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Prospect Q&A: Rick Vanden Hurk

Chris Kline -

Marlins righthander Rick Vanden Hurk fully expected to start the season at Double-A Carolina. He rode the bus from Jupiter, Fla., with the Mudcats. He made the first road trip of the year to Birmingham, when he received a suspicious phone call from the Marlins' brass.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Q&A

Prospect Q&A: Brian Barton

Chris Kline -

Coming into last season, Brian Barton was an unknown commodity. Every club passed on Barton in 2004, figuring the brilliant student with an aerospace engineering degree wasn't committed to the game and would eventually go to work for Boeing—a company he once interned for.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Q&A

Prospect Q&A: Jair Jurrjens

David Laurila -

Jair Jurrjens can pitch in four languages. A 21-year-old righthander from Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles, he can also spot up a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. He sat down with David Laurila in spring training to talk about his career and pitching philosophy.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Q&A

Prospect Q&A: Jacob McGee

Adam Foster -

Part of a large group of excellent prospects who are making their way up through the Devil Rays' system, Jacob McGee has the potential to be a power lefty atop a contender's rotation. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder features a fastball that sits in the 90-94 range but can touch 96 as well as an impressive joint personality breaking ball (explained later) and a changeup that is coming along well.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Q&A

Prospect Q&A: Daniel Bard

David Laurila -

Red Sox 2006 first-rounder Daniel Bard has yet to throw a pitch professionally, but we caught up with him during Boston's instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla., where he's learning the ropes and opening eyes with his upper-90s heat.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Q&A

Prospect Q&A: Carlos Carrasco

Matt Meyers -

After signing for $300,000 in 2003, the Phillies' Carlos Carrasco was a major disappointment during his first two seasons. The nadir was 2005 when he went 1-7, 7.04 after opening the season with low Class A Lakewood and was demoted. Back at Lakewood this year, the 19-year-old Venezuelan has found his stride and has established himself as one of the better pitching prospects in the South Atlantic League.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Q&A

Prospect Q&A: Ryan Khoury

David Laurila -

Ryan Khoury feels like a kid stealing candy. Boston's 12th-round pick in the 2006 draft, Khoury was promoted from short-season Lowell to Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 3, to help fill a need in the PawSox infield when Enrique Wilson retired. To the surprise of many, the former walk-on at the University of Utah is still there.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Q&A