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High school: Henry County
Vitals: 6-5, 240, RF
How acquired: The 14th overall pick by Atlanta in the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft out of high school.
Last year: .277, 18 home runs, 72 runs-batted in, .393 on-base percentage in 142 games.
Noteworthy: Finished second in the National League rookie of the year voting to Giants catcher, and fellow Georgia native, Buster Posey. ... Spent part of June and July on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left thumb.
High School: Stockbridge
Vitals: 6-1, 210, RHP
How acquired: Traded by Atlanta to Kansas City for relief pitcher Octavio Dotel, July 31, 2007.
Last year: 8-12, 5.34 ERA, 126 strikeouts, 80 walks in 183.2 innings pitched.
Noteworthy: Goes into the season as Kansas City's No. 3 starter. ... Drafted by the Braves in fourth round of the 2001 draft out of high school. ... Younger brother, Jake, played at Eagle's Landing Christian and is currently playing at Georgia Tech.
High school: Forest Park
Vitals: 5-8, 200, LHP
How acquired: Drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft out of high school.
Last year: 2-3, 4.52 ERA, 70 strikeouts, 43 walks in 69.2 innings of relief for the Modesto Nuts, the Rockies' advanced Class A affiliate.
Noteworthy: Froneberger had committed to Georgia, but instead choose to go straight into Colorado's organization out of high school.
High School: Eagle's Landing Christian
Vitals: 6-4, 222, 1B
How acquired: Drafted in the 19th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Georgia Tech.
Last year: .282, 12 home runs, 55 RBIs in 106 games for the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees' Class A affiliate.
Noteworthy: Had just two at-bats this spring training. ... Expected to start the season with the Tampa Yankees, New York's advanced Class A affiliate.
High school: Union Grove
Vitals: 6-3, 192, RF
Last year: .187, 0 home runs, 8 RBIs in 36 games for the AZL Rangers, Texas' Rookie Arizona League affiliate.
Noteworthy: Akins signed a football scholarship with Central Florida, but accepted the Rangers' $350,000 signing bonus and started his pro baseball career.
High School: Union Grove
Vitals: 6-7, 193, LHP
How acquired: Drafted in the 21st round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Georgia Perimeter.
Last year: 0-2, 13.50 earned-run average, 4 strikeouts, 3 walks in 3.1 innings pitched for the GCL Twins, the Minnesota rookie league affiliate.
Noteworthy: Originally went to Walters State Community College (Tenn.) out of high school. ... Throws in the low 90s, and has an excellent curveball.
High school: Eagle's Landing
Vitals: 6-1, 215, OF
Team: Hanshin Tigers (Japan)
How acquired: Contract sold by the Colorado Rockies to the Tigers.
Last year: .349, 17 home runs, 91 RBIs in 144 games.
Noteworthy: As a rookie in Japan, Murton broke the single season record for hits, set by Ichiro Suzuki, with 214. ... Drafted out of Georgia Tech in the first round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft.