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From Indy Ball To AFL

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Rays righthander Paul Phillips helps exemplify the opportunity that independent baseball can afford. The hard-throwing reliever, who spent the second half of the 2008 season in the independent American Association, signed with the Rays in the offseason and started 2009 in Class A, but finished by winning a Triple-A national championship with Durham and earning a spot in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League.

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Top 10 Traded Prospects

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It makes sense that the team that traded the best players—the Indians—should wind up with the best prospects. Our look at the top 10 prospects who changed hands at the trade deadline, with a couple of sleepers thrown in.

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A Career Highlight

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The Triple-A all-star game will never get that much national attention, but for some of the players at the game it's an impressive career highlight.

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Way Too Long

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The time of game of the 2009 College World Series averaged 3 hours 40 minutes. Honestly, that's about an hour longer than a game should take. Here are some potential solutions.

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Spotlight Shines On Hard Use Of Pitchers

John Manuel -Premium Content

When the spotlight shines brightest on college baseball, in the postseason, the focus almost always seems to go on two aspects of the sport rarely seen in pro ball in May and June. First, the players will do anything to win, to get to Omaha, and once there, to win it. Second, it's very rare that pro pitchers will work as hard as Austin Wood and Mike Belfiore—who also was a DH and, amazingly, a left fielder and made 10 plate appearances—did in the Texas-BC 25-inning game.

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Hard To Profile

John Manuel -Premium Content

Dustin Ackley is making scouts happy by playing in the outfield, but there still are some reasons to be concerned about whether his arm can handle the move.

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One Shining Moment

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Now Bucknell beating Florida State in baseball—that's an upset. And on the first day of the 2008 regionals, it happened, with Bucknell shutting out the host Seminoles, winning 7-0 at Dick Howser Stadium. Florida State was shut out for the first time all season.

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