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2005 Best Tools: High Class A
Selected by League Managers
Monday: Low A - Midwest and South Atlantic Leagues
Tuesday: High A - California, Carolina and Florida State Leagues
Wednesday: Double-A - Eastern, Southern and Texas Leagues
Thursday: Triple-A - International and Pacific Coast Leagues
Friday: Major Leagues
Quotes of Note
"He's just going to get better. He's going to get stronger and become a better hitter. When you add his age and the position he plays, he could really be something special."
--San Jose manager Lenn Sakata on Rancho Cucamonga shortstop Brandon Wood
"We just think, 'How in the hell are we going to get this guy out?' You change your game plan for him every series and it still doesn't work. He'll pull the inside pitch, stay inside the ball, and if you pound him away he hits bullets over the third baseman. In this league you've got to make a lot of adjustments because there's eight teams and we see each other a lot. He's very good at making adjustments."
--Winston-Salem manager Chris Cron on Frederick outfielder Nick Markakis
"People try to give him a little static about playing his home games in Vero (Beach), which isn't one of the biggest parks (in the league). But he didn't miss his pitch. When he got a pitch to drive, he hit it consistently, which is what good power hitters do."
--Fort Myers manager Riccardo Ingram on Vero Beach third baseman Andy LaRoche