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New Draft Almanac Has Many Surprises

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Perhaps it's a disease that afflicts us after we've been at Baseball America a long time. Looking at draft list after draft list after draft list, what we usually find is that we wish we had more time to look at more draft lists.

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Draft Report Card For The Decade

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Our annual Draft Report Cards are one of the most labor-intensive projects at Baseball America, and we have more trouble making deadlines than the Pirates did when they were trying to sign Pedro Alvarez. But it's a labor of love, even if forecasting the future for draftees a few short months after they turn pro is as easy as hitting Tim Lincecum. With that in mind, let's review the DRCs from this decade and identify the best of the best. For each of our standard categories, here's the top player from among the 10 selected as the standout in that category for each year of the 2000s.

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September Callups Fail To Impress This Year

Jim Callis -Premium Content

When I first started working at Baseball America, one of the most exciting months of the year was September, and not just because the humidity in North Carolina kindly dissipated. Teams annually would debut top prospects when rosters expanded, and in those pre-Internet days, that usually meant our first chance to see them in action.

Minors | #2009#Column

Who Needs Them?

Will Lingo -Premium Content

What ever happened to baseball in the Olympics? It seems like a natural idea. Baseball is the ultimate summer sport, so the Summer Olympics should be an ideal home for it. Excitement and hopes were high when it debuted as a demonstration sport in 1984. But the marriage never really worked.

Minors | #2009#Column

No Easy Solution

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Scranton's Yankee dream has run into ugly reality. When the New York Yankees moved their Triple-A affiliation from Columbus to Scranton in 2007, it was supposed to represent a bright new future for the franchise. Instead the team is still sitting in an aging stadium.

Minors | #2009#Column

Indians Should Have Held On To Stars

Jim Callis -

Last summer, trading C.C. Sabathia was a no-brainer for the Indians. But they should have resisted trading Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez at this year's deadline. Jim Callis also takes a quick look at other deadline deals of note.

Minors | #2009#Column

These Pitchers Can Hit

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Casey Kelly may have been the most notable two-way player at the Futures Game, but he's not necessarily the only player there who could pull off a switch to playing a position.

Minors | #2009#Column

Just Say No

Jim Callis -Premium Content

In sports, the term "silly season" most often is applied to NASCAR, referring to the offseason dance of riders, sponsors and crew members looking to hook up with new teams. It also aptly describes the shenanigans surrounding baseball's draft.

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A Lasting Legacy

Will Lingo -Premium Content

How do you explain to the baseball watchers of the 21st century the significance of John Henry Moss? Longtime president of the South Atlantic League does not even begin to describe his contributions.

Minors | #2009#Column

Getting A Glimpse

Will Lingo -Premium Content

For the more serious fan (the Baseball America reader, certainly), the Futures Game is a chance to see these prospects face off against each other, the best playing the best.

Minors | #2009#Column