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Diminutive Parker Rises Quickly

Michael Pointer -

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.

High School | #2007

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Why should teams buy into slotting draft bonuses? What's the scouting report on ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte? What's better, the No. 1 pick with no compensation choices, or no early pick but extra compensation choices?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

BAPR Plus: June 13

J.J. Cooper -

There are nights where you have to love minor league baseball, and Tuesday was one of those days. Whether it was Brandon Watson extending his hitting streak to an amazing […]


Minor League Transactions

Matt Eddy -

This week’™s installment considers all transactions reported between June 2-8. Last week’™s transactions available here. No 2007 draft picks were reported as signed last week, but that will change beginning […]

Minors | #Transactions

Pulling A Donovan

Josh Leventhal -

I want to thank reader Brett Zalaski for bringing this to my attention today. The Fort Myers Miracle plan to take a shot at Billy Donovan’s very brief coaching career […]


Prospect Pulse: June 12

Chris Kline -Premium Content

The description of the topic has become so commonplace in the game when trying to define a prospect's ceiling that it's almost become a sixth tool. Makeup. What exactly is it . . . or better yet, is there a distinct definition?

Minors | #2007#Prospect Pulse

Baseball Draft Loses Another Quirk

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Draft-and-follows were like Rule 5 picks: The hype never seemed to live up to the reality. Like the Rule 5, draft-and-follow supporters can point to iconic success stories like Roy Oswalt and Travis Hafner. But also like the Rule 5, fans tend to forget the many players signed each year who never do anything.

Minors | #2007#Column

College Top 25: June 12

The three remaining national seeds in the NCAA tournament all won their super-regionals, and all three held onto their spots atop the Baseball America Top 25 rankings. Preseason No. 1 Rice enters the College World Series as the nation's No. 1 team.

College | #2007#Top 25

BAPR Plus: June 12

J.J. Cooper -

Brandon Watson extended his hitting streak to 38 games, Daniel Bard played a part in a six-inning rain-shortened no-hitter and Wade Davis struck out 13 in Monday action. Triple-A For […]