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Florida State League Top 20 Prospects List

J.J. Cooper -

The high Class A Florida State League always has been a nightmare for hitters. Spacious major league spring-training parks turn home runs into long outs, several of the stadiums have prevailing winds that blow in, and the heat and humidity sap hitters' bat speed as the long season rolls along. But hitters this year had extra reason to feel they were being picked on. Because the league has some of the best April weather in the minors, teams stocked their FSL affiliates with a slew of the best pitching prospects in baseball.

Minors | #2006#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Florida State League Top 20 Prospects

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

The high Class A Florida State League always has been a nightmare for hitters. Spacious major league spring-training parks turn home runs into long outs, several of the stadiums have prevailing winds that blow in, and the heat and humidity sap hitters' bat speed as the long season rolls along. But hitters this year had extra reason to feel they were being picked on. Because the league has some of the best April weather in the minors, teams stocked their FSL affiliates with a slew of the best pitching prospects in baseball.

Minors | #2006#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Beginning Of The End?

Laurel Scheffel -

The Dodgers are giving up their affiliation in the Florida State League and moving their high Class A team to the California League. The Devil Rays happily take over the Vero Beach affiliation, and local leaders in Vero Beach are preparing for the eventual departure of Dodgers spring training.

Minors | #2006#Affiliation Shuffle

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Which recent first-round pitcher will help the Cardinals the most? Which division could put together the best all-rookie team? Is Diamondbacks second baseman Emilio Bonifacio a legitimate prospect?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

More Teams Hooking Up

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The Padres win the battle for San Antonio, while the shuffle in the New York-Penn League ends, and the Dodgers will be the major league affiliate for the new Great Lakes franchise in the Midwest League.

Minors | #2006#Column