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Heyward’s Is The Game’s Must-See Rookie

Jim Callis -Premium Content

With the Nationals sending Stephen Strasburg to the minors and the Reds doing the same with Aroldis Chapman, Heyward is the must-see rookie at the start of 2010. He's the latest in a line of a dozen other highly-acclaimed rookies who made Opening Day rosters in the past two decades, almost all of whom lived up to their promise:

Minors | #2010#Column

Rushed Pitchers Have Little Success

Tracy Ringolsby -Premium Content

The temptation is there. Can Washington resist? The Nationals are not going to win the National League East or the wild card—sorry if that bursts anybody's bubble—whether Stephen Strasburg starts the season in the rotation or in the minor leagues. With that in mind, the Nationals had every reason to err on the side of caution.

Majors | #2010#Column

From Fitch To First Round

John Manuel -Premium Content

Jesse Hahn and Matt Harvey were prep teammates back in Connecticut in 2007, when Harvey got most of the attention. But now scouts appear more interested in Hahn, who's pumping mid-90s heat as a starter at Virginia Tech, than North Carolina's Harvey, who has flashed premium stuff but lacks consistency.

College | #2010#Column

Strasburg Will Be Worth The Wait

Jim Callis -Premium Content

On merit, Stephen Strasburg would be the Nationals' Opening Day starter. But the decision won't be based purely on merit—Washington manager Jim Riggleman already was dropping hints before the Grapefruit League schedule started that Strasburg would open the year in the minors—nor should it be.

Minors | #2010#Column

Birmingham Brings Lobos New Edge

John Manuel -Premium Content

Longtime Land of Enchantment resident Ray Birmingham believes he can make New Mexico into a college baseball winner. He seems to have his players believing, too, as the Lobos won early-season series at top-ranked Texas and Southern California.

College | #2010#Column

Another Perspective On Organization Talent Rankings

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Sure, the Prospect Draft might just be a way to make our loved ones ask again how it is exactly that we call this work. But we hope it also serves as another way to look at the hundreds of prospects we break down and line up every offseason. It started as a discussion Jim Callis and I had over dinner as we wound down the Prospect Handbook and lamented another talent-starved organization. We wondered exactly who the last player taken would be in a draft of every player in the Prospect Handbook.

Minors | #2010#Column

This Could Be The Year Of The Manager

Tracy Ringolsby -

t the end of last season, Braves manager Bobby Cox let it be known that he would return in 2010 for one final managerial fling. With Joe Torre, Lou Piniella and Tony La Russa in the final years of their contracts, too, it's possible that each of those veteran managers could decide to fill out their final lineup card this season.

Majors | #2010#Column