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Just-Missed Prospects Offer Hidden Potential

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In 14- and 16-team leagues, our prospect lists easily could extend beyond 20 places. Such depth has the effect of leaving a handful of interesting prospects on the cutting-room floor. In smaller leagues, non-traditional prospects sometimes get omitted, their stories never told. Here the various Top 20 Prospects authors shed light on one player who just missed the cut in his league.

Minors | #2011#Prospect Pulse

In Appy League, Five-Tool Players Are All About Projection

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Great five-tool players aren't born that way. And great five-tool players aren't just the products of hard work. To be a true five-tool player, you have to be lucky enough to have been blessed with exceptional athletic ability. Then you have to marry that ability with the hard work and discipline needed to allow those tools to develop into skills. All of that takes lots of at-bats and physical maturity to bring together. And when you take a trip to the Rookie-level Appalachian League, you can watch the next generation of five-tool talents in their incubators.

Minors | #2011#Prospect Pulse

Midseason Top 50 Prospects

Jim Callis, J.J. Cooper and John Manuel -Premium Content

Here is our Midseason Top 50 Prospects list. By our rules, no players in the majors as of July 6th, no players who have exhausted their rookie status, and no player currently in the minors on a major league rehab assignment (like Brandon Belt) qualify for the list. Also, 2011 draftees are not yet eligible. So seven of our preseason Top 10 and 11 of the Top 20 prospects are no longer eligible for the list.

Minors | #2011#Prospect Pulse

Signing College Pitchers To MLB Deals Yields Mixed Results

Matt Eddy -

The 2001 draft brought baseball a significant amount of talent, but it also signaled a sea change in the industry. Less wary of hard-line agents and their demands, teams again began drafting the top players, regardless of bonus demands. College pitchers have benefited the most. Now, the upper echelon of each draft class often secure big league deals, a practice that traces its roots to two pitchers from the class of 2001.

Minors | #2011#Prospect Pulse