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What are the advantages to major league contracts vs. standard bonus deals for draftees? Why didn't the Dodgers sign Kyle Blair? Why doesn't Cubs catcher Geovany Soto get more prospect love?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Where does the Twins' Trevor Plouffe rank among minor league shortstop? How good is the Reds' top-heavy farm system? What are the rules for compensation for unsigned draft picks?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

There have been some eye-popping pitching performances in the Double-A Eastern League this year with Clay Buchholz, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Justin Masterson all dominating. Is the offense in the league down or are those guys that good? Also, how did the Mark Teixeira trade affect the top prospect lists for both the Braves and Rangers?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Where does newly acquired righthander Will Inman rank among Padres prospects, and how improved is San Diego's farm system? What's the prognosis for Dodgers lefty Scott Elbert, who had shoulder surgery?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Which big leaguers have tools that rank as 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale? How did Reds outfielder Carson Kainer's kidney problems affect his draft status? How good are below-the-radar Twins pitching prospects Nick Blackburn and Brian Duensing?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

How many Futures Gamers have gone on to play in the All-Star Game? Is former Rockies first-round pick Chris Nelson regaining his prospect status? Will Phillies outfielder C.J. Henry give up baseball for basketball?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Why did the Athletics try Daric Barton at third base? What does the future hold for Indians lefty Aaron Laffey? How do 6-foot-10 righthanders Andrew Brackman and Chris Young compare.

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who are the top prospects in the minors? What is the longest minor league hitting streak ever? How good is Yankees righthander Brett Smith?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who are the top prospects for the 2008 draft? Did the Twins take Ben Revere in the first round to save money they could spend later in the draft? How did the Reds wind up with five Canadian draft picks?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Why should teams buy into slotting draft bonuses? What's the scouting report on ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte? What's better, the No. 1 pick with no compensation choices, or no early pick but extra compensation choices?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Will the new draft rules give more leverage to the players or owners? Does Matt Latos have a chance to get $3.5 million? What are the baseball prospects for Kyle Long, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

What are the differences between David Price and Rick Porcello, the top college and high school pitchers in the 2007 draft? How about between Josh Vitters and Matt Wieters, two candidates to go No. 3 overall to the Cubs? What were the scouting reports on Moises Alou, Ray Durham and Vernon Wells when they were coming up through the minors?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

What would the best possible lineup and pitching staff constructed from the entire 2007 draft pool look like? Why are the Padres in hot pursuit of draft-and-follow Matt Latos? Will the owners and union ever agree to strict slot bonuses for the draft?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

In honor of Virginia Tech victim Brian Bluhm, we revisit his question about the Tigers' 2005 draft. Also: Will Max Scherzer sign with the Diamondbacks? Is White Sox relief prospect Dewon Day for real?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Which Rule 5 picks made big league clubs? Taking one player from each round, what would a team made up of 2001 draft picks look like? Should the Pirates have let John Van Benschoten play DH while recuperating from shoulder problems?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who are the top 10 pitchers in the world? What would a big league team of 2000 draftees look like, with no more than one player from each round? Who are the best defensive infielders in college baseball?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Are Vanderbilt lefty David Price's three straight complete games something to worry about? Where would B.J. Upton rank on the Top 100 Prospects list if he still qualified? What ever happened to Kyle Hancock, who bolted the Rockies shortly after signing as a third-round pick in 2005?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

What's the scoop on pending Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome. How similar are Vanderbilt's Pedro Alvarez and the Royals' Alex Gordon? Size aside, how about the Yankees' Philip Hughes and the Astros' Roy Oswalt?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who are the biggest surprises among can't-miss prospects who missed? Which Top 100 prospects are poised to jump the most up the list next year? What's the scouting report on ex-Marine Cooper Brannan?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA