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Angels Organization Report

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

The Angels have done well developing pitchers, catchers and infielders. They haven't done much with outfielders lately, aside from buying Vladimir Guerrero, and they haven't developed an impact outfielder since producing Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds and Darin Erstad a decade ago. The latest best hope is a kid who has yet to turn 20 or play a full season of pro ball. The Angels cast their eyes toward Rookie-level Orem center fielder Peter Bourjes.

Majors | #2006#Los Angeles Angels#Organization Reports

Marlins Organization Report

Mike Berardino -Premium Content

With four rookies in their starting rotation, the Marlins have taken extra steps to ensure the collective health of those young pitchers. Even when there are off days in the schedule, the Marlins make a point of staying in rotation and not skipping anybody. There was also talk of going to a six-man rotation in the season's final month with veteran Brian Moehler moving back into the mix in order to preserve the young arms.

Majors | #2006#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

White Sox Organization Report

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

Most observers considered Kyle McCulloch a safe pick when the White Sox took him with the 29th pick overall in this year's draft. He has pitched like one in his transition as a professional. McCulloch, who went 27-11 in his three seasons at Texas, signed for a $1.05 million bonus with the defending World Series champions quickly enough to get a significant workload. He opened at Rookie-level Great Falls before being promoted to the high Class A Carolina League.

Majors | #2006#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

Cubs Organization Report

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

For a kid growing up in Springfield, Ill., and rooting for the Cubs, not much for lefthander Ryan O'Malley could beat meeting his idol Ryne Sandberg in spring training. But the 26-year-old O'Malley trumped that thrill on Aug. 16 when he learned he had been promoted from the Triple-A Iowa rotation to Chicago. Because the Cubs had used all available pitchers in an 18-inning game in Houston the night before, they opted to call up O'Malley, who was with Iowa in nearby Round Rock.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Red Sox Organization Report

John Tomase -Premium Content

Outfielder David Murphy has experienced pretty much every emotion since being the first pick of Theo Epstein's first draft class in 2003. He knows what it's like to be compared with Fred Lynn. And he knows what it's like to be considered a bust, after a foot injury wrecked his 2004 season. But none of that matters now that Murphy knows another thing—what it's like to be a big leaguer.

Majors | #2006#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

The past two seasons for J.C. Holt have been eerily similar, but the high Class A Myrtle Beach second baseman is certain the results are nothing more than a coincidence. Holt, the Braves' third-round pick in 2004, got off to a slow start in 2005, and his batting average stood at just .215 on July 1. A strong finish that included hits in 12 of his last 13 games got him to .268.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Diamondbacks Organization Report

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

Cyle Hankerd (pronounced like Kyle) swung the biggest bat in the Northwest League this season, earning league MVP honors after hitting .384/.424/.519 with short-season Yakima. He was rewarded with a late-season promotion to high Class A Lancaster. Hankerd finished 41 points ahead of runner-up Chad Huffman in the NWL batting race, after batting .383 with 10 home runs and 15 doubles in 58 games at Southern California this year.

Majors | #2006#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Independent Audit: Sept. 7

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Independent league managers don't have much of a rooting interest in whether Monterrey or Saltillo wins the crown, but they have an intense interest in finding out which teams have been knocked out. When a Mexican League team's season is over, its players are free to sign with a U.S. club for the rest of the year. And for independent league teams in pennant races, an early August pickup could be the difference between making the playoffs and sitting home.

Minors | #2006#Independent Audit