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BAPR Plus: Cleveland Indians

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Our latest BAPR Plus looks at how the prospects with the Cleveland Indians have done this spring. Who’s Hot: Adam Miller won’t begin the season in the Indians rotation, but […]

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BAPR Plus: Kansas City Royals

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The Royals have given their fans few things to cheer about over the past decade, so the arrival of Alex Gordon is understandably being treated as a hopeful sign for […]

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BAPR Plus: Detroit Tigers

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BAPR Plus moves on to the defending AL Champs, who bring back most everyone from last year’s club while also adding Gary Sheffield. Because they had most of their lineup […]

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BAPR Plus: Minnesota Twins

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Our BAPR Plus tour of which prospects have impressed and which ones are depressed moves on to the AL Central with a look at the Minnesota Twins. Who’s Hot: Matt […]

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BAPR Plus: Oakland Athletics

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As the season gets closer, we’re going around the league taking a look at which prospects have stood out during spring training and which have found they need some more […]

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BAPR Plus: Seattle Mariners

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As Opening Day nears, we’re going to take a tour around the leagues to take a look at which prospects have a shot of making major league Opening Day rosters. […]

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BAPR Plus: Texas Rangers

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Consider this your Cliff’s Notes for catching up with what is happing in big league camps around Florida and Arizona. We’ll let other guys write about the established big leaguers, […]

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Dominican Republic Outlasts Venezuela In 18 Innings

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Chris Kline will have more details later, but the Dominican Republic beat Venezuela 4-3 in 18 innings in a wild debut to the 2007 Caribbean Series. Tony Batista's home run tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth. That was the last run scored until the top of the 18th, when Ronny Cedeno doubled in Luis Maza to give Venezuela a 3-2 lead.

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Business Beat: Oct. 31

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Artificial turf, once the miracle cure for stadiums across the country, is quickly heading toward extinction at the minor league level. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (International) have already gone forward with plans to roll up their carpet and replace it with grass for the 2007 season. The Wichita Wranglers (Texas), who play on a turf infield and a grass outfield, will leave for Springdale, Ark., before the 2008 season. And now the Syracuse SkyChiefs (International) are looking to replace their turf with grass as well.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

2006 Independent Leagues Top Prospects

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Readers of Baseball America know we are always looking to uncover prospects, wherever we can find them. So, naturally, we've extended that search to the independent leagues. The following is a list of players who stood out for their potential to make it to—or back to—affiliated ball, with the potential to raise some eyebrows if they get the chance. The opinions of independent league managers helped shape this effort.

Minors | #2006#Independent Audit