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Swimming Upstream

Jim Callis -Premium Content

We don't get as many first-hand looks at players as the teams do, but we do spend hours upon hours talking to scouting directors, crosscheckers, area scouts and coaches, plus we have additional history (showcases, college performance, summer leagues) to go on. Our Top 200 reflects a consensus of opinion within the industry, and swimming against that tide has been dangerous.

Minors | #2008#Column

Long Layoff

Walter Villa -Premium Content

In 2005, shortstop Cale Iorg made a decision most people wouldn't even consider. Iorg, rated at the time as a potential high-round draft pick after a solid freshman season at the University of Alabama, chose to leave school, stop playing baseball and do a two-year church mission in Lisbon, Portugal. Did Iorg, the son of former big leaguer Garth Iorg, worry that 24 months away from the game would derail his own big league dreams?

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#High Class A

Minor League Transactions

Matt Eddy -

This week’s installment considers all transactions reported by MLB between June 28 and July 3. The previous installment is available here. Draft pick signings are in full swing, and the […]

Minors | #Transactions

AAA Dish: McCutchen Shuts Out Chiefs

Matt Eddy -

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE Prospect Of The Day Scranton/Wilkes-Barre righthander Daniel McCutchen (Yankees) struck out 10 Syracuse batters and walked none in a five-hit shutout yesterday, giving him his league-leading second whitewashing […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

Young Slugger Burgess Powers Way Through SAL

David Driver -Premium Content

Michael Burgess began playing tee-ball, at the urging of his grandfather, in his native Tampa when he was about five. He grew up watching games at nearby Hillsborough High, a school that has produced major leaguers such as Dwight Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Elijah Dukes. And now the barrel-chested Burgess, 19, is trying to join Dukes as the Nationals' second Hillsborough alumnus.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Where would $4.25 million bonus baby Michel Inoa rank among prospects in the Athletics system and in the minors overall? How risky is it to invest big money in an international amateur? How good are the catchers in the Futures Game?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

PCL All-Star Game Roster

Matt Eddy -

Dallas McPherson and his minor league-leading 29 home runs will represent the Pacific Coast League at the Triple-A all-star game on July 16 in Louisville. Likewise with Joe Koshansky and […]


Weekend Promotions

Josh Leventhal -

A challenge to Baseball America readers: Find a minor league team at home tomorrow night not launching postgame fireworks. Doesn’t exist, I say. You’d have better luck finding a New […]


Top Major League Rookies

Matt Eddy -

June 30 marked the halfway point for the year 2008, and it also marked the halfway point for the 2008 baseball season. First-year players have had three months to make […]