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2011 Independent League Top 10 Prospects

J.J. Cooper -

It's a pretty bleak year for scouting independent baseball. The shift to more veteran-laden independent league lineups, a reduced number of independent league teams and an increased number of affiliated teams that scout independent baseball have left the shelves as bare as a Toys-R-Us on Christmas Eve. This year's list lacks the clear-cut No. 1 prospect of past years when prospects like Daniel Nava or Reynaldo Rodriguez were clearly at the top of the list.

Minors | #2011#Independent Audit

Affiliated Clubs, Indy Ball Teams Face Off

J.J. Cooper -

At the business level, Organized Baseball and independent baseball are much like Bobby Cox and umpires—they just don't mix. But when you move down to the level of the players and coaches, it's a different story. Baseball is baseball, and as a pair of North American League teams found during spring training, teams like competition, even if it's spanning the gulf between affiliated and indy ball.

Minors | #2011#Independent Audit

Gailen Forced To Play A Waiting Game

J.J. Cooper -

Perserverance has never been a problem for Blake Gailen. The Chico Outlaws (Golden) outfielder's career has seen him travel all around the country, through three different independent leagues in less than three years, in hopes of attracting the attention of an affiliated team. And just when he was putting together the kind of season that couldn't be ignored, he literally ran into a wall.

Minors | #2010#Independent Audit

Guerrero Joins Rare Club With Five Straight Home Runs

J.J. Cooper -

Cristian Guerrero has reached Triple-A. He's part of one of the most famous baseball families of this generation (cousins Vladimir Guerrero and Wilton Guerrero are both big leaguers), and he could defy odds make it back to affiliated ball and make it to the big leagues himself. But even if all that happens, he'll never have a day like he had on June 9.

Minors | #2010#Independent Audit

Indy Notebook: New Northern League Manager Counting On Frontier Leaguers

J.J. Cooper -

When Fran Riordan was hired by the expansion Lake County Cornbelters (Northern) in the offseason, it marked the end of an era. Riordan had either played of managed in the Frontier League since 1997, winning three league titles as a manager. But he hasn't forgotten his Frontier League roots, and he brought along a core of his final Kalamazoo Kings team to prove it. On Feb. 1, Riordan swung a 11-player swap with his old team to bring seven ex-Kings to Lake County.

Minors | #2010#Independent Audit