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Triple-Digit Steals Don’t Assure Big League Success

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Billy Hamilton has annihilated the minor league stolen base record with 155. He'll lead two different circuits in steals, another unprecedented feat. Now comes the hard part: becoming a standout big leaguer. Of the 19 minor leaguers before Hamilton to reach triple figures in steals, just one managed to pull that off.

Minors | #2012#Column

College Summer Leagues Keep On Growing

John Manuel -Premium Content

The proliferation of summer college leagues has led to unintended consequences. College players do have more opportunities to play, a positive. They are playing long summer schedules that stretch into the second week of August, even in the Cape. And summer league coaches and scouts agree that the explosion of leagues has spread out the talent, as happens when the major leagues expand.

College | #2012#Column

Ranking The Top 10 Prospects Who Were Traded

Jim Callis -

Maybe last July served as a cautionary tale. The Giants sent righthander Zack Wheeler, the No. 6 choice in 2009, to the Mets for Carlos Beltran. The Indians dispatched Drew Pomeranz, the No. 5 selection in 2010, to the Rockies in a four-player package for Ubaldo Jimenez. Both clubs failed to make the playoffs and have buyer's remorse that will linger for a while. Whatever the reason, the quality of prospects who changed addresses in July was underwhelming.<br/>

Minors | #2012#Column

Arizona Establishes TD Ameritrade Template

John Manuel -Premium Content

Gorilla ball is dead. The combination of BBCOR bats and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha has taken the home run out of the College World Series, putting a premium on athleticism and speed. Arizona showed plenty of both en route to its first national championship since 1986.

College | #2012#Column

New Draft Rules Make Callis’ Draft A Tough Task

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Scouting directors told me all spring that the new draft rules made their jobs more difficult than ever. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement prescribes strict budgets for the first 10 rounds and severe draft-pick penalties for teams that exceed them by more than 5 percent. I now feel their pain.

Draft | #2012#Column