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Many Faces Of Mitchell

Doug Padilla -Premium Content

The chameleon of the Dodgers' minor league system can revamp his swing at midseason and go from corner to middle-infield spots in a flash. Russ Mitchell isn't going to wow people with his speed, but that's about the only limit to his versatility. Capable of being an electric power hitter, Mitchell went into energy-conservation mode in the second half of the 2009 season at Double-A Chattanooga and proceeded to get his development back on track.

Majors | #2009#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Mier Gets Much-Deserved Downtime

Zachary Levine -Premium Content

A year of firsts for shortstop Jiovanni Mier ended with his first time as a professional baseball player just kicking back in Southern California. Of course the offseason is not all play for Mier, the 21st overall pick in the 2009 draft. He'll spend the winter getting his body in shape after a taxing first season. He did not have prolonged negotiations like many of his fellow first-rounders, so he played nearly the whole season for Rookie-level Greeneville.

Majors | #2009#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Difficult Debut

John Wagner -Premium Content

Andrew Oliver may never forget his professional debut—no matter how much he'd like to. Oliver, the lefthander from Oklahoma State taken by the Tigers in the second round of this year's draft, began his career in the Arizona Fall League. Oliver's college experience, plus his fine performance with Team USA in the summer of 2008, suggested he could handle a stint in the AFL.

Majors | #2009#Detroit Tigers#Organization Reports