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Cubs Organization Report

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

MESA, Ariz.—With Derrek Lee at the World Baseball Classic, two first-base prospects made powerful impressions in spring training. Brandon Sing hit a pair of home runs in his first Cactus League start, while Brian Dopirak added two homers in a three-game stretch. Neither was expected to make the big league club out of spring training, but their hot starts could be big down the line if the Cubs are looking for help during the 2006 season.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Red Sox Organization Report

John Tomase -Premium Content

FORT MYERS, Fla.—Jermaine Van Buren has experienced just about every emotion a baseball player can go through. He was a second-round pick with the Rockies in 1998, got released five years later, and then kept his career going by pitching in independent ball. The Cubs brought him back to Organized Baseball as a closer and his career took off again, and Chicago dealt their 2005 Triple-A pitcher of the year to the Red Sox in December.

Majors | #2006#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Orioles Organization Report

Roch Kubatko -Premium Content

FORT LAUDERDALE—The reputation that Brandon Fahey carries as a solid defensive middle infielder has changed in spring training. And not because he's regressed on defense. The 25-year-old still makes all the plays at shortstop and second base, but now he's driving the ball to all fields and demonstrating offensive skills that aren't usually found in his scouting reports.

Majors | #2006#Baltimore Orioles#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

ORLANDO—Chances are the low Class A Rome outfield, not to mention the entire roster, will be formidable in 2006. Yet there's no question the loss of Jon Mark Owings to a broken jaw in spring training could limit the club's power potential early in the season. Owings' injury occurred when the right fielder collided with center fielder Ovandy Suero. Suero had a concussion but was not expected to miss more than a few days of spring training, while Owings was expected to miss four to eight weeks.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Diamondbacks Organization Report

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

TUCSON—Luis Gonzalez got a long look at Justin Upton early in the Diamondbacks' spring training camp, when both spent several days in the same hitting group. Gonzalez' report sounded just like those of the scouts that have watched him for years: "I didn't hit balls that far when I was 18, and I still can't right now at 38," Gonzalez said. "As a veteran, you kind of blow it off when you hear about (a hyped young hitter). It's pretty eye-opening watching him swing the bat. The first thing you think of is, 'No way he's 18 years old.' "

Majors | #2006#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Indians Organization Report

Jim Ingraham -Premium Content

Jeremy Guthrie is considered by many to be the most disappointing first-round pick by the Indians in recent years. However, general manager Mark Shapiro says he does not yet consider Guthrie a disappointment. Shapiro still holds out hope that the former Stanford All-American righthander will one day be a contributing member of the Indians pitching staff.

Majors | #2006#Cleveland Indians#Organization Reports

Korean victory keeps Team USA alive

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by Jim McLauchlinMarch 15, 2006 ANAHEIM–Japan controlled its own destiny. But just like every other team in the World Baseball Classic, it couldn’t control Korea. Korea continued its surprising dominance […]

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Trading Mulder, Hudson Shows Guts

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Billy Beane had to make his most challenging decisions as a general manager this offseason. He still had the rotation nucleus that has allowed the Athletics to be a factor in the American League West despite one of the lower payrolls in baseball. However, he also had to deal with reality. He dealt Tim Hudson to Atlanta and Mark Mulder to St. Louis, receiving a package of prospects in both deals.

Majors | #2005#Column

Pros Took Big Bite Out Of Clemson’s Banner Class

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If baseball was like football, and players were required to spend three years in college before becoming draft-eligible, Clemson wouldn't rank sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 36th overall in our College Preview. The Tigers also wouldn't be shut out on our preseason All-America teams. Here's what our first team would look like.

Minors | #2005#Column

NL Talent Found Beyond The Top 10s

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Here's an all-star team of National League prospects who couldn't quite make the Top 10 cut. Last year's version of this column included five players who graduated to Top 10 status this time around: Rockies third baseman Jeff Baker, Cubs outfielder Jason Dubois, Braves outfielder Kelly Johnson, Tigers first baseman/catcher Chris Shelton and Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder.

Minors | #2005#Column

Top 100 Offers More Evidence In Talent Debate

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The prevailing wisdom these days is that college players are a better investment than high schoolers. The number of prepsters taken in the first 10 rounds of the draft is rapidly shrinking, from 46 percent of the picks in 2000 to 39 percent in 2002 to 30 percent (believed to be an all-time low) last year. At the same time, however, high school players dominate the top of our Top 100 Prospects list. They claim 14 of the first 20 spots, compared to three each for college and international signees. A year ago, the prep influence was more pronounced, as the top 20 included 18 high schoolers versus one collegian and one foreigner.

Minors | #2005#Column