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A Made Guy

Tony Jackson -Premium Content

Cory Wade didn't know what to expect going into the winter. He was sure he had done all he could possibly do last summer, going a combined 7-1, 2.09 in 39 relief appearances and a couple of spot starts between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Jacksonville. But a lot of Dodgers minor league pitchers had put up strong enough seasons to warrant being protected on the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Mashing In Mexico

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

Throughout the minor league system, the word quickly spread. If you produce, there is a good chance you will be in Chicago. Former Fresno State standout Casey McGehee is itching for that chance. The 25-year-old has spent five seasons in the minors without a callup and is crossing his fingers this will be the year.

Majors | #2008#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Emergency Plan

Derrick Goold -Premium Content

The Cardinals hustled and hunted for ways to patch a ruptured major league rotation, and it was all because they didn't have a straight answer for a simple question: Who was their first man up from the minors? The Cardinals will leave spring training this year with a clear answer who their starters-in-waiting are, the Triple-A pitchers set to get the call when an arm is needed. The list starts with Mike Parisi.<br/>

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals

Newly Armed For Battle

Tom Haudricourt -Premium Content

No player wants to move backward in an organization's pecking order. That's what happened to lefthander Zach Jackson in 2007, and he didn't like it much. He had taken a step forward the previous season with his first exposure to the big leagues, going 2-2, 5.40 in eight outings that helped stabilize an injury-riddled rotation.

Majors | #2008#Milwaukee Brewers#Organization Reports

Face Of Franchise In Flux

Casey Tefertiller -Premium Content

When the Athletics decided to change the face of their organization, one new face was certain to draw much attention. Carlos Gonzalez was the most prominent player acquired from the Diamondbacks in the deal that sent ace Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks. The A's hope the multi-tooled Venezuelan outfielder will soon emerge as a middle-of-the-order hitter, able to hit for both power and average.

Majors | #2008#Oakland Athletics#Organization Reports

Dropping Down

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

The unusual sidearm delivery of righthander Sammy Gervacio made him stand out during the first few weeks of spring training. No matter which pitcher was sharing a bullpen mound with the 23-year-old Dominican, Gervacio usually garnered the most attention from fans and curious media.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports