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Upping The Ante

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

This July, it counts. Usually independent league all-star games are rather tepid affairs, most notable for bringing most of the league's best players together as a one-stop shop for affiliated baseball scouts. But league bragging rights will be in play on July 15 when the United League's all-stars play host to the Golden League's best at San Angelo's ballpark.

Minors | #2008#Independent Audit

Needles In The Haystack

J.J. Cooper -

Feel like playing the odds? You can go put a dollar down on a Powerball ticket, or you can try to make the jump from independent baseball to the major leagues. There may be nothing more inspiring than Chris Coste's story. Undrafted out of college as a third baseman, he went to the Northern League, where Fargo-Moorhead manager Doug Simunic helped make him a catcher. After five years in independent ball, he made it to affiliated ball. After six more years in the minor leagues, he got the call to Philadelphia, where he's now in his third year as a catcher for the Phillies. He carries a career average of .314 in 363 major league at-bats, so it's clear that he's a case of a true talent who had been overlooked. It's a great story, but it's also about as rare as a big league knuckleballer.

Minors | #2008#Independent Audit

Time For A Re-Do

Jim Callis -Premium Content

No club has anything less than unwavering support for its 2007 first-round pick. Yet if that draft were being held 11 months later, the top 10 choices would look radically different than they did last June. David Price clearly established himself as the best prospect in the 2007 draft—lefthanders with a plus-plus fastball/slider combination and outstanding feel and command tend to do that—and the Rays locked in on him early as the No. 1 overall pick. But as easy as that decision was at the time, he wouldn't go first if the draft was restaged.

Minors | #2008#Column

Yankees Lefthander Reyes Suspended

Matt Eddy -

Yankees lefthander Angel Reyes received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for stanozolol metabolites, a performance-enhancing substance. Reyes, 21, did not make an Opening Day roster, so his suspension will […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

Waring Them Out

Marc Katz -Premium Content

Ten days into the new season, Dayton Dragons teammates Todd Frazier and Brandon Waring were not just hitting opponents, they were clobbering them. Frazier, the shortstop out of Rutgers in his home state of New Jersey, failed to get a hit in one official at-bat in the opener, then connected in eight straight games to lift his batting average to .394. At one point, he was hitting .476.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Giants Catcher Alfonzo Suspended

Matt Eddy -

Giants catcher Eliezar Alfonzo was handed a 50-game suspension Wednesday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Though he’s playing for Triple-A Fresno now, the 29-year-old Alfonzo is a member […]

Minors

Morales Optioned to Triple-A

Ben Badler -

Rockies lefthander Franklin Morales didn’t spend much time in the major leagues. He also didn’t find any success there, which is why the Rockies optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. […]

Minors | #Daily Dish