Minor League Transactions
Minor league transactions through Oct. 26, 2005.
Minor league transactions through Oct. 26, 2005.
Minor league transactions through Nov. 25, 2006.
USA Baseball has picked the 20-man roster for the junior national team that will compete in the COPABE Pan Am junior championship Sept. 2-11 in Villahermosa, Mexico.
Cuba once again spoiled the U.S. junior national team's bid for a gold medal by scoring two runs in the third inning and holding on for a 2-1 win, to capture the COPABE AAA Pan American Junior Championship in Villahermosa , Mexico.
Baseball America's annual Baseball For The Ages feature, which began in 1998, recognizes the top players in each age group, from 12 to 25.
Scouts and college coaches have benefited greatly from the frequency with which the game is being played by younger players and especially from the advent of showcases, some of which feature hundreds of the top prep players in the country gathered in one place.
The arena—the sphere of competition and exposure—for today's amateurs has changed as drastically as the arenas in which those competitions are held. While the game's fundamentals remain much the same as they were 10, 20, even 50 years ago, how youth and high school-age players are developing the tools to perform those fundamentals have become profoundly complex.
There's a lot that goes into being one of the best youth baseball players in the country, and Robert Stock has the market cornered on practically every criterion.
The AFL has always been known as a premier hitter's league, and that trend picked up in 2005, as all-time league records fell one after the other. Among the marks shattered were batting average (.296), runs per game (12.14), hits per game (20.83), slugging percentage (.469) and ERA (5.40).
Chris Kline discussed the surprises and disappointments of his trip to Arizona for the Arizona Fall League when chatting with readers.
The AFL has always been known as a premier hitter's league, and that trend picked up in 2005, as all-time league records fell one after the other. Among the marks shattered were batting average (.296), runs per game (12.14), hits per game (20.83), slugging percentage (.469) and ERA (5.40). Still, three pitchers made the cut on the Top 20—two more than last year. Athletics righthander Huston Street, BA's 2005 Rookie of the Year, was the lone pitcher on the 2004 AFL list.
We caught up with Twins outfielder Denard Span to talk about his swing, how his approach to stealing bases has changed over the years, and second-guessing himself early in his career.
The past two weeks have been interesting for Alex Gordon. After the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft signed on Sept. 29, he hopped a plane the same day and started taking ground balls at first base in instructional league to prepare for the AFL season.
We caught up with Ryan Zimmerman to find out where he's been, what the busiest year of his life has been like, and how it was making his big league debut three months after signing a contract.
Ian Stewart and Andy LaRoche, both 2003 picks, have yet to reach the majors but have the tools to top Ryan Zimmerman's performance once they do. Both offer big raw power and both have the ability to hit for average. However, both are still learning the nuances of the position and neither has gotten off to a hot offensive start in the hitter-friendly AFL.
We caught up with Diamondbacks lefty Bill Murphy to talk about being dealt multiple times in a short span, having an off year while battling through a hamstring injury and trying to stay mentally positive in his first year as a Diamondback.
Angels righthander Jered Weaver finished up 2005 at Double-A Arkansas, allowing three earned runs on six hits in his final start against Midland in the Texas League championship series. His fastball, slider and changeup were all quality pitches into the postseason, where he struck out 16 in 13 innings over two starts. But so far in the Arizona Fall League, Weaver has quickly found out that this isn't the Texas League anymore. In seven innings, the Angels' first-round pick in 2004 has allowed seven runs on 12 hits. His secondary numbers are still solid, with a 12-2 strikeout-walk ratio.
We caught up with Stephen Drew to talk about his mindset during his contract holdout, playing independent ball in Camden, right across the river from the city that once threw batteries at his brother J.D. for not signing with the Phillies, and his first taste of life as a pro.
Stephen Drew was the high Class A California League player of the week three times during his six healthy weeks at Lancaster, and after a injury-induced blip after a promotion to Double-A Tennessee, he continued his productive work for Phoenix of the Arizona Fall League, where he had a home run on Opening Day and three homers in his first four games.
Brandon Wood set a Fall League record by hitting four home runs in a 20-1 victory over Grand Canyon on Oct. 10, and had nine homers in his first nine games. He also had a single Oct. 10, his 17 total bases setting another league record.