J.J. Cooper

A Rare Swap

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Usually when Southern Illinois (Frontier) manager Mike Pinto loses a player to affiliated ball, it's a case of good news and bad news. While he is helping a player fulfill his dream, which is one of his jobs, it usually leaves a gaping hole in Pinto's lineup. "If I do my job too well (of helping players move on to affiliated ball), I'll get fired," Pinto explained. But this year, Pinto managed to make a deal where it worked out well for everyone involved. He was able to sell one of his players to the Diamondbacks, but get a middle-of-the-order hitter in return.

Minors | #2008#Independent Audit

Second Chance

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For a guy who was moved to the mound because he couldn't hit, Brandon Taylor sure is crushing the ball. Two years after the Cubs moved him to the mound to take advantage of his 92-94 mph fastball, Taylor ranked in the top five of the Golden League in most offensive categories. He was hitting .422/.472/.798 with 10 home runs, 11 doubles and only eight strikeouts in 109 at-bats. With numbers like that, and a rediscovered love of the game it's safe to say that Taylor's days as a pitcher are long gone.

Minors | #2008#Independent Audit

Christian Gets The Call

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Anytime a player gets his first call to the big leagues, it’s special. But in Justin Christian’s case, it’s a little more special than usual, especially if you love rooting […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

Always On The Run

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Justin Christian hasn't had much of a chance to get settled anywhere during his baseball career. In college, he played a year at Skyline (Calif.) Junior College, a year at Auburn and a year at Southeast Missouri. He hasn't been able to get settled at a position, moving from second base to shortstop this season. He earned the position switch by showing improved arm strength during spring training.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Where The Prospects Are

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With short season and rookie leagues beginning this week, we’re scanning through the rosters to see which prospects are going where. Here’s a look at who are some prospects to […]

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