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Jim Callis is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been covering the Draft and prospects since 1988.

  • 11 hours ago

    Bonus White Sox Prospects: Nos. 21-25

    The White Sox are next up in our ongoing series of bonus prospects for organizations whose Top 20 lists I recently updated for MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Watch. Chicago’s system is more bountiful than it has been in years, though that depth doesn’t extend past the White Sox Top 20. 21. Chris Bassitt, rhp. After a breakthrough […] More»
  • July 31 2:16 PM ET

    Bonus Cubs Prospects: Nos. 21-25

    In the second of my series of identifying prospects who just missed making one of MLBPipeline.com’s Top 20 Prospects lists that I recently updated, the Cubs are today’s spotlighted organization. Chicago has the best collection of hitting prospects I can ever remember, and its farm system currently is the best in the game. You can […] More»
  • July 30 2:56 PM ET

    Bonus Red Sox Prospects: Nos. 21-25

    When we unveiled MLBPipeline.com’s initial 2014 Top 20 Prospects lists for each organization back in March, I used my blog to spotlight the players who would have ranked at Nos. 21-25 for the 10 systems I covered. Now that we’ve updated all of our lists — the team Top 20s, as well as the overall […] More»
  • June 16 4:31 PM ET

    Freeland Headlines Annual Pretend Draft

    Beginning in 2003 at Baseball America, I’ve gone through the annual exercise of making Draft picks through the top 10 rounds. The idea is to put my reputation, if not my money, where my mouth is, because I spend so much of my time critiquing how teams do in the actual Draft. It works like this: […] More»
  • June 02 3:23 PM ET

    Updating The Draft Bonus Pools

    Widespread trading of First-Year Player Draft picks is prohibited, but clubs are allowed to swap the 12 choices awarded each year in the competitive-balance lottery. The Marlins did just that on Sunday, sending the 39th overall selection to the Pirates for Bryan Morris. The deal not only moves a premium pick from Miami to Pittsburgh, […] More»
  • April 29 7:33 PM ET

    Mike Elias Talks About The Astros’ No. 1 Pick

    When I wrote a First-Year Player Draft overview to tie in with the launch of MLBPipeline’s expansion/revision of our Draft Prospects list from 50 to 100, I spoke with Astros scouting director Mike Elias, whose club holds the No. 1 overall pick for the third straight year. In the overview, I wrote that Elias said […] More»
  • April 02 6:37 PM ET

    Draft, International Values Increase By 1.7 Percent

    The assigned values for picks in the top 10 rounds of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and for each team’s four international slots have increased by 1.7 percent over last year’s figures, according to a document I’ve obtained. The total of the Draft bonus pools for all 30 clubs equals $205,786,400. The total of the […] More»
  • March 31 5:01 PM ET

    More On The Rockies: Johendi Jiminian

    Our month of updated Top 20 Prospects lists and state-of-the-system reports at MLBPipeline.com concludes today with the Reds and Rockies. I saw plenty of interesting players when I checked out the Rockies at their Cactus League base at Salt River, and here’s one I didn’t mention in the camp report . . . Another breakout […] More»
  • March 31 4:57 PM ET

    More On The Reds: Amir Garrett

    The MLBPipeline.com version of March Madness ends today with updated Top 20 Prospects lists and state-of-the-system reports for the Reds and Rockies. Here’s an interesting Reds nugget that didn’t make it into my Cactus League camp report from Goodyear . . . Three questions with Amir Garrett Garrett’s upside as an athletic 6-foot-5 left-hander who […] More»
  • March 28 5:31 PM ET

    More On The Indians: Dorssys Paulino

    The focus at MLBPipeline.com today is on the Indians. I had more stuff than I could fit in my Cactus League camp report from Goodyear, so here’s one more item . . . Another breakout candidate: Dorssys Paulino After signing for $1.1 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, Paulino made his pro debut […] More»
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