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Rangers Ask More Of Their Pitches

John Manuel -Premium Content

One of Nolan Ryan's earliest priorities also was improving the organization's pitching from the inside-out. In BA's 2009 Minor League Preview, Ryan made clear that the Rangers would be changing their direction, asking more out of their minor league arms, in order to get more from their minor league arms.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Pulse

Eight Teams Fetch Top Talent In Deadline Deals

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This July, we saw organizations part with eight players who ranked among their Top 10 Prospects heading into the year. It's a list that includes such projected regulars as Justin Smoak, Wilson Ramos and Dan Hudson. Find out which selling clubs acquired the most talent in deadline deals.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Pulse

Midseason Stock Report

John Manuel -Premium Content

As a companion piece to our Midseason Prospect Update, we go deeper with quickie scouting reports on players who have improved their stock this season and who could be Top 100 Prospects next spring, when our annual list is presented. Our Stock Down list checks in with those who have not fulfilled expectations, even if those expectations were somewhat unreasonable. We also check in on organizations having strong years, an important consideration with the trade deadline looming.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Pulse

Padres Get New Look With Latin, Prep Talent

Ben Badler -Premium Content

For years, the Padres loaded up on college draft picks and received minimal contribution from their Latin American signings. After a different approach to the draft last year and making a more serious commitment to Latin America over the last few years, the Padres farm system has a new look.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Pulse

Fewer Prospects Make Trek To Winter Ball

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Winter ball isn't what it used to be. Between the increasing number of prospects who shut it down after the Arizona Fall League and winter ball teams who are looking to win now, the winter ball rosters don't have as many prospects as they may have years ago. But here are four prospects who did stand out.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Pulse

Blue Jays Return To Their Roots

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Under new general manager Alex Anthopoulos, everything old is bold again in Toronto. Given the job of turning around a franchise that has found it impossible to keep up with the free-spending Yankees and Red Sox, the new Blue Jays general manager is emphasizing scouting and player development in an attempt to remake the franchise.

Minors | #2010#Prospect Pulse

Evaluating Catching Prospects Requires Lots Of Projection

R.J. Anderson -Premium Content

In this decade, more than 900 players have cracked Baseball America's annual Top 100 Prospects lists; the true number shrinks considerably below 1,000 after accounting for a substantial number of return engagements. An analyst could spend hours dissecting this talented troop into every conceivable cross-section, but one anomaly that stands out immediately is how few catchers have made the grade. Just 68 appeared on the lists; middle infielders accounted for nearly twice that number, and corner infielders occupied almost three times as many slots (to say nothing of the outfielders).

Minors | #2009#Prospect Pulse