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Split Decisions: Low K Rate Pitchers

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. Here's a look at three righthanders who are bunched together in the rankings: Carlos Carrasco, Chris Volstad and Nick Blackburn.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Split Decisions: Apples And Oranges

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. Here they compare two outfielders with dramatically different resumes: Kosuke Fukudome and Jason Heyward.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Split Decisions: Future AL East Aces

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. First up is a discussion of the game's top two pitching prospects: Clay Buchholz and Joba Chamberlain.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Top 100 Prospects: Best Of The Rest

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In the first step of our Top 100 process, each voter compiles a personal top 150, and then we tabulate them and let the arguments begin. They couldn't crack the official Top 100, but 92 additional prospects received votes in the top 150s. Here they are in alphabetical order, with the number of votes they received and their highest ranking on any list.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

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Who are the projected top five picks for the 2009 draft? If each team lost its two best prospects, who would have the best farm system? Why doesn't Pirates first baseman Steve Pearce get more love?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Minor League Transactions

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This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Feb. 9 and 15. Previous transactions available here. Baltimore Orioles Signed: RHP Federico Baez, RHP Steve Trachsel Outrighted off 40-man […]

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How do all the catching prospects in the NL Central compare to on or another? Which is the best No. 1-ranked system and the worst No. 30-ranked system in the last five years? What exactly is a crosschecker?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

More To The Story In Braves’ Move

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Minor league baseball's age of prosperity has meant stability for most of its franchises. When a team does move, the reasons usually aren't overwhelmingly interesting. A ballpark has gotten old or a market has become unattractive, and the team seeks greener pastures elsewhere.

Minors | #2008#Column

Minor League Transactions

Matt Eddy -

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between Feb. 2 and 8. Last week’s transactions available here. Baltimore Orioles Signed: RHP Andy Mitchell Traded: LHP Erik Bedard to […]

Minors | #Transactions

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Could the Rays pass on consensus top prospect Pedro Alvarez with the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft? How rare is it for a team to take a first baseman with a top-10 pick? Who are the top propsects who signed as nondrafted free agents?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA