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Men Of Mystery

Ben Badler -Premium Content

For scouts and managers who watched the Southern League this year, it was difficult to get a handle on the performances of Cubs' prospects Jeff Samardzija and Tyler Colvin.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Pulse

Holcomb Earns SAL MVP

Jim Shonerd -

In a league filled with teenage phenoms from Angel Villalona and Jesus Montero to Mike Stanton, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman, Asheville third baseman Darin Holcomb earned the South Atlantic League's MVP award with his consistent offensive production.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Bulletin

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

How does Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider compare to other recent elite high school draft picks? Can Jesus Montero stay behind the plate and how quickly can he help the Yankees? Did the draft signing percentages jump in the later rounds, and if so, then why?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Could 2008 first-round pick make the Cardinals to open next season? Would MLB consider adopting the National Hockey League's rules giving teams the rights to drafted players for more than one year? Are Cubs farmhands Micah Hoffpauir, Jason Dubois and Mitch Atkins legitimate prospects?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Prospect Hot Sheet: Aug. 29

Is the season almost over already? Brett Wallace may wish that it could go on a little longer. Just a couple of months ago he was playing for Arizona State, now he's in Double-A and leading Springfield to a playoff spot. It's an amazing run, and one worthy of being singled out as the No. 1 prospect on this week's Hot Sheet.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Hot Sheet

Hard To Predict

Jim Callis -Premium Content

As with any good argument, there are two sides to the Players Association's grievance that the commissioner's office unilaterally extended the signing deadline past midnight on Aug. 15, allowing the Pirates and No. 2 overall pick Pedro Alvarez to agree on a $6 million deal.

Minors | #2008#Column

Arizona Fall League Rosters

Rosters for the Arizona Fall League have been announced. To get you ready for the Fall League, we've singled out some players who are using their trip as a last tune-up for the big leagues, others who are trying to put bad 2008 seasons behind them, and some who may be emerging onto the prospects scene.

Minors | #2008#Arizona Fall League#Winter Baseball

Starting To End Up in The Pen

Kary Booher -Premium Content

The puzzled look on Kris Medlen's face was probably to be expected. Summoned into his manager's office at Double-A Mississippi in early June, the Braves pitching prospect wondered what to make of his immediate future. At the time, he owned a nearly 5-something earned run average out of the bullpen and there was manager Phillip Wellman delivering the surprise news that the righthander should plan on pitching elsewhere—as in Mississippi's rotation, as a starter.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Pulse