Bill Ballew

Braves Organization Report

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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.

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Braves Organization Report

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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.

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Braves Organization Report

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With rumors about Marcus Giles flying around like trailers in a tornado, it seemed likely that the veteran second baseman would be turning double plays somewhere other than Turner Field in 2007. Atlanta's need to invest its payroll in other directions is the primary reason for the Giles rumors. Cheaper options also make the situation viable. The organization's depth at second base has become deeper so far this offseason with the performances of several prospects.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

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An early trip home due to an injury is usually a cause for disappointment. That was anything but the case this fall with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Braves decided the switch-hitting catcher's encore in the Arizona Fall League had come to an end after Saltalamacchia strained his groin and hamstring. Atlanta officials opted to send him home to Florida, especially since he had accomplished everything the organization hoped he would.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports