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More Teams Hooking Up

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The Padres win the battle for San Antonio, while the shuffle in the New York-Penn League ends, and the Dodgers will be the major league affiliate for the new Great Lakes franchise in the Midwest League.

Minors | #2006#Column

Northwest League Top 20 Prospects List

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College players making their pro debuts traditionally dominate the short-season Northwest League, and that doesn't figure to change. Even in 2006, when the league featured two impressive high school pitchers (Tony Butler and Kasey Kiker) making their pro debuts and a third who was a first-rounder in 2005 (Mark Pawelek), 14 of the 20 best prospects were college products.

Minors | #2006#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Northwest League Top 20 Prospects

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

College players making their pro debuts traditionally dominate the short-season Northwest League, and that doesn't figure to change. Even in 2006, when the league featured two impressive high school pitchers (Tony Butler and Kasey Kiker) making their pro debuts and a third who was a first-rounder in 2005 (Mark Pawelek), 14 of the 20 best prospects were college products.

Minors | #2006#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Mets, Orioles Complete Triple-A Movement

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Completing the affiliation movement in Triple-A, the Mets announced a two-year player-development contract with New Orleans, while the Orioles will take over in Norfolk. Also, the Pirates completed an expected move when they announced their short-season affiliation will switch to State College next season.

Minors | #2006#Column