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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)?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

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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?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

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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.

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

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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

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What do the Padres and Reds Top 10 Prospects list look like after the Mat Latos trade? How much have the Athletics' offseason deals rejuvenated their system?

Minors | #2012#Ask BA

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Where would Jorge Soler fit on the Top 100 Prospects list? Following the Trevor Cahill trade, is Jarrod Parker now the Athletics' No. 1 prospect? What conditions are attached to picking players in the Triple-A and Double-A phases of the Rule 5 draft?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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How do unsigned first-round picks fare after they finally turn pro? How many big leaguers has each team produced from the 2005-07? What was the draft-and-follow process?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

How have the draft's biggest signability sliders worked out? What separates righthanders Gerrit Cole (Pirates), Trevor Bauer (Diamondbacks) and Dylan Bundy (Orioles) as prospects? How good will the return be that the Red Sox get from the Cubs for Theo Epstein?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Who are the potential compensation free agents? If Yu Darvish comes to America, where would he rank on the Top 100 Prospects list? What does the future hold for Red Sox first baseman Lars Anderson?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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How do the elite outfielders from recent Top 100s stack up? Who are Team USA's top performers at the Pan American Games? What makes White Sox vice president Rick Hahn a top GM candidate?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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What happened to the Red Sox's top pitching prospects? Why did the Dodgers draft Edwin Jackson as an outfielder and then move him quickly to the mound? How does a player become a nondrafted free agent?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

How good is the Padres farm system? Which Pirates outfield prospect is better, Starling Marte or Robbie Grossman? How well does the number of players signed correlate with the quality of a team's draft?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who are the best prospect duos? What is the 2012 draft order? How much has Royals catcher Salvador Perez' stock risen after a surprising rookie season?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who would make an all-star team of current prospects? What are the chances for an earlier signing deadline with the draft? Now that he's returning to the Giants' fold, is Angel Villalona one of their top 10 prospects?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Will we ever see an international draft? Could Anthony Gose get relegated to fourth-outfielder status in Toronto? How do you judge Reds lefthander Tony Cingrani's performance as a 22-year-old in Rookie ball?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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How did each team fare in the 2006 draft? How many minor leaguers have stolen 100 bases in a season? How was the minor league Miami Miracle allowed to participate in the 1990 draft?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Do the Royals still have a top-10 farm system? How good is minor league strikeout leader Edwar Cabrera? What are the eligibility rules for the Arizona Fall League?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who had the best and worst drafts . . . in 2005? Why did players in the top half of the 2011 draft get paid so much? How do second-base prospects Jose Altuve (Astros) and D.J. LeMahieu (Cubs) compare?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who had the best drafts? What are the benefits of signing a major league contract? How much of a prospect is Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

How much will No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole cost the Pirates, and can they sign second-rounder Josh Bell? What would an updated Indians Top 10 Prospects list look like in the wake of their trades and promotions? Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar has a chance to hit .300/.400/.500 as a teenager—how rare is that?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA