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Ranger’ Profar Continues To Make A Good Impression

Jeff Wilson -Premium Content

While the Rangers' scouting department and front office can hang their hat on an American League pennant, they can also boast about the jewel of their 2009 class of Latin prospects. Shortstop Jurickson Profar topped general manager Jon Daniels' list of instructional league stars this fall. Still four months away from his 18th birthday, Profar already has an extra gear that most prospects don't have.

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Nationals’ Peacock Handles Transition To Bullpen

Lacy Lusk -Premium Content

If the day comes when Brad Peacock is asked to move to the bullpen, at least he'll know he's capable of blowing away top-notch competition. With the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions, he's pitching in relief for manager Randy Knorr, who guided the Nationals' Double-A Harrisburg team this past season. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander is not undergoing a role change, said farm director Doug Harris, but simply easing out of a year in which he threw 142 innings between high Class A Potomac and Harrisburg.<br/>

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals

Padres Hook Maybin From Busy Marlins

Matt Eddy -

Center fielder Cameron Maybin made the Marlins' Opening Day roster in both 2009 and '10, but he won't get a chance to extend that streak. Florida shipped Maybin to the Padres for Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica, a pair of righthanded relievers in their mid-20s.

Majors | #2010#Trade Central

Marlins Dump Andrew Miller In Trade With Red Sox

Matt Eddy -

The Marlins gave lefthander Andrew Miller three years and 220 innings to work out the kinks, but in that time he regressed badly. Out of options next season and due a raise, Miller represented a bad gamble for the Marlins, so they dealt him to the Red Sox for Triple-A lefty reliever Dustin Richardson.

Majors | #2010#Trade Central

Royals Deal DeJesus To A’s For Two Young Arms

Matt Eddy -

The Royals flirted with the idea of moving outfielder David DeJesus at the trade deadline, but a thumb injury sustained on July 22 knocked him out for the season. Ultimately, the Athletics won bidding for DeJesus' services by offering up a pair of young pitchers, righthander Vin Mazzaro and lefty Justin Marks.

Majors | #2010#Trade Central

DVD Review: Time In The Minors

James Bailey -

Tony Okun does a wonderful job of personifying the struggle to make it through the minor leagues in his documentary "Time in the Minors." The video, which was mostly shot during the 2006 season, follows the progress of veteran minor league infielder Tony Schrager and Indians '05 supplemental first-rounder John Drennen, an outfielder.

Majors | #2010#Book Guide

Cubs Finally Take Longer View By Hiring Quade

Tracy Ringolsby -

Since his hiring as the general manager of the Cubs, Jim Hendry has dealt with high-profile managers at Wrigley Field, and the feeling that every move needs to have an immediate impact, even at the expense of building a long-range plan. Maybe that helps explain the 102-year championship drought. Shortcuts just don't work. With Lou Piniella's decision to retire, and then to leave in midseason, Hendry finally had an opportunity to try and get a long-term plan in place.

Majors | #2010#Column

Book Review: Diamond Ruby

James Bailey -

The seeds for "Diamond Ruby" were planted in history, more than 70 years ago. In a 1931 exhibition game between the Chattanooga Lookouts and New York Yankees, a 16-year-old girl named Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig on a combined total of seven pitches. For her troubles she was rewarded with a ban by baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Joseph Wallace, intrigued by Mitchell's story, borrowed her fastball and spirit for Ruby Thomas, the plucky heroine of his new novel. Ruby's story, however, is not Jackie Mitchell's story. In fact, Wallace set the tale in early 1920s Brooklyn, giving Ruby a shot at the Babe nearly a decade before Jackie's 15 minutes of fame occurred.

Majors | #2010#Book Guide