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Can possible No. 1 overall pick Buster Posey stay at catcher, and how good would he be at shortstop? How do top two-way talents Aaron Hicks, Ethan Martin and Casey Kelly rate, strictly as hitters and strictly as pitchers? How does this year's banner crop of first basemen stack up—defensively?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Extra Helping

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

When the White Sox traded Brandon McCarthy to Texas before the season, the focus was on the two older pitchers they acquired in the deal, John Danks and Nick Masset. But 21-year-old righthander Jacob Rasner, also acquired in the trade, is beginning to show big league stuff as well.

Majors | #2008#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

Prospect By Any Name

Jack Etkin -Premium Content

No pun intended, but low Class A Asheville righthander Jhoulys Chacin is making a name for himself. Not because of the blizzard of consonants in his first name, which is pronounced Ju-lees, but because of his ability on the mound. Chacin, 20, began the season 2-1, 1.40 in four starts and caused Tourists pitching coach Doug Linton to say, "I like to compare him to a righthanded Santana, because his changeup is off the board."

Majors | #2008#Colorado Rockies#Organization Reports

Delayed Return On Investment

John Fay -Premium Content

So far, the infamous 2006 trade between the Reds and Nationals in which the Reds acquired Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Daryl Thompson hasn't worked out so well for the Reds. Clayton and Harris have moved on. Bray and Majewski haven't worked out very well and started the 2008 season at Triple-A Louisville. However, the fifth player in deal, Thompson, is showing promise.

Majors | #2008#Cincinnati Reds#Organization Reports

Being Flexible

Alex Speier -Premium Content

For much of the offseason, it seemed unclear when (or even if) Jed Lowrie would ever enter the home clubhouse at Fenway Park. Lowrie seemed destined to lose a game of infield musical chairs despite showing a good approach at the plate while whacking 68 extra-base hits for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2007.

Majors | #2008#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

From Outfielder To Closer

Evan Grant -Premium Content

The dictionary defines "madrigal" as a short poem, often about love, that can be set to music. The Rangers use a different definition: potential closer. Warner Madrigal, an outfielder converted to reliever who was pilfered from the Angels organization last fall, has had the Rangers breaking out into, well, a madrigal about his abilities.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Minor Change, Big Results

Roch Kubatko -Premium Content

If Jim Johnson can't crack a major league rotation, perhaps he can make a nice living in the bullpen. He certainly made an impression on the Orioles, who added him to the major league roster as a 13th pitcher and watched him thrive in a relief role. Johnson didn't allow a run in his first nine innings and might compel the club to keep him once it returns to a 12-man staff.<br/>

Majors | #2008#Baltimore Orioles#Organization Reports

Souza-Size Me

Lacy Lusk -Premium Content

Steven Souza has more to work with than he did when he made his professional debut last year. The third baseman found that out quickly this spring. After bulking up from about 190 pounds to 205, he showed improved power in accelerated minor league spring training. A sore right shoulder kept him in extended spring, but he hit five home runs in less than a week and promptly reported to low Class A Hagerstown.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals

Rocking On And Off Mound

Mike Berardino -Premium Content

If a man's musical tastes say a lot about his personality, then Scott Nestor's hard-driving mound persona should be no surprise. The Marlins reliever with the high-90s fastball spent last winter near his home in Southern California attending rock shows by Faster Pussycat, Beautiful Creatures and Slayer. He's a huge fan of Guns 'N Roses and, with his reddish hair and pale complexion, even remotely resembles Axl Rose.

Majors | #2008#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

One More Obstacle

Andy Call -Premium Content

Trevor Crowe found himself back at Double-A Akron this spring to begin his fourth pro season. The 14th overall pick in the 2005 draft, who endured a tough season with the Aeros in 2007, played two games for Akron in April before going on the disabled list with tightness in his lower back.

Majors | #2008#Cleveland Indians#Organization Reports

Warming Up

Tony Jackson -Premium Content

Jovanny Rosario, the speedster who batted .331/.376/.452 and stole 22 bases with Rookie-level Ogden last summer, began this season with a 14-game hitting streak at low Class A Great Lakes, batting .316 during that stretch. Rosario, 22, who was converted from a second baseman to a center fielder a few years ago, spent his first three professional seasons in the Dodgers' Dominican program before playing in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2006.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Mr. Consistent

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

First baseman Josh Whitesell has been a model of consistency in his four full minor league seasons, and the Diamondbacks have seen it in his first year with them, too. "He swings the bat well, he plays good defense and he plays the game with a purpose," farm director A.J. Hinch said. "He has a plan when he goes up to the plate, and he has a certain slow-burn mentality that is a good approach for him. He puts up quality at-bats."

Majors | #2008#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Bringing His High-A Game

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

James Adduci appears ready to play high Class A ball. In 2007, the lefthanded-hitting outfielder opened the season with high Class A Daytona and hit just .121/.121/.152 with 13 strikeouts in 33 at-bats before he was sent down to low Class A Peoria. Adduci shook off the initial disappointment of the demotion and prospered in Peoria, hitting .292/.345/.362 with 20 steals in 401 at-bats.

Majors | #2008#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Commanding Attention

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Tommy Hanson has given little reason to doubt his ability on the mound since signing with the Braves in 2006. Yet as promising the 6-foot-6 righthander has been in the past, it pales in comparison to what he has shown during the early stages of the 2008 slate. Impeccable command and improvements with his curveball and changeup now give Hanson three pitches he can throw for strikes, and he has been dominating hitters at high Class A Myrtle Beach.

Majors | #2008#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports