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National Pastime Archive: September 2009

  • 2010 Prospect Preview

    The next reinforcements in the national pastime's youth movement have designs on infiltrating big league rosters in 2010.   Published September 25 2009

  • Welcome to the show, Madison Bumgarner

    Tim Lincecum couldn't make his start for the Giants on Tuesday. Fortunately, they had another freak on speed-dial. Published September 9 2009

  • Norris knows there's still work ahead

    Washington Nationals minor leaguer Derek Norris was flattered when he learned last week that South Atlantic League managers, general managers, sportswriters and broadcasters had selected him as the Most Outstanding Major League Prospect in the 16-team circuit, but the 20-year-old catcher kept it all in perspective. "It's always nice to get an award for something you've worked hard for, but I'm still in low A-ball. I still haven't really proven a whole lot yet," Norris said. Published September 8 2009

  • Prospect Q&A - Josh Bell, Orioles

    It appears the deadline deal that cost the Orioles their All-Star closer may very well have yielded their third baseman of the future. Josh Bell was four months into his best pro season to date when the Los Angeles Dodgers shipped him to Baltimore along with minor league righty Steven Johnson for George Sherrill on July 30, and the 22-year-old has carried the momentum with him to his new organization. Bell, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound switch-hitter, has slugged five home runs in his first 27 games for the Double-A Bowie. Published September 3 2009

  • September 2009 Orioles Prospect Rankings

    Top prospect Brian Matusz made an earlier-than-expected arrival in Baltimore in August and picked up his first three big-league victories. Down on the farm, the returns from the George Sherrill trade - third baseman Josh Bell and right-hander Steven Johnson - impressed for Bowie while Matt Hobgood began to flash the form that prompted the Orioles to select him with the fifth overall pick in June. Fellow draftees including second-rounder Mychal Givens and late-round bonus babies Cameron Coffey and Michael Ohlman agreed to terms, adding depth to an already impressive farm system. Published September 1 2009