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Triple-Digit Steals Don’t Assure Big League Success

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Billy Hamilton has annihilated the minor league stolen base record with 155. He'll lead two different circuits in steals, another unprecedented feat. Now comes the hard part: becoming a standout big leaguer. Of the 19 minor leaguers before Hamilton to reach triple figures in steals, just one managed to pull that off.

Minors | #2012#Column

Ranking The Top 10 Prospects Who Were Traded

Jim Callis -

Maybe last July served as a cautionary tale. The Giants sent righthander Zack Wheeler, the No. 6 choice in 2009, to the Mets for Carlos Beltran. The Indians dispatched Drew Pomeranz, the No. 5 selection in 2010, to the Rockies in a four-player package for Ubaldo Jimenez. Both clubs failed to make the playoffs and have buyer's remorse that will linger for a while. Whatever the reason, the quality of prospects who changed addresses in July was underwhelming.<br/>

Minors | #2012#Column

MLB Changes Open Opportunities

Will Lingo -

There's one person in particular who, in my opinion, has never received the credit she deserves in the baseball industry. Her name is Sylvia Lind, and she has the rather generic title of director of baseball operations initiatives.

Minors | #2012#Column

How The Top 10 Should Shake Out

Jim Callis -Premium Content

With less than two weeks before the draft, the teams at the top still were zeroing in on whom they should take. While this draft crop pales in comparison to 2011's, there are talented players. We take a look at who should go where.

Minors | #2012#Column

For Scout Jack Powell Lightning Struck Twice

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Jack Powell entered scouting as a bird dog for the Reds in 1974. Though he helped land Tom Browning as a part-timer in 1982, he still hadn't claimed a big leaguer all his own when he visited Chipola (Fla.) JC in the spring of 2000. Little did he realize he was about to see the most talented player he would ever scout.

Minors | #2012#Column

Fixing The Minors Feature Reminds That Game’s In Good Shape

Will Lingo -Premium Content

We're always dreaming up ways we think we could make things better, or thinking about how much happier life would be if we were in charge, so our 10 ideas to improve the minors was a fun feature to put together and led to a lot of discussion in the office. What it also highlighted, however, was that the minor leagues are in pretty darn good shape.

Minors | #2012#Column