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                                                                     February 25, 2010

 BUFFALO BISONS                                                                                                                    
OBI WINS CARIBBEAN WORLD SERIES: With the help of a few familiar faces, Bisons Manager Ken Oberkfell captured the 2010 Caribbean World Series.
Before entering his second season with the Herd, Oberkfell took the reins of the Dominican Winter League club, Leones del Escogido, and guided them to a 30-19
mark. He then got a complete-game shutout from RHP Nelson Figueroa and a Caribbean Series MVP effort from OF Fernando Martinez (.348, 2 HR, 4 RBI) to
win the series championship. In 2010, Oberkfell will return to the bench in Buffalo with pitching coach Ricky Bones and hitting coach Jack Voigt.

HOMER KING GOES FROM HENS TO HERD: The Minor League’s active home run leader might be headed to Buffalo. The Mets signed former International
League MVP INF Mike Hessman to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League camp. Hessman has averaged 28 homers in each of the last five
seasons in Toledo, becoming the Mud Hens’ All-Time Home Run King with 140 blasts (more than twice the amount of the next closest). In 1,556 career Minor
League games, Hessman has launched 311 home runs.

BISONS 2009 MVP RETURNS TO METS: Also signed to a Minor League contract by the Mets this offseason was OF Jesus Feliciano. The outfielder spent the
entire 2009 season with the Bisons and was named the team’s Stan Barron Most Valuable Player. In 130 games, the outfielder collected an International League-
best 154 hits. His .311 batting average ranked 5th in the IL. Feliciano also led the Bisons in runs (57), doubles (30), stolen bases (13) and multi-hit games (38).

 CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS                                                                                                   
KNIGHTS STAFF RETURNS: Manager Chris Chambliss will return for his second season as the Knights skipper. In Chambliss’ first season as Knights
manager he led the team to a 67-76 record as they finished in 4th place in the International League South Division. Under Chambliss the Knights had two five-
game winning streaks and had their best run of play from June 21 vs. Buffalo to June 30 at Buffalo when they won 8 of 10 games. The entire Charlotte Knights
field staff will return for the 2010 season. Pitching coach Richard Dotson returns for his third season with the Knights. Gary Ward returns for his fifth season
as the Knights hitting coach and his second consecutive in Charlotte. Scott Johnson will serve as the team’s trainer for the 12th consecutive season. This will be
Johnson’s 22nd season in the White Sox organization. Strength and conditioning coach Chad Efron is back for his fifth season with the Knights. This is the first
time the Knights have had the same field staff in consecutive seasons since 2000-2001 when manager Nick Leyva, hitting coach Gary Ward, pitching coach Kirk
Champion and trainer Scott Johnson all returned. The Chicago White Sox organization did not make any changes with any of their Minor League coaching
staffs or roving instructors this past offseason.

BAT IT LIKE BECKHAM: Gordon Beckham was named The Sporting News Rookie of the Year (along with Philadelphia’s J.A. Happ) in 2009. Beckham, 23,
played in just seven games for Charlotte in 2009 going 13-28 (.464) with three RBI for the Knights. He became the tenth White Sox rookie honored by the
publication and first since Ozzie Guillen in 1985. He also received the Players Choice American League Outstanding Rookie award, presented by the Major
League Baseball Players Association.

FARM SYSTEM IS NO. 3: The White Sox Minor League clubs combined to go 425-346 (.551) in 2009, the third-best winning percentage among all
organizations. Only San Francisco (.603, 463-305) and the Yankees (.554, 459-369) rank ahead of the White Sox. Double-A Birmingham, Class-A Winston-
Salem, Class-A Kannapolis, and Advanced Rookie Great Falls all qualified for the playoffs, however each was eliminated in the first round.

REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY: Five Knights finished 2009 representing their respective countries is the Baseball World Cup. RHP Lucas Harrell, OF Josh
Kroeger and RHP Ehren Wassermann won the World Cup with the U.S. team. C Cole Armstrong played for Canada and OF Miguel Negron for Puerto Rico.

 COLUMBUS CLIPPERS                                                                                                   
NEW FACES: The Clippers will open their second season in Huntington Park with a completely new staff, skippered by former Akron manager and 2009 Eastern
League Manager of the Year, Mike Sarbaugh. Sarbaugh will become the 20th manager in franchise history, the sixth in the last six years. He has managed at
each level of Cleveland’s Minor League system, starting out with Short-Season Mahoning Valley in 2004 and progressing to Lake County in 2005, Kinston in
2006 and Akron in 2008. Along the way he has guided his clubs to League championships three times (2004 with Mahoning Valley, 2006 with Kinston and 2009
with Akron). Filling out the rest of Sarbaugh’s staff will be Charles Nagy (pitching coach), Lee May, Jr. (Hitting Coach) and Michael Salazar (trainer).

AWARDS KEEP COMING: Huntington Park, already named 2009’s Ballpark of the Year by, Ballpark Digest and, was
also the winner of a 2009 EXPY. The EXPY Awards are handed out by Experience Columbus, the official source for Columbus travel and tourism information,
and recognize outstanding contributions toward creating a more vibrant and distinct Columbus experience for residents and visitors. Huntington Park led all of
Minor League Baseball with a total attendance of 666,797, an average of 9,526 fans per game (both franchise records).

 DURHAM BULLS                                                                                                             
AWARD-WINNING OFFSEASON: Bulls Manager Charlie Montoyo has picked up plenty of hardware since the Durham Bulls won the 2009 Triple-A National
Championship. Montoyo returned to Raleigh on Tuesday where he was named the area’s Sportsperson of the Year at the Greater Raleigh Sports Council’s
Evening of Champions. Earlier this offseason, Montoyo was named Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year. In addition, Montoyo received the
Mike Coolbaugh award at Baseball’s Winter Meetings.

HAPPY RETURNS: Montoyo returns to Durham for a fourth consecutive season, as does pitching coach Xavier Hernandez. In addition, hitting coach Dave
Myers and trainer Rodger Fleming come back for a second season with the Bulls.
BATTLING FOR THE BIG LEAGUES: Several players who were with the Bulls at the end of the championship season are fighting for Major League jobs with
Tampa Bay. Among the more publicized battles, Matt Joyce is hoping to secure a spot in right field. Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson will battle with Reid
Brignac (who was with the Rays in September) for an infield opportunity. Johnson is the only one of the group who is out of options.

FAN FUN: The Durham Bulls Fanfest 2010 presented by Strayer University will be held on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 at Durham Bulls Athletic
Park. It’s the first time the event will be expanded to two days. Anyone who purchases a ticket to a regular season Durham Bulls or Duke Blue Devils game will
get a free lunch of ballpark favorites at the concession stands. For the first time, Duke is playing an 18-game home schedule at the DBAP, beginning on Friday.

GWINNETT BRAVES                                                                                                        
BANNER YEAR FOR HEYWARD: Braves OF Jason Heyward garnered many accolades this offseason. He was named Baseball America and USA Today’s
Minor League Baseball Player of the Year. He is considered the number 1 prospect in the Braves organization by Baseball America.

WINTER LEAGUE SUCCESS: Three G-Braves that graced Gwinnett in 2009, and should be back again for the 2010 campaign, helped their respective teams win
Winter League titles in the offseason. CF Gregor Blanco (Venezuela), SS Diory Hernandez (Dominican Republic), and P Francisley Bueno (Puerto Rico) led
their teams to the 2010 Caribbean Series. None of the players played in the series due to the desire to limit the risk for injuries so close to Spring Training.

SPRING TRAINING: Several potential G-Braves have received non-roster invites to Spring Training this year. They are C J.C. Boscan, OF Brent Clevlen,
INF Freddie Freeman, P Mariano Gomez, OF Jason Heyward, IF Brandon Hicks, OF Mitch Jones, P Craig Kimbrel, P Scott Proctor, P Chris Resop,
INF Joe Thurston, and OF Matt Young.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS                                                                                                        
PROSPECTING: Indianapolis is expected to see several top rated Pirates prospects make their way onto the roster during the 2010 season, including Pittsburgh’s
No. 1 overall prospect, Pedro Alvarez, who is expected to begin the year at third base for the Tribe. Alvarez was not only rated as the top prospect in the
Pittsburgh organization by Baseball America, but also as the No. 8 prospect overall. The 2008 No. 2 overall draft pick was also rated the 8th best prospect overall
by and 35th overall by Other Baseball America Pirates Top-30 prospects who could see time with the Indians in 2010 include OF Jose
Tabata (No. 2), RHP Brad Lincoln (No. 4), RHP Tim Alderson (No. 7), OF Gorkys Hernandez (No. 10), RHP Daniel McCutchen (No. 21), LHP Donnie
Veal (No. 24), INF Neil Walker (No. 26), INF Brian Friday (No. 28) and LHP Daniel Moskos (No. 30).

WINTER LEAGUE WRAP-UP: OF Jose Tabata, LHP Donnie Veal, and RHP Jean Machi, all expected to start the year with the Tribe, turned in impressive
performances in the offseason. Tabata finished 3rd among all Arizona Fall League players with a .392 average in 28 games, while also compiling 10 extra-base hits
and driving in 21. Veal, expected move from the bullpen into the Indians rotation, allowed just five earned runs and 17 hits in 21 innings for a 2.14 ERA in the
AFL. Using a new delivery motion and taking the mound with the mentality of being more of a power pitcher, Veal thrived, and after allowing 20 walks in 16.1
innings during the regular season, he walked just seven and struck out 22 in Arizona. Finally Machi, expected to be the Indians’ closer, turned in a stellar season in
the Venezuelan Winter League, where he led all pitchers with 16 saves to go along with a 2-0 record, 1.25 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 36.0 IP.

WHO’S ON THE FIELD STAFF?: Former Indians infielders Frank Kremblas and Jeff Branson return for their second season as manager and hitting coach on
the Tribe’s field staff in 2010. Joining Kremblas and Branson on the staff is pitching coach Dean Treanor, who spent last season in the same role with the Pirates
Double-A affiliate in Altoona. Treanor brings a wealth of experience as he enters his 23rd season as a coach/manager in professional baseball. Also making the trip
from Altoona is Indians' trainer Thomas Pribyl, who spent the last four seasons with the Curve. Now the longest tenured member of the Indians field staff is
strength and conditioning coach Mubarak Malik, in his fifth season with the Tribe and sixth in the organization.

FORMER INDIANS ON THE 40-MAN: 19 former Indianapolis Indians are listed among the Pirates 40-man roster with another three expected to make their
Tribe debut in 2010. Highlighting the former Indians presence is 2009 Baseball America Rookie of the Year Andrew McCutchen. The speedy center fielder led
all NL rookies with 47 extra-base hits and ranked 2nd in multi-hit games (36), runs, walks and total bases (204). He ranked 3rd in RBI, stolen bases, slugging
percentage (.471), and doubles, 5th in batting and 4th in on-base percentage among NL rookies. Along with McCutchen, former Indians’ OF/1B Garrett Jones was
also named to the Baseball America 2009 All-Rookie team as a first baseman. In 82 games with the Pirates Jones hit .293 with 21 doubles, 21 home runs and
44 RBI. He led all rookies in home runs and slugging pct. (.567) and tied for 5th among all Major League players in home runs from the time of his promotion
(July 1) through the end of the season. Jones became the fastest player in team history to reach 10 HR in a season, hitting 10 in his first 19 games, and his 21
home runs were the most by a left-handed hitting rookie in club history. In addition to leading all rookies in home runs, Jones ranked 2nd among NL rookies in
on-base percentage (.372), 3rd in batting, 5th in total bases (178) and tied for 6th in RBI.

LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS                                                                                                
TRACY, THOMPSON RETURN; CERVENAK DEPARTS: Both 1B Andy Tracy and OF Rich Thompson re-signed with the Phillies Organization over the
offseason and will in all likelihood be back with the IronPigs for a third consecutive season in 2010. Tracy is the franchise leader in home runs (48), games played
(253), RBI (181), runs (147) and walks (139). Meanwhile, Thompson ranks 1st in triples (12) and stolen bases (51) in IronPigs history. On the flip side, Lehigh
Valley will be without their third main cog on offense, Mike Cervenak, the franchise’s leader in batting average (.308), at-bats (918), hits (283) and doubles (66).
The 33-year-old Cervenak signed a Minor League deal with the New York Mets in the offseason.

AROUND THE HORN: With the exception of Andy Tracy at first base the IronPigs infield will have a new look (with some familiar faces) in 2010. It appears
six veterans -- Wilson Valdez, Luiz Maza, Melvin Dorta, Cody Ransom, Neil Sellers, and Tagg Bozied -- will be vying for four spots on Lehigh Valley’s
opening day roster. Valdez, known more for his defense than his bat, spent time in the IL with Columbus (.198-0-6 in 41 G) and Buffalo (.298-0-6 in 36 G) in
2009 as well as 41 games with the New York Mets where he hit .256 last season. Like Valdez, Maza is another 11-year Minor League veteran with prior
experience in the IL. The Venezuelan native spent parts of three seasons with Rochester where he hit .246-14-79 from 2002-04. Maza has spent the last three
seasons in the Dodgers organization posting a .322 batting average, primarily at the Triple-A level. Dorta is a 28-year-old who finished .252-3-23 in 94 games for
Norfolk last year. Dorta’s best statistical year came in 2005 for Double-A Harrisburg when he posted career highs in home runs (11) and RBI (50). The player
with the most Major League experience on this list is Ransom who has appeared in the majors in seven of the last nine years. Last year, as Alex Rodriguez’
replacement with the Yankees, he hit just .190 with no home runs in 31 games and has a mere .233 lifetime big league average in 197 games. However, the 34-
year-old has put up four seasons of 20+ home runs and 60+ RBI at the Triple-A level, the last coming with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2008 (.255-22-71). Sellers is
the only player not to be signed as a free agent this winter and the only player without Triple-A experience. Selected by the Phillies in the 2007 Rule 5 draft from
the Astros organization, he put together two solid seasons for Double-A Reading, hitting .297-36-164 with 64 doubles from 2008-09. Bozied returned from
Taiwan to finish 2009 with Indianapolis, hitting .288-5-18 in 56 games. The former Padres prospect has hit .279-122-434 in 702 career Minor League games.
SELLOUT SWINES, PART 1: Earlier this week the IronPigs announced that Field Level tickets for the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game presented by Lehigh Valley
Health Network are sold out. The game is scheduled for July 14 with Pigapalooza (Fan Fest) on July 10 and the HR Derby on July 12.

SELLOUT SWINES, PART 2: With 26 consecutive sellouts to end the year and 59 overall on the season, 641,335 fans came out to support the IronPigs at Coca-
Cola Park in 2009 - the second-highest per-game average (9,162) in all of Minor League Baseball. Overall, the IronPigs saw a 6% jump in attendance over the
2008 season despite playing one less home game due to weather.

 LOUISVILLE BATS                                                                                                                 
SWEET RETURNS: Rick Sweet returns for his sixth season as manager of the Bats. The two-time defending IL Manager of the Year enters the season with a
387-330 (.540) record, including back-to-back IL West Division Championships. Sweet is starting his 22nd season as a manager, and will be joined by his entire
coaching staff from 2009, including hitting coach Adrian "Smokey" Garrett and pitching coach (former Louisville Redbird) Ted Power.

RADIO PROMOTION: Longtime radio broadcaster Jim Kelch was named to the Cincinnati Reds broadcast team for the 2010 season. Kelch has been the play-
by-play voice of the Louisville Baseball Club since 1989, and for the last two seasons, has filled in on Reds on Radio and Reds Television broadcasts. While his
new position's primary role will be on the radio side, he is expected to fill in for selected televised games. Matt Andrews, who has been Kelch's radio partner
since his arrival in 2003, takes over as Louisville's Director of Broadcasting.

CHAPMAN A BIG DEAL: On January 11, the Reds signed free agent Aroldis Chapman to a six-year deal through the 2015 season. Chapman was named the
top left-handed pitcher at the 2007 Baseball World Cup, where he pitched for Team Cuba. Chapman also pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The
6-foot-4, 185-pound hurler, who has registered 102 miles per hour on the radar gun, is expected to spend some time in Louisville in 2010.

TRAINING IN THE DESERT: This week, the Reds opened their new Player Development Complex in Goodyear, Arizona. The complex, as well as Goodyear
Ballpark, will be shared between the Reds and the Cleveland Indians. Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida had served as the Spring Training base for the
Reds since 1998. Minor League pitchers and catchers report to the facility on March 4, while position players report on March 9.

 NORFOLK TIDES                                                                                                                  
ALLENSON TO RETURN FOR 4TH SEASON AS SKIPPER: The Tides recently announced their field staff for 2010. Gary Allenson returns to manage the club,
while Mike Griffin will once again serve as pitching coach and Richie Hebner joins the staff as hitting coach. Rounding out the coaching staff will be bullpen
coach Greg Grall and athletic trainer Mark Shires. Allenson guided the Tides to a 71-71 record in 2009 and is 204-223 in three seasons as Norfolk’s manager.
He has 924 wins in 15 seasons as a Minor League manager, leaving him just 76 wins shy of cracking the 1,000 win plateau.

On Tuesday, April 6 at Harbor Park, the Tides will square off with Norfolk St. University in an exhibition game with all proceeds going towards the NSU baseball
program. "We are really excited to welcome Norfolk State to Harbor Park for this exhibition game" said Tides President Ken Young. "This is a great opportunity
for fans to catch their first glimpse of the 2010 Tides in action, and hopefully this is the start of a long-term relationship with an institution that is very important in
the Hampton Roads community." This game supplants the annual exhibition game the Tides had played against the Old Dominion University Monarchs.

TOP PROSPECTS PROJECTED TO OPEN SEASON WITH TIDES: Four of the top ten prospects in the Baltimore system according to Baseball America could
open the season with the Tides, while two others could easily be pitching at Harbor Park later in the season. Josh Bell (BA #2) is slated as Norfolk’s third baseman
after being acquired from the Dodgers in July in exchange for LHP George Sherrill. Jake Arrieta (BA #4) is projected to be in Norfolk’s rotation after he posted
a 3.93 ERA in 17 starts with the Tides in 2009. Brandon Snyder (BA #6) is penciled in as Norfolk’s opening day first baseman after he hit 12 homers and drove
in 88 runs between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk a year ago. Kam Mickolio (BA #8) is in the running for a bullpen spot with the Orioles this spring after he
posted a 2.63 ERA in 11 relief outings with Baltimore last year. In addition to those four, LHP Zach Britton (BA #3) and RHP Brandon Erbe (BA #7) could
each be promoted to Norfolk during 2010 after having fantastic seasons at Bowie a year ago.

 PAWTUCKET RED SOX                                                                                                                     
WELCOME ABOARD: The Red Sox made a number of offseason acquisitions, and several could impact Pawtucket this season. Some of the top newcomers:
  RHP Scott Atchison, 33, spent the 2008-09 seasons pitching for Hanshin of the Japanese Central League where he was 12-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 117 games. He
  has made 53 career Major League relief appearances over parts of three seasons with Seattle (2004-05) and San Francisco (2007).
  LHP Fabio Castro, 25, was 7-6 with a 4.49 ERA in 25 GS for Las Vegas (Triple-A, Toronto) last year after beginning the year with New Hampshire
  (Double-A) where he went 2-0 with a 0.83 ERA. He has made 30 Major League appearances with Texas (2006) and Philadelphia (2006-07).
  INF Christian Colonel, 28, has been a regular for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A, Rockies) each of the past two seasons. In 2008 he hit .308 in 117
  games with 12 HR & 65 RBI and in 2009 he batted .279 in 122 games with 7 HR & 69 RBI playing 89 games at 3B, 20 at 1B, and 3 in the OF.
  INF Tug Hulett, 26, was acquired from Kansas City last November. He spent the majority of 2009 with the Omaha Royals (Triple-A, KC) where he hit .291
  with 11 HR & 53 RBI in 99 games. The son of former Major League infielder Tim Hulett, Tug played in 15 games for Kansas City last season.
  OF Darnell McDonald, 31, hit .267 with 2 HR & 10 RBI in 47 games with Cincinnati last season. In 73 games with Louisville he hit .314 with 9 HR &
  40 RBI. He has a .231 average in 68 big league games with Baltimore (2004), Minnesota (2007), and Cincinnati (2009). In 1,328 Minor League games he has a
  .272 career average. He has played for several IL teams including Rochester, Ottawa, Buffalo, Durham, Columbus, and Louisville.
  RHP Edwin Moreno, 29, made 58 relief appearances total last season including 19 for the San Diego Padres in his first Major League action (1-3, 4.84). His
  other 39 RA came for the Portland Beavers (Triple-A) where he was 3-3 with 10 saves and a 4.17 ERA.
  RHP Chad Paronto, 34, has appeared in 412 Minor League games (88 starts) and 177 Major League games (all in relief). He has pitched in the big leagues for
  Baltimore (2001), Cleveland (2002-03), Atlanta (2006-07), and Houston (2008-09). He was the closer for Round Rock (Triple-A, Houston) last season going 2-1
  with a 1.39 ERA in 44 RA along with 24 SV in 25 opportunities. Chad had fine back-to-back seasons with Atlanta in 2006 (2-3, 3.18 in 65 RA) and 2007
  (3-1, 3.57 in 41 RA). His IL stops include Rochester (2000-01), Buffalo (2002-03), and Richmond (2005-07).
  RHP Scott Patterson, 30, is a 6’7” reliever who pitched for Portland (Triple-A, San Diego) for much of last year going 3-3 with a 4.25 ERA and 1 SV in
  51 games. He finished the season with Sacramento (Triple-A, Oakland). He was with Scranton/WB in 2008 posting a 2-1 mark with a 3.80 ERA and 5 SV in
  42 RA. He made his Major League debut that year with the Yankees and he also made 3 scoreless RA for San Diego in 2008.
  RHP Ramon Ramirez, 27, was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. He pitched for Louisville for much of last season going 6-7 with a 4.03 ERA in
  31 games (20 GS). He also had two separate stints with the Reds last year posting a 3.65 ERA in 11 RA.
  INF Angel Sanchez, 26, hit .305 with 29 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, and 60 RBI in 126 games for Las Vegas (Triple-A, Toronto) last season. He played 116 games at SS
  (.970 fielding pct.) and 10 games at 2B. He appeared in 8 games with Kansas City in 2006 for his only big league experience to date.

 ROCHESTER RED WINGS                                                                                                                         
CENTER STAGE: The Minnesota Twins have signed outfielder Charlton Jimerson to a Minor League contract. The 30-year-old Jimerson was an Atlantic
League All-Star in 2009, leading the League with a .335 batting average. Jimerson hit 21 home runs, drove in 62 runs and stole 38 bases in 103 games for the
Newark Bears. Jimerson was the Most Valuable Player in the 2001 College World Series for Miami's national championship squad, and was drafted by Houston in
the fifth round of the 2001 draft. On September 4, 2006, Jimerson made his big league debut for Houston. Pinch-hitting for pitcher Roger Clemens against
Philadelphia, Jimerson hit a home run in his first at-bat. He is 4-9 (.444) with two homers in 31 big league games.

WINGS LOSE PRIDIE TO METS, TWINS SIGN JONES: OF Jason Pridie was claimed off waivers by the Mets. His spot on the Twins 40-man roster was filled
by the signing of Orlando Hudson. The Twins have signed OF Jacque Jones to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League camp. Jones has a career
average of .277 with 255 doubles, 19 triples, 165 homers and 630 RBI in 1,302 games with the Twins, Cubs, Tigers and Marlins.

THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: The Red Wings will be one of two teams with a new manager in 2010 that will be making his Triple-A debut. Tom
Nieto was introduced as the third manager during the Twins era (2003-present) of the Rochester Red Wings. The 49-year-old Nieto was the manager for Double-A
New Britain in 2009. Nieto will enter his tenth year as a Minor League manager and his second in the Twins organization. The 2010 season will mark his 19th year
as a Major League coach, or minor league manager/instructor. Nieto, a catcher, put together a seven-year Major League career (1984-1990), including two seasons
with the Twins (1987 & 1988). A 3rd-round pick of the Cardinals in 1981, Nieto spent time with St. Louis (1984 & 1985), Montreal (1986), Minnesota (1987 &
1988) and Philadelphia (1989 & 1990), batting .205 with five home runs and 69 RBI in 251 Major League games. Joining Nieto in the dugout will be pitching
coach Bobby Cuellar and hitting coach Floyd Rayford .

 SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE YANKEES                                                                                                                      
SEVEN FOR ONE: Too many qualified players for any given position is a problem every team would like to have. In the offseason NY acquired a number of
talented outfielder’s through trades and free agency. Curtis Granderson, who came over from Detroit in December’s block-buster trade will join former SWB
Yankee Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher in the starting outfield in NY. The Yankees signed Randy Winn to a free agent deal over the offseason leaving several
talented candidates to compete for the fifth outfield spot in NYC. Non-roster invites and free agent signees Marcus Thames (Detroit), Reid Gorecki (Atlanta),
Jon Weber (Tampa Bay), David Winfree (Minnesota), rule five selection Jamie Hoffman (LA Dodgers trade via Washington), offseason trade Greg Golson
(Texas) and Yankees prospect Colin Curtis will battle for the final spot with the rest most likely getting roster spots in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

IGAWA TO THE PEN?: The winningest pitcher in SWB franchise history may have a new role for the NY Yankees or in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Numerous
outlets have reported the Yankees are going to try out the left-hander in a relief role during the upcoming season. Igawa, who has won 29 games in three seasons in
Scranton/WB may be heading to the bullpen depending on how he fares during spring training. Igawa has been very successful in the minors going 30-19 with a
3.73 ERA in 65 games (63 starts). His struggles at the Major League level have been well documented as he has gone 2-4 with a 6.66 ERA in 16 games (13 starts

 SYRACUSE CHIEFS                                                                                                                                  
CHIEFS ADD BIG BATS: The Nationals signed three big bats for the Chiefs over the winter in OF Chris Duncan, who spent 5 years with St. Louis, Kevin
Mench, who had 25 HR seasons with Texas in 2005-06, and 1B Josh Whitesell, who spent the past two years with Arizona and was a PCL All Star in 2008.

ORR AND KENSING RETURN TO SYRACUSE: Veteran infielder Pete Orr resigned with the Washington Nationals this offseason and will likely continue his
role as a utility man for the Chiefs in 2010. Orr batted .253 playing 2B, SS and 3B for the Chiefs last season and was a key member of the club’s success on and
off the field. Logan Kensing recorded 17 saves in-between three promotions to the Nationals last season.

JEWETT TAKES THE HELM: After spending his entire career in the Pirates organization Trent Jewett was signed by the Nationals as their Class-A Potomac
skipper in 2009. He led them to the playoffs and was rewarded with a promotion to Syracuse when skipper Tim Foli was elevated to the Major League staff.

STRASBURG & STOREN EXPECTED TO PITCH FOR CHIEFS: The number one and number 10 selection in last year’s June draft ,Steven Strasburg and
Drew Storen are expected to pitch for the Chiefs in 2010. Storen, who pitched at three levels and the Arizona Fall League in 2009, could start the 2010 season
with the Chiefs in their bullpen. Strasburg will likely begin the season in the minors with his assignment still a question mark.

 TOLEDO MUD HENS                                                                                                                                          
SOLID STAFF: Manager Larry Parrish, hitting coach Leon “Bull” Durham, and pitching coach A.J. Sager will all return to Toledo for the 2010 campaign.
Parrish returns for his 7th full season as Toledo’s skipper. The 56-year-old has an overall record of 703-683 as a manager and is 499-478 with Toledo. Durham
returns for his 10th season with Toledo and has helped an offense that has combined for 303 home runs the last two years, the most in the League. Sager returns to
a Toledo pitching staff that has had a winning season each of the two years he has been at the helm.

DIGGIN’ IN: The Mud Hens finished 2nd in the IL in home runs last season with 135. In 2010 the Hens will have to find new sluggers as three of the top five
home run hitters in 2009 are no longer in the organization, including reigning All-Time Mud Hens home run king Mike Hessman, who is now with the Mets
organization. Toledo is expected to break in outfielder Brennan Boesch and first baseman Ryan Strieby, who combined for 47 home runs with Double-A Erie
last year. Boesch led the Eastern League in at-bats (527), HR (28), outfield assists (15), total bases (269) and extra-base hits (61) last year.

GRAB THE STICKS, WE WANT SIX: With a 73-70 record, Toledo finished the season with an above-.500 record for the fifth straight year in 2009. By
extending the streak last year, Toledo has a winning record in five straight seasons for the first time in over 100 years (1896-1901 - six straight years). The Hens’
streak is also the current International League best.

MOVING THE FENCES: One change to Fifth Third Field for the 2010 season will be in center field where the fence has been moved in six feet. The wall is now
7.5 feet tall and is set at 406 feet away from home plate compared to the previous dimensions of 412 feet to straight away center.
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