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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pirates Organization Report

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Andrew McCutchen is finishing his first full season of professional baseball on a strong note, proving those four years of home economics classes that he took in high school were really worth the while. McCutchen, the Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2005, received a two-level promotion from low Class A Hickory to Double-A Altoona after hitting .291/.356/.446 in 453 at-bats in the South Atlantic League, including a .382 batting average in his final 12 games.

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Yankees Organization Report

George King -Premium Content

Double-A Trenton manager Bill Masse knows the exact reason Tyler Clippard has tasted success in the second half of the season. "It all goes to Dave Eiland," Masse said of his pitching coach. "He did the same thing with Jeff Karstens." Eiland, a former Yankees pitcher, has stressed understanding the science of pitching at an age when most hurlers believe their talent will carry them through.

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Mets Organization Report

Adam Rubin -Premium Content

The Mets are determined to challenge their core prospects. So team brass decided to promote center fielder Fernando Martinez from the low Class A Hagerstown to high Class A St. Lucie. The 17-year-old made his St. Lucie debut Aug. 4, after hitting .333/.389/.505 in 192 at-bats with Hagerstown.

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Angels Organization Report

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

The Angels have done well developing pitchers, catchers and infielders. They haven't done much with outfielders lately, aside from buying Vladimir Guerrero, and they haven't developed an impact outfielder since producing Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds and Darin Erstad a decade ago. The latest best hope is a kid who has yet to turn 20 or play a full season of pro ball. The Angels cast their eyes toward Rookie-level Orem center fielder Peter Bourjes.

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Marlins Organization Report

Mike Berardino -Premium Content

With four rookies in their starting rotation, the Marlins have taken extra steps to ensure the collective health of those young pitchers. Even when there are off days in the schedule, the Marlins make a point of staying in rotation and not skipping anybody. There was also talk of going to a six-man rotation in the season's final month with veteran Brian Moehler moving back into the mix in order to preserve the young arms.

Majors | #2006#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports