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Daily Dish: April 21

In spite of bad numbers after his first three starts at Triple-A Pawtucket, lefthander Jon Lester is doing just fine as he prepares to make the final jump to the big leagues. Also, we check in on John Mayberry Jr., Ryan Webb and Ubaldo Jimenez, and Justin Upton prepares to make his professional debut.

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Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Who are the top 20 prospects for the 2006 draft? How do Orioles pitching prospects Adam Loewen and Hayden Penn compare to each other? Should the Marlins play Josh Willingham over Miguel Olivo at catcher?

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Prospect Pulse

Chris Kline -Premium Content

The Twins attempt to address a lack of middle infield depth by developing their own, with Trevor Plouffe and Paul Kelly leading the charge. Also, we check in on Ian Bladergroen, J.J. Johnson, Adam Loewen, Garrett Olson and Michael Aubrey.

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Daily Dish: April 19

The White Sox depleted their lefthanded pitching depth in the Jim Thome trade this past offseason, sending Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood to Philadelphia. But Sox lefty Tyler Lumsden has emerged this year at Double-A Birmingham after missing all of last season due to shoulder surgery.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

ProspectQ&A: Athletics Second Baseman Kevin Melillo

John Manuel -Premium Content

Athletics second baseman Kevin Melillo is back with Double-A Midland to begin 2006 and has picked up where he left off last year, when he hit .282/.347/.519 with the RockHounds. He registered six hits in seven trips Sunday during Midland's 20-10 victory against Corpus Christi, had four straight multi-hit games (a streak that apparently was jinxed Monday by this interview as he went 0-for-3) and was hitting .400 on the young season.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Q&A

Prospect Diary: Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Chris Kline -

We'll be catching up with Braves catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as he goes through the rigors of a season behind the plate at Double-A Mississippi. In his first installment, Saltalamacchia talks about starting slowly, working on his defensive mechanics and how technologically challenged he is in the day and age of players armed with iPods and state-of-the-art video games.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Diary