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Independent Audit: Sept. 7

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Independent league managers don't have much of a rooting interest in whether Monterrey or Saltillo wins the crown, but they have an intense interest in finding out which teams have been knocked out. When a Mexican League team's season is over, its players are free to sign with a U.S. club for the rest of the year. And for independent league teams in pennant races, an early August pickup could be the difference between making the playoffs and sitting home.

Minors | #2006#Independent Audit

Prospect Q&A: Carlos Carrasco

Matt Meyers -

After signing for $300,000 in 2003, the Phillies' Carlos Carrasco was a major disappointment during his first two seasons. The nadir was 2005 when he went 1-7, 7.04 after opening the season with low Class A Lakewood and was demoted. Back at Lakewood this year, the 19-year-old Venezuelan has found his stride and has established himself as one of the better pitching prospects in the South Atlantic League.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Q&A

Calm Before The Storm

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Every two years, major and minor league teams can seek new affiliation agreements, and that process is getting under way now. Baseball America tells you how things are lining up in advance of the market opening up on Sept. 16.

Minors | #2006#Column

Daily Dish: Sept. 1

As we head into the final weekend of the regular season around the minor leagues, we pause recognize the overall leaders in several categories.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Do teams scout the Little League World Series? Has Rockies first baseman Joe Koshansky pushed his way into the upper tier of prospects? How good is Twins righthander Yohan Pino?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Daily Dish: Aug. 29

Good news for the Phillies farm system, as the low Class A Lakewood pitching staff keeps dealing and 2004 first-round pick Greg Golson continues his resurgence at high Class A Clearwater.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish