Ben Badler

Morales Optioned to Triple-A

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Rockies lefthander Franklin Morales didn’t spend much time in the major leagues. He also didn’t find any success there, which is why the Rockies optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. […]

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Cool Rays

Ben Badler -Premium Content

If all goes according to plan—though that rarely happens in baseball—Tampa Bay's 2004 draft could go down as one of the best drafts of the decade. The Rays used the fourth overall pick that year on Jeff Niemann, a 6-foot-9 righthander from Rice with a mid-90s fastball and a power curve. Niemann made his debut on April 13 for the Rays, allowing one run in six innings on five strikeouts and one walk. In the second round, the Rays grabbed Louisiana high school shortstop Reid Brignac, who was No. 39 on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list coming into the season.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Double-A

Making The Pieces Fit

Ben Badler -Premium Content

For a farm director, putting together his organization's minor league rosters is a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Once the general manager narrows the major league roster down to 25 players, each farm director has to allocate 24 players to his Triple-A team, 24 to his Double-A squad, 25 to high Class A and 25 to low Class A. It's up to the general manager and the scouting department to acquire the pieces; it's the farm director's job to put that 98-piece puzzle together. And sometimes the pieces need to be forced into spots where they don't quite seem to fit.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Pulse

AA Dish: Swarzak Dominates

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Twins righthander Anthony Swarzak overmatched New Hampshire batters, Indians third baseman Wes Hodges hit his fifth home run of the season, 19-year-old Yankees right fielder Jose Tabata clubbed a pair […]

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Triunfel Expected Back Soon

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Mariners shortstop Carlos Triunfel hasn’t played since April 7, but Mariners farm director Greg Hunter said Triunfel should be back in the high Class A High Desert lineup within the […]

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Hellickson Shapes Up For 2008

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Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson has already done something this season that he didn’t do last year–pitch in a minor league game in early April. Last year, it took Hellickson until April […]

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