Chris Kline

2005 Arizona Fall League Preview

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This is the 14th season for the Arizona Fall League, Major League Baseball's domestic, developmental league for prospects. In many ways, it's the ultimate Baseball America league, with rosters bulging with many of the best young players in the game today. Let's take a look at the top players on each team, broken down by the following categories: Best Pitching Prospect, Best Position Prospect, Emerging Player, and a player who is bouncing back—either from injury or who has come to the AFL to get more work and experience after a down year.

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2005 Manager Of The Year: Ken Oberkfell

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Ken Oberkfell led Norfolk to a 79-65 record, winning the IL's South Division by 14 games in his rookie season in Triple-A. The club bowed out in the first round of the playoffs, but took eventual champion Toledo to a deciding fifth game before doing so. His openness, experience and the outstanding job he did this season in Norfolk make him Baseball America's Manager of the Year.

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Prospect Pulse: Rule 5 Draft Wrapup

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For as humdrum as the Rule 5 draft was this year, there were a few interesting players who now find themselves under the pressure of staying on the big league roster all season. Only 12 players were chosen in the major league phase, with the Marlins taking advantage to further add pieces to their rebuilding process.

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Prospect Pulse: Denorfia Makes Most Of Opportunities

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Wheaton College is hardly a baseball factory. The former all-women's school only went co-ed 16 years ago, didn't field a varsity baseball team until 1998 and is presently a Division III program competing in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. Yet the minute Chris Denorfia set foot on this bucolic campus located in the woods of Norton, Mass., he never doubted he could make his major league dreams come true.

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Spring Training Dish: Red Sox Camp

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High Class A Wilmington has always been known as a perennial playoff contender since joining the Carolina League in 1993 as a Royals affiliate. With the likes of Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and Zack Greinke, the Blue Rocks won the Northern Division eight times, and advanced to the Mills Cup finals four times. But the Rocks struggled in 2005 in their first season as an affiliate of the Red Sox, though that is likely to change this season with a pair of 2005 first-round picks and the return of first baseman Ian Bladergroen.

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Questions With Kline: Jim Fleming

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Marlins vice president of player development and scouting Jim Fleming has a rich history of signing players dating back to when he was the scouting director of the Expos. BA sat down with Fleming yesterday morning to get his take on a myriad of topics and players as the Marlins move forward with their second rebuilding process heading into this season.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Bulletin

Five Tools, One Big Question

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Whenever the name Elijah Dukes is spoken in baseball circles, the first thing anyone wants to talk about is his off-field history and not the exploits of the five-tool outfielder between the lines. Such is the case for one of the few baseball prospects with a rap sheet, rather than the showcase and high bonus background you'd expect from one of the game's elite prospects.

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Spring Training Dish: Mets Camp

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Farm director Adam Wogan has only been on the job for a few months since coming over from the Nationals, but thanks to assistant to the GM Tony Bernazard, field coordinator Tony Tijerina and the rest of the field staff, Mets camp is running like a well-oiled machine. And that makes getting Wogan acclimated that much easier. BA sat down with Wogan and Bernazard to talk about the state of the system, how much developing players has changed since general manager Omar Minaya took over and a pair of outfielders that take a back seat to Milledge—for now.

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Spring Training Dish: Dodgers Camp

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We had the opportunity to sit down with Dodgers vice president of scouting and player development Roy Smith, who just returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic with the rest of the Dodger brass, to talk about how much the organization's development philosophy has changed since he came over to the club in 2004 after six seasons as assistant general manager of the Pirates; the sudden depth of outfielders in the system and the state of international scouting—an area in which the organization has lacked in recent years since the departure of international scouting director Rene Francisco.

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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.

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Spring Training Dish: Pirates Camp

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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.

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Spring Training Dish: Phillies Camp

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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