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Tigers Organization Report

Chris Kline -Premium Content

The Tigers sent seven players to the Arizona Fall League this season, but the two creating the most buzz were pitchers. Righthanders Jordan Tata and Virgil Vasquez performed well in the AFL, both keeping their ERAs below 4.00 in the hitter-friendly league. Tata, a 2003 16th-round pick out of Sam Houston State, was the most impressive, flashing three quality pitches led by his 90-93 mph sinker and his cut fastball, which topped out at 94.

Majors | #2006#Detroit Tigers#Organization Reports

Rockies Organization Report

Jack Etkin -Premium Content

he Rockies stayed within the organization to fill their coaching vacancies when Alan Cockrell and Glenallen Hill were promoted to the big leagues. Cockrell was hired as hitting coach and Hill as first-base coach, a job that also entails outfield and baserunning instruction. Hill began last season, his third in the organization, as hitting coach at high Class A Modesto. But when Modesto manager Chad Kreuter resigned in early June to become coach at Southern California, Hill, who played 13 years in the big leagues, managed the Nuts for the final three months of the season.

Majors | #2006#Colorado Rockies#Organization Reports

White Sox Organization Report

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

Left field no longer appears to be a way to get Josh Fields onto a White Sox roster that includes Joe Crede. That was the conclusion of manager Ozzie Guillen after Fields' work in winter ball ended early. He returned from the Venezuelan League, along with outfielders Brian Anderson and Ryan Sweeney, lefthander Heath Phillips and righthander Sean Tracey, after Razor Shines was dismissed as manager of La Guaira there.

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Red Sox Organization Report

John Tomase -Premium Content

Few numbers get a pitcher noticed quite like 100. Suffice it to say Red Sox first-round pick Daniel Bard has gotten noticed. Bard, 21, hasn't technically thrown an inning for the organization yet, signing too late in August to join an affiliate. But his work in instructional league was eye opening, particularly for those who hold radar guns.

Majors | #2006#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Orioles Organization Report

Roch Kubatko -Premium Content

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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Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

An early trip home due to an injury is usually a cause for disappointment. That was anything but the case this fall with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Braves decided the switch-hitting catcher's encore in the Arizona Fall League had come to an end after Saltalamacchia strained his groin and hamstring. Atlanta officials opted to send him home to Florida, especially since he had accomplished everything the organization hoped he would.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports