NL West Organization Reports

PHOENIX—Cesar Nicolas missed time during extended contract negotiations following the 2004 draft, and missed six weeks in 2005 after being hit by a pitch, but he appears determined to make up for all of that. Refusing to rest after a strong season at low Class A South Bend, a driven Nicolas spent part of his winter getting extra work at the Diamondbacks' academy in the Dominican Republic, a place usually reserved for players trying to get off the island, not come back.

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