Watching careers develop

Hey all. Again, apologies for going blog-less for a while. Just got back from the Rookie Career Development Program. For those of you unfamiliar, it’s a great retreat run together (if you can believe that) by Major League Baseball and the Players Association. The top upper-level prospects are invited and attend seminars that help them prepare for everything life as a Major Leaguer can mean, especially off-the-field situations and crises. Everything from finances to dealing with personalities in a big league clubhouse is covered in an interesting and insightful way. Don’t believe me? Then check out our video interviews and see the players praise the program themselves.

Attending the program was a real kickoff to the 2006 season for me. Being able to talk baseball with future stars like Ryan Zimmerman, Lastings Milledge, Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver was an outstanding introduction to what I’m sure is going to be another banner year on MiLB.com. I’ve already gotten started on the new Top 50 prospects list for 2006, which will be announced at some point in March. And I just handed in some fantasy rankings as part of the big site’s 2006 Fantasy Preview. Not sure when those are coming out, but when they do, keep in mind they were done with a focus on 2006 impact only. In other words, the guy who might be the top prospect in all of baseball might not top the fantasy rankings this year.

I would tell you more, but then I’d have to kill you.

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