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Cold Front

Jeffrey Zampanti -Premium Content

The Midwest League sure has its way of humbling young hitters.<br/>Stuck in an 0-for-16 slump with eight strikeouts, Burlington first baseman Eric Hosmer experienced what every hitter is bound to eventually go through in the day-to-day grind of professional baseball.

Minors | #2009#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Untapped Potential

Ian Ruder -Premium Content

At 6-foot-2 and a muscular 205 pounds, Padres center fielder Will Venable looks every bit the prospect he has become over four-plus years in the minors. But the former Princeton two-sport standout didn't realize until recently how far he had come as a baseball player.

Minors | #2009#Classification Reports#Triple-A

Home At Last

Jim Shonerd -Premium Content

Minor league baseball has an inherently transient nature, particularly at its lower levels. From players and coaches to affiliations and the franchises themselves, the only constant is change. No franchise illustrates this trait better than the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the low Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Minors | #2009#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Raben Adjusts To The Pro Game

Austin Maloney and Anthony Tynan -Premium Content

After cruising through his first two seasons at Miami (Fla.), Dennis Raben was a talent that many scouts had eyed. Then Raben showcased his abilities with a wood bat in the Cape Cod League in 2007 and it seemed like he was headed for the first round of the 2008 draft. It was not to be. Raben pulled a muscle in his back and was shelved until March of this year, then hit just .292 with 10 home runs the rest of the way. His first round dreams never materialized.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Short-Season