David Hall

Wiry Abreu Flies Under The Radar

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As Abner Abreu uses his effortless, righthanded swing to stroke ball after ball into deep right field during batting practice at Grainger Stadium, Rouglas Odor is taken back in time. Odor, a Kinston Indians infielder in the early 1990s and now the team's hitting coach, sees in Abreu snapshots of a former teammate who went on to become one of baseball's elite hitters. "Manny Ramirez," Odor said. "He reminds me of Manny when he was young."

Minors | #2010#Classification Reports#High Class A

Two Huge Losses

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Matt Meyer stood on the mound in Winston-Salem, N.C., his body in one place and part of his mind in another. A reliever in his fourth year in the Indians organization, Meyer was laboring through his 18th appearance of the season for high Class A Kinston, where he has pitched most of the past three years. His thoughts, clouded by grief, wandered toward yet another crippling loss to the Carolina League Franchise.

Minors | #2009#Business Beat

Slow Start, Fast Finish

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Minor league seasons are epic endeavors, drawn out from vernal opening days through brutal afternoons of summer BP and into cool September evenings that bring the first inklings of autumn. In the parlance of the game's protagonists, it's a long season—a fact that suited Beau Mills perfectly in 2008.

Minors | #2008#Prospect Pulse

Strong Start

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Matt Wieters may be starting his pro career at high Class A Frederick, but he's already closer to Baltimore than it may seem. The Orioles' top prospect planned to share an apartment with fellow highly-regarded farmhands Brandon Erbe, Jake Arrieta and Brandon Snyder in Columbia, Md., which is closer to Double-A Bowie and the parent club than it is to the home of the Keys.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#High Class A