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Will teams be more willing to punt their first-round picks? Will the new compensation system have much of an effect on the free-agent market? How good is White Sox lefty Heath Phillips?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Prospect Pulse: Sept. 24

Chris Kline -Premium Content

As the Arizona Fall League celebrates its 15th year of providing the very best in prospect action, the crop this season is again chock full of the top players in every organization. Ten players headed to the desert played at the Futures Game in Pittsburgh, and as of the midway mark of the minor league season in 2006, 46 2005 AFL alumni already had reached the big leagues.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Pulse

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Is Daisuke Matsuzaka worth all the fuss? How good would Elijah Dukes be if his makeup wasn't a huge concern? How much will Tommy John surgery dent Bryan Morris' prospect status?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Dowd’s Move Shows Line Between Affiliated And Indy Ball Is Blurring

Will Lingo -Premium Content

With as much rhetoric as has been tossed around between the affiliated and independent minor leagues over the past decade, it has been a pleasant change to see the two parties settle into a quiet detente. It seems baseball executives have figured out there are enough baseball fans for everyone, and the groups might actually be able to learn from each other. Why, you might even see people from independent teams at the Winter Meetings in December. Just don't tell anyone.

Minors | #2006#Column

2006 Independent Leagues Top Prospects

J.J. Cooper -

Readers of Baseball America know we are always looking to uncover prospects, wherever we can find them. So, naturally, we've extended that search to the independent leagues. The following is a list of players who stood out for their potential to make it to—or back to—affiliated ball, with the potential to raise some eyebrows if they get the chance. The opinions of independent league managers helped shape this effort.

Minors | #2006#Independent Audit