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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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AL East Organization Reports

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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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Cardinals Organization Report

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JUPITER, Fla.—If the guys who had spent some of last season with Triple-A Memphis seemed unstirred by the diving, lunging, sprinting, sprawling catches Skip Schumaker made during spring training games, forgive them. They've seen them all before. Capable of playing all three outfield positions, Schumaker has his eyes set on another one—the fourth spot in the Cardinals' outfield. He knows his talent formula of good speed, trustworthy glove and sparse pop equals a route to the majors via its bench, where he saw time in 2005.

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Cubs Organization Report

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MESA, Ariz.—With Derrek Lee at the World Baseball Classic, two first-base prospects made powerful impressions in spring training. Brandon Sing hit a pair of home runs in his first Cactus League start, while Brian Dopirak added two homers in a three-game stretch. Neither was expected to make the big league club out of spring training, but their hot starts could be big down the line if the Cubs are looking for help during the 2006 season.

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Red Sox Organization Report

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FORT MYERS, Fla.—Jermaine Van Buren has experienced just about every emotion a baseball player can go through. He was a second-round pick with the Rockies in 1998, got released five years later, and then kept his career going by pitching in independent ball. The Cubs brought him back to Organized Baseball as a closer and his career took off again, and Chicago dealt their 2005 Triple-A pitcher of the year to the Red Sox in December.

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Orioles Organization Report

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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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Braves Organization Report

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ORLANDO—Chances are the low Class A Rome outfield, not to mention the entire roster, will be formidable in 2006. Yet there's no question the loss of Jon Mark Owings to a broken jaw in spring training could limit the club's power potential early in the season. Owings' injury occurred when the right fielder collided with center fielder Ovandy Suero. Suero had a concussion but was not expected to miss more than a few days of spring training, while Owings was expected to miss four to eight weeks.

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Diamondbacks Organization Report

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TUCSON—Luis Gonzalez got a long look at Justin Upton early in the Diamondbacks' spring training camp, when both spent several days in the same hitting group. Gonzalez' report sounded just like those of the scouts that have watched him for years: "I didn't hit balls that far when I was 18, and I still can't right now at 38," Gonzalez said. "As a veteran, you kind of blow it off when you hear about (a hyped young hitter). It's pretty eye-opening watching him swing the bat. The first thing you think of is, 'No way he's 18 years old.' "

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