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Season Preview: The Portland Beavers

The last rung of the minor leagues system, the Portland Beavers (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. The Beavers will play 140 games with Craig Colbert returning for his second year. Continuing with the flip flop trend within the system, the Pacific Coast League is much more a hitter's league, compared to the pitching dominant Southern League.

What Happened Last Year: Xavier Nady absolutely destroyed the Pacific Coast League in 2004. Nady hit .333/.394/.632 (batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage) with 22 home runs and 70 RBIs in 74 games. Nady will play a major role for the Padres in 2005. Jon Knott, Tagg Bozied and JJ Furmaniak and Freddy Guzman all were factors for Portland's first place finish and having the...

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