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30 Teams in 30 Days: Minor League System Rankings

2010 MLB Minor League System Rankings Here are my system rankings. I’ve also included the rank of how they evaluate amateur talent; I looked at my rankings and adjusted the pre-trade ranks. So, the Dodgers took credit for Carlos Santana rather »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Top 100 Prospects

Now that we'ver previewed all 30 teams, discussed them, and looked at their top 10 prospects, I've put together the Top 100 Prospect List. When making this list, I looked at their abilities, their proximity to the majors, their potential, and what »»

30 Teams in 30 Days Finale: Predictions

To end the 30 Teams in 30 Days Roundtables, I’ve asked the members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance to pick their World Series match up and their picks for the 3 majors awards (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year). Jeff Parker: WS - Cardinals vs »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects

1. Stephen Strasburg, P – If you don’t know about Strasburg, you’ve been living under a rock. He’s got an incredible fast ball that can hit triple digits; it also moves and looks like his other pitches coming out of his hand. His curvebal »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Washington Nationals Roundtable

Our guest bloggers is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux, Ron Kaplan from Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf and Mike Henderson from Hendo's Hutch. Question 1 - Was Stephen Strasburg's demotion justified? Ron: Sure. It's not as if he's the one »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Washington Nationals Preview

Washington Nationals Last Year: 59-103 (-34) Over/Under: 70.5 (-125/-105) Notable Gains Brian Bruney Matt Capps Adam Kennedy Jason Marquis Ivan Rodriguez Doug Slaten Chien-Ming Wang Notable Losses Josh Bard Marco Estrada Livan Hernandez Austin K »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Toronto Blue Jays Top 10 Prospects

1. Brett Wallace, 1B – The Blue Jays drafted Wallace out of high school in 2005, but he passed to play at Arizona State. He’s ended up in Toronto after he was traded for Michael Taylor. Wallace will fit well, as Lyle Overbay is in his last ye »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Toronto Blue Jays Roundtable

Our guest bloggers is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux and Dick Smith from 1 Blue Jays Way. Question 1 - Did the team get enough for Roy Halladay? Would they have gotten more last July? Trent: No. They might have gotten more, but more is »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Toronto Blue Jays Preview

Toronto Blue Jays – 75-87, 4th Place in American League East, 28 Games Back 2009 Review – At the end of the 2008 season, there was promise up in Toronto. They had arguably one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. They were led by Roy Hal »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects

1. Neftali Feliz, P – Do you think the Braves regret the trade for Mark Teixeira? Feliz was a part of that deal, and now he looks like an ace in the making. He’s got a high-90s fastball that moves and sinks. He’s got an OK curve that works »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Texas Rangers Roundtable

Our guest bloggers is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux. Question 1 - How many starts can be expected from Rich Harden? Jeff: I think history would show around 15 or less -- he's started less than 20 in 6 of his 9 previous seasons, including »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Texas Rangers Preview

General Manager: Jon Daniels (since October 2005) Manager: Ron Washington (since November 2006) Gains: Vladimir Guerrero, Rich Harden, Mitchell Hilligoss, Colby Lewis, Darren Oliver, Clay Rapada, Chris Ray Losses: Joaquin Benoit, Hank Blalock, Ma »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Prospects

1. Desmond Jennings, OF – Jennings will be the perfect lead off hitter if/when Carl Crawford leaves. He was drafted as a tools guy and was able to translate them into skills. He’s got great discipline and pitch recognition to go with plus spe »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Tampa Bay Rays Roundtable

Our guest bloggers is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux and Thomas Gemkow from Tampa Bay Rays Fan. Question 1 - What will Pat Burrell do this year? Thomas: It is hard to imagine Pat Burrell being much worse than we was last year. Burrell, .2 »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Tampa Bay Rays Preview

Tampa Bay Rays – American League East 2009 Record: 84-78, 3rd Place in American League East 2009 Review: At the end of the 2008 season, only the Phillies were higher than the Rays. They had represented the American League in the World Series, »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects

1. Shelby Miller, P – After the season, I ranked the top 7 prospects Cardinal prospects for the UCB, and I had Miller second. Well, having time to think about it and seeing his throwing sessions in Spring Training, I have decided he’s the top »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: St. Louis Cardinals Roundtable

Our guest bloggers is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux, Daniel Shoptaw of C70 at the Bat, Mike Metzger from Stan Musial's Stance, and Nick from Pitchers Hit Eighth. Question 1 - Some are calling the Holliday deal the worst of the off seaso »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: St. Louis Cardinals Preview

St. Louis Cardinals 91-71, 1st Place NL Central 2009 Review 2009 was a success for the Cardinals. After signing Denys Reyes to a late contract, the team felt it was set. The team did struggle out of the gate, specifically with third base and lef »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects

1. Dustin Ackley, 2B – Ackley is seen as the complete package. He made his pro debut in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit for average and got on base frequently; he didn’t hit for power. Scouts aren’t worried though because the power wi »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Seattle Mariners Roundtable

Our guest bloggers is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux and Griffin Cooper from SoDo Mojo. Question 1 - Will Milton Bradley be a distraction? Eugene: I think Bradley will play nice this year, which he did 2 years ago in Texas. I think he k »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Seattle Mariners Preview

General Manager: Jack Zduriencik (since October 2008) Manager: Don Wakamatsu (since November 2008) Gains: Milton Bradley, Eric Byrnes, Johermyn Chavez, Tommy Everidge, Chone Figgins, Ryan Garko, Casey Kotchman, Brandon League, Cliff Lee, Yusmeiro »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects

1. Buster Posey, C – Posey doesn’t have anything left to prove in the minors, but it appears that he could end up there again. There are people saying that he’ll split time with Bengie Molina, which means he’ll sit too much; the other rumo »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: San Francisco Giants Roundtable

Our guest bloggers is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux. Question 1 - Can Tim Lincecum win his third consecutive Cy Young? Matt: Can he? Absolutely. I don't expect him to backtrack significantly from his '08 and '09 numbers. Will he? I »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: San Francisco Giants Preview

San Francisco Giants – National League West 2009 Record: 88-74, 3rd Place in the National League West, 7.0 Games Back 2009 Review: The Giants won 16 more games in 2009 than they did in 2008. The Giants arguably had the best pitching staff in »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects

1. Donovan Tate, OF – Tate was a much hyped High Schooler coming into last years draft; the result was the highest bonus signed by a HSer ($6.15MM). Tate was drafted with 3 plus tools (power, speed, arm); some say he could be a 30/30 player righ »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: San Diego Padres Roundtable

Our guest bloggers is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux, Michael Metzger from Padres Trail, and Websoulsurfer from Websoulsurfer. Question 1 - How long until Adrian Gonzalez is traded and what type of package should they receive? Aaron: Livi »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: San Diego Padres Preview

General Manager: Jed Hoyer (since October 2009) Manager: Bud Black (since November 2006) Gains: Aaron Cunningham, Jon Garland, Jerry Hairston Jr., Scott Hairston, Radhames Liz, Dusty Ryan, Yorvit Torrealba Losses: Elizer Alfonzo, Cha Seung Baek, J »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

1. Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Alvarez is a true power threat, which the Pirates have been missing. He’s got a nice swing and his eye has gotten better in the minors; the results have shown in a lower K rate. His defense is a question mark, as many s »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable

Our guest blogger is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux. Question 1 - When will the team see dividends from trading veterans? Matt: I'm not sure whether this refers to veterans they've already traded or veterans they'll be looking to trade th »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pittsburgh Pirates Preview

Pittsburgh Pirates 62-99, 6th Place NL Central 2009 Review: The 2009 Pirates were pretty much like the teams the previous 15 years – bad. The team continued to sell off veteran players to re-fill the system with prospects. They traded Nate McL »»

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