Walter Villa

Long Layoff

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In 2005, shortstop Cale Iorg made a decision most people wouldn't even consider. Iorg, rated at the time as a potential high-round draft pick after a solid freshman season at the University of Alabama, chose to leave school, stop playing baseball and do a two-year church mission in Lisbon, Portugal. Did Iorg, the son of former big leaguer Garth Iorg, worry that 24 months away from the game would derail his own big league dreams?

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#High Class A

Far Yonder Power

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He is from the same high school as Mike Lowell, has been compared to Tino Martinez and worked out for three weeks this past offseason with Alex Rodriguez. He is Cuban native Yonder Alonso, Miami's slugging junior first baseman. Through 30 games, Alonso is hitting .362/.537/.660 with six homers and 29 RBIs, leading the Hurricanes to a 27-3 record and a No. 1 national ranking.

College | #2008#On Campus