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Sanchez Keeps Leads Safe For Springfield

Kary Booher -Premium Content

In the past few years, the Double-A Springfield Cardinals have hardly had to worry about the ninth inning. Three lock-down closers have gone on to reach the big leagues, some with notable degrees of success.<br/><br/>These days, the job belongs to Eduardo Sanchez, a Venezuelan righthander whose mid-90s fastball and overwhelming curve have positioned him within striking distance and would appear ideal for an eighth-inning set-up role.

Minors | #2010#Classification Reports#Double-A

Wiry Abreu Flies Under The Radar

David Hall -Premium Content

As Abner Abreu uses his effortless, righthanded swing to stroke ball after ball into deep right field during batting practice at Grainger Stadium, Rouglas Odor is taken back in time. Odor, a Kinston Indians infielder in the early 1990s and now the team's hitting coach, sees in Abreu snapshots of a former teammate who went on to become one of baseball's elite hitters. "Manny Ramirez," Odor said. "He reminds me of Manny when he was young."

Minors | #2010#Classification Reports#High Class A