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Chris Kline -Premium Content

The Twins attempt to address a lack of middle infield depth by developing their own, with Trevor Plouffe and Paul Kelly leading the charge. Also, we check in on Ian Bladergroen, J.J. Johnson, Adam Loewen, Garrett Olson and Michael Aubrey.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Pulse

Prospect Pulse: Rule 5 Draft Wrapup

Chris Kline -Premium Content

For as humdrum as the Rule 5 draft was this year, there were a few interesting players who now find themselves under the pressure of staying on the big league roster all season. Only 12 players were chosen in the major league phase, with the Marlins taking advantage to further add pieces to their rebuilding process.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Pulse

Prospect Pulse: Denorfia Makes Most Of Opportunities

Chris Kline -Premium Content

Wheaton College is hardly a baseball factory. The former all-women's school only went co-ed 16 years ago, didn't field a varsity baseball team until 1998 and is presently a Division III program competing in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. Yet the minute Chris Denorfia set foot on this bucolic campus located in the woods of Norton, Mass., he never doubted he could make his major league dreams come true.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Pulse

Prospect Pulse: A’s Bring Pitching Talent To Kane County

Kevin Goldstein -Premium Content

The Kane County Cougars have established a long track record of success both on and off the field since their debut in 1991. With Elfstrom Stadium being located in the western suburbs of Chicago, less than 45 miles from the homes of both the Cubs and White Sox, the Cougars have been one of the better success stories in the low Class A Midwest League, drawing more than 500,000 paying customers in each of the last five years.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Pulse

Prospect Pulse: Ranking By Positions

John Manuel -Premium Content

While we rank a lot of things, what we're known best for ranking is minor league players. With our Top 10 Prospects completed on the web, and with our Prospect Handbook already out (its earliest release date ever), our Top 100 Prospects rankings can't be far behind. To help sate the need for rankings, here's my take at the top prospects broken down by position, after digesting the work of our staff and correspondents in the Handbook. The deeper the position, the more players I ranked.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Pulse