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Who is the No. 1 prospect for each team? Do the Dodgers see first-rounder Ethan Martin as a hitter or pitcher, and will a team ever try to develop a two-way star? What were the scouting reports on Nate McLouth as he rose through the Pirates system?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Where would $4.25 million bonus baby Michel Inoa rank among prospects in the Athletics system and in the minors overall? How risky is it to invest big money in an international amateur? How good are the catchers in the Futures Game?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Who had the best drafts in the last two decades? Will the Royals be able to sign Eric Hosmer and Tim Melville? Who are the leading candidates to be rookie of the year in 2009?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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What are the repercussions of Tim Beckham's record deal? Who determines which players qualify as two-sport athletes for the purposes of spreading out their bonus over five years? Have two players traded for each other ever won the MVP and Cy Young awards in the subsequent season, as Josh Hamilton and Edinson Volquez have the chance to do this year?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Which teams had the best drafts? Was supplemental first-rounder Jeremy Bleich a steal or a reach for the Yankees? Were the Athletics wise to gamble on several top talents who slipped because of signability?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Which 2008 draftees are their team's top prospect? Including recent draft picks, what would a revised Mets Top 10 list look like? If Marshall's Jeff Waggoner the college coach doing the most with the least?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Which top high school prospects are least likely to sign? Why have Iowa prep prospects Brent Warren and B.J. Hermsen seen their stock slip? After spending $2 million on Juan Duran, could the Reds go cheap with the No. 7 overall pick?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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How has Connecticut prep shortstop Anthony Hewitt rocketed into the first round? Does Canada have any impact players to offer for the 2008 draft? Why don't college seniors use independent leagues to gain extra leverage?

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Can possible No. 1 overall pick Buster Posey stay at catcher, and how good would he be at shortstop? How do top two-way talents Aaron Hicks, Ethan Martin and Casey Kelly rate, strictly as hitters and strictly as pitchers? How does this year's banner crop of first basemen stack up—defensively?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Why do teams adhere to MLB bonus slotting? What's the track record of recent high school catchers drafted in the first round? What's the upside for 2007 supplemental first-rounder Jackson Williams?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Have Rick Ankiel and Josh Hamilton lived up to their scouting reports? Could Tim Alderson be better than fellow 2007 first-rounder Rick Porcello? What should the Astros do with the No. 10 overall pick?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

How good is Japanese sensation Yu Darvis? What would the U.S. squad for the 2009 World Baseball Classic look like if only prospects were eligible? What did the scouting reports say about John Maine when he was coming up through the Orioles system.

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who's the better shortstop prospect, Tim Beckham or Gordon Beckham? Who might the Reds draft with the No. 7 overall pick? What's the scoop on Pirates shortstop prospect Brian Friday?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who is Javier Solano? Would Reds outfielder Juan Duran have cracked the Top 100 Prospects list had he signed earlier? Can the A's pluck a standout third baseman with the No. 12 pick in the draft?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Which prospects will make the biggest moves on the Top 100 list from this year to next? Does the Dodgers system have more talent on the way? Can the Tigers trade Brandon Inge for a young catcher and some relief help?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

How many players have spent their entire pro careers in the major leagues? Who is the Giants' shortstop of the future, and will they draft a first baseman with the No. 5 overall pick in June? Who are the best prospects in the Big 12 Conference?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Which farm systems have the best pitching prospects? How good are the prospects whom White Sox GM Kenny Williams has traded away? If Delwyn Young could play second base, where would he rank among prospects at that position?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Will Pedro Alvarez' injury hurt his status as the No. 1 prospect in the 2008 draft? How do Yankees outfielder Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata compare to one another? Who's the best second-base prospect: Chris Coghlan (Marlins), Nick Noonan (Giants) or Tony Thomas (Cubs)?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Who are the projected top five picks for the 2009 draft? If each team lost its two best prospects, who would have the best farm system? Why doesn't Pirates first baseman Steve Pearce get more love?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

How do all the catching prospects in the NL Central compare to on or another? Which is the best No. 1-ranked system and the worst No. 30-ranked system in the last five years? What exactly is a crosschecker?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA