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Jeff Pearlman
October 16, 2000
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October 16, 2000

The Scout's View

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Timo Perez
.286, 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Recent call-up. A presence at top of lineup. Go after him with first- pitch fastballs then let swing dictate what to do.

Edgardo Alfonzo
.324, 25 HRs, 94 RBIs
Good plate coverage and strike zone command. Unafraid to hit deep in count. Only way to get him out is to move ball up and down, in and out.

Mike Piazza
.324, 38 HRs, 113 RBIs
If he's hot, forget it. Loves ball down. If he gets arms extended, look out. Can hit it out to any part of park. Tends to chase balls above his hands.

Robin Ventura
.232, 24 HRs, 84 RBIs
Didn't have great year, but if comes down to one at bat, can deliver. Likes ball on outer part of plate.

Benny Agbayani
.289, 15 HRs, 68 RBIs
Doesn't hit outside pitch well but can juice fastball. Tends to swing at balls above hands. Going good, he'll take a walk; going bad, he'll get himself out.

Jay Payton
.291, 17 HRs, 62 RBIs
Battler at plate. Turns on inside ball well; handles pitches away well. Runs fast enough to be at the top of the lineup.

Todd Zeile
.268, 22 HRs, 79 RBIs
Good short swing. Gets to inside ball and has power to all fields. Don't let guard down on him. Adequate at first.

Mike Bordick
.285, 20 HRs, 80 RBIs
Contact hitter; can hit and run and bunt. Can strike him out. Tends to chase ball up in zone.

3B Lenny Harris is a decent lefthanded bat off the bench, as is OF Darryl Hamilton, who runs better than Harris and plays a decent center. Given the right pitch, OF Bubba Trammell, a righthanded batter, can homer. C Todd Pratt is another righty who can deliver a late-game home run.

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