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Jim Callis -

What's the draft order for 2009? What would a combined Olympic/college/junior USA Baseball prospect ranking look like? Is there still hope for Astros catcher J.R. Towles?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

It’s Never Too Early . . .

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The vast majority of baseball fans may be getting geeked up over the playoffs, but at Baseball America, we always keep one eye on the draft, even if it's eight months away. A lot can change between now and June, but that can't deter us from offering our first mock 2009 draft.

Minors | #2008#Column

Blazing A Trail

Kary Booher -Premium Content

Before the curtain rose on this season, before he would be handed an airline ticket and sent off into his first full year in pro ball, Derek Holland milled about within the Rangers' minor league spring training camp and figured he was just another hopeful.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Pulse

Slow Start, Fast Finish

David Hall -Premium Content

Minor league seasons are epic endeavors, drawn out from vernal opening days through brutal afternoons of summer BP and into cool September evenings that bring the first inklings of autumn. In the parlance of the game's protagonists, it's a long season—a fact that suited Beau Mills perfectly in 2008.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Pulse

How The West Will Be Won

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Los Angeles has taken four of the last five division titles and made a mockery of the West this year. It never trailed by more than two games (and that was for one day), took first place for good on May 13 and wrapped up the West on Sept. 10. But there's good news for fans who want more suspense in their division races. No teams have added more talent than the Rangers and Athletics in the last two years, and they now have the two best farm systems in baseball. The West should be a three-team battle soon.

Minors | #2008#Column