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Wood Earns Quick Hook

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

Brandon Wood, one of the Angels' top prospects and a candidate to start in their infield next season, should be ready for competition in spring training after finding out just how unforgiving winter ball can be. Wood, 23, hit just .167/.259/.250 for Estrellas in the Dominican League, with one home run and 16 strikeouts (against six walks) in 48 at-bats. The club sent him home after 13 games, when he managed just one hit in his final 13 at-bats.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Angels#Organization Reports

This Russell Doesn’t Catch

Tony Jackson -Premium Content

Russell Mitchell isn't converting from a corner infielder to a catcher the way another Russell M. did for the Dodgers a few years ago, even if Mitchell was listed that way on the official roster of the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. Turns out that was merely a creative way to get Mitchell onto the club, because the Dodgers had a catcher slot availble to them on the Surprise roster.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Alonso Accelerates

John Fay -Premium Content

When the Reds signed Yonder Alonso to a $4.55 million big league contract out of the 2008 draft, the company line was that he could be in the majors by 2010. Alonso's performance in Hawaii Winter Baseball showed that may not be wishful thinking. He hit .308/.419/.510 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in 29 games for the league champion Waikiki BeachBoys and made the postseason all-star team at first base.

Majors | #2008#Cincinnati Reds#Organization Reports

Family Matters

Stephanie Storm -Premium Content

Beau knows baseball. That's what the Indians were banking on when they drafted Beau Mills from Lewis-Clark (Idaho) State with the 13th overall pick in the 2007 draft. When the Indians perused the list of players available with that pick, they were searching for as close to a sure thing as they could find with the one selection they had over the first three rounds in 2007.

Majors | #2008#Cleveland Indians#Organization Reports

Bringing His Toolbox

Jack Etkin -Premium Content

In outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies obtained a potential five-tool player, albeit one climbing the steepest portion of the major league learning curve. Gonzalez, 23, was the key player in the deal that sent outfielder Matt Holliday to the Athletics and brought reliever Huston Street and lefthander Greg Smith to Colorado.

Majors | #2008#Colorado Rockies#Organization Reports

Safe At Second

Larry Millson -Premium Content

Brad Emaus thrust himself into the organization's top group of prospects with a solid season at high Class A Dunedin and then added a flourish in Hawaii Winter Baseball with the Honolulu Sharks. After the Hawaiian encore, he'll have the rest of the offseason to prepare for a likely assignment in 2009 to Double-A New Hampshire.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

Moore, Moore, Moore

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

Baseball America's recent list of the Rays' top prospects included the usual suspects. Shortstops Tim Beckham and Reid Brignac and outfielder Desmond Jennings headlined the group of position players while David Price, Wade Davis, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann and (recovering from surgery) Jake McGee highlighted the list of pitchers. And in the middle of all of them, ranked sixth, was Matt Moore. Matt Moore?

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Rays

Change Of Scenery

Evan Grant -Premium Content

As the deadline drew near for setting 40-man rosters, the Rangers and Phillies decided to swap disappointing first-round picks. Texas sent outfielder John Mayberry Jr., the 19th overall pick in 2005 who has underwhelmed as a power hitter, to the Phillies. In return, the Rangers got speedy but strikeout-prone center fielder Greg Golson. Golson, 23, was the 21st pick in the 2004 draft.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Braves Land Vazquez

Matt Eddy -

The White Sox finally dealt righthander Javier Vazquez and lefty reliever Boone Logan to the Braves for a package of four prospects: catcher Tyler Flowers, shortstop Brent Lillibridge, third baseman Jon Gilmore and lefthander Santos Rodriguez.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Built To Last

Marc Topkin -

The flashy rings, the William Harridge trophy and the American League championship banner they will raise on April 13 are all tangible residuals of the Rays' stunning 2008 success. But there was so much more to their remarkable season, which included their first winning record, maiden playoff appearance, a trip to the World Series, a haul of major postseason awards and—to cap it all—Baseball America's Organization of the Year award.

Majors | #2008#Awards#Organization Of The Year

What A Legacy

Bill Ballew -

The year 1948 had its fair share of signings.<br/><br/>President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan and later instituted the second peacetime military draft in United States history. Israel signed its declaration of independence. And perhaps slightly overlooked was the White Sox's signing of 17-year-old righthander Bill Fischer one day after he impressed Hall of Famer Red Ruffing during a tryout camp in Wisconsin Rapids.

Majors | #2008#Awards#Roland Hemond Award

Setting Up Success

Alex Speier -

In six years under general manager Theo Epstein, the Red Sox have enjoyed more on-field success than any team in baseball. Boston has been to the playoffs five times, winning two championships and coming just one win short of reaching two additional World Series. During that time, the primary goal of the Red Sox has been, in Epstein's words, "to build a healthy foundation that could put us in position to have sustained success." By all indications, the Sox have done precisely that.

Majors | #2008#Awards#Executive Of The Year