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June 23, 2004 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: High-A All-Stars

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Dayn Perry

You've stumbled into the midst of a series on this year's minor league All-Stars. These aren't, part and parcel, the ones you'll find on the various and sundry All-Star teams that will soon be squaring off against one another around the minors. Rather, these are the prospects who should be regarded as the luminaries of the minor leagues, at least according to this particular pontificator. Last week, I cobbled together my Low-A All-Star Team, and if you'd like further ruminations on my methodology for making these selections you should go check out that article. I'll wait here. Otherwise, here's my High-A All-Star ballot. And by "High-A," I mean the best of the California, Carolina and Florida State Leagues...

Last week, I cobbled together my Low-A All-Star Team, and if you'd like further ruminations on my methodology for making these selections you should go check out that article. I'll wait here.

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July 9, 2003 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Digging in the Backyard

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Nate Silver

Nate Silver plays cartographer in this edition of Lies, Damned Lies, in search of untapped sources of amateur talent in the U.S.

Major league teams, which collectively are responsible for drafting nearly 1500 players every year--a far bigger burden than their counterparts in other sports face--are keenly aware of the differences. It simply isn't possible, or at least not economically feasible, to develop an accurate scouting report for every amateur prospect in the country. While the top national prospects will be scouted by everyone, teams go regional as the draft moves into its later rounds, focusing on players from their home territories (as the Braves do) or on players from regions in which the level of competition if perceived to be the highest--California, Florida, and the Southwest.

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Let's check out the Florida State and California Leagues.

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March 5, 2001 12:00 am

Lost in America

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Keith Scherer

Following the 2000 season, the minor leagues underwent dozens of changes. Organizations changed their affiliations within leagues, moved their affiliates from one league to another, and jumped and bumped teams between levels. Along with the reconfigurations, there will be several new parks throughout the minor leagues. What follows below is a delineation of the changes, along with an attempt to anticipate what effects those changes might have.

Most of the changes occurred at the lower levels. At any level, the talent matters more than the park or league. That's especially true for the low minors, where the change is so rapid, the talent so immature, and the organizational goals so much more focused on development than statistical results. This article doesn't spend much space addressing changes at the rookie or short-season levels. But all the changes are worth noting, both to help track player movement and to better analyze drastic changes in player performance.

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