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Fall Forward

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

Fresh from Georgia as a 2008 first-round pick, Gordon Beckham used the Arizona Fall League as a springboard to jump to the big leagues in his first full season as a pro. Jordan Danks also joined the White Sox in the 2008 draft, and is hoping to duplicate Beckham's path to U.S. Cellular Field.

Majors | #2009#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

D’backs’ Augenstein Learned Valuable Lessons Last Season

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

Righthander Bryan Augenstein was about as dominant as a starting pitcher can be during his two stops at Double-A Mobile last season, the first of which earned him his initial trip to the majors in mid-May as a rotation fill-in. Augenstein believes the lessons he learned can only help, and his work in the Arizona Fall League stated his case nicely.

Majors | #2009#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Lefthander Hyde Aims To Pitch In Atlanta Again

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Lee Hyde is an Atlanta kind of guy. After growing up just south of the city, in Fayetteville, Ga., Hyde spent three years at Georgia Tech before getting drafted by the Braves in the fourth round in 2006. Despite encountering a road block in the form of Tommy John surgery midway through his first four seasons in the organization, the lefthanded reliever could be a candidate for the big league bullpen in 2010.

Majors | #2009#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

BA Book Reviews

James Bailey -

James Bailey reviews dueling Alexander Cartwright biographies, which rekindle a historic debate. Jay Martin and Monica Nucciarone offer differing views of Cartwright's contributions.

Majors | #2009#Book Guide

Many Faces Of Mitchell

Doug Padilla -Premium Content

The chameleon of the Dodgers' minor league system can revamp his swing at midseason and go from corner to middle-infield spots in a flash. Russ Mitchell isn't going to wow people with his speed, but that's about the only limit to his versatility. Capable of being an electric power hitter, Mitchell went into energy-conservation mode in the second half of the 2009 season at Double-A Chattanooga and proceeded to get his development back on track.

Majors | #2009#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Mier Gets Much-Deserved Downtime

Zachary Levine -Premium Content

A year of firsts for shortstop Jiovanni Mier ended with his first time as a professional baseball player just kicking back in Southern California. Of course the offseason is not all play for Mier, the 21st overall pick in the 2009 draft. He'll spend the winter getting his body in shape after a taxing first season. He did not have prolonged negotiations like many of his fellow first-rounders, so he played nearly the whole season for Rookie-level Greeneville.

Majors | #2009#Houston Astros#Organization Reports