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Slow Start, Fast Finish

David Hall -Premium Content

Minor league seasons are epic endeavors, drawn out from vernal opening days through brutal afternoons of summer BP and into cool September evenings that bring the first inklings of autumn. In the parlance of the game's protagonists, it's a long season—a fact that suited Beau Mills perfectly in 2008.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Pulse

How The West Will Be Won

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Los Angeles has taken four of the last five division titles and made a mockery of the West this year. It never trailed by more than two games (and that was for one day), took first place for good on May 13 and wrapped up the West on Sept. 10. But there's good news for fans who want more suspense in their division races. No teams have added more talent than the Rangers and Athletics in the last two years, and they now have the two best farm systems in baseball. The West should be a three-team battle soon.

Minors | #2008#Column

Southern League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

Ben Badler -Premium Content

One of the most prospect-laden leagues in the minors, the Double-A Southern League was rich with high-ceiling arms and bats, as well as several players who project as at least solid regulars.One of the most prospect-laden leagues in the minors, the Double-A Southern League was rich with high-ceiling arms and bats, as well as several players who project as at least solid regulars.

Minors | #2008#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

In light of the developments with Pedro Alvarez, should the Nationals be allowed to negotiate with Aaron Crow? What's the scouting report on Giants rookie sensation Pablo Sandoval? Why would Brad Miller consent to be "traded" to an independent league team?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Eastern League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

John Manuel -Premium Content

Bowie didn't win the Double-A Eastern League championship, in part because it ran into a rehabbing Travis Hafner and Matt LaPorta on Akron's roster in the semifinals. But the Baysox left the biggest impression on scouts, as they featured the league's two best prospects. Catcher Matt Wieters earned our Minor League Player of the Year award, while No. 2 prospect Chris Tillman, acquired from the Mariners in the Erik Bedard bonanza, was the league's most talented arm.

Minors | #2008#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings