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Pitchers Lead The Way On All-American Team

Jim Callis -Premium Content

For the second straight year following a 2008 bumper crop of hitters that included Pedro Alvarez, Buster Posey, Gordon Beckham and Justin Smoak, the college pitching talent significantly dwarfs the position players available in the draft. The disparity is even more glaring on our preseason All-America team selected by major league scouting directors, which includes only NCAA Division I players and thus excludes CC of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper, the top overall prospect and best power hitter in the 2010 draft. Furthermore, the top D-I position player is Rice sophomore third baseman Anthony Rendon, who won't be draft-eligible until 2011.

College | #2010#All-America Teams#Awards

Class A Freitas Award: San Jose

Conor Glassey -

If a minor league owner could create a blueprint for success, it would probably look something like this: win games, boost attendance, become more profitable and remain an integral part of the community. The San Jose Giants have done all those things and more, making them an easy selection for Baseball America's 2009 high Class A Freitas Award.

Minors | #2009#Awards#Freitas Awards

Triple-A Freitas Award: Iowa Cubs

Jim Shonerd -

Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the Iowa Cubs' 2009 season is what the team had to endure in 2008. The I-Cubs' return to normalcy after one of the worst natural disasters to hit the region was no small feat—neither was the 10.2 percent increase the Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate saw at the gate in 2009.

Minors | #2009#Awards#Freitas Awards

Minor League Executive Of The Year

Josh Leventhal -

International League president Randy Mobley likes to joke that he never knows where Norfolk Tides president Ken Young is going to call in from on the road. Young, a man of many hats with a unique background as a team owner, is the veritable "Where's Waldo" of minor league baseball. However, he's no simple face in the crowd, but rather one of the most respected, and busy, operators in the game.

Minors | #2009#Awards#Executive Of The Year