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Will Bryce Harper Set A Record?

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Though most 17-year-olds would be juniors in high school, Bryce Harper has handled the jump to junior college baseball with aplomb. Which leads to the question: if the Nationals make him the No. 1 overall pick, as expected, will he be the best-compensated draftee ever?

Minors | #2010#Column

Mobile Provides An Opening-Day Highlight

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It's amazing how the information steadily increases from a trickle to a flood as every baseball season approaches. In the offseason, you have to satisfy yourself by reviewing information from the past year and trying to make sense of it, using references such as the Prospect Handbook or Super Register.

Minors | #2010#Column

Heyward’s Is The Game’s Must-See Rookie

Jim Callis -Premium Content

With the Nationals sending Stephen Strasburg to the minors and the Reds doing the same with Aroldis Chapman, Heyward is the must-see rookie at the start of 2010. He's the latest in a line of a dozen other highly-acclaimed rookies who made Opening Day rosters in the past two decades, almost all of whom lived up to their promise:

Minors | #2010#Column

Strasburg Will Be Worth The Wait

Jim Callis -Premium Content

On merit, Stephen Strasburg would be the Nationals' Opening Day starter. But the decision won't be based purely on merit—Washington manager Jim Riggleman already was dropping hints before the Grapefruit League schedule started that Strasburg would open the year in the minors—nor should it be.

Minors | #2010#Column

Another Perspective On Organization Talent Rankings

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Sure, the Prospect Draft might just be a way to make our loved ones ask again how it is exactly that we call this work. But we hope it also serves as another way to look at the hundreds of prospects we break down and line up every offseason. It started as a discussion Jim Callis and I had over dinner as we wound down the Prospect Handbook and lamented another talent-starved organization. We wondered exactly who the last player taken would be in a draft of every player in the Prospect Handbook.

Minors | #2010#Column

Exhibition Games Give Boost To Minors

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Spring training is nearly here, but it's not just about six weeks in Florida or Arizona. Another less noticeable part is the announcement of the exhibition games that usually wrap up spring training. Exhibition games are a fun corner of March (or early April) baseball, usually an effort to throw a bone to a minor league affiliate as the major league team heads north to start its season.

Minors | #2010#Column

Giants Are At The Top Of The Draft Class

Jim Callis -Premium Content

We grade every draft from 2005-08 in the new Prospect Handbook, and no team outdid San Francisco's 3.50 GPA. Vice president of player personnel Dick Tidrow ran those first three efforts, with scouting director John Barr coming aboard in 2008.

Minors | #2010#Column