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Freitas Awards Try To Spotlight Minors Top Operators

Will Lingo -Premium Content

On the Website, you'll notice some awards that you're used to seeing a little bit later in the year, or perhaps that you've never noticed before at all. What they represent is, quite simply, the best of the minor leagues. And we're hoping that by giving our minor league awards a bigger stage, we can shine a brighter light on the people who are responsible for making the minors as successful as they have become.

Minors | #2006#Column

Draft Changes, But Slotting Could Fall Apart

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Which was more surprising? That baseball got a new Collective Bargaining Agreement ahead of schedule and without rancor, or that it included actual changes to the draft rules? Since an arbitrator ruled in 1992 that the draft can't be altered without the union's approval, modifications have been as rare as the Pirates having a winning season.

Minors | #2006#Column

Prospect Pulse: Nov. 3

Chris Kline -Premium Content

When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced and included Rule 5 draft alterations, let's just say that not everyone on the field in the Arizona Fall League was thrilled. The AFL, which serves as not only a finishing school for each club's top prospects, but also as a combine for pro scouts to get a look at players eligible for December's Rule 5 Draft, took a hit this year with the changes to the CBA.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Pulse

World Wood Bat Class Of 2008 Top 10 Prospects

Alan Matthews -

While professional scouts flock to Jupiter to gauge the year's draft-eligible prospects, the WWBA fall championship typically features a bevy of promising underclassmen, as well. Here's a look at the top 10 juniors in attendance, as judged by BA's Alan Matthews in conjunction with scouts and college recruiters in attendance. Rankings reflect the player's ceiling and likelihood of reaching that ceiling with some consideration to performance at the event.

High School | #2007

World Wood Bat Class Of 2007 Top 20 Prospects

Alan Matthews -

The WWBA fall championship is the final major scouting event of the year and has become a valuable setting for scouts to evaluate some of the country's best high school players. Here's a look at the top 20 seniors in attendance, as judged by BA's Alan Matthews in conjunction with scouts in attendance. Rankings reflect the player's ceiling and likelihood of reaching that ceiling with some consideration to performance at the event.

High School | #2007

World Wood Bat Class Of 2007 Top 20 Prospects

Alan Matthews -Premium Content

The WWBA fall championship is the final major scouting event of the year and has become a valuable setting for scouts to evaluate some of the country's best high school players. Here's a look at the top 20 seniors in attendance, as judged by BA's Alan Matthews in conjunction with scouts in attendance. Rankings reflect the player's ceiling and likelihood of reaching that ceiling with some consideration to performance at the event.

High School | #2007#Events#Perfect Game World Wood-Bat Association Championships

Business Beat: Oct. 31

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Artificial turf, once the miracle cure for stadiums across the country, is quickly heading toward extinction at the minor league level. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (International) have already gone forward with plans to roll up their carpet and replace it with grass for the 2007 season. The Wichita Wranglers (Texas), who play on a turf infield and a grass outfield, will leave for Springdale, Ark., before the 2008 season. And now the Syracuse SkyChiefs (International) are looking to replace their turf with grass as well.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat