

Origins of 2014 All-Stars:American League pitchers

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Here's a breakdown of the amateur origins for 2014 American League All-Star pitchers.

Origins of 2014 All-Stars: National League hitters

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Here's a breakdown of the amateur origins of the hitters on the 2014 National League All-Star team.

Prospect Retrospective: Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners

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Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners has developed into one of the top third basemen in baseball, exceeding what he was projected to do when he was a prospect.

Prospect Retrospective: Scott Kazmir, LHP, A's

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Scott Kazmir was once one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. He's had an up-down-back-up career, but ranks well compared to pitchers that he was similar to back in 2006.

Prospect Retrospective: Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs

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Trade rumors have been swirling about Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija. His development as a prospect was unusual, to say the least, but demonstrates why teams don't like to give up on live arms.

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Sean Doolittle and the 48/1 K/BB

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How weird is it that former first base prospect Sean Doolittle is dominating major league hitters out of the Oakland Athletics bullpen? It is not as weird as you might think.

Prospect Retrospective: Clayton Kershaw

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Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter yesterday for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Here's how he rated as a prospect, and how his career stands in context.

Prospect Retrospective: Tony Gwynn, Hall of Famer

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away today. Here's what he was like as a prospect and how his career stands in context.

Prospect Retrospective: Pat Mahomes

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His son was recently drafted, but the original Pat Mahomes was an interesting prospect in his own right.

Not a Rookie: Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants

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The Giants first baseman is currently on the DL with a thumb injury, but here's a look at how he ranked as a prospect.

Conor Gillaspie of the White Sox is hitting .352

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Such performance is not unprecedented for the former Cape Cod League batting champion and 2007 MVP.

Prospect Retrospective: Josh Beckett, RHP, Dodgers

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Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter yesterday. He was the top pitching prospect in baseball at the turn of the century. Here's how his career ranks.

Where did Dallas Keuchel come from?

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The Houston Astros lefty has a track record of struggling when reaching a new level, but then adapting and improving.

Not a Rookie: Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers

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Currently sidelined with elbow inflammation, Texas Rangers pitcher Martin Perez ranked highly as a prospect despite an unusual minor league career.

Not a Rookie: Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies

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He's playing like the Mike Trout of the National League, at least at home. Where did Charlie Blackmon come from?

Prospect Retrospective: Chad Tracy

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Infielder Chad Tracy has retired after a nine-year major league career with the Diamondbacks, Cubs, Marlins, and Nationals. Here is a review of his tenure and how he rated as a minor league prospect.

Prospect Retrospective: Jason Bartlett

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Here's a look at the prospect development and career of recently-retired major league infielder Jason Bartlett.

San Diego's haul from the Forsythe/Torres trade

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San Diego swaps utility man Logan Forsythe and four prospects (RHP's Boxberger, Andriese, Lollis, and 2B Tissenbaum) to Tampa for left handed reliever Alex Torres and High A starter RHP Jesse Hahn.

The 2014 Hall of Fame class before they were stars

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We all know how good Maddux, Glavine and Thomas were during their careers. After all, they were just elected into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown. But what did scouts think of them before they...

1951 Pacific Coast League MVP: Jim Rivera

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A brief look at Rivera's eccentric style of play, his baseball philosophy and his encounter with JFK.

Rangers sign Choo for seven years. Will this work?

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Here's a look at the career of the new Texas Rangers outfielder.

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