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Jim Callis -

What would a retroactive first round for the 2007 draft look like? What's the latest news on Barret Loux, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 draft? What has happened to Pirates righthander Tim Alderson?

Minors | #2010#Ask BA

MLB Has Wrong Attitude On Slotting

Jim Callis -Premium Content

There are two things that MLB's slotting system doesn't acknowledge: teams are always going to pay for talent, and spending on the draft is the most cost-efficient way to build and maintain a winner. It also underscores how silly the commissioner's office's efforts to deflate bonuses and its desire to control them further have become.

Minors | #2010#Column

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Jim Callis -

Who are the players to watch in the Arizona Fall League? What would an updated Nationals Top 10 Prospects list look like? Are there any position players worth getting excited about in the Braves system?

Minors | #2010#Ask BA

Braves’ Beachy Sets Sights On Minors ERA Title

Matt Eddy -Premium Content

Braves righthander Brandon Beachy put an exclamation point on his breakout season with a performance that could win him the minor league ERA title. Baseball America attended his start for Triple-A Gwinnett and talked to Beachy afterward, touching on his repertoire, his offseason plans and his thoughts on a potential ERA title.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Bulletin

Scout’s View: Braves’ Double-A Pitchers

John Manuel -Premium Content

The Braves were pushing for their first playoff spot in five seasons in 2010, leading the National League East with a big push from rookies such as Jason Heyward, Johnny Venters and, in August, 2009 first-round pick Mike Minor. Meanwhile, none of the team's affiliates figured to make the playoffs in the minors, yet talent is surging through the Braves system. That's particularly true on the mound, as one National League pro scout found during a pair of visits to Double-A Mississippi.

Minors | #2010#Scout's View