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Polk’s Softer Side

John Manuel -Premium Content

Ron Polk's career was so rich, it took two John Manuel columns to encapsulate it. This one focuses on Polk's career that has little to do with the NCAA—in other words, the part Polk won't talk about.

College | #2008#Column

Pedro’s Back

John Manuel -

To little fanfare, Pedro Alvarez came back this week. The Vanderbilt junior third baseman had been taking ground balls the last few weeks after breaking his hamate bone on his […]

College

WCC Free-For-All

Aaron Fitt -

As usual, Tuesday was a busy day on the college baseball calendar, and as usual, there were a couple of notable upsets. Most shockingly, Western Illinois improved to 5-14 on […]

College

Minor League Transactions

Matt Eddy -

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between March 22 and 28. Last week’s transactions available here. Arizona Diamondbacks Released: RHP Eric Butler, RHP Matt Fowles, RHP Derik […]

Minors | #Transactions

Rule 5 Picks To Click—Updated!

Matt Eddy -

The Rule 5 Class of 2007 gave us the comeback-player-of-the-millennium in Josh Hamilton and the rapid ascendancy of Joakim Soria from the Mexican League to Royals’ closer. Righthander Kevin Cameron […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

Hello Springdale

Alan Eskew -Premium Content

Wichita will no longer be stomping grounds for Royals farmhands. Springdale, Ark., which in July 2006 passed a referendum by 13 votes to fund a minor league stadium, will be the new home of the Royals' Double-A affiliate, which will call itself the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Double-A

Fix-It-Upper

Josh Leventhal -

Naomi Silver hardly thinks of Batavia as a reclamation project. The Rochester Red Wings chief operating officer instead views her team's new relationship with the Muckdogs, their neighbor in upstate New York, as an investment that will prove profitable for two of minor league baseball's most venerable teams.

Minors | #2008#Business Beat

Making An Impression

Matt Blood and John Manuel -Premium Content

According to the Major League Scouting Bureau, the first three things a scout looks for when evaluating a pitching prospect are strength, stamina and aggression in the strike zone. On a Friday night in early March, top third base and hitting prospect Ethan Martin took the mound against highly ranked American Heritage High and forced scouts to also consider him a pitching prospect.

Draft | #2008#Draft Dish

Keep On Changing

Will Lingo -Premium Content

A couple of features in this year's Minor League Preview really highlight, at least to me, how much the minor leagues have changed over the last decade and a half.

Minors | #2008#Column