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Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

When it comes to wacky promotions—the kind that generate plenty of publicity, raise eyebrows and ultimately bring fans through the gates—the independent leagues have always been willing to push the envelope.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

The Sioux City Explorers (Northern) sold a pair of righthanders, Tony Evans and Mitch Wylie, to affiliated clubs in the span of four days. Evans signed with the Athletics, who sent him to Class A Kane County, while the Giants signed Mitch Wylie and sent him to Triple-A Fresno.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

For a couple of days, the Camden Riversharks managed to put together a 2004 draft class that would make any scouting director happy. When righthander Jared Weaver joined shortstop Stephen Drew on the Riversharks roster, Camden became the only pro club to have two of last year's top 15 picks on its roster.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Dominating Duo

Pat Caputo -Premium Content

There are reasons the Tigers entered the 2005 season without a winning record since 1993. The failure to draft and develop top-of-the-line pitching is as big a reason as any. The Tigers have legitimate reason to believe a new generation of pitching prospects could change the organization's course, however.

Minors | #2005#Prospect Bulletin

Upstart League Mines For Gold

J.J. Cooper -

For a league that has yet to play its first game, the Golden Baseball League has been on a roll. The new independent league that began as a class project at Stanford Business School has managed to make itself the most viable startup league to try to give independent league baseball a try in several years.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Indy League Notebook

J.J. Cooper -

Just two years ago, the Atlantic League's Pennsylvania Road Warriors fielded a team where Spanish was spoken in the clubhouse nearly as often as English. Now the Latin American influence is disappearing as independent teams find it harder to secure visas for foreign players.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Rhapsody In Blue

Chris Kline -Premium Content

At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Joel Guzman moves incredibly well in the center of the diamond, his work ethic is second to none and his bat is one of the best to come through the system since Adrian Beltre. The only major question is whether or not he'll be able to stay at short.

Minors | #2005#Prospect Bulletin

The 31st Team

Jim Callis -Premium Content

When we're compiling the 900 scouting reports for the Prospect Handbook, there always are a few that wind up on the cutting-room floor. Here are 37 players who were slated to be in the Handbook at one point but wound up not making the final cut.

Minors | #2005#Column

Pearl Lands A Gem

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

After five years of trying, Tim Bennett was down to his last chance, a final all-in bet to keep his dream alive. He and a group of local officials were pulling their second straight all-nighter, trying to work out the final details on an agreement to bring the Braves' Southern League team to Pearl, Miss.

Minors | #2005#Season Preview