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BALTIMORE—Maybe it's the natural development of a young pitcher's body, or maybe it's the extra innings he's thrown. Whatever the reason, Ryan Keefer's velocity increased from the upper 80s to the mid-90s during the 2005 season. When your velocity goes up, so does your stock. Keefer went 7-3, 3.20 in 84 innings at Double-A Bowie last year. Moved into a set-up role, he posted a 0.42 ERA over a 13-game span. In his last nine outings covering 11 innings, Keefer permitted only one earned run.

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BALTIMORE—Once touted as the top power-hitting prospect in the Orioles' organization, Walter Young was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for newly signed free agent Kevin Millar. He was claimed off waivers by the Padres. Young, believed to be the heaviest player in major league history at his listed weight of 322 pounds, showed tremendous promise at Double-A Bowie in 2004, hitting 33 home runs. But his power declined last year in the International League, where he hit .288-13-81 in 466 at-bats at Triple-A Ottawa.

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BALTIMORE—With his 25th birthday approaching, Jason Fransz will need to quicken the pace if he's going to move through the Orioles' farm system after spending last season at low Class A Delmarva. To his credit, he is trying his best. Fransz hit .308-22-111 in 2005 and led the South Atlantic League in RBIs and the Shorebirds in home runs and doubles.

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he Orioles gave a full critique of their minor league system prior to the winter meetings and decided that minimal changes were necessary. The managers from their top five affiliates will return in 2006, though the organization still hasn't named the two coaches at Class A Frederick. Dave Trembley remains as manager at Triple-A Ottawa, Don Werner at Double-A Bowie, Bien Figueroa at Frederick, Gary Kendall at Class A Delmarva and Andy Etchebarren at Class A short season Aberdeen.

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FORT LAUDERDALE—The reputation that Brandon Fahey carries as a solid defensive middle infielder has changed in spring training. And not because he's regressed on defense. The 25-year-old still makes all the plays at shortstop and second base, but now he's driving the ball to all fields and demonstrating offensive skills that aren't usually found in his scouting reports.

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