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Marlins Deal John Baker To Padres For Wade LeBlanc

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The Marlins and Padres brokered a minor trade, each dealing from surplus, just two days prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Lefthander Wade LeBlanc, a Padres second-round selection in 2006 with nearly 300 big league innings under his belt, heads to Miami, while 30-year-old, lefty-hitting catcher John Baker moves to San Diego.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

2011 Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

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Despite its Rookie-advanced classification, the Pioneer League plays more like the short-season New York-Penn leagues or Northwest leagues than its sister Appalachian League. Whereas Appy Leaguers average about 20 years in age, the other three leagues come in just north of 21. To that end, half of this year's PL Top 20 Prospects list consists of players with four-year college experience, including four of the top 10.

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2011 Appalachian League Top 20 Prospects

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Several Rookie-level Appalachian League prospects had high pedigrees in 2011. A dozen players selected in the first two rounds of the last two drafts played enough to qualify for this prospect list and 10 cracked the Top 20, led by righthander Tyrell Jenkins of league champion Johnson City. Additionally, the league also featured a quintent of international players who signed for seven-figure bonuses, with Elizabethton third baseman/shortstop Miguel Sano and Pulaski outfielder Guillermo Pimentel making the list.

Minors | #2011#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings