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Are teams growing more reluctant to trade blue-chip prospects? Are the Angels mishandling Brandon Wood? How much does a pitcher's hitting ability factor into his ability to win and his worth to scouts?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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What are some trade offers the Twins might accept for Johan Santana? How good are Orioles third baseman Scott Moore and Giants outfield prospect John Bowker?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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How good is the college crop of first basemen for the 2008 draft? Which Upton/Young pair is better, Justin/Chris in Arizona or B.J./Delmon in Tampa Bay? What factors determine whether a team will offer arbitration to a player?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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What's the draft order for 2008? How did the up-and-coming Josh Hamilton compare to the top young outfielders of today? Why do pitchers wait to develop a third pitch?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Which of the game's bright young outfield talents will stay in center field? How good is Rockies second baseman Eric Young Jr.? Will the Joe Smith qualify for the Mets Top 10 despite spending much of the year in the majors?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Are underrated homegrown players the key to the Cubs' success? How much of a baseball prospect was West Virginia quarterback Patrick White? How good are recent Dodgers draftees Andrew Lambo and Sergio Pedroza.

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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How good an omen is Justin Upton's big league homer as a teenager? What will the Padres do with both Chase Headley and Kevin Kouzmanoff available to play third base? Will the Hawaiian winter league return this year?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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What's up with Yankees rookie Phil Hughes? How can Dennis Dixon play pro baseball with the Braves and still be eligible to play quarterback at Oregon? Which Devil Rays southpaw has the higher ceiling, Scott Kazmir or David Price?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Who has the best tandem of young pitchers in the major leagues? How good was the Yankees' draft? Should the struggles of high school first-round picks in their first pro summer be cause for concern?

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Which pitching duo is better, the Giants' Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum or the Yankees' Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes? Is Devil Rays outfielder Ryan Royster for real? How exactly do new rules for an MLB signing deadline and NCAA transfers work?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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What are the advantages to major league contracts vs. standard bonus deals for draftees? Why didn't the Dodgers sign Kyle Blair? Why doesn't Cubs catcher Geovany Soto get more prospect love?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Where does the Twins' Trevor Plouffe rank among minor league shortstop? How good is the Reds' top-heavy farm system? What are the rules for compensation for unsigned draft picks?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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There have been some eye-popping pitching performances in the Double-A Eastern League this year with Clay Buchholz, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Justin Masterson all dominating. Is the offense in the league down or are those guys that good? Also, how did the Mark Teixeira trade affect the top prospect lists for both the Braves and Rangers?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Where does newly acquired righthander Will Inman rank among Padres prospects, and how improved is San Diego's farm system? What's the prognosis for Dodgers lefty Scott Elbert, who had shoulder surgery?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Which big leaguers have tools that rank as 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale? How did Reds outfielder Carson Kainer's kidney problems affect his draft status? How good are below-the-radar Twins pitching prospects Nick Blackburn and Brian Duensing?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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How many Futures Gamers have gone on to play in the All-Star Game? Is former Rockies first-round pick Chris Nelson regaining his prospect status? Will Phillies outfielder C.J. Henry give up baseball for basketball?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Why did the Athletics try Daric Barton at third base? What does the future hold for Indians lefty Aaron Laffey? How do 6-foot-10 righthanders Andrew Brackman and Chris Young compare.

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Who are the top prospects in the minors? What is the longest minor league hitting streak ever? How good is Yankees righthander Brett Smith?

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Who are the top prospects for the 2008 draft? Did the Twins take Ben Revere in the first round to save money they could spend later in the draft? How did the Reds wind up with five Canadian draft picks?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Why should teams buy into slotting draft bonuses? What's the scouting report on ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte? What's better, the No. 1 pick with no compensation choices, or no early pick but extra compensation choices?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA