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Prospect Pulse: May 28

Chris Kline -Premium Content

Dallas Braden had spent much of his young life messing up. But the world changed around him while Braden and his classmates were in Mexico. For the first time, he realized he needed to get serious if he was to have a future in baseball. For the last time, he was to have a mother.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Pulse

Draft Takes Final Big Steps On TV

Will Lingo -Premium Content

For many fans, it may have been no more than an interesting footnote. Even for serious fans, it probably just rated as another notable step in the evolution of the event. But for people who have followed the baseball draft for years, the news that it will be televised this year was nothing short of revolutionary.

Minors | #2007#Column

Diminutive Parker Rises Quickly

Michael Pointer -Premium Content

Jarrod Parker's wakeup moment, the one that he might reflect back on one day and consider the significance of, occurred in the summer of 2005. It came in the form of an invitation to the Area Code Games, a prominent showcase for high school players in Long Beach, one typically reserved for rising seniors. Many amateur baseball observers around Fort Wayne, Ind., already knew the spindly righthander had loads of talent. They just weren't sure he had realized it quite yet.

Draft | #2007#Draft Preview

On Draft Day, D-Rays Are Winners

Jim Callis -Premium Content

In their short existence, the Devil Rays never have won more than 70 games nor finished higher than fourth place. They've occupied the American League East basement in eight of their nine seasons. But one thing Tampa Bay has done well is execute first-round picks. The Rays reached for Paul Wilder with their first-ever draft choice in 1996, but since then they haven't missed too often.

Minors | #2007#Column

Business Beat: May 23

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Going back to the days when Branch Rickey built the game's first farm system for the St. Louis Cardinals, minor league teams' primary focus has been on developing players. The Slippery Rock Sliders, an expansion team in the independent Frontier League, are putting a new spin on that idea.

Minors | #2007#Business Beat

BAPR Plus: May 22

J.J. Cooper -

Brett Smith is on a pretty impressive roll for Trenton, while Jake Fox just keeps on hitting. Triple-A Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 15 games while hitting a […]

Minors

Harrison Goes Public

John Manuel -

Alan Matthews asked Devil Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison who his top three players were, and Harrison deferred. Alan asked Harrison if the trio might include consensus top prospects David […]

Draft

Bard Set For Return

Chris Kline -

Red Sox righthander Daniel Bard has been in extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., working on his delivery and secondary pitches before heading out to a full-season club again. […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

Eight For Appleton: D-III Field Set

David Ely -

The final two spots in the NCAA Division III baseball finals were claimed Sunday by Emory (Ga.) and Eastern Connecticut State. They will join Carthage (Wis.), Chapman (Calif.), Kean (N.J.), […]

College

Three Strikes: May 21

Aaron Fitt -

Strike One: Heading To Hoover It took until the very last day of the regular season, but we finally have some answers in the Southeastern Conference. Here’s what materialized in […]

College | #Three Strikes