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Engle’s Pitching Pair Is Hard To Top

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Roy Halladay or Felix Hernandez? Felix Hernandez or Roy Halladay? Ultimately, those were the two finalists for Baseball America's Major League Player of the Year. Baseball's most efficient and most durable pitcher versus its most dominant pitcher. And one baseball veteran had a hand in acquiring both of them.

Minors | #2010#Column

Posey, Trout Rank As Best Of The Best

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If you love prospect rankings, you've come to the right place. We list the top 20 prospects for each of the 16 minor leagues. To put all of those players in a little more context—and to give a bit of a sneak preview for our Top 100 Prospects list, which is still four months away—let's see how all of the No. 1 prospects stack up against each other.

Minors | #2010#Column

Nothing’s Permanent In Minor Leagues

Will Lingo -Premium Content

You learn over the years is that, just like in life, no relationship is permanent. I never would have thought the Rochester Red Wings would dump the Orioles, but that happened in 2002. I never thought the Yankees would leave Columbus, but that's just what they did in 2006. And I certainly never could have imagined living in a world that didn't have an Orioles affiliate in Bluefield, but that's the brave new world we'll see after this season.

Minors | #2010#Column

MLB Has Wrong Attitude On Slotting

Jim Callis -Premium Content

There are two things that MLB's slotting system doesn't acknowledge: teams are always going to pay for talent, and spending on the draft is the most cost-efficient way to build and maintain a winner. It also underscores how silly the commissioner's office's efforts to deflate bonuses and its desire to control them further have become.

Minors | #2010#Column

Tampa Gets Big Boost From ‘Bachelorette’

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Joe Urso played at the University of Tampa, becoming an eighth-round pick in 1992 and playing six seasons in the minor leagues. He has been the head coach there for 10 seasons, so he's well acquainted with the school's baseball history, which includes five Division II national championships. But when his phone rings these days, it's just as likely to be a call about an obscure former player as it is to be about the baseball program.

Minors | #2010#Column

Astros-Blue Jays Swap A Fascinating Deal

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The most interesting trade in the week before the July 31 deadline didn't involve a frontline starting pitcher. It didn't involve a former MVP, or a past RBI champion, or a guy who once struck out 20 batters in a game. It didn't involve a big leaguer at all.

Minors | #2010#Column

Saying Fond Farewell To Rosenblatt

Jim Callis -Premium Content

As I drove out of the Rosenblatt Stadium parking lot for the final time, with South Carolina's celebration and fireworks going off behind me, it occurred to me that there are few places where I had enjoyed more happy memories.

Minors | #2010#Column

Civil Rights Game Becomes Major League Hit

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Because of the depth of its history, baseball can do things that no other sport can do. So when these things actually get done, we should celebrate. One of these things is the Civil Right Game, which completed its fourth edition in May and just announced plans to move to Atlanta for the next two years.

Minors | #2010#Column

Middle Age May Be Best Age For Baseball Draft

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The baseball draft is squarely in middle age at 45 years old, and yet in many ways it feels like it's just starting to come into its own. The past decade has seen a number of huge developments in draft history, aside from the talent that teams found each June. Here are the 10 we found the most significant:

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