Bill Ballew

Low Class A Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Baseball's version of Mutt and Jeff can be found most afternoons at McCormick Field. At age 49, the 5-foot-7, 150-pound Houston Jimenez performs his daily routine of breaking down the nuances of the shortstop position to his star pupil, Hector Gomez. Only 19, the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Gomez listens attentively while towering over his mentor.

Minors | #2007#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Once the weather began to break, Ka'aihue started to show signs of the offense he displayed in 2006, when he hit a combined .281/.407/.550 with 28 home runs and 80 RBIs between low Class A Rome and Myrtle Beach. Consistency coincided with the arrival of May, and he began blistering the ball during the first three weeks of June, hitting .413/.493/.778.

Majors | #2007#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

General manager John Schuerholz went to great lengths in the offseason to improve the Braves' bullpen. But while the rotation boasts veterans John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and Mike Hampton, the fact remains that Smoltz turns 40 in May, and neither Hudson nor Hampton have been the same pitchers they were prior to their 30th birthdays.

Majors | #2007#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports