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Freitas Award: Short-Season

Matt Eddy -

In their five seasons in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, the Greeneville Astros have consistently provided a high-quality product while annually leading the league in attendance, two key reasons why they are the 2008 short-season winners of the Freitas Award.

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Frisco Won With Prospects

Kary Booher -

At the Texas League all-star game in late June, shortstop Elvis Andrus seemed not far from becoming a one-man army at Double-A Frisco. The first half of the season had been full of stars and then promotions for the Rangers affiliate. One by one prospects advanced on to Triple-A Oklahoma, some on to the major leagues: Catcher Taylor Teagarden and outfielder John Mayberry departed in April. Within a three-week span just ahead of the all-star game, lefthander Matt Harrison, first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Max Ramirez followed suit.

Minors | #2008#Awards#Team Of The Year

Turning Over A New Lee-f

Stephanie Storm -Premium Content

Cliff Lee had his mind set. He was not going back to the minor leagues. "I absolutely have no desire to pitch in Buffalo ever again,'' the Cleveland Indians lefthander defiantly said in spring training as the 2008 season got under way, promptly drawing the line in the sand. He was a new Lee, and this was a new season.

Majors | #2008#Awards#Player Of The Year

Minor League All-Star Team

Matt Eddy -

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters headlines our annual team of top prospect performers by position. League MVPs Logan Morrison (Florida State) and Kila Ka'aihue (Texas) also check in, as does South Atlantic League pitcher of the year and minor league ERA champion Madison Bumgarner.

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Martin Two-Way Ability Earns Top Honor

Nathan Rode -

Ethan Martin started a March game as just another high school prospect who splits his time between the mound and a position. Lots of prospects do it, but most are firmly planted one way or the other by the time they reach their senior seasons. Martin was considered a third baseman who had plus bat speed with plus power potential, but some evaluators also liked him on the mound. By the end of that night, he was clearly a pitching prospect, and on his way to becoming the 2008 High School Player of the Year.<br/>

High School | #2008#Awards#Player Of The Year