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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

Castro Reaffirms Astros’ Faith In First Pro Season

Zachary Levine -Premium Content

In the Astros' first draft with Ed Wade as general manager and Bobby Heck as scouting director, the organization used the 10th overall selection on Jason Castro, a catcher out of Stanford. They left the more expensive pick, slugger Justin Smoak, on the board, to the dismay of many Houstonians.<br/><br/>And while Smoak has worked his way up to Triple-A in the Rangers' organization, Castro is making Wade's and Heck's first addition to a depleted system look like a solid one.<br/>

Minors | #2009#Classification Reports#Double-A