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Fall Forward

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

Fresh from Georgia as a 2008 first-round pick, Gordon Beckham used the Arizona Fall League as a springboard to jump to the big leagues in his first full season as a pro. Jordan Danks also joined the White Sox in the 2008 draft, and is hoping to duplicate Beckham's path to U.S. Cellular Field.

Majors | #2009#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

D’backs’ Augenstein Learned Valuable Lessons Last Season

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

Righthander Bryan Augenstein was about as dominant as a starting pitcher can be during his two stops at Double-A Mobile last season, the first of which earned him his initial trip to the majors in mid-May as a rotation fill-in. Augenstein believes the lessons he learned can only help, and his work in the Arizona Fall League stated his case nicely.

Majors | #2009#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Lefthander Hyde Aims To Pitch In Atlanta Again

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Lee Hyde is an Atlanta kind of guy. After growing up just south of the city, in Fayetteville, Ga., Hyde spent three years at Georgia Tech before getting drafted by the Braves in the fourth round in 2006. Despite encountering a road block in the form of Tommy John surgery midway through his first four seasons in the organization, the lefthanded reliever could be a candidate for the big league bullpen in 2010.

Majors | #2009#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

BA Book Reviews

James Bailey -

James Bailey reviews dueling Alexander Cartwright biographies, which rekindle a historic debate. Jay Martin and Monica Nucciarone offer differing views of Cartwright's contributions.

Majors | #2009#Book Guide

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Should the Rays have drafted Buster Posey over Tim Beckham? Why did Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis rank ahead of Cubs third baseman Josh Vitters on the FSL Top 20, but not get any love on the Mets Top 10? Why were Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee so lightly regarded coming into 2009, and are they for real after surprising rookie seasons?

Minors | #2009#Ask BA