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What strategies will teams use with new draft rules in place? Could guaranteed September callups be a way to circumvent the new restictions? Will any teams in the top 10 purposely not sign this year's pick to get a compensation choice in 2013?

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Jim Callis -

How many 2012 draftees will make the 2013 Top 100 Prospects list? Is Royals infielder Christian Colon getting better or just putting up improved numbers because he's repeating Double-A? Why is Stanford infielder Kenny Diekroeger no longer considered one of the 2012 draft's top prospects?

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Why wouldn't Lucas Giolito go in the top 10 picks? Has Yankees outfielder Cody Johnson turned a corner? What happens with the money collected as a tax on draft overspending?

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Jim Callis -

How do the new draft values compare to the old slot guidelines? How much has Domonic Brown's star dimmed? Can Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras handle center field?

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Jim Callis -

Who should the Royals draft with the fifth overall pick? Why doesn't Blue Jays righthander Drew Hutchison get the same hype as the similar Jeremy Hellickson? Will more top draft choices play in their first pro summer than in the past?

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Will Pedro Alvarez be one of the biggest draft position-player busts ever? Will the Padres get a chance to draft Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero at No. 7, and should they take him? Which minor leagues favor hitters, and which help pitchers?

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Jim Callis -

Where would Byron Buxton, Mark Appel fit in the deeper 2011 draft? Who are the Pirates' best breakout candidates for 2012? Can teams get around the new draft rules by hiring a player's relatives and paying them handsomely?

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Jim Callis -

Can Dylan Bundy reach Baltimore this season? Who has the better rotation, the Jackson Generals or Mobile BayBears? Will teams look to overdraft inexpensive players to create more financial flexibility in the draft?

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Jim Callis -

Where does Jose Rafael DePaula fit on the Yankees Top 10 Prospects list? With the new CBA restrictions on spending on amateur talent, were the Nationals and Reds foolish to give up so many prospects to get Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos? How long do the Nationals have to keep Bryce Harper in the minors to delay his free agency and arbitration?

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Jim Callis -

Which prospects have the best combo of power and speed? How does the value of a starter compare to the value of a closer? How much will a typical player's BA Grade change from one Prospect Handbook to the next?

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Jim Callis -

Which prospects have the best batting, power and speed tools? Which teams have the most No. 1 starters in their farm systems? Who are the closers of the future for the Astros and Diamondbacks?

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Jim Callis -

What were the high and low votes on each Top 100 Prospect? What is the ceiling for Braves spring-training sensation Evan Gattis? Why didn't Westminster Christian (Palmetto Bay, Fla.) slugger David Thompson make any of the preseason High School All-America teams?

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Jim Callis -

Who else received votes for the Top 100 Prospects list? Which prospects could make the biggest move up the Top 100 a year from now? How do third-base prospects Miguel Sano (Twins), Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox) & Cheslor Cuthbert (Royals) compare?

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Jim Callis -

What will the all-star lineups look like in 2015? How different are the development paths for players signing out of high school rather than college? Would it be worth it for a team to incur the penalties if it heavily overpaid in the draft to land a talent like Bryce Harper?

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Jim Callis -

Where does Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes fit on the A's Top 10 Prospects list? Where would another Cuban defector, Gerardo Concepcion, rank on the Cubs prospect list? How high could St. Edward's (Texas) righthander Stephen Edwards go in the 2012 draft?

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Jim Callis -

Who are the best prospects from each slot of the team Top 10s? Who has more power potential, Bryce Harper or Mike Stanton? Why didn't outfielder Vicmal de la Cruz make Oakland's Top 30 Prospects list?

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Jim Callis -

What BA grades and risk factors do Rangers righthander Yu Darvish and unsigned Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes merit? Would Cespedes rank as the No. 1 prospect for all of the teams hot on his trail? How many players who missed the Top 30 Prospects list in the game's deepest farm system (Blue Jays) make the Top 30 for the worst (White Sox)?

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Jim Callis -

Who's better, Yu Darvish or Michael Pineda? Does Jesus Montero's prospect stock change now that he has been traded from the Yankees to the Mariners? Who's the best bet to pan out among raw and toolsy White Sox outfielder prospects Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker?

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Jim Callis -

Who will be the best rookies in 2012? What would an updated Nationals Top 10 Prospects list look like? Are there any bonus limits in the new CBA for players drafted after the 10th round? Plus, a scouting report on new Yankees prospect Jose Campos, part of the Jesus Montero/Michael Pineda trade.

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Jim Callis -

Where does first baseman Anthony Rizzo fit on the Cubs Top 10, and do any of their other trade acquisitions crack the list? Can the White Sox turn righthander Simon Castro around? Who are the best prospects traded by the Yankees since 2000?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA