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Bill Ballew -Premium Content

There are times when Kala Ka'aihue gives every indication of being the next great power-hitting first baseman at the major league level. And there are other occasions, often early in the season, when the Hawaiian looks like little more than an organizational player stuck in the middle of the minor leagues.

Majors | #2008#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Diamond Gaining Value

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

A year ago, Scott Diamond wondered what he had to do to prove himself to the professional ranks. After twirling three seasons at Binghamton and pitching well in his second stint in the collegiate Coastal Plain League, the lefthander wanted to sign, yet no team called his name during the 2007 draft.

Majors | #2008#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Commanding Attention

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Tommy Hanson has given little reason to doubt his ability on the mound since signing with the Braves in 2006. Yet as promising the 6-foot-6 righthander has been in the past, it pales in comparison to what he has shown during the early stages of the 2008 slate. Impeccable command and improvements with his curveball and changeup now give Hanson three pitches he can throw for strikes, and he has been dominating hitters at high Class A Myrtle Beach.

Majors | #2008#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports