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BAPR Plus: May 23

J.J. Cooper -

Steven Wright recorded 10 strikeouts in 12 outs, but lost. Heath Rollins saw his 42-inning streak of not allowing an earned run end, while the minors strikeout leader, Yovani Gallardo, […]


Promotion of the Day

Josh Leventhal -

The West Virginia Power certainly are not re-inventing the wheel with its promotional philosophy of keeping things as wacky as possible at the ballpark, but it has become one of […]


The Business Front

Josh Leventhal -

Stories Making Headlines Around the Minors • It seems unusual that the sale of an affiliated team could come as a complete surprise’”news of Harrisburg’s recent sale had been making […]


Prospect Pulse: May 28

Chris Kline -Premium Content

Dallas Braden had spent much of his young life messing up. But the world changed around him while Braden and his classmates were in Mexico. For the first time, he realized he needed to get serious if he was to have a future in baseball. For the last time, he was to have a mother.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Pulse

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 […]


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. […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

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 […]