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Prospect Pulse: Feb. 21

Chris Kline -Premium Content

While everyone gets excited when big names grace the Caribbean winter leagues with their presence, for most of the season the rosters are made up of a smorgasbord of talent. Veterans such as Jose Lima and Vinny Castilla are the names everyone knows, but a large number of minor leaguers and prospects also hope their performances during the winter will lead to increased standing with their big league organizations during the summer.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Pulse

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Are Alex Gordon and Billy Butler the best 1-2 prospect duo in the game? Given the price of pitching, can teams even consider trading great young mound prospects? How easy is it to pinpoint exactly how projectable a young pitcher is?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

Troublesome News With Lincoln

Jim Callis -

At the time of the 2006 draft, I would have exercised the No. 1 overall pick on Brad Lincoln. The Pirates wound up taking him fourth overall, and he didn't pitch much in his first pro summer because of a strained oblique. That didn't worry me, but this does . . .

Minors | #Daily Dish

Pirates Moving Walker To Hot Corner

Chris Kline -

The Pirates were planning on getting Neil Walker some work in at third base last season, but it took the 11th overall pick in 2004 longer to recover from offseason wrist surgery than expected.Now that move is official, as Walker began taking ground balls in Bradenton, Fla., today.

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Prospect Q&A: Jacob McGee

Adam Foster -

Part of a large group of excellent prospects who are making their way up through the Devil Rays' system, Jacob McGee has the potential to be a power lefty atop a contender's rotation. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder features a fastball that sits in the 90-94 range but can touch 96 as well as an impressive joint personality breaking ball (explained later) and a changeup that is coming along well.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Q&A