Bill Ballew

Montero And Romine Team-Up Behind The Plate

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The Yankees realized when they signed Jorge Posada to a new four-year contract over the winter that the veteran would not be behind the plate during the latter portion of the deal. A strained right shoulder that placed Posada on the disabled list in late April for the first time in his career may lead to off-season surgery and a sooner-than-expected move from catcher, yet Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is content with the state of the receiving in the organization, particularly at low Class A Charleston.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Commanding Attention

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Tommy Hanson has given little reason to doubt his ability on the mound since signing with the Braves in 2006. Yet as promising the 6-foot-6 righthander has been in the past, it pales in comparison to what he has shown during the early stages of the 2008 slate. Impeccable command and improvements with his curveball and changeup now give Hanson three pitches he can throw for strikes, and he has been dominating hitters at high Class A Myrtle Beach.

Majors | #2008#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Special K’s

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Doug Linton is obviously a mentor who wants his hurlers to aim high. That was obvious during the first two weeks of April when the Asheville pitching coach compared Jhoulys Chacin to a fellow countryman who currently twirls his home games at Shea Stadium. "He's a righthanded Santana," Linton said.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A