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Diamondbacks Organization Report

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Cyle Hankerd (pronounced like Kyle) swung the biggest bat in the Northwest League this season, earning league MVP honors after hitting .384/.424/.519 with short-season Yakima. He was rewarded with a late-season promotion to high Class A Lancaster. Hankerd finished 41 points ahead of runner-up Chad Huffman in the NWL batting race, after batting .383 with 10 home runs and 15 doubles in 58 games at Southern California this year.

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Diamondbacks Organization Report

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

The Diamondbacks believed Carlos Quentin was major league-ready after watching him in spring training, but there simply was no room for him in a crowded, veteran outfield. Quentin validated the organization's judgment—and challenged major league history—when he made his first trip to the big leagues after coming up from Triple-A Tucson to replace injured veteran Tony Clark.

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NL West Organization Reports

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PHOENIX—Bill Murphy kept Team USA perfect in the regional qualifying event for the 2006 Olympic Games in Phoenix in mid-November, although he was perfectly miserable doing it. The 24-year-old lefthander allowed a lone run over six innings for the victory in a 5-2 decision over Canada to cap Team USA's five-game winning streak in the qualifier despite learning the night before that he had been taken off the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster prior to the winter meetings.

Majors | #2006#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports