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2007 Player Journals

Fernando Perez, an outfielder in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays farm system, led the Minor Leagues with 123 runs scored in 2006. A 2004 seventh round selection out of Columbia University, Perez hit .307 for Class A Advanced Visalia of the California League last year and has registered 262 runs and 114 stolen bases in 336 professional games.

Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Ricky Romero was the first pitcher taken in the 2005 draft after a stellar collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton. In 2006, Romero began the season with Class A Advanced Dunedin where he posted a 2.47 ERA in 10 starts, earning a promotion to Double-A New Hampshire in his first full season.

Eighteen-year-old Jose Tabata is one of the top prospects in the New York Yankees farm system. Signed as a non-drafted free agent, Tabata spent his first full season with Charleston in the South Atlantic League where he hit .298. Tabata also played in both the South Atlantic League All-Star Game and the All-Star Futures Game.

Donnie Veal, a left-handed pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization, combined to go 11-5 with a 2.16 ERA and 174 strikeouts between Peoria and Daytona in his second professional season. The six-foot, four-inch Veal was named the organization's Minor League Player of the Year in 2006, a year after being a second round pick.