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Face Of Franchise In Flux

Casey Tefertiller -Premium Content

When the Athletics decided to change the face of their organization, one new face was certain to draw much attention. Carlos Gonzalez was the most prominent player acquired from the Diamondbacks in the deal that sent ace Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks. The A's hope the multi-tooled Venezuelan outfielder will soon emerge as a middle-of-the-order hitter, able to hit for both power and average.

Majors | #2008#Oakland Athletics#Organization Reports

Dropping Down

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

The unusual sidearm delivery of righthander Sammy Gervacio made him stand out during the first few weeks of spring training. No matter which pitcher was sharing a bullpen mound with the 23-year-old Dominican, Gervacio usually garnered the most attention from fans and curious media.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Mathieson Working His Way Back

Ben Badler -

Toward the end of the 2006 season, it seemed unlikely that Phillies righthander Scott Mathieson would still be eligible for the 2008 Prospect Handbook. Mathieson had just cruised through Double-A and Triple-A, striking […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

Big Blow For Gamecocks

Aaron Fitt -

South Carolina coach Ray Tanner had a bad feeling something might be wrong with bullpen ace Curtis Johnson after the senior righthander served up a game-winning two-run double to Furman’s […]

College

Hunter Update

Aaron Fitt -

It’s been two and a half weeks since we reported that Pepperdine ace righthander Brett Hunter, a flamethrower who figured to be drafted in the top half of the first […]

College

Braves Deal Yates To Pirates

Jim Callis -

The Braves had more relievers than they could use, while the Pirates didn't have enough. So the teams eased both situations with a trade on Wednesday, as Atlanta sent Tyler Yates to Pittsburgh for righthanded pitching prospect Todd Redmond.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Cole Dominates At Nat Classic

Nathan Rode -

FULLERTON, Calif.—Anticipation was building all day at the National Classic, as everyone was ready for Gerrit Cole’s start against Yucaipa (Calif.) HS, set for Tuesday night at Cal State Fullerton. […]

Draft

Get Me Those Stats–STAT!

Aaron Fitt -

The NCAA has released its first statistics report of the year (through Sunday’s games). Some of the more notable tidbits: Florida Atlantic senior outfielder Mike McKenna was leading the nation […]

College

Red Sox Nation in an Uproar

Josh Leventhal -

Baseball America editor in chief John Manuel arrived in the newsroom on Tuesday morning slightly irked that his pre-dawn wake-up call to the Red Sox Opening Day tilt in Japan […]

Minors

In His Blood

Aaron Fitt -

Most of the top 25 was in action Tuesday, and there were a few very good matchups. Pepperdine put up five in the first on Tyler Topp and held on […]

College

Royals Bolster Pen With Ramirez

Matt Eddy -

The Rockies had been shopping 26-year-old righthander Ramon Ramirez this spring as they attempted to make room for lefty specialist Micah Bowie. They found a taker Wednesday, sending Ramirez to the Royals for a player to be named.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Growing Together

Matt Blood -Premium Content

Heading up the Heritage baseball program, head coach Todd Fitz-Gerald is doing his job. Producing college players such as Stephen Clyne (Clemson), Kevin Davidson (Rollins), Dylan Gonzalez (Pepperdine), Ryan Akel (Boston College) and Matt Mansilla (College of Charleston), Fitz-Gerald has developed players and prepared them for college in a high school program that is anything but traditional.

High School | #2008#High Heat