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Texas League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

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The Double-A Texas League lacked a slam-dunk top prospect this year, and most of those players who did rise to the top of the talent pool left before they even completed a circuit around the league. Five of the top seven players on this list were gone by the Fourth of July, with top prospect Mat Latos jumping straight to the big leagues and providing a glimpse of a brighter future in San Diego.

Minors | #2009#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Who Needs Them?

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What ever happened to baseball in the Olympics? It seems like a natural idea. Baseball is the ultimate summer sport, so the Summer Olympics should be an ideal home for it. Excitement and hopes were high when it debuted as a demonstration sport in 1984. But the marriage never really worked.

Minors | #2009#Column

No Easy Solution

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Scranton's Yankee dream has run into ugly reality. When the New York Yankees moved their Triple-A affiliation from Columbus to Scranton in 2007, it was supposed to represent a bright new future for the franchise. Instead the team is still sitting in an aging stadium.

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A Lasting Legacy

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How do you explain to the baseball watchers of the 21st century the significance of John Henry Moss? Longtime president of the South Atlantic League does not even begin to describe his contributions.

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Getting A Glimpse

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For the more serious fan (the Baseball America reader, certainly), the Futures Game is a chance to see these prospects face off against each other, the best playing the best.

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Best Ever?

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Stephen Strasburg took the drama out of the horse race a long time ago. One of the things draftniks enjoy most about following the run-up to baseball's annual selection process—or any draft, for that matter—is trying to figure out where each player will go. And no one is more important than the No. 1 selection. Well, that decision became obvious a year ago, when he registered a 23-strikeout game against Utah and scouts said Strasburg would have been the top selection in last year's draft had he been eligible.

Draft | #2009#Draft Preview

Bargain Shopping Pays Off

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The good thing about the economic difficulties minor league teams are facing this season—other than looking forward to better times ahead—is that teams have unleashed a wave of innovation.

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Staying Power

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With all the crazy promotions going on in the minor leagues every year, and the constant reinvention that's always going on, who would have thought that one of the minors' new mainstays would be: Bob Dylan?

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Bye-Bye Boom

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The minor leagues will welcome seven new ballparks this season, which would seem to be the continuation of a 25-year trend that has resulted in more than 120 new baseball stadiums across this great land of ours. In reality, though, this is what people who follow the stock market refer to as a "dead cat bounce," where a decline is followed by a temporary recovery, but the long-term downward trend remains in place.

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Getting Creative

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It's Major League Preview time, and there's at least one way the majors are going to be a lot like the minors this year: Teams will go to great lengths to try to sell tickets. The St. Louis Cardinals were the latest team to announce significant discounts as they put single-game tickets on sale for the 2009 season, though they're far from alone in doing so.

Minors | #2009#Column

Heading South

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All the plans are not in place, but it seems likely now that the Connecticut Defenders will eventually make their way south to Richmond. Richmond has been on the lookout for a franchise since losing its International League franchise (the Richmond Braves) to Gwinnett County in suburban Atlanta. The Braves-owned team had been in Richmond since 1966, but deteriorating conditions at The Diamond and the lack of a new ballpark on the horizon finally prompted the Braves to move their Triple-A affiliate.

Minors | #2009#Column

Changes Are Coming

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It seems to be a pretty quiet year for alterations to the minor league landscape, especially given that we just went through an affiliation shuffle. But we do have several franchise moves to keep an eye on, as well as new ballparks.

Minors | #2009#Column