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Lancaster Owners Aim For Turnaround

Gideon Rubin -Premium Content

Imagine if one of the most prospect-rich teams in recent California League history took the field and nobody watched. That scenario has played itself out in Lancaster, where the JetHawks—the high Class A affiliate of the Diamondbacks—have seen a precipitous attendance decline despite fielding some of baseball's most exciting prospects in recent years.

Minors | #2006#Season Preview

Casto Might Be Moving Again

Chris Kline -Premium Content

Coming out of Portland as a third-round pick of the Nationals in 2003, Kory Casto wasn't exactly a high-profile prospect. There were a few expectations, but they were more like those of a corner outfielder who might hit for some power—not as a corner infielder who could also hit for average and pick it at third.

Minors | #2006#Season Preview

Business Beat

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Sitting in a business class at Arizona State, Aaron Klusman didn't feel like he was learning a whole lot. The class was long, and a little boring. But boredom quickly turned to inspiration. "The teacher lost me a little bit. I'd always sketched in class, and while sketching, I came up with a corporate logo," Klusman said. A couple of doodles on a piece of paper turned into a fledgling business for Klusman, who is equally adept hitting the corner with a fastball, or pitching his clothing line to a potential sale.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Stellar Farm Systems Usually Pay Off

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Diamondbacks fans finally are getting a taste of what most expansion teams endure. Arizona went 65-97 in its inaugural 1998 season before launching a four-year run that included 375 wins, three National League West titles and a dramatic World Series championship in 2001. But the Diamondbacks subsequently have felt the Devil Rays' pain, totaling just 212 victories the last three years.

Minors | #2006#Column

Getting House Back In Order

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

He had money and fame at a young age, and seemed destined to be a star in whichever sport he chose. That was eight years ago, before J.R. House's body began to break down and before the can't-miss Pirates prospect and record-setting high school quarterback found himself suddenly out of work.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Bulletin

Schools Are In

Juan C. Rodriguez -Premium Content

The names looked good on dry-erase boards in the Marlins' offices and Winter Meetings hotel suite. They looked even better on the backs of spring training workout jerseys. Seeing their newly acquired pitchers lined up at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, the Marlins were overwhelmed at what they had added to an already respectable farm system. The foundation included the No. 4 prospect in baseball in outfielder Jeremy Hermida, as well as top 100 pitchers Scott Olsen, Josh Johnson and Chris Volstad. And that was before their two-week trading flurry kicked off on Thanksgiving.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Bulletin

Get Charged Up For Another Year

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Well, we've made it through another long, cold, lonely winter, and it's time to get out to the ballpark again. Though football has tried to co-opt the special preseason feeling of baseball in recent years, seeing a bunch of fat guys flop-sweating their way through August is not nearly the same thing as spring training.

Minors | #2006#Column

Plenty To Play For

Jon Wilner -Premium Content

From his spot in the front corner of the Giants' spring-training locker room, Kevin Frandsen likes to sit back and observe. Sure, he'll laugh at Ray Durham's jokes, needle a few of the younger guys and partake in the occasional card game. But mostly, Frandsen stays quiet and takes it all in. It can't get any better.

Minors | #2006#Season Preview

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

What prospects are going to jump from good prospect to elite status this year? Which of the top draft prospects are being advised by Scott Boras? Is it about time to reconsider some of the non-Americans when choosing th Top 100 Prospects?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Can you think of an organization in recent history (or ever) with a collection of talented offensive prospects comparable to the ones the Diamondbacks currently possess? With what seemed to be an inevitable move for the Dodgers, do you think Joel Guzman's shift to left field will speed his climb to the major leagues? If Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler wins the American League rookie of the year award, would he be the first recipient of that award who didn't appear in BA's Top 100 Prospects list that year?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

What will the Mariners do with their two catchers? Why didn't the Angels get more for Alberto Callaspo? How is Bryan Morris doing at Motlow State (Tenn.) CC?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

February 2006 Ask BA. If you have a question about baseball, then this is the best place to find the answer.

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Top 10 Lists Can’t Include Everyone

Jim Callis -Premium Content

One of fans' great misconceptions (and there are a few) with our organization Top 10 Prospects lists is that we are disparaging anyone who doesn't make the cut. You wouldn't believe some of the e-mails we get or some of the blog posts that our decisions inspire.

Minors | #2006#Column

Top 100 Lists Feature Studs, Spectacular Duds

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Amazing as it might seem, Baseball America didn't start rating the best prospects in baseball until its 10th year of existence. We had been ranking prospects by their minor league and their organization for years, and we broke them down by position during spring training.

Minors | #2006#Column

Phillies Move Could Start Scramble

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The instability surrounding the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, which we've written about several times in the past couple of years, looks like it will finally cost the club its most valuable asset after the 2006 season: the affiliation with the Phillies.

Minors | #2006#Column