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Jim Callis -

Should the Rays have drafted Buster Posey over Tim Beckham? Why did Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis rank ahead of Cubs third baseman Josh Vitters on the FSL Top 20, but not get any love on the Mets Top 10? Why were Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee so lightly regarded coming into 2009, and are they for real after surprising rookie seasons?

Minors | #2009#Ask BA

Evaluating Catching Prospects Requires Lots Of Projection

R.J. Anderson -Premium Content

In this decade, more than 900 players have cracked Baseball America's annual Top 100 Prospects lists; the true number shrinks considerably below 1,000 after accounting for a substantial number of return engagements. An analyst could spend hours dissecting this talented troop into every conceivable cross-section, but one anomaly that stands out immediately is how few catchers have made the grade. Just 68 appeared on the lists; middle infielders accounted for nearly twice that number, and corner infielders occupied almost three times as many slots (to say nothing of the outfielders).

Minors | #2009#Prospect Pulse

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Jim Callis -

Who are the potential compensation free agents this offseason, and how are they determined? What are Jeremy Hermida's chances of turning his career around, and what kind of prospect did the Marlins get when they received Jose Alvarez in return for him? Is there any news on Giants first-base prospect Angel Villalona, who awaits trial on murder charges in the Dominican Republic?

Minors | #2009#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Did Braves lefthander Mike Minor deserve to get drafted seventh overall? Are White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks' Arizona Fall League numbers for real? Is Tigers shortstop Gustavo Nunez a legitimate prospect?

Minors | #2009#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

How does Jarrod Parker's surgery affect his prospect status? What kind of shape are the Padres in as new GM Jed Hoyer takes over? How high does Puerto Rican shortstop Dickie Joe Thon project to go in the 2010 draft?

Minors | #2009#Ask BA

New Draft Almanac Has Many Surprises

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Perhaps it's a disease that afflicts us after we've been at Baseball America a long time. Looking at draft list after draft list after draft list, what we usually find is that we wish we had more time to look at more draft lists.

Minors | #2009#Column

Draft Report Card For The Decade

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Our annual Draft Report Cards are one of the most labor-intensive projects at Baseball America, and we have more trouble making deadlines than the Pirates did when they were trying to sign Pedro Alvarez. But it's a labor of love, even if forecasting the future for draftees a few short months after they turn pro is as easy as hitting Tim Lincecum. With that in mind, let's review the DRCs from this decade and identify the best of the best. For each of our standard categories, here's the top player from among the 10 selected as the standout in that category for each year of the 2000s.

Minors | #2009#Column