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Angels Could See More Of Maronde

Bill Plunkett -Premium Content

A third-round pick in the 2011 draft, lefthander Nick Maronde made a fast rise through the Angels system this year. The 23-year-old started the year in high Class A, even went backward to the Rookie-level Arizona League after a lat muscle injury, but finished it with the Angels as a September callup being used as a situational reliever in crucial games by manager Mike Scioscia.

Majors | #2012#Los Angeles Angels#Organization Reports

The Case For Posey As BA Player Of The Year

Matt Eddy -

Angels center fielder Mike Trout wowed the baseball world with an all-around rookie season the likes of which we may never see again. He was overqualified for the Baseball America Rookie of the Year award, which he won in a unanimous vote. Trout also won the BA Major League Player of the Year award, though in that case other players received first-place recognition in the balloting. Chief among the other vote-getters were Giants catcher Buster Posey and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs won the American League's triple crown, the first in 45 years. And while Cabrera has gotten his share of attention in postseason debates, less attention has been paid to how good a season Posey had.

Majors | #2012#Awards#Player Of The Year

Seth Blair Bounces Back For Cards

Derrick Goold -Premium Content

The scar on the middle finger of Seth Blair's pitching hand is less than an inch long, which is hardly representative of the length of time it cost him.<br/>Poised to spend the season reasserting his place in an organization suddenly crowded with starting pitchers like him, Blair was less than 20 pitches into his first bullpen session of the regular season when he felt a lightning strike of pain in his finger. When he tried to play catch the next day, just gripping the ball was "excruciating." Sent by the team for scans and exams of the finger, Blair was astonished by the reason he couldn't make a pitch.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals