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Jim Callis -

Which farm system will make the biggest jump in BA's Prospect Handbook rankings from 2012 to 2013? How many prospects combine contact and power like Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras? Who's the best of the first baseman from the first round of the 2008 draft?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

Mariners Pitchers Know How To Hold ‘Em

J.J. Cooper -

Some teams make limiting the running game a point of emphasis for pitchers from the day they sign. Others let them worry about throwing strikes and refining their secondary stuff before working on slide steps and pickoff moves at a higher level of the minors. The Mariners are one of the clubs that emphasizes holding runners, and the results are obvious. Their high Class A High Desert club leads the minors in caught stealing percentage, while low Class A Clinton ranks third overall.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

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Jim Callis -

Which shortstop has the higher ceiling and brighter future: Javier Baez (Cubs) or Francisco Lindor (Indians)? How does the Red Sox' crowded third-base picture figure to shake out in the future? How good are NCAA Division III products Bruce Maxwell (Athletics) and Tim Saunders (Cubs)?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

Eaton Provides Spark For Reno

Pat Hickey -Premium Content

Since his college days at Miami (Ohio), Adam Eaton has been written off by most as a fourth outfielder due in part to his short stature. The Diamondbacks' 19th-round pick in 2010, Eaton is waiting in the wings at Triple-A Reno, where he leads the minor leagues in hits, runs and doubles as the Aces' leadoff man and center fielder.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Bulletin

Art Of The Steal

J.J. Cooper -

When Alexander Cartwright—or whoever first laid out a baseball diamond—put the bases 90 feet apart, he put them at an ideal distance to make the battle between basestealers and batteries a fair fight. In general, it takes a baserunner about as much time to get from first to second as it does for the ball to take the trip from the mound to home to second. But every now and then, a guy like Billy Hamilton comes along and screws up the symmetry.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

When Coleman Set Record, Few Noticed

J.J. Cooper -

As Billy Hamilton approaches Vince Coleman's professional baseball record of 145 steals this year, he has been featured in media around the country. Thanks to the Futures Game he has played on ESPN, and he also has been discussed on "Pardon the Interruption" and featured in Sports Illustrated. When Coleman set the record for steals in a season in 1983, though, few people gave it any thought at all. As Coleman ran wild for the Class A Macon Redbirds in the South Atlantic League, the minor league baseball renaissance was still a "Bull Durham" movie and ballpark building boom away from blossoming.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse