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Don’t Stop Believing

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Boston and New York are the two most demanding places to play baseball. Red Sox and Yankees fans expected—or demanded—that Clay Buchholz and Phil Hughes would help lead their teams to postseason glory in 2008. The teams, while more realistic and less emotional, expected Buchholz and Hughes would nail down rotation spots for playoff clubs.

Minors | #2008#Column

Not Just America’s Game

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The Baseball America Almanac has plenty of great features to recommend it, but one of the most underappreciated corners of it is the section that wraps up the professional baseball leagues across the world. Baseball America has long prided itself on covering baseball wherever it's played, and while space considerations have forced us to limit our coverage of international leagues in the issue, we still wrap up every significant professional league in the Almanac.

Minors | #2008#Column

Growing Up

Kary Booher -Premium Content

Quick, think back to your early days as a freshman in high school—when the upperclassmen couldn't resist tripping you on the way to class, loved to shove you into a wall every so often or, gulp, would swipe the miniature-sized milk carton off the lunch tray. So when it comes to the young Carlos Triunfel playing in the Arizona Fall League, would it be much of a surprise if the Mariners' infield prospect got caught looking over his shoulder, if not cautiously approaching his locker stall for the latest prank?

Minors | #2008#Prospect Bulletin

Mariners Make Wise Pick

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If I ever get a few hundred million dollars together and buy a baseball team, I'll want the general manager running my team to have a keen eye for talent. I'd want to do what the Mariners just did and hire someone like Jack Zduriencik.

Minors | #2008#Column

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Do the Cardinals and Rays make good trade partners? Will White Sox lefty Aaron Poreda be a starter or reliever? Are minor league free agents eligible for the Rule 5 draft?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

What's the deal with 2009's top draft-eligible sophomores? What should the Mariners do with all their catchers? What does the Yankees Top 10 Prospects list look like?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Who are the best lefty-righty pitching prospect combos? What does the future hold for Rangers first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland? Could lefthander Eric Berger be a steal for the Indians as an eighth-rounder?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Frisco Won With Prospects

Kary Booher -

At the Texas League all-star game in late June, shortstop Elvis Andrus seemed not far from becoming a one-man army at Double-A Frisco. The first half of the season had been full of stars and then promotions for the Rangers affiliate. One by one prospects advanced on to Triple-A Oklahoma, some on to the major leagues: Catcher Taylor Teagarden and outfielder John Mayberry departed in April. Within a three-week span just ahead of the all-star game, lefthander Matt Harrison, first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Max Ramirez followed suit.

Minors | #2008#Awards#Team Of The Year

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Who has the best lefty-righty prospect combo? What's the status of A's seventh-round pick Brett Hunter? If a team signs multiple Type A free agents, who gets its first-round pick as compensation?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA