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Lot To Prove

Austin Maloney -Premium Content

This wasn't where Lonnie Chisenhall was supposed to be. The top college freshman in the country wasn't supposed to be playing summer games on dusty ballfields in eastern North Carolina. Chisenhall wasn't supposed to be playing against Brunswick County's American Legion team, let alone pitching against them.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Short-Season

Sweet 16

Austin Maloney -Premium Content

Most baseball players Wilmer Flores' age are enjoying summer ball after their high school seasons, hoping to be seen by a college coach or a pro scout while they worry about facing the pitcher from the next town over. Flores, on the other hand, is getting used to a new culture, facing pitchers who in most cases are several years older than him, and starting his professional career.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Short-Season

Long Layoff

Walter Villa -Premium Content

In 2005, shortstop Cale Iorg made a decision most people wouldn't even consider. Iorg, rated at the time as a potential high-round draft pick after a solid freshman season at the University of Alabama, chose to leave school, stop playing baseball and do a two-year church mission in Lisbon, Portugal. Did Iorg, the son of former big leaguer Garth Iorg, worry that 24 months away from the game would derail his own big league dreams?

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#High Class A

Young Slugger Burgess Powers Way Through SAL

David Driver -Premium Content

Michael Burgess began playing tee-ball, at the urging of his grandfather, in his native Tampa when he was about five. He grew up watching games at nearby Hillsborough High, a school that has produced major leaguers such as Dwight Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Elijah Dukes. And now the barrel-chested Burgess, 19, is trying to join Dukes as the Nationals' second Hillsborough alumnus.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Braves’ Young Duo Shakes Up Sally League

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Hitting third and fourth in the lineup, 18-year-olds Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman appear to be twin sons of different mothers. Two of the youngest players selected in the 2007 draft, taken in the first and second rounds, respectively, the left-handed hitters, both residing in the 6-foot-5, 220-pound range, hail from opposite sides of the country, yet have teamed to not only shake up opposing pitchers on the field, but have become virtually inseparable away from the diamond.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A