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Astros’ Duo Finds Success In Second Chance

Clint Longenecker -Premium Content

The career paths of Houston Astros minor leaguers Delino DeShields Jr. and Mike Foltynewicz have been strikingly similar. The 2010 first-round picks out of high school were both highly coveted by the Astros as DeShields (No. 8) received a then-franchise record $2.12 million signing bonus, while Foltynewicz (No. 19) received $1.3 million, the second-highest bonus ever for an Astros pitching draftee.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Bulletin

Szczur Finding His Way In Second Full Season

John Sandberg -Premium Content

Many questions surrounded Matt Szczur when the Cubs selected the young outfielder in the fifth round of the 2010 draft: Could he put his speed to use as an effective outfielder? Would his ability to make consistent contact at the plate in college carry over into pro ball? Everyone knew Szczur was a premium athlete after coming out of Villanova as a two-sport star. Two years later, he has answered a lot of the questions, leaving no doubt that Szczur is a lot closer to reaching his impressive ceiling.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Bulletin

AL/NL East Potential Relief Aces

Matt Eddy -Premium Content

Could these pitchers be relief aces in the making? The reality for many minor league pitchers—even starters—is that they'll make most of their big league appearances in relief. Teams always need fresh arms for the ever-expanding major league bullpen.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Bulletin