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Young Gun

Jim Shonerd -Premium Content

Martin Perez spends his down time doing a lot of the same things most 18-year-olds do: talking on the phone, surfing the Internet and the like. But put him on the mound and it quickly becomes apparent that Perez is no ordinary 18-year-old.

Minors | #2009#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Angel Arms

Jeffrey Zampanti -Premium Content

While the Angels forfeited their first-round selection in the 2008 draft, it appears they more than made up for it with their second- and third-round picks. Talented righthanders Tyler Chatwood and Ryan Chaffee are emerging as two of the organization's most intriguing prospects.

Minors | #2009#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Staying Loose

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

To some, seeing Rockies lefthander Christian Friedrich picking up where he left off last year with the low Class A Asheville Tourists was a bit of a surprise. Most college pitchers taken in the first or supplemental first rounds the year before began their first full season in high Class A or even Double-A.

Minors | #2009#Classification Reports#Low Class A

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

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