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Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Who are the top 10 prospects in the American League? What does the Mariners Top 10 look like after their three-team, 12-player trade?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Always Working

Aaron Fitt -

Rob Fornasiere is the 2008 American Baseball Coaches Association/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year because of his passion for the game, for recruiting and for teaching, as well as his dedication to making Minnesota one of the most successful programs in the Midwest year after year. In fact, prior to 2008, Minnesota had posted 45 consecutive winning seasons, the fifth-longest streak in the nation.

College | #2008#Assistant Coach Of The Year#Awards

Big Trade Lands Putz In N.Y.

Matt Eddy and Conor Glassey -

The Mets, Mariners and Indians executed a three-team, 12-player trade that sends J.J. Putz, Sean Green and Jeremy Reed to New York, Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Mike Carp, Jason Vargas, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera and Franklin Gutierrez to Seattle, and Luis Valbuena and Joe Smith to Cleveland.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Brash No More

Evan Grant -Premium Content

Blake Beavan, homegrown kid and the Rangers' top draft pick in 2007, entered the organization with a memorably brash pronouncement on the state of the big league pitching staff. Now, though, Beavan is known more for asking questions than making pronouncements.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Back On Track

Lacy Lusk -Premium Content

Steven Shell turned his career around last November with two events—a victory for the United States in the clinching game of the IBAF World Cup and a minor league deal with a new team. The switch from the Angels, who drafted him in the third round in 2001 out of El Reno (Okla.) High, helped send him on his way to a successful rookie season. He made his big league debut in June and then held hitters to a .194 batting average for the Nationals, going 2-2, 2.16 in 50 innings with 34 hits and 20 walks allowed and 41 strikeouts. He also picked up two saves.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals

More Baseball Please

Mike Berardino -Premium Content

John Raynor loves to play baseball. That's why he volunteered to go play winter ball somewhere, even after getting 452 at-bats for Double-A Carolina. The Marlins did him one better, sending the speedy outfielder to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League, where he is sharing time in center with fellow Marlins prospect Scott Cousins.

Majors | #2008#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

A Catch At First

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

The Astros had already selected Jason Castro with their first-round pick earlier in the draft and had several intriguing upper-level catching prospects in the system, including Lou Santangelo and J.R. Towles. But they couldn't pass up catcher Phil Disher, who had hit more than .300 with 34 homers in his final two seasons at South Carolina, when he was available in the 15th round.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports