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FSL Trio Forces Tough Choices For Pro Scouts

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Righthander Gerrit Cole was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. Righthander Jameson Taillon went No. 2 overall in 2010. Righthander Jose Fernandez had to wait a little longer to hear his name called, as he went 14th overall last year. But among scouts who saw all three pitch in the Florida State League, the general consensus is that if there was a re-draft, they'd follow in the footsteps of the Marlins and take Fernandez first.

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Mariners Pitchers Know How To Hold ‘Em

J.J. Cooper -

Some teams make limiting the running game a point of emphasis for pitchers from the day they sign. Others let them worry about throwing strikes and refining their secondary stuff before working on slide steps and pickoff moves at a higher level of the minors. The Mariners are one of the clubs that emphasizes holding runners, and the results are obvious. Their high Class A High Desert club leads the minors in caught stealing percentage, while low Class A Clinton ranks third overall.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

Art Of The Steal

J.J. Cooper -

When Alexander Cartwright—or whoever first laid out a baseball diamond—put the bases 90 feet apart, he put them at an ideal distance to make the battle between basestealers and batteries a fair fight. In general, it takes a baserunner about as much time to get from first to second as it does for the ball to take the trip from the mound to home to second. But every now and then, a guy like Billy Hamilton comes along and screws up the symmetry.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

When Coleman Set Record, Few Noticed

J.J. Cooper -

As Billy Hamilton approaches Vince Coleman's professional baseball record of 145 steals this year, he has been featured in media around the country. Thanks to the Futures Game he has played on ESPN, and he also has been discussed on "Pardon the Interruption" and featured in Sports Illustrated. When Coleman set the record for steals in a season in 1983, though, few people gave it any thought at all. As Coleman ran wild for the Class A Macon Redbirds in the South Atlantic League, the minor league baseball renaissance was still a "Bull Durham" movie and ballpark building boom away from blossoming.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

Most Prospects Dealt At Deadline Don’t Pan Out

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

While every fan of a sub.-500 team can dream of a Mark Teixeira-type return in trade, they will likely keep on dreaming. A deeper look at recent trade history indicates that when teams trade a top big leaguer at the deadline for prospects, they are unlikely to land much significant help in return. The Rangers may have landed a trio of future starters, but teams are much more likely to end up getting a minor contributor at best.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

Midseason Top 50 Prospects With Analysis

J.J. Cooper and the Baseball America staff -Premium Content

Baseball America's Midseason Top 50 Prospects list is one of our tougher rankings because it's a moving target. We considered adding 2012 draftees but didn't because the signing deadline still comes after the July 1 midpoint of the season. Prospects have to have (a) not used up their rookie eligibility and (b) be in the minor leagues on our July 1 cutoff date. That date kept the likes of Yasmani Grandal, Martin Perez and Drew Pomeranz off the list.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

Has Limiting Innings Now Gone Too Far?

J.J. Cooper -

It's hard to find any reputable expert these days willing to let a young pitcher throw 200-plus innings in his first full season, but there also is no real consensus on how many innings are too many. Baseball America studied the past 20 years of high school first-round pitchers to see if there is any indication of how many innings are too many.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

Teams Take Widely Varied Approaches To Developing Top Young Arms

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Teams' approaches to developing young pitchers are as different as Jamie Moyer and Aroldis Chapman fastballs. But while anyone can tell you that Chapman's fastball is at least 30 mph harder than Moyer's, no one can definitively tell you which approach is the proper way to develop a young pitcher. Even some of the coaches designing the pitching programs will tell you that.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

White Sox Think Their Development Tide Is Turning

Mark Gonzales -Premium Content

Fast track or off the tracks? The White Sox can cite success stories from their player-development system, based on the fact that Gordon Beckham, Daniel Hudson, Chris Sale and Addison Reed needed less than two years to reach the major leagues in the past three years. But after that? It's a sore subject among some members of the White Sox player-development staff, who point to the instant successes rather than the win-now, scrap-later style that has cost them more prospects at the expense of trying in recent years to win at the major league level.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse

Royals’ Cuthbert Credits His Corn Island Roots

Bill Mitchell -Premium Content

To say that Cheslor Cuthbert was born to be a baseball player is a bit of an understatement. After confirming that his newborn baby's hands were big enough to be a ballplayer, Cuthbert's father immediately began planning his son's baseball career. When the younger Cuthbert reached the age when he was ready for structured competition, the father formed a four-team Little League to assure that his son had the proper competitive environment.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse