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Lefthander Hyde Aims To Pitch In Atlanta Again

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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.

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Dimasther Delgado Has Established Himself As One Of The Braves Best Young Arms

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The 2009 season was not unlike other South Atlantic League campaigns for low Class A Rome. Featuring one of the youngest rosters in the league, the R-Braves fielded a prospect-laden pitching staff. While righthanders Zeke Spruill and Randall Delgado lived up to expectations, a less-heralded pitcher established himself as one of the better arms in the organization as well.

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Native Son

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Two things have defined the Braves' 10 drafts since Roy Clark became Atlanta's scouting director. He has followed Paul Snyder's preference for selecting young pitchers, and he's particularly fond of picking players who hail from the state of Georgia. Zeke Spruill fit that description on both counts.

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Locked In

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Growing up in New Hampshire, Jeff Locke had little choice but to follow the Red Sox. Ironically, the lefthander may have had his coming-out party against the team's high Class A Salem affiliate, a feat that included taking no-hitters into the seventh inning in back-to-back starts.

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Coming Full Circle

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The future became the present over the course of spring training for the Braves' center field situation. After Gregor Blanco spent most of 2008 in the middle garden in and Josh Anderson appeared to have an inside edge during the early days of camp, rookie Jordan Schafer put together his second straight memorable March to emerge the victor.

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Pushing It

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No one was generating a greater buzz throughout the Disney complex than first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Jason Heyward. Despite being invited to camp to simply get their feet wet in a big league environment, the hard-hitting 20-year-olds were attracting raves from coaches and players alike.

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