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Minor League Transactions

Matt Eddy -

This time: March 31-April 3 Previous installment: March 21-30 Opening Day has arrived, meaning that we’re nearly through the end-of-spring training roster purge—but not before 222 more players were shown […]

Minors | #Transactions

Lunch-Time Goodies

Josh Leventhal -

  Optimism surrounding the start of the baseball season has been clouded with the reality that traditional Opening Day sellouts may soon be followed by an expanse of empty seats […]

Minors | #Business Beat

Identifying Low-Cost Talent

Matt Eddy -Premium Content

You can't build something from nothing, we're warned. But with the aid of a concerted pro scouting effort and a healthy dose of performance analysis, major league organizations can come close. We explore the ways in which clubs use the two disciplines to their advantage when scouring the low-cost minor league marketplace for talent.

Minors | #2009#Prospect Pulse

Home At Last

Jim Shonerd -Premium Content

Minor league baseball has an inherently transient nature, particularly at its lower levels. From players and coaches to affiliations and the franchises themselves, the only constant is change. No franchise illustrates this trait better than the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the low Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Minors | #2009#Classification Reports#Low Class A

A Year-Long Tryout

Kary Booher -Premium Content

When the Pirates doled out non-roster invitations this winter to a select number of pitchers, the lucky few consisted mostly of fringe big league arms, guys who may or may not plug a hole in the majors or high minors. Chris Bootcheck, almost nine years since being a first-round pick of the Angels and hoping to catch on, snagged an invite, as did Brian Slocum, a second-round pick of the Indians in 2002. Oddly, the list did not include righthander Brad Lincoln, the fourth overall pick of the 2006 draft and recipient of a $2.75 million bonus who is about to head into—can you believe this?—a sink-or-swim, 40-man "protection" season.

Minors | #2009#Prospect Pulse

Where Are They Now

Jonah Keri -Premium Content

Scientists often laud the merits of longitudinal studies. The ability to follow a subject for years, collect data and report on findings is vital for the advancement of scientific knowledge. With that in mind, Baseball America decided to report its own results. We looked back at our 2003 organizational rankings, then flashed forward five years to see how all 30 teams fared on the field, and how they look for the future. Teams are listed in the order of their 2003 minor league talent rankings, with five of the best prospects from the 2003 Top 10 Prospects lists (in the order they appeared) and 2008 records.

Minors | #2009#Organization Talent Rankings#Rankings

A Nice Day For Texas’ Perez, Main

Kary Booher -

SURPRISE, Ariz.—Just as it is during the regular season, judging a day’s work in spring training requires a magnifying glass. Take these pitching lines from Tuesday, for example. We’ll call […]