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Making The Pieces Fit

Ben Badler -Premium Content

For a farm director, putting together his organization's minor league rosters is a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Once the general manager narrows the major league roster down to 25 players, each farm director has to allocate 24 players to his Triple-A team, 24 to his Double-A squad, 25 to high Class A and 25 to low Class A. It's up to the general manager and the scouting department to acquire the pieces; it's the farm director's job to put that 98-piece puzzle together. And sometimes the pieces need to be forced into spots where they don't quite seem to fit.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Pulse

Ahead Of His Time

Adam Rubin -Premium Content

As Fernando Martinez lined baseballs to the opposite field and tossed rifle throws from right field to third base and home plate during a spring-training tryout in 2005, the Dominican teenager sensed the Mets would be the organization that ultimately would sign him.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Pulse

Prospect Pulse: Oct. 4

Chris Kline -Premium Content

Since we're full off prospect info as we roll out the league top 20s, we're taking Prospect Pulse in a different direction this week. We love the minor leagues, period, and now is as good a time as any to pay homage to Esquire magazine's "Women We Love" feature and put a baseball twist on the long-running feature, giving props to one player in every organization who we can't help but root for.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Pulse

Prospect Pulse

Chris Kline -Premium Content

The way the Yankees have stockpiled pitching over the last few years is impressive. It has also turned out to be handy, considering how hard the injury bug hit the big league staff this season.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Pulse

Prospect Pulse: June 12

Chris Kline -Premium Content

The description of the topic has become so commonplace in the game when trying to define a prospect's ceiling that it's almost become a sixth tool. Makeup. What exactly is it . . . or better yet, is there a distinct definition?

Minors | #2007#Prospect Pulse

Prospect Pulse: May 28

Chris Kline -Premium Content

Dallas Braden had spent much of his young life messing up. But the world changed around him while Braden and his classmates were in Mexico. For the first time, he realized he needed to get serious if he was to have a future in baseball. For the last time, he was to have a mother.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Pulse