Bill Ballew

Lefthander Hyde Aims To Pitch In Atlanta Again

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Lee Hyde is an Atlanta kind of guy. After growing up just south of the city, in Fayetteville, Ga., Hyde spent three years at Georgia Tech before getting drafted by the Braves in the fourth round in 2006. Despite encountering a road block in the form of Tommy John surgery midway through his first four seasons in the organization, the lefthanded reliever could be a candidate for the big league bullpen in 2010.

Majors | #2009#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Dimasther Delgado Has Established Himself As One Of The Braves Best Young Arms

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The 2009 season was not unlike other South Atlantic League campaigns for low Class A Rome. Featuring one of the youngest rosters in the league, the R-Braves fielded a prospect-laden pitching staff. While righthanders Zeke Spruill and Randall Delgado lived up to expectations, a less-heralded pitcher established himself as one of the better arms in the organization as well.

Majors | #2009#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Last Chance

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In the weeks immediately prior to the 2008 draft, Jordan Lyles looked through the pile of letters from major league clubs and knew he had a decision to make that had nothing to do with choosing between professional baseball and a scholarship to South Carolina. The 17-year-old high school hurler for Hartsville (S.C.) High, instead had to decide which invitations to pre-draft workouts he should accept in the days leading up to the event that could determine his fate for years to come.

Draft | #2009#Draft Dish