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White Sox Organization Report

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

uan Uribe has no assurances with the White Sox beyond this season, and further jeopardizing his job security is an intriguing crop of shortstop prospects rising through the system. The Sox haven't had a homegrown player as their primary shortstop since Bucky Dent, who was traded to the Yankees in 1977. This will be an interesting season at the position in the minors, with three prospects battling to be the regular shortstop at Triple-A Charlotte.

Majors | #2007#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

High Heat

Matt Meyers -

Tampa's Hillsborough High has produced big talent, and occasionally, big trouble. Doc Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Elijiah Dukes are among Hillsborough alumni, and senior outfielder Mike Burgess is the next in the pipeline. But Burgess' relationship with his grandfather has helped him handle the pressure.

High School | #2007

High Heat: March 12

Matt Meyers -Premium Content

Tampa's Hillsborough High has produced big talent, and occasionally, big trouble. Doc Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Elijiah Dukes are among Hillsborough alumni, and senior outfielder Mike Burgess is the next in the pipeline. But Burgess' relationship with his grandfather has helped him handle the pressure.

High School | #2007#High Heat

Hog Wild

Aaron Fitt -

Before getting to this week's mailbag, I wanted to pass along a couple of interesting nuggets from the small college ranks. Most of our coverage focuses on Division I, of course, because we lack unlimited resources and because of our general emphasis on professional prospects, who come out of DI schools in much higher volume than smaller schools. But now and then we try to bring you interesting stories off the beaten path. This week, I heard about three former major league managers with small college connections. At NAIA Flagler (Fla.) College, there are two players on the roster whose fathers managed in the big leagues. Junior righthander John Goryl's father Johnny managed the Twins in 1980-81, and junior DH Wade LaMont's father Gene spent eight years as a big league manager for the White Sox and Pirates. Neither is a great prospect, but both are having good seasons so far; Goryl is 1-0, 2.41 through 19 innings and LaMont is batting .342/.420/.618 with a team-leading five homers through 76 at-bats.Meanwhile, Division III California Lutheran has a big weekend coming up; its home field will be dedicated as Sparky Anderson Field in honor of the great Reds and Tigers manager. Anderson is a native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and can often be found in the Cal Lutheran dugout during home games.On to this week's mailbag, which features a question about Arkansas.

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Draft Dish: March 8

John Manuel -

Tim Bascom doesn't appear on Baseball America's list of the Top 50 seniors for the 2007 draft, because he's not playing college baseball as a senior. He is taking 15 credit hours at Central Florida this semester, though, and he is hoping that when he starts pitching every weekend, as he was scheduled to do, scouts will be watching.

Draft | #2007

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

General manager John Schuerholz went to great lengths in the offseason to improve the Braves' bullpen. But while the rotation boasts veterans John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and Mike Hampton, the fact remains that Smoltz turns 40 in May, and neither Hudson nor Hampton have been the same pitchers they were prior to their 30th birthdays.

Majors | #2007#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

College Baseball Arrives

John Manuel -

You know college baseball is a bigger deal than ever when it gets spoofed in The Onion.You know college baseball is a big deal when Georgia Tech's Matt Wieters and North Carolina State's Andrew Brackman show up in a news brief in The Onion, the satirical newspaper and Website. The latest edition of the weekly publication has a faux story involving Brackman, Wieters and the world's most famous baseball agent (and somewhat frequent Onion target), Scott Boras.

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New Team Has Great Plans For Great Lakes

Will Lingo -Premium Content

It has been more than 50 years since professional baseball has been played in the Saginaw Bay region of Michigan. But it has really been a one-year process to bring the game back. And though there was still snow on the ground in February and 200 workers were feverishly finishing construction on the ballpark, optimism was high as the first Opening Day for the Midwest League's Great Lakes Loons drew closer.

Minors | #2007#Column

Tuesday Roundup

Aaron Fitt -

For weeks College of Charleston fans have asked why the Cougars haven't appeared in the top 25 rankings despite their hot start, and for weeks the answer has been the same--we want to see how they fare against quality competition. Well, the competition doesn't get much stiffer than No. 3 South Carolina, which made the trip to Charleston yesterday and left with a 5-4 loss. CofC chased South Carolina junior righthander Jay Brown in the fourth after DH Michael Harrington's two-run homer made it 3-0. The Gamecocks came back to force extra innings, but Cougar second baseman Chris Campbell delivered a walk-off RBI double in the 10th. Charleston's offense is experienced and relentless, with a bona fide star in the middle in catcher Alex Garabedian (whose .333 batting average is actually the lowest of Charleston's regulars). Beating South Carolina improved the Cougars to 12-1 on the year, but more importantly it gave them a quality win to hang their hat on. I'd still like to see how their pitching holds up in a three-game series against a good team before I truly buy in, but that offense is legit.

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Prospect Pulse: March 7

Chris Kline -Premium Content

While our annual Top 100 Prospects ranking is deep with righthanded pitching and outfielders—particularly center fielders—the lack of impact catchers is glaring. The void became even more prominent when the Pirates decided to move Neil Walker to third base this spring.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Pulse

Wrapping Up Weekend Tournaments

Aaron Fitt -

Oregon State picked up a good win yesterday to wrap up the Domino's Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic, beating host Texas A&M 6-5. That snaps A&M's 14-game winning streak and improves the Beavers to 14-3 on the year. The Aggies were a good matchup for Oregon State, because they pitch well, play defense well and put pressure on the defense with their aggressiveness on the basepaths, things the Beavers have done well during the past few years. And Texas A&M won Friday's matchup, but OSU got its revenge Monday despite an eighth-inning grand slam by talented Aggies shortstop Brandon Hicks that brought A&M within a run. One significant development for the Beavers was the solid start by senior lefty Anton Maxwell, who threw three shutout innings before handing off the the bullpen. Pitching depth was a huge factor in Oregon State's national championship (without Joe Paterson and Daniel Turpen turning in huge performances in Omaha, the Beavers wouldn't have won it), and if Maxwell pitches well he gives Coach Pat Casey a solid fourth option.Monday's other interesting game featured Nebraska beating Stetson 6-2 in a makeup of Saturday's Stetson Invitational game. Still, it was a solid week for the Hatters, who beat a solid Bethune-Cookman team 10-3 last Tuesday and then came from behind for a 5-4 win against Notre Dame.

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’07 Pitching Selection Requires Close Inspection

John Manuel -Premium Content

Tim Bascom doesn't appear on Baseball America's list of the Top 50 seniors for the 2007 draft, because he's not playing college baseball as a senior. He is taking 15 credit hours at Central Florida this semester, though, and he is hoping that when he starts pitching every weekend, as he was scheduled to do, scouts will be watching.

Draft | #2007#Draft Dish