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On Draft Day, Devil Rays Are Winners

Jim Callis -Premium Content

In their short existence, the Devil Rays never have won more than 70 games nor finished higher than fourth place. They've occupied the American League East basement in eight of their nine seasons. But one thing Tampa Bay has done well is execute first-round picks. The Rays reached for Paul Wilder with their first-ever draft choice in 1996, but since then they haven't missed too often.

Minors | #2007#Column

Scout’s View: Trevor Plouffe

Chris Kline -Premium Content

The Padres are moving 2004 No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush to the mound, which makes sense considering he's hit just .221/.291/.276 in 624 at-bats before finally moving to high Class A this season. This is purely coincidence, but another first-rounder—and another shortstop—is having similar difficulty—more in the field than at the plate this season—but a move like the Padres are making with Bush could soon be on tap for Twins shortstop Trevor Plouffe.

Minors | #2007#Scout's View

Minor League Transactions

Matt Eddy -

This week’™s installment considers all transactions reported between May 19-25. Last week’™s transactions available here. Arizona Diamondback Outrighted off 40-man roster: SS Donnie Sadler Atlanta Braves Signed: LHP Eric Barrett […]

Minors | #Transactions

BAPR Plus: May 31

J.J. Cooper -

The minor leagues’ longest hitting streak in 18 season reached 36 games when Mitch Hilligoss laid down a bunt for a single in the seventh inning. Gio Gonzalez racked up […]

Minors

BAPR Plus: May 30

J.J. Cooper -

Mitch Hilligoss had to wait until his last at-bat, but he succeeded in extending his hitting streak to a South Atlantic League record 35 games, and Colby Rasmus had a […]

Minors

BAPR Plus: May 29

J.J. Cooper -

Whenever a hitting streak stretches past 30 games, it’s time to take notice. Charleston first baseman Mitch Hilligoss had no trouble extending his hitting streak to 34 games on Monday […]

Minors

Day Called Up To Chicago

Chris Kline -

The White Sox recalled Triple-A Charlotte infielder Andy Gonzalez Monday, but the bigger news for Baseball America readers was the callup of righthanded reliever Dewon Day. A 2002 26th-round pick […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

Viva Brazil!

Chris Kline -

One look at high Class A Winston-Salem outfielder Paulo Orlando’™s speed from first to third made scouts in attendance do a double-take during the Warthogs’™ series at Kinston this weekend. […]

Minors | #Daily Dish