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Jim Callis -

What's the scoop on pending Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome. How similar are Vanderbilt's Pedro Alvarez and the Royals' Alex Gordon? Size aside, how about the Yankees' Philip Hughes and the Astros' Roy Oswalt?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

Rays Are On The Clock

Alan Matthews -

The major league draft doesn’t come with the fanfare of that of the NFL or NBA. No endless combine video clips and (force-fed) live studio analysis. Baseball’s draft doesn’t even […]

Draft

Prospect Q&A: Jair Jurrjens

David Laurila -

Jair Jurrjens can pitch in four languages. A 21-year-old righthander from Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles, he can also spot up a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. He sat down with David Laurila in spring training to talk about his career and pitching philosophy.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Q&A

Mainieri Event

Aaron Fitt -

Before we get to this week's mailbag question about Louisiana State, let's update some injury situations elsewhere in the SEC. Tennessee appears on the verge of getting both of its banged-up All-Americans back in the lineup, but Arkansas might have lost one of its weekend starters.

College

Bringing Diamond Back

Matt Meyers -

TUCSON—With a big league roster teeming with homegrown position player talent, the Diamondbacks appear set pretty much everywhere on the diamond. Like most clubs, however, developing pitching has proven a bit tougher.Though their rotation possesses reigning Cy Young winner and system product Brandon Webb, they lack pitching at the minor league level that is ready to step in and contribute. With the exception of nabbing Justin Upton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, it’s evident the organization has tried to address the shortage.

Minors | #Daily Dish

2007 Top 20 Rookies

John Manuel -Premium Content

The last two seasons have produced two of the best rookie classes in a generation—meaning it won't be easy for the Class of 2007 to produce an encore. It's hard to imagine its players having as much of an impact as the last two classes have had on pennant races or in the minds of fans, and it makes the always volatile business of projecting rookie performance even harder this year.

Majors | #2007#Season Preview

So Long, Soler

Matt Eddy -

Though he provided the club with 45 occasionally-acceptable big league innings last season--including a two-hit shutout of Arizona in June--the Mets have released burly Cuban righthander Alay Soler after three spring outings.

Minors | #Daily Dish

Los Rockies

Matt Meyers -

TUCSON—No team has increased their presence in Latin America over the last few years more than the Colorado Rockies. General manager Dan O’Dowd has given Rolando Fernandez and his international scouting department more discretion on the Latin American market, and the Rockies system is seeing the results.The Rockies are flush with young talent at the big league level, but most of their newfound depth courtesy of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela is not there yet. A visit to their minor league spring training complex makes it obvious that this influx of foreign talent is not far away.One of the fruits of the international scouting department’s labor that is generating buzz in camp is shortstop Hector Gomez.

Minors | #Daily Dish

Miller Optioned; Holdzkom Returned

Chris Kline -

Tigers lefthander Andrew Miller was among the roster cuts from major league camp yesterday, as the club optioned him to high Class A Lakeland.Detroit manager Jim Leyland told BA correspondent Jon Paul Morosi (Detroit Free Press) that Miller was "definitely not going to be on the team," but there was "a strong possibility the lefthander would join the club at some point during the season.

Minors | #Daily Dish

Non-Prospect Diary: Dirk Hayhurst

Dirk Hayhurst -

Padres righthander Dirk Hayhurst will be one of our featured diary scribes for the 2007 season. The 2003 eighth-round pick went a combined 6-14, 4.73 in 131 innings at three different levels last season—getting to Triple-A (Portland) for the first time in his career. But never mind the numbers.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Diary

Three Strikes: March 12

Aaron Fitt -

Three Strikes checks in on struggling Miami, which fell out of the Top 25 rankings, as well as Cal State Fullerton's lost weekend at East Carolina and the crowded group of qualified teams sitting just outside the Top 25.

College | #Three Strikes