MAY THE BEST IDEAS WIN
Teams fear MLB decisions are quashing innovation
MANY PREPS SEE PROS OF GOING PRO
A record number of high school players signed as nondrafted free agents following the five-round 2020 draft
CAN PITCHERS THROW EVEN HARDER?
Today’s pitchers push the limits of what elbow ligaments and tendons can withstand
Jack Flaherty didn’t so much possess big velocity in high school as he projected it. Today, the 24-year-old Cardinals ace is one of the hardest-throwing starters in baseball.
WELCOME TO LATIN AMERICA'S
To get a better sense for which players will star in Latin America’s golden age, we highlight the best 25-and-under talents from each country.
PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS
Teams prepare their best sales pitch during the wildest nondrafted free agent signing period ever
Artificial surfaces are becoming more popular for defensive, developmental and maintenance reasons
MINOR MATTERS - IMPERFECT SCENARIO
A glimpse of what player development could look like this year in the summer of COVID
As players from Latin America account for historically large shares of major league playing time, their impact on the game is clear
FILLING THE VOID
As restrictions ease, minor league teams find creative new ways to attract fans.
CREAM OF THE INTERNATIONAL CROP
The top 50 expected signing bonuses for international amateurs eligible to sign during the 2020-21 period
The Twins’ 2009 international class helped form the core of two playoff teams in the past three seasons
All In a Day's Work
Cristian Hernandez has to wait an additional six months to sign his first pro contract, but he will be ready
SIGN OF THE TIMES
New draft rules hurt players, limit scouts and are a sign of coming minor league changes
THE NEW NORMAL
When Minor League Baseball resumes play, it will look nothing like it has in our lifetimes
ONE BIG DO-OVER
The NCAA Division I Council granted spring sports athletes an extra year of eligibility
MINOR LEAGUE MILESTONES
The top 12 most significant minor league achievements of the last 40 seasons
MAKING AN IMPACT
70-grade hitters and 70-grade power hitters are as elusive as one would expect in the draft
THIS LEFTY IS ALL RIGHT
Prodigious talent, meticulous work ethic propel Asa Lacy into draft
WILLING AND ABEL
Mick Abel put in the work to improve his physicality and repertoire. Now the Oregon prep righthander is aiming to buck draft history.
Spencer Torkelson sparked an Arizona State revival and showcased the type of power that could make him the first college first baseman ever drafted No. 1 overall
Allan Simpson’s vision for Baseball America—as the authority on the draft—perseveres after 40 years
FACT OR FICTION?
Early looks don’t always tell the whole story, but in 2020 that’s all scouts have. New information streams, combined with firsthand knowledge of players, now becomes paramount
TOP WINTER BALL PROSPECTS
Ten prospects who captured scouts’ attention in Latin American winter leagues
A talented young core and busy offseason have the White Sox positioned to win after wrapping a three-year rebuild
FILL 'EM UP
The Mariners’ gas camp gets big results for a plethora of pitchers
NOW OR NEVER
After years of stockpiling minor league talent, the Padres cashed in prospects as they set their sights on winning in 2020.
CENTER OF ATTENTION
Minnesota two-way standout Max Meyer tries to lead the Gophers back to the NCAA Tournament
CARDINALS DEVIL MAGIC
St. Louis keeps maximizing overlooked college draft picks
After extending Mike Trout, signing Anthony Rendon and installing manager Joe Maddon, the Angels have a lot riding on 2020