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Prospect Q&A - Bobby Parnell, Mets

Taking the lead from A's general manager Billy Beane - he of "Moneyball" fame - and statistics guru/Red Sox advisor Bill James, major league front offices have gone stat-happy over the past decade or so in evaluating both major league talent and amateur players. However, if there were ever a single player that exemplified the continued need for good, old-fashioned scouting work in identifying potential big league talent, it's Mets pitching prospect Bobby Parnell. By Jay LeBlanc.

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KILL - Prospect Q&A - George Kontos, Yankees

George Kontos has long impressed scouts with his live arm and good stuff and shown flashes of brilliance, but command issues have prevented him from achieving consistency in his results and reaching his full potential. 2008 was an important year for Kontos - who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 prospect in the Yankees organization - and the 23-year-old righty has responded with an impressive campaign with the double-A Trenton Thunder. By Jay LeBlanc.

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KILL - Prospect Q&A - Austin Jackson, Yankees

In high school, Austin Jackson was one of the top high school basketball players in the country and ultimately signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Georgia Tech. But he also showed tremendous potential on the baseball diamond, prompting the Yankees to select him in the eighth round of the 2005 draft and offer him a deal that included an $800,000 bonus. It looks like Jackson made the right choice, as the 6' 1", 180-pound outfielder is now considered the Yankees' top prospect and one of the best in all of baseball. By Jay LeBlanc.