Minor League Transactions
Minor league transactions for Jan. 31-Feb. 13, 2006.
Minor league transactions for Jan. 31-Feb. 13, 2006.
The mood around Indians camp certainly is different than it's been in a long time. From the huge crowds heading to Chain O' Lakes Park to the hundreds of "PRONK" t-shirts to the buzz around minor league camp as fans circle the four fields at the complex looking for autographs, there is an obvious expectation to win. And win now.
Who's better, Howie Kendrick or Rickie Weeks? Will Neil Walker have to change positions? Who is Boone Logan?
We breakdown the depth and impact talent in the major league farm systems, from No. 1 to No. 30.
Jeff Allison, the talented righthander who overcame a heroin overdose and a dependency on OxyContin to return to the mound last season, left the team's minor league complex during spring training.
The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry continues to burn in the Northeast, and two teams in the New York-Penn League have been unlikely beneficiaries. It all started when the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox affiliate in Massachusetts, offered to replace the uniforms of any youth team in the state named Yankees if the team would take the Spinners name.
We always like to look ahead at Baseball America. Our Major League Preview doesn't just focus on 2006, but also gazes three years into the future. In this space in 2002, I correctly predicted that the Astros would reach the 2005 World Series. Alas, I had them defeating the Mariners, who wound up winning just 63 games. I did forecast that the Braves, Padres and Yankees would capture division titles, though I also projected that the Athletics, Cubs and Twins would join them in the playoffs.
We rank baseball's farm systems from No. 1 to No. 30.
The AFL has always been known as a premier hitter's league, and that trend picked up in 2005, as all-time league records fell one after the other. Among the marks shattered were batting average (.296), runs per game (12.14), hits per game (20.83), slugging percentage (.469) and ERA (5.40).
Chris Kline discussed the surprises and disappointments of his trip to Arizona for the Arizona Fall League when chatting with readers.
Third base wasn't exactly a significant weak spot in the Indians system heading into this season, but there were certainly question marks before the trade that brought Andy Marte to Cleveland.
The AFL has always been known as a premier hitter's league, and that trend picked up in 2005, as all-time league records fell one after the other. Among the marks shattered were batting average (.296), runs per game (12.14), hits per game (20.83), slugging percentage (.469) and ERA (5.40). Still, three pitchers made the cut on the Top 20—two more than last year. Athletics righthander Huston Street, BA's 2005 Rookie of the Year, was the lone pitcher on the 2004 AFL list.
We caught up with Twins outfielder Denard Span to talk about his swing, how his approach to stealing bases has changed over the years, and second-guessing himself early in his career.
The past two weeks have been interesting for Alex Gordon. After the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft signed on Sept. 29, he hopped a plane the same day and started taking ground balls at first base in instructional league to prepare for the AFL season.
We caught up with Ryan Zimmerman to find out where he's been, what the busiest year of his life has been like, and how it was making his big league debut three months after signing a contract.
Ian Stewart and Andy LaRoche, both 2003 picks, have yet to reach the majors but have the tools to top Ryan Zimmerman's performance once they do. Both offer big raw power and both have the ability to hit for average. However, both are still learning the nuances of the position and neither has gotten off to a hot offensive start in the hitter-friendly AFL.
We caught up with Diamondbacks lefty Bill Murphy to talk about being dealt multiple times in a short span, having an off year while battling through a hamstring injury and trying to stay mentally positive in his first year as a Diamondback.
Angels righthander Jered Weaver finished up 2005 at Double-A Arkansas, allowing three earned runs on six hits in his final start against Midland in the Texas League championship series. His fastball, slider and changeup were all quality pitches into the postseason, where he struck out 16 in 13 innings over two starts. But so far in the Arizona Fall League, Weaver has quickly found out that this isn't the Texas League anymore. In seven innings, the Angels' first-round pick in 2004 has allowed seven runs on 12 hits. His secondary numbers are still solid, with a 12-2 strikeout-walk ratio.
We caught up with Stephen Drew to talk about his mindset during his contract holdout, playing independent ball in Camden, right across the river from the city that once threw batteries at his brother J.D. for not signing with the Phillies, and his first taste of life as a pro.
Stephen Drew was the high Class A California League player of the week three times during his six healthy weeks at Lancaster, and after a injury-induced blip after a promotion to Double-A Tennessee, he continued his productive work for Phoenix of the Arizona Fall League, where he had a home run on Opening Day and three homers in his first four games.