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Red Sox Organization Report

John Tomase -Premium Content

Few have followed a stranger path to the upper levels of the minor leagues than Devern Hansack. The 28-year-old Nicaraguan righthander hadn't pitched in the states in three years when Red Sox executive Craig Shipley spotted him at a tournament in Holland late last fall. Shipley liked Hansack's live arm and, since he would come cheaply as a minor league free agent, the Red Sox took a flier and signed him in December.

Majors | #2006#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

It is only appropriate that in his 50th year with the Braves, Paul Snyder has made yet another major impact on the organization. After announcing his retirement as Atlanta's director of scouting and player development in 1999 because of health reasons, the 70-year-old Snyder is back as the Braves' farm director. Snyder replaced Dayton Moore, who became the Royals' general manager May 31.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Top Pick, Top Talent Sign Big Deals

John Manuel -Premium Content

Andrew Miller has had quite a year. The North Carolina lefthander was the College Player of the Year, led the Tar Heels to the College World Series championship series and was the No. 6 overall pick in the draft. Then he signed with the Tigers for the largest guaranteed contract of any 2006 draftee, just edging out the No. 1 overall pick, righthander Luke Hochevar, who signed with the Royals a day before Miller's contract became official. To top it off, Miller will end his year in the major leagues.

Draft | #2006#Draft Dish

Summer Stock

John Manuel -Premium Content

The 2005 Cape Cod League all-star game featured North Carolina teammates Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller on the mound to start the game, beginning a scoreless duel that also featured pitchers such as Tim Lincecum and Brandon Morrow who pushed radar gun readings toward the 100 mph mark. The big pitching name of the 2006 edition of the game was . . . Matt LaPorta?

College | #2007#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

Independent Audit: Aug. 24

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

After signing with Kalamazoo in the offseason, Ian Church has proven the Frontier League's most surprising star. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound center fielder has turned into the league's top power hitter. His 21 home runs are seven more than anyone else in the league, and three more than he had hit in the last seven seasons combined.

Minors | #2006#Independent Audit

Business Beat: Aug. 23

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Documents obtained by the Springdale Morning News provided details on a 20-year lease between the Wranglers and the city of Springdale. The only point of negotiation was whether the baseball team will retain the rights to rent out the ballpark during the offseason, or whether the city will own those rights. When that final detail is worked out, the Wranglers are aiming to move to Springdale for the 2008 season.

Minors | #2006#Business Beat