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Draft Takes Final Big Steps On TV

Will Lingo -Premium Content

For many fans, it may have been no more than an interesting footnote. Even for serious fans, it probably just rated as another notable step in the evolution of the event. But for people who have followed the baseball draft for years, the news that it will be televised this year was nothing short of revolutionary.

Minors | #2007#Column

On Draft Day, D-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

Business Beat: May 23

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Going back to the days when Branch Rickey built the game's first farm system for the St. Louis Cardinals, minor league teams' primary focus has been on developing players. The Slippery Rock Sliders, an expansion team in the independent Frontier League, are putting a new spin on that idea.

Minors | #2007#Business Beat

BAPR Plus: May 22

J.J. Cooper -

Brett Smith is on a pretty impressive roll for Trenton, while Jake Fox just keeps on hitting. Triple-A Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 15 games while hitting a […]

Minors

Bard Set For Return

Chris Kline -

Red Sox righthander Daniel Bard has been in extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., working on his delivery and secondary pitches before heading out to a full-season club again. […]

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BAPR Plus: May 21

J.J. Cooper -

Jay Bruce and Darren Ford have been punishing pitchers this week, but nothing compares to the wild Lancaster-Lake Elsinore series this weekend. Triple-A Sean Smith lowered his ERA to 1.78 […]

Minors

Seven-Week Update, Pt. 3

Chris Kline -

In our final installment of our seven-week statistical update, we travel to the mound to look at leaders in essential categories’”wins included. A lot of analysts rant about how minor […]

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Seven-Week Update, Pt. 2

Chris Kline -

In Part Two of our update, we look at hitters specifically’”including running down the top hitters in the minors by position. BATTING 1. Nathan Haynes, of, Triple-A Salt Lake (Angels) […]

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Highs & Lows: May 20

Chris Kline -

TRIPLE-A HIGHS: Yankees righthander Tyler Clippard’™s cell phone was the latest in the system to ring to fill a need in the Bronx. Clippard, who went 3-2, 2.72 with 41 […]

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Highs & Lows: May 19

Chris Kline -

TRIPLE-A HIGHS: It was like taking a step back in time in Triple-A Salt Lake’™s 12-5 win against Fresno. There, for the first time in two years, Brandon Wood and […]

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Promotion of the Day

Josh Leventhal -

Come On Down . . . For the Price Is Right Night at Triple-A Fresno. On June 2, the Grizzlies will honor Bob Barker’s impending farewell’”the beloved game show host […]

Minors