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What would the 2006 draft look like if it were held today? Would the Mariners lose much if they didn't sign first-rounder Joshua Fields? Should Travis Hafner have made a rehab stint in the Eastern League playoffs?

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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

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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

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Does the Indians' draft strategy make sense? Would the MLB consider adopting NFL's rookie salary pool for the draft? Who's the top shortstop prospect for the 2009 draft?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Who were the biggest coups in the draft? Will the holdouts until the last seconds before the deadline ever end? What kind of compensation will the Yankees get for failing to sign first-rounder Gerrit Cole?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Will Buster Posey and other first-rounders sign? Is Indians lefthander David Huff on the verge of a callup? How good is Rangers lefty Derek Holland?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who's the Pirates' third baseman of the future: Pedro Alvarez, Andy LaRoche or Neil Walker? Why won't the Angels give Brandon Wood a chance? What are the rules governing athletes who are pros in one sport and amateurs in another, such as New York Yankees outfielder/Arizona State wide receiver Mike Jones.

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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What has gotten into Cubs righthander Jeff Samardzija? Which high draft picks might not sign by the Aug. 15 deadline? Will the Red Sox give knuckleballer Charlie Zink a shot?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Which top prospects have been the biggest disappointments in 2008? Why aren't there more elite prospects? Which newcomer is Oakland's second baseman of the future?

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Jim Callis -

Who is the No. 1 prospect for each team? Do the Dodgers see first-rounder Ethan Martin as a hitter or pitcher, and will a team ever try to develop a two-way star? What were the scouting reports on Nate McLouth as he rose through the Pirates system?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Where would $4.25 million bonus baby Michel Inoa rank among prospects in the Athletics system and in the minors overall? How risky is it to invest big money in an international amateur? How good are the catchers in the Futures Game?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who had the best drafts in the last two decades? Will the Royals be able to sign Eric Hosmer and Tim Melville? Who are the leading candidates to be rookie of the year in 2009?

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Jim Callis -

What are the repercussions of Tim Beckham's record deal? Who determines which players qualify as two-sport athletes for the purposes of spreading out their bonus over five years? Have two players traded for each other ever won the MVP and Cy Young awards in the subsequent season, as Josh Hamilton and Edinson Volquez have the chance to do this year?

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Which teams had the best drafts? Was supplemental first-rounder Jeremy Bleich a steal or a reach for the Yankees? Were the Athletics wise to gamble on several top talents who slipped because of signability?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Which 2008 draftees are their team's top prospect? Including recent draft picks, what would a revised Mets Top 10 list look like? If Marshall's Jeff Waggoner the college coach doing the most with the least?

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Which top high school prospects are least likely to sign? Why have Iowa prep prospects Brent Warren and B.J. Hermsen seen their stock slip? After spending $2 million on Juan Duran, could the Reds go cheap with the No. 7 overall pick?

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How has Connecticut prep shortstop Anthony Hewitt rocketed into the first round? Does Canada have any impact players to offer for the 2008 draft? Why don't college seniors use independent leagues to gain extra leverage?

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Jim Callis -

Can possible No. 1 overall pick Buster Posey stay at catcher, and how good would he be at shortstop? How do top two-way talents Aaron Hicks, Ethan Martin and Casey Kelly rate, strictly as hitters and strictly as pitchers? How does this year's banner crop of first basemen stack up—defensively?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Why do teams adhere to MLB bonus slotting? What's the track record of recent high school catchers drafted in the first round? What's the upside for 2007 supplemental first-rounder Jackson Williams?

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Have Rick Ankiel and Josh Hamilton lived up to their scouting reports? Could Tim Alderson be better than fellow 2007 first-rounder Rick Porcello? What should the Astros do with the No. 10 overall pick?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA