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Orioles Organization Report

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Some teams hope to catch lightning in a bottle when they sign a minor league free agent. The Orioles would settle for a prospect in their farm system. Luis Montanez, the third overall pick by the Cubs in the 2000 draft, signed with the Orioles, leaving the only organization he's known for a better chance to play in the majors.

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Orioles Organization Report

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While eating dinner recently with the scout who signed him, Bill Rowell expressed concern that the Orioles no longer would envision him as a No. 3 or 4 hitter if he didn't start producing more home runs. The advice he received from longtime Orioles area scout Dean Albany was simple and to the point: "Just keep doing what you're doing. You don't have to change a thing."

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Orioles Organization Report

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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