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Cubs Look To End Homegrown Bat Drought

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The Cubs look at Josh Vitters, Geovany Soto and Tyler Colvin, the first three names on our Chicago Top 10 Prospects list, and see the best high school hitter in the 2007 draft, a future all-star catcher and a five-tool outfielder. Cubs fans look at Vitters, Soto and Colvin and think, "We'll believe it when we see it."

Minors | #2007#Column

Business Beat: Nov. 29

Josh Leventhal -

Taking the extra step has come out of necessity for Batavia but has paid off in a remarkable way. The Muckdogs ranked last in attendance in the short-season New York-Penn League this season but finished among the 25 top licensing teams in minor league baseball.

Minors | #2007#Business Beat

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Who's the best high school hitter from the 2007 draft? How good are Tigers pitching prospects Rick Porcello and Duane Below? What happened to Red Sox relief prospect Bryce Cox?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

Four In A Row

Bill Mitchell -

Phoenix righthander Nick Blackburn didn't earn the victory in the 2007 Arizona Fall League championship game, but the Twins prospect was unquestionably the key to the Desert Dogs winning its fourth straight AFL championship with a 7-2 win over the Surprise Rafters.

Minors | #2007#Arizona Fall League#Winter Baseball

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Jim Callis -

What kind of Top 10 Prospects list could be assembled from Jim Callis' mock drafts? What are the new protection rules for players under the new collective bargaining agreement? Whatever happened to Royals flamethrower Colt Griffin?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA