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Who was better: 1999 Josh Hamilton or 2010 Bryce Harper? With a stacked farm system, might the Royals change their draft approach? Can Georgia make the NCAA playoffs with a sub-.500 record?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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How will injuries affect the draft status of Texas Christian lefthander Matt Purke and South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley? Who are the best prospects recently produced by the state of Connecticut? How good is Rockies lefthander Rex Brothers?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Why do scouts like Gerrit Cole more than UCLA teammate Trevor Bauer? How good is Cardinals righthander Trevor Rosenthal? What were the scouting reports on Manny Ramirez early in his career?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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What are the best high school programs of the last decade? Was Cliff Lee's future dominance evident when he was a prospect? What are the scouting reports on Mark Prior as he tries to come back with the Yankees?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Could the Royals beat the rest of MLB in a prospects game? Why hasn't potential first-round pick Jack Armstrong Jr. pitched more at Vanderbilt? Why did the Cubs release and re-sign Matt Szczur?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Who were the best first-round and sandwich picks in the loaded 2005 draft? What's riskier, signing international amateurs or building via the draft? Who are the best prospects signed out of the Far East in recent years?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Who are some major leaguers and prospects with 80 tools on the 20-80 scouting scale? Who has the highest ceiling in the 2011 draft? Could lefthander Manny Banuelos help the Yankees this season?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

How did recent No. 1 overall picks compare as prospects? Where would Bryce Harper go in the 2011 draft had he stayed in high school? Are any 2012 draft prospects good enough to be certain top-five picks in 2011?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Which team has the best catching prospects? What does the future hold for Indians righthander Jason Knapp if he can stay healthy? How close were Diamondbacks third baseman Bobby Borchering and Nationals outfielder Eury Perez to making the Top 100 Prospects list?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Which prospects could make the biggest jumps this season? Which top prospects have the biggest signability questions in the 2011 draft? Who's better, Braves shortstop Matt Lipka or Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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How many 2010 draftees would go in 2011's first round? Are there any five-tool shortstops on the draft horizon? How rare is it for two four-year college players to rank as the draft's best position prospects?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Where are the all-around shortstop prospects? How does the Twins' Tsuyoshi Nishioka stack up against other second-base prospects? Where would newly signed Venezuelan shortstop Rougned Odor fit on the Rangers Top 30 Prospects list?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Who are the best 21-and-under pitching prospects? What makes the 2011 draft talent pool deeper than usual? Where are Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Orioles shortstop Manny Machado going to start the 2011 season?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

Is it too early to rave about Mike Trout (or Bryce Harper)? How are players ranked on Baseball America's Top 10/Top 30 Prospects list? Who had the greatest minor league pitching staff of all time?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Jim Callis -

What do the Cubs, Rays Top 10 Prospecs lists look like after the Matt Garza trade? Which team got a better group of prospects, the Royals in the Zack Greinke deal or the Rays in the Garza trade? Where would $2.9 million Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero fit on the Mariners Top 10?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Where would Jake Odorizzi, Jeremy Jeffress rank in the Royals system? What would Royals Top 10s of prospects acquired before 2010 and in 2010 look like, and how good would they be? What's the status of former University of North Carolina outfielder Brian Goodwin?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

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Where does Brett Lawrie fit on the Blue Jays Top 10? What does the Red Sox Top 10 look like after the Adrian Gonzalez trade, and how good are the prospects the Padres received in return? Which teams get which picks when a club signs multiple Type A free agents?

Minors | #2010#Ask BA

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How close were teams to drafting Derek Jeter ahead of the Yankees in 1992? Will the Cardinals develop Seth Blair as a starter or reliever, and how do teams come to that decision? What's the latest news on Giants prospect Angel Villalona, who faces murder charges in the Dominican Republic?

Minors | #2010#Ask BA

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Who are the most memorable phenoms derailed by injuries? Would the Royals still have a quality farm system without their five best prospects? How much of a prospect is Blue Jays righthander Joel Carreno?

Minors | #2010#Ask BA

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How much do character, makeup play into prospect status? Who is the Braves' shortstop of the future? Could the Athletics get a better player with the No. 18 overall pick in 2011 than they did at No. 10 in 2010?

Minors | #2010#Ask BA