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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

Strong Start

David Hall -Premium Content

Matt Wieters may be starting his pro career at high Class A Frederick, but he's already closer to Baltimore than it may seem. The Orioles' top prospect planned to share an apartment with fellow highly-regarded farmhands Brandon Erbe, Jake Arrieta and Brandon Snyder in Columbia, Md., which is closer to Double-A Bowie and the parent club than it is to the home of the Keys.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#High Class A