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2005 Arizona Fall League Top 20 Prospects

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The AFL has always been known as a premier hitter's league, and that trend picked up in 2005, as all-time league records fell one after the other. Among the marks shattered were batting average (.296), runs per game (12.14), hits per game (20.83), slugging percentage (.469) and ERA (5.40). Still, three pitchers made the cut on the Top 20—two more than last year. Athletics righthander Huston Street, BA's 2005 Rookie of the Year, was the lone pitcher on the 2004 AFL list.

Minors | #2005#Arizona Fall League#Winter Baseball

Chris Kline’s AFL Road Trip: Scouting Jered Weaver

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Angels righthander Jered Weaver finished up 2005 at Double-A Arkansas, allowing three earned runs on six hits in his final start against Midland in the Texas League championship series. His fastball, slider and changeup were all quality pitches into the postseason, where he struck out 16 in 13 innings over two starts. But so far in the Arizona Fall League, Weaver has quickly found out that this isn't the Texas League anymore. In seven innings, the Angels' first-round pick in 2004 has allowed seven runs on 12 hits. His secondary numbers are still solid, with a 12-2 strikeout-walk ratio.

Minors | #2005#Arizona Fall League#Winter Baseball

AL West Organization Reports

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Life's pace ambles by a tick slower in Tifton, Ga., as compared to the fast pace of Atlanta, three hours north. And patience has long been a virtue of Tifton native Nick Green. The 21-year-old righthander spent two years in junior college, another half-season in Rookie ball and the first six weeks of his 2005 season in extended spring training. In mid May he was summoned to pitch out the bullpen at low Class A Cedar Rapids, and by August had pitched his way into the starting rotation, where he next helped pitch the Kernals into the playoffs.

Majors | #2006#Los Angeles Angels#Organization Reports

AL Central Organization Reports

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TUCSON—In terms of his long suffering, Lance Broadway heads the line of the nouveau riche White Sox. As far as he knows, it's all good. Broadway, an All-America righthander from Texas Christian, was the White Sox' first-round pick last June. The big league team was in first place when he accepted Chicago's $1.57 million bonus to sign, then rolled on to win the World Series.

Majors | #2006#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

AL Central Organization Reports

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CHICAGO—While the White Sox brought in five more experienced candidates to compete for Damaso Marte's spot as lefthanded reliever, they would love for one of their three homegrown candidates—Arnie Munoz, Paulino Reynoso and Corwin Malone—to make it a tough decision. All eight of those job seekers will be watching Ray Liotta over their shoulders. While Neal Cotts was one of the American League's best relievers last season, Marte gave the Sox four solid seasons before being traded to Pittsburgh for utilityman Rob Mackowiak. That trade created a vacancy for a second lefty in the bullpen, which will be the most open competition in White Sox camp.

Majors | #2006#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

AL Central Organization Reports

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CHICAGO—Anderson Gomes is the White Sox' international man of mystery. With the chance to nab Javier Vazquez, the defending World Series champions reluctantly shipped Chris Young, a 22-year-old center fielder with 30/30 potential, to the Diamondbacks. The Sox hope they have replaced Young's potential with a little-noticed signing, plucking Gomes, a native of Brazil, from the Japanese minor leagues for about the cost of a third-round draft pick.

Majors | #2006#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

AL Central Organization Reports

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CHICAGO—With two members of the big league rotation planning to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, the White Sox expect to get a better than usual read on some of their young pitchers in spring training. Knuckleballer Charles Haeger, a nowhere man in the organization a year ago, is expected to join Sean Tracey, a 14-game winner in Double-A in 2005, in getting some of the innings that might normally go to Freddy Garcia and Javier Vazquez.

Majors | #2006#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

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CHICAGO—Seldom have the White Sox had such stability in their starting rotation. That could force righthander Sean Tracey to find a different path to Chicago. A 14-game winner with Double-A Birmingham, Tracey tied for the Southern League lead in victories. But the Sox experimented with him out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League, and that could be his quickest path to the big leagues.

Majors | #2006#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports