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Orioles Organization Report

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Some teams hope to catch lightning in a bottle when they sign a minor league free agent. The Orioles would settle for a prospect in their farm system. Luis Montanez, the third overall pick by the Cubs in the 2000 draft, signed with the Orioles, leaving the only organization he's known for a better chance to play in the majors.

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Orioles Organization Report

Roch Kubatko -Premium Content

While eating dinner recently with the scout who signed him, Bill Rowell expressed concern that the Orioles no longer would envision him as a No. 3 or 4 hitter if he didn't start producing more home runs. The advice he received from longtime Orioles area scout Dean Albany was simple and to the point: "Just keep doing what you're doing. You don't have to change a thing."

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AL East Organization Reports

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FORT LAUDERDALE—After missing all of 2005, outfielder Val Majewski is back in action. And he is even taking some ground balls at first base. Majewski, a third-round selection in the 2002 draft, is no stranger to the position. It just took a while to get reacquainted. He played there in high school and for two seasons at Rutgers before moving to the outfield.

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AL East Organization Reports

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BALTIMORE—Most batters prefer to stay in one spot in the order, the better to grow comfortable and to understand their role. Rene Aqueron not only did his share of moving around at Rookie-level Bluefield, but he also refused to play favorites. Aqueron, a second baseman and outfielder, hit in all nine spots in the lineup, and he batted over .300 at each position in his pro debut. No wonder he led the Appalachian League in batting, finishing at .405-4-32 in 163 at-bats, and on-base percentage at .468. He also placed third in slugging at .583. There was no way to rattle him.

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