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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

Fisher Cats Finally Feel At Home

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Shawn Smith wasn't able to chat. He was heading into a luncheon sponsored by a local civic organization and had to get through security. Every minor league general manager in America spends a good number of his afternoons at similar luncheons. Not many have to go through security first, but then again, not many get to see the President as their featured speaker.

Minors | #2006#Column

Online Studies Give Players More Options

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The story of Roland Hemond's career is one that would make even Horatio Alger blush. Hemond's path to becoming one of baseball's most respected executives involves a stint in the Coast Guard, a chance spring training meeting with a man who was blinded by mustard gas in World War I, and a foot in the door with a minor league club in Hartford, Conn., in 1951.

Minors | #2006#Column

Business Beat

Will Lingo -Premium Content

In 1967, two minor league teams broke camp to begin their respective seasons. The Reading Phillies left Clearwater, Fla., for their home in Pennsylvania, a red brick stadium nestled against sloping hills. The Lakeland Tigers stayed right where they were: in the stadium where the parent club had just left spring training. This April the scene will repeat itself, as the Phillies' Double-A squad heads to its Eastern League home, while the Tigers' high Class A team stays in Lakeland as a member of the Florida State League for the 40th time.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat

Business Beat

Will Lingo -Premium Content

At the Syracuse SkyChiefs' (International) annual stockholders meeting in November, SkyChiefs board chairman Charlie Rich said one of the team's main priorities was ending its long-running feud with Onondaga County over the team's lease at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat