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Pirates Organization Report

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Andrew McCutchen is finishing his first full season of professional baseball on a strong note, proving those four years of home economics classes that he took in high school were really worth the while. McCutchen, the Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2005, received a two-level promotion from low Class A Hickory to Double-A Altoona after hitting .291/.356/.446 in 453 at-bats in the South Atlantic League, including a .382 batting average in his final 12 games.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates

Yankees Organization Report

George King -Premium Content

Double-A Trenton manager Bill Masse knows the exact reason Tyler Clippard has tasted success in the second half of the season. "It all goes to Dave Eiland," Masse said of his pitching coach. "He did the same thing with Jeff Karstens." Eiland, a former Yankees pitcher, has stressed understanding the science of pitching at an age when most hurlers believe their talent will carry them through.

Majors | #2006#New York Yankees#Organization Reports

Mets Organization Report

Adam Rubin -Premium Content

The Mets are determined to challenge their core prospects. So team brass decided to promote center fielder Fernando Martinez from the low Class A Hagerstown to high Class A St. Lucie. The 17-year-old made his St. Lucie debut Aug. 4, after hitting .333/.389/.505 in 192 at-bats with Hagerstown.

Majors | #2006#New York Mets#Organization Reports

Angels Organization Report

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

The Angels have done well developing pitchers, catchers and infielders. They haven't done much with outfielders lately, aside from buying Vladimir Guerrero, and they haven't developed an impact outfielder since producing Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds and Darin Erstad a decade ago. The latest best hope is a kid who has yet to turn 20 or play a full season of pro ball. The Angels cast their eyes toward Rookie-level Orem center fielder Peter Bourjes.

Majors | #2006#Los Angeles Angels#Organization Reports

Marlins Organization Report

Mike Berardino -Premium Content

With four rookies in their starting rotation, the Marlins have taken extra steps to ensure the collective health of those young pitchers. Even when there are off days in the schedule, the Marlins make a point of staying in rotation and not skipping anybody. There was also talk of going to a six-man rotation in the season's final month with veteran Brian Moehler moving back into the mix in order to preserve the young arms.

Majors | #2006#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

White Sox Organization Report

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

Most observers considered Kyle McCulloch a safe pick when the White Sox took him with the 29th pick overall in this year's draft. He has pitched like one in his transition as a professional. McCulloch, who went 27-11 in his three seasons at Texas, signed for a $1.05 million bonus with the defending World Series champions quickly enough to get a significant workload. He opened at Rookie-level Great Falls before being promoted to the high Class A Carolina League.

Majors | #2006#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

Cubs Organization Report

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

For a kid growing up in Springfield, Ill., and rooting for the Cubs, not much for lefthander Ryan O'Malley could beat meeting his idol Ryne Sandberg in spring training. But the 26-year-old O'Malley trumped that thrill on Aug. 16 when he learned he had been promoted from the Triple-A Iowa rotation to Chicago. Because the Cubs had used all available pitchers in an 18-inning game in Houston the night before, they opted to call up O'Malley, who was with Iowa in nearby Round Rock.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Red Sox Organization Report

John Tomase -Premium Content

Outfielder David Murphy has experienced pretty much every emotion since being the first pick of Theo Epstein's first draft class in 2003. He knows what it's like to be compared with Fred Lynn. And he knows what it's like to be considered a bust, after a foot injury wrecked his 2004 season. But none of that matters now that Murphy knows another thing—what it's like to be a big leaguer.

Majors | #2006#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

The past two seasons for J.C. Holt have been eerily similar, but the high Class A Myrtle Beach second baseman is certain the results are nothing more than a coincidence. Holt, the Braves' third-round pick in 2004, got off to a slow start in 2005, and his batting average stood at just .215 on July 1. A strong finish that included hits in 12 of his last 13 games got him to .268.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports