Bill Ballew

Locked In

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Growing up in New Hampshire, Jeff Locke had little choice but to follow the Red Sox. Ironically, the lefthander may have had his coming-out party against the team's high Class A Salem affiliate, a feat that included taking no-hitters into the seventh inning in back-to-back starts.

Majors | #2009#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Coming Full Circle

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The future became the present over the course of spring training for the Braves' center field situation. After Gregor Blanco spent most of 2008 in the middle garden in and Josh Anderson appeared to have an inside edge during the early days of camp, rookie Jordan Schafer put together his second straight memorable March to emerge the victor.

Majors | #2009#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Pushing It

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No one was generating a greater buzz throughout the Disney complex than first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Jason Heyward. Despite being invited to camp to simply get their feet wet in a big league environment, the hard-hitting 20-year-olds were attracting raves from coaches and players alike.

Majors | #2009#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Ready For Work

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The Braves believe Guy Hansen is the perfect piece to add to the organization's player-development puzzle. With the death of longtime pitching coach Bruce Dal Canton last fall, Hansen moves from the Triple-A ranks to high Class A Myrtle Beach, where his role will be redefined compared to his more recent contributions.

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What A Legacy

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The year 1948 had its fair share of signings.<br/><br/>President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan and later instituted the second peacetime military draft in United States history. Israel signed its declaration of independence. And perhaps slightly overlooked was the White Sox's signing of 17-year-old righthander Bill Fischer one day after he impressed Hall of Famer Red Ruffing during a tryout camp in Wisconsin Rapids.

Majors | #2008#Awards#Roland Hemond Award