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Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris strides toward home.

Bud Norris gets the nod as the Houston Astros’ opening-day starter. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) The Houston Astros are preaching patience and development, but in reality, they are practicing austerity. As we saw in 2012, the Astros are a long way from fielding a competitive major-league team. From 1996 through 2008, the Astros made the playoffs More...

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MLB prospect Xander Bogaerts scoops up a ground ball.
By Pete Dymeck On Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
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2013 top 50 MLB prospects countdown: 20-11

Boston Red Sox top prospect Xander Bogaerts lands at number 11. (Matthew West/Boston Herald) Among last year’s top prospects, several failed to emerge as adequate big-league players when their numbers were called. More...

Trevor Rosenthal pitches during spring trianing.
By Pete Dymeck On Monday, February 25th, 2013
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2013 top 50 MLB prospects countdown: 30-21

Trevor Rosenthal comes in at number 25 on the top 50 MLB prospects countdown. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch) As we continue our countdown of top MLB prospects , more household names will appear. Casual baseball More...

Yasiel Puig swinging a bat last season.
By Pete Dymeck On Thursday, February 21st, 2013
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2013 top 50 MLB prospects countdown: 50-41

Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig comes in at #41.  (Gary A. Vasquez/US Presswire) Prospects come and go with the seasons. A prospect can be the next best thing one year and an utter disappointment the next. More...

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By Jamie Shoemaker On Saturday, February 16th, 2013
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Fantasy baseball sleeper: No respect for Chris Carter?

Fantasy owners can expect Chris Carter to carry a big stick for the Astros in 2013. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle) On February 4, the Houston Astros sent shortstop Jed Lowrie to the Oakland Athletics. Most fans More...

Seattle Mariners prospect Mike Zunino is on the fast track to the bigs. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
By Jake Mastroianni On Thursday, November 15th, 2012
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Need a fix? Here’s what’s happening in the winter leagues (AL West)

Seattle Mariners prospect Mike Zunino is on the fast track to the bigs. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) We’ll continue the trip around winter league baseball action with the AL West, which takes on a new look this More...


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