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Spring Training Dish: Nationals Camp

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We sat down with Nationals farm director Andy Dunn to talk about the state of the system, what the organization is trying to stress among players in camp, the return of lefthander Mike Hinckley and the rumor that Kory Casto was moving off third base in the wake of Ryan Zimmerman's arrival last season.

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Spring Training Dish: Braves Camp

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We caught up with Braves assistant general manager for baseball operations Dayton Moore, after we reached him on his Blackberry at Disney's Wide World of Sports, which was filled with middle-school cheerleaders preparing for a competition . . . until we made our way past CrackerJack Stadium and onto the back fields at Disney's pristine complex.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Minnesota

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The Gopher State has produced recent first-round picks in Joe Mauer (2001) and Glen Perkins (2004), but doesn't have that kind of talent this year. While the University of Minnesota usually produces most of the state's draft picks, shortstop Matt Fornasiere is the only Gopher certain to be selected this time around. The state's high schools could get entirely shut out, though righthander Ryan Lindgren probably will go as a draft-and-follow.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Louisiana

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If you're looking for lefthanders, come to Louisiana. Starting with likely first-rounder Brian Bogusevic, the state could have six southpaws taken in the top five rounds. The Bayou State also boasts a trio of hard-throwing righthanders, but not much in the way of position players. The best long-term bat in the state may belong to Bogusevic, but most clubs like him better on the mound.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Kansas

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After the top pitching prospect in the draft (Mike Pelfrey) and the second-best high school catcher available (Brent Milleville), Kansas has a significant dropoff. The state's high schools haven't offered much depth all decade, though Milleville is Kansas' best prep prospect since Pelfrey and Pirates second-round pick Blair Johnson three years ago. The junior colleges pick up some of the slack, offering several interesting players.

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Spring Training Dish: Pirates Camp

Chris Kline -

We sat down with Pirates farm director Brian Graham—in between dodging random throws by second baseman Jose Castillo at his moving golf cart around Pirate City—to talk about keeping the system stocked with depth after losing so many players to the majors last season, the lack of impact talent other than Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen, and what in the world happened to righthander Matt Peterson after he came over from New York in the Kris Benson deal two years ago.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Iowa

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Righthander Jeremy Hellickson is the latest prospect to make a run at becoming Iowa's first high school first-rounder ever, but he'll probably come up a round short. Beyond Hellickson, Iowa is as barren as it was a year ago, when the state's top picks were 20th-round righties Jose Garcia and Nathan Johnson.

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2005 Draft Scouting Report: Illinois

Jim Callis -Premium Content

For the third straight year, pitching again dominates the Illinois scene. Righthander Michael Bowden should be the state's highest-drafted player since Kris Honel went in the first round to the White Sox in 2001. Catcher Chris Robinson has lived up to his billing and should go by the fifth round, but it could be another five or 10 rounds before the next position player is selected.

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Spring Training Dish: Phillies Camp

Chris Kline -

With assistant general manager of scouting and player development Mike Arbuckle back on the amateur beat for the Phillies' scouting department for his most extensive tour of duty in at least three years—and with a first-rounder slated for June—Arbuckle is adamant about reloading through the draft and being aggressive on the international market. We sat down with Arbuckle to talk about where the system is now and where it's headed, the nice crop of lefthanders already in tow, and righthander Scott Mathieson—who's grown leaps and bounds in what can only be termed as a well-traveled offseason.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Dakotas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Righthander Neil Wagner was supposed to be North Dakota's best prospect in years, but his junior season didn't go as planned, allowing high schoolers Kyle Carr and Andrew Gudmunson to pass him as potential draft picks. Scouts didn't have a reason to trek to South Dakota this spring.

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