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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

Breaking The Ice

Larry Millson -Premium Content

David Purcey's major league debut came rather suddenly and unexpectedly. The lefthander, the organization's first-round draft pick in 2004 (16th overall) from Oklahoma, was called up from Triple-A Syracuse, where he was 2-0, 1.89 in three starts, for a spot start against the Tigers. He was starting in place of A.J. Burnett, who was forced into duty to pitch the 14th inning in a loss to the Rangers two days earlier.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays