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Which shortstop has the higher ceiling and brighter future: Javier Baez (Cubs) or Francisco Lindor (Indians)? How does the Red Sox' crowded third-base picture figure to shake out in the future? How good are NCAA Division III products Bruce Maxwell (Athletics) and Tim Saunders (Cubs)?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

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How do Matt Harvey and Rick Porcello compare? How unusual is 23rd-rounder Cody Allen's swift rise to the majors? What are the details behind the Diamondbacks' signing of nondrafted free agent Felipe Perez for $400,000?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

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How is Astros outfielder Ariel Ovando progressing? What does the future hold for Nationals outfielder Nathan Karns? Is Cubs righthander Matt Loosen a prospect?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

Ranking The Top 10 Prospects Who Were Traded

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Maybe last July served as a cautionary tale. The Giants sent righthander Zack Wheeler, the No. 6 choice in 2009, to the Mets for Carlos Beltran. The Indians dispatched Drew Pomeranz, the No. 5 selection in 2010, to the Rockies in a four-player package for Ubaldo Jimenez. Both clubs failed to make the playoffs and have buyer's remorse that will linger for a while. Whatever the reason, the quality of prospects who changed addresses in July was underwhelming.<br/>

Minors | #2012#Column

Pirates Sacrifice Hernandez To Add Another Bat

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The Pirates continue to bid for their first playoff spot in 20 years and added a potential answer to their first-base mix by acquiring Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins. They also received righthander Kyle Kaminska while giving up outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and their competitive balance draft pick, which will be the second pick after the end of the first round.

Majors | #2012#Trade Central

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How do the Zack Greinke trade packages compare? What would an updated Brewers Top 10 Prospects list look like? Can Padres outfielder Jaff Decker reverse his downward trend at the plate?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

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What would an updated Reds Top 10 Prospects list look like? Is there still hope for Athletics righthander Michael Ynoa? How much has Mariners second baseman Stefen Romero enhanced his prospect status with his breakout year?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Where would recent draft and international signees fit on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects list? How good was the Dodgers' draft? Why doesn't the signing deadline apply to Astros seventh-rounder Preston Tucker, and what's his scouting report?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

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Will first-round pitchers Kevin Gausman, Mark Appel or Lucas Giolito sign by the Friday deadline? Where does Futures Game star Jae-Hoon Ha fit in the Cubs' center-field plans? Who are the loaded Blue Jays' top 10 pitching prospects?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

U.S. Romps In Futures Game

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The advance billing for the Futures Game centered around the pitching. Thirteen of the 20 hurlers selected for the midseason prospect classic were first- or supplemental first-round draft picks, including all 10 members of the pitching staff. But it was the hitters who took center stage. The United States won in a 17-5 rout, scoring the most runs ever in the 14-year history of the event. The U.S. offense exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning, which matched the previous single-game record.

Minors | #2012#Futures Game

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Where would Dodgers outfielder Yaisel Puig have ranked among international and draft prospects? Where would the Astros' 2012 draftees fit on an updated Top 10 Prospects list? What was the story behind eight of BA's high school All-Americans being eligible for the draft but going unselected?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA