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There are times when Kala Ka'aihue gives every indication of being the next great power-hitting first baseman at the major league level. And there are other occasions, often early in the season, when the Hawaiian looks like little more than an organizational player stuck in the middle of the minor leagues.

Majors | #2008#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Diamond Gaining Value

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A year ago, Scott Diamond wondered what he had to do to prove himself to the professional ranks. After twirling three seasons at Binghamton and pitching well in his second stint in the collegiate Coastal Plain League, the lefthander wanted to sign, yet no team called his name during the 2007 draft.

Majors | #2008#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Braves’ Young Duo Shakes Up Sally League

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Hitting third and fourth in the lineup, 18-year-olds Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman appear to be twin sons of different mothers. Two of the youngest players selected in the 2007 draft, taken in the first and second rounds, respectively, the left-handed hitters, both residing in the 6-foot-5, 220-pound range, hail from opposite sides of the country, yet have teamed to not only shake up opposing pitchers on the field, but have become virtually inseparable away from the diamond.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A