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Young Slugger Burgess Powers Way Through SAL

David Driver -Premium Content

Michael Burgess began playing tee-ball, at the urging of his grandfather, in his native Tampa when he was about five. He grew up watching games at nearby Hillsborough High, a school that has produced major leaguers such as Dwight Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Elijah Dukes. And now the barrel-chested Burgess, 19, is trying to join Dukes as the Nationals' second Hillsborough alumnus.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Braves’ Young Duo Shakes Up Sally League

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Hitting third and fourth in the lineup, 18-year-olds Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman appear to be twin sons of different mothers. Two of the youngest players selected in the 2007 draft, taken in the first and second rounds, respectively, the left-handed hitters, both residing in the 6-foot-5, 220-pound range, hail from opposite sides of the country, yet have teamed to not only shake up opposing pitchers on the field, but have become virtually inseparable away from the diamond.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Montero And Romine Team-Up Behind The Plate

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

The Yankees realized when they signed Jorge Posada to a new four-year contract over the winter that the veteran would not be behind the plate during the latter portion of the deal. A strained right shoulder that placed Posada on the disabled list in late April for the first time in his career may lead to off-season surgery and a sooner-than-expected move from catcher, yet Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is content with the state of the receiving in the organization, particularly at low Class A Charleston.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Waring Them Out

Marc Katz -Premium Content

Ten days into the new season, Dayton Dragons teammates Todd Frazier and Brandon Waring were not just hitting opponents, they were clobbering them. Frazier, the shortstop out of Rutgers in his home state of New Jersey, failed to get a hit in one official at-bat in the opener, then connected in eight straight games to lift his batting average to .394. At one point, he was hitting .476.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Special K’s

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Doug Linton is obviously a mentor who wants his hurlers to aim high. That was obvious during the first two weeks of April when the Asheville pitching coach compared Jhoulys Chacin to a fellow countryman who currently twirls his home games at Shea Stadium. "He's a righthanded Santana," Linton said.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Young Ones

Chris Solari -Premium Content

Clayton McCullough, at 28 years old, is one of the youngest managers in baseball. Fittingly, the Blue Jays handed McCullough the youngest roster in the Midwest League for his first full-season managerial job. It also happens to be one of the league's most talented, boasting nine of Toronto's top 30 prospects and eight of the team's top 12 picks from the 2007 draft.

Minors | #2008#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Low Class A Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

Baseball's version of Mutt and Jeff can be found most afternoons at McCormick Field. At age 49, the 5-foot-7, 150-pound Houston Jimenez performs his daily routine of breaking down the nuances of the shortstop position to his star pupil, Hector Gomez. Only 19, the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Gomez listens attentively while towering over his mentor.

Minors | #2007#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Low Class A Report

Thom Henninger -Premium Content

While most teams strive to field a successful lefty-righty combination at the top of the rotation, few clubs turn out such a pairing on the same day. The Swing of the Quad Cities have such a tandem in lefthander Brad Furnish and righthander Tyler Herron—the Cardinals prospects have pitched on the same day throughout the first three months of the season.

Minors | #2007#Classification Reports#Low Class A

Low Class A Report

Thom Henninger -Premium Content

Hank Conger bypassed Southern California and the Pacific-10 Conference experience when he signed with the Angels out of high school a year ago. The Huntington Beach native couldn't turn down his hometown team, but finds he's still facing college pitching in his first full pro season with low Class A Cedar Rapids.

Minors | #2007#Classification Reports#Low Class A