Braves Organization Report
The offseason is taking shape.
The offseason is taking shape.
Lefthander Dana Eveland had some stunning numbers at Triple-A Nashville, and his acquisition could give the Diamondbacks another piece of their future.
Outfielder Francisco Plasencia was continuing to work on his game in the Venezuelan League, though his playing time was limited by veteran teammates.
Righthander Kyle Yates' Arizona Fall League stint far exceeded expectations he had set this season at high Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire, where he went 8-9, 3.44 in 141 innings.
The Rangers added righthander Alexi Ogando to their 40-man roster, even though he has been a pitcher for only one season and has not been able to enter the U.S. for two years because of a visa scandal.
Outfielder Elijah Dukes has made a concerted effort in the offseason to get his anger under control and his act together, and the Rays are considering him for a 2007 big league role.
Lefthander Ryan Rowland-Smith looks forward to the offseason and returning to his native Australia, but he was more than happy to postpone going back home when the Mariners asked him to play in the Arizona Fall League.
Second baseman Kevin Frandsen's best skill is his ability to handle the bat, but he wasn't taking enough pitches or drawing enough walks, and his on-base percentage suffered.
The Padres are counting on recently-acquired third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to fill two holes—righthanded power and third base—after hitting .379/.437/.656 at Double-A and Triple-A for the Indians.
It's hard to imagine any player logged more minor league mileage than shortstop Brendan Ryan did in 2006. He never stayed with a team for more than 10 games before arriving in the Arizona Fall League.
Righthander Jonah Bayliss couldn't be happier that he is closing games this winter in the Venezuelan League after holding the same job for most of the summer with Triple-A Indianapolis.
The Phillies went into the offseason with several needs at the big league level, but they saw enough from Carlos Ruiz to scratch "starting catcher" off their list.
Despite Larry Cobb's big junior season at College of Charleston, scouts still saw a skinny 5-foot-7 kid lacking abundant tools, but those perceptions may change after he was named team MVP at short-season Vancouver.
The more Brian Cashman looked, the more he realized the three righthanders offered by the Tigers—Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett—were the best value for his disgruntled slugger.
Brandon Nall envisioned himself as Louisiana State's closer when he arrived in Baton Rouge in 2003. Three years later, he had logged just 32 innings, and signed as a nondrafted free agent with the Mets.
Lefthander Errol Simonitsch is optimistic about 2007 despite leading the Eastern League in losses after working on his mechanics in the Arizona Fall League.
Righthander Steve Bray, a minor league Rule 5 pick in 2006, went 5-4, 2.70 in 29 appearances with Double-A Huntsville and struck out 57 and walked just two in 63 innings.
Third baseman Joshua Bell is years away from being ready for the big leagues. But if his performance at Rookie-level Ogden in 2006 is any indication, it might not be that many years.
Terry Evans can't really explain everything about why he's turned his career around.
John Mizerock is back managing. Mizerock, who was Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year in 1999 after taking Double-A Wichita to the Texas League title, will manage the Royals' high Class A Wilmington affiliate in 2007.