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Devil Rays Organization Report

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

The Devil Rays partnered with the Dodgers to expand their presence in Latin America. The organizations will share a base in the Dominican Republic. The Devil Rays also are building their own facility in Venezuela and are planning to set up a camp in Colombia. And they also are willing to be creative, which is how they ended up with Diego Echevarria, a 21-year-old knuckleballer from—of all places—Argentina.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Mariners Organization Report

Scott Hanson -Premium Content

Dave Brundage didn't see it coming. He had just managed Triple-A Tacoma to a 74-70 record in the Pacific Coast League, good for second place in the North Division. He had been in the organization for 19 years, with the five years prior to Tacoma spent as manager for Double-A San Antonio. He experienced great success in the Texas League, winning Baseball America Manager of the Year award in 2003. That came to an end when the Mariners announced Brundage's contract would not be renewed.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

Giants Organization Report

Andy Baggarly -Premium Content

The Giants aren't shy about drafting athletes and turning them into pitchers. They might have entertained that thought when they spent a fifth-round pick on Mike McBryde, who played the outfield and served as the hard-throwing closer at Florida Atlantic. But when the Giants watched McBryde cover ground in center field, their jaws dropped—and so did any notion of putting him on the mound.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#San Francisco Giants

Padres Organization Report

John Maffei -Premium Content

With a renewed emphasis on drafting and player development in the Padres organization, it has become vital for the organization to retain its best minor league players and managers. With this goal in mind, farm director Grady Fuson extended the contract of high Class A Lake Elsinore manager Rick Renteria, whom Fuson called "an absolute gem."

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#San Diego Padres

Pirates Organization Report

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Jared Keel could have been on his way to becoming a game warden in his native Florida by now. Keel graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Troy in May and had already been accepted into the Florida Wildlife Commission's warden program. For now, though, Keel is using a bat and ball in his first job out of college, as the Pirates drafted the third baseman in the 31st round this season.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates

Phillies Organization Report

Jim Salisbury -Premium Content

Outfielder Michael Bourn hit two home runs to help Team USA defeat host Cuba in the gold medal game of the Olympic qualifying tournament in September. Three weeks later in Washington, he got his first—and so far only—major league hit, an important bunt single in the 14th inning of an 8-7 win. While the home runs were a big thrill for Bourn, the bunt single was more representative of the style of play the 5-foot-9 speedster hopes to bring to the Phillies.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Philadelphia Phillies

Athletics Organization Report

Casey Tefertiller -Premium Content

There will always be a touch of baseball history about Mark Kiger. The 26-year-old became the first player in major league history to debut in the postseason when he took over at second base during two games in the American League Championship Series. Kiger played defensively for two half-innings after the Athletics pinch-hit for second baseman D'Angelo Jimenez in Games Three and Four.

Majors | #2006#Oakland Athletics#Organization Reports

Yankees Organization Report

George King -Premium Content

Power pitchers are the most seductive commodity in baseball. No organization can have enough arms, making radar-gun watching a necessity more than a curiosity. That's why the Yankees and other organizations are gushing about Joba Chamberlain, a sandwich pick taken 44th overall in June's draft. The righthander out of Nebraska, who signed a 2007 contract, has been impressive in Hawaii Winter Baseball.

Majors | #2006#New York Yankees#Organization Reports

Marlins Organization Report

Mike Berardino -Premium Content

Marlins rookie righthander Yusmeiro Petit might still have a bright future, but his struggles this year reached epic proportions. After getting shelled in his final regular season appearance, Petit's ERA rose to 9.57 through 26 big league innings while pitching mostly in long relief. That's the highest in the majors for any of the 460 pitchers to work at least 21 innings this year.

Majors | #2006#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

Tigers Organization Reports

Danny Knobler -Premium Content

Yadier Molina kept the Mets out of the World Series. He also kept Andrew Miller out of the World Series. Because he is a lefthander, Miller, the club's first-round pick in June out of North Carolina and the sixth player taken overall, would have been added to the Tigers' World Series roster had the Mets won the pennant. The Mets featured a heavily lefthanded lineup, while the Cardinals, in contrast, had many more righthanded batters.

Majors | #2006#Detroit Tigers#Organization Reports