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Phillies Organization Report

Jim Salisbury -Premium Content

For nine seasons, Brian Mazone has been bouncing around the minor and independent leagues, dreaming of reaching the majors. The 30-year-old lefthander wanted to get to there so badly that he turned down a substantial amount of money from a Korean team this summer because he was pitching well for the Phillies' triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club and he believed that, finally, this might be the year.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Philadelphia Phillies

Blue Jays Organization Report

Larry Millson -Premium Content

Second baseman Ryan Roberts got his first major league and home run out of the way with one swing of the bat on Aug. 3 at Yankee Stadium against Cory Lidle. The home run in his fourth major league at-bat made him the seventh player in franchise history whose first big league hit was a home run and the first position player since Junior Felix in 1989.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

Mariners Organization Report

Scott Hanson -Premium Content

Bryan LaHair never worried about being a 39th-round draft pick. He figured once he signed with the Mariners, he would get ample opportunity to show them what he could do. The first baseman got that chance and has emerged as one of the top hitters in the organization. LaHair was hitting .327/.393/.525 with Triple-A Tacoma with 10 homers in 202 at-bats since earning a promotion from Double-A San Antonio in June.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

Giants Organization Report

Andy Baggarly -Premium Content

The Giants more than made a splash in the international market. They did a full cannonball. They signed 16-year-old Dominican infielder Angel Villalona to a contract that includes a $2.1 million signing bonus—the largest the franchise has ever offered to an amateur. It even exceeds the $2.025 million the Giants gave to righthander Tim Lincecum, the 10th overall pick in June.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#San Francisco Giants