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PostPosted: August 21 12, 2:27 pm 
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Jason Parks, baseball author and analyst for Baseball Prospectus (writer of the recurring BP column "Prospects Will Break Your Heart") has graciously agreed to answer questions about Cardinals prospects (or MLB prospects at large). Jason also hosts www.texasfarmreview.com and is a host "Up and In: The Baseball Prospectus Podcast". You can find him in Twitterverse under @professorparks.

Listen to a snippet of Jason's thoughts on Oscar Taveras here.


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PostPosted: August 21 12, 2:42 pm 
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When grading or ranking prospects, what balance do you try to strike between factors such as well-roundedness, floor vs. ceiling, bust potential, etc.? Do you prefer boom-or-bust prospects or those most likely to stick in MLB?

Who are the best prospects you've ever seen? In addition, who had the best individual tools (fastest, most power, best fielder, hardest throwing, best breaking pitches)?


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PostPosted: August 21 12, 3:58 pm 
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Assuming no injuries and daily playing time (either MLB or AAA), how would you address the Cardinals' potential logjam next year in trying to find a spot for Adams and Taveras?


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What do you think about innings caps on young pitchers? Is the "x% rule," ie, only increasing a young pitcher's total innings pitched by x percent over the previous year (I believe a lot of teams use 10%), statistically supported?


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Is there a disadvantage to developing players to subjecting them to an extreme run (+ or -) environment? Do having organziations having teams in High Desert, Las Vegas, Albuquerque suffer in player development because players get bad habits or have issues overcoming these environments?


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If Ben & Jerry's were making a Wierd Baseball Ice Cream flavor, what would be in it?


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Obviously a small sample size, but Michael Wacha seems to be firing on all cylinders right now. Where does he seem to fit among the Cardinals' best prospects? How much (if at all) does his ability to move quickly through the system impact where you place him?


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Nate Silver has drawn wide acclaim for his 538 blog, where he applies sabermetric principles to predictive analysis of elections. What other areas of life do you think sabermetric type analysis could be or are being applied to change the way we approach a problem?


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heyzeus wrote:
Nate Silver has drawn wide acclaim for his 538 blog, where he applies sabermetric principles to predictive analysis of elections. What other areas of life do you think sabermetric type analysis could be or are being applied to change the way we approach a problem?



Do you apply advanced metrics to braised short ribs?


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PostPosted: August 22 12, 8:22 am 
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lukethedrifter wrote:
heyzeus wrote:
Nate Silver has drawn wide acclaim for his 538 blog, where he applies sabermetric principles to predictive analysis of elections. What other areas of life do you think sabermetric type analysis could be or are being applied to change the way we approach a problem?



Do you apply advanced metrics to braised short ribs?


Do you not?


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