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[ENEMY LINES]
Stephen Cannella
March 26, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Devil Rays
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March 26, 2001

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Devil Rays

He could use a little more seasoning, but Josh Hamilton has a chance to be Tampa Bay's first superstar. He has one of the quickest bats around. He can hit with power, and he can run. But it'd be a mistake for the Rays to rush him this year....

Gerald Williams is a decent player, but he's a guess hitter. If a pitcher throws a changeup or breaking ball on a fastball count, he won't hit it....

Felix Martinez is one of the best fielding shortstops around. He made a lot of careless errors last year, but he looks better. He gets to everything....

Vinny Castilla can hit, but only in Colorado. The Rays will be better off playing Aubrey Huff at third and dealing Castilla—who is in great shape. Huff has a very quick bat with 20-home-run power, and he's disciplined. Steve Cox is the same way; he'll be a good hitter, but Tampa has to stop blocking their kids with older players....

John Flaherty is an O.K. starting catcher, but the guy I like is Toby Hall. He may not start the year in Tampa, but he throws well, and he has some juice in the bat. He's their future....

Ben Grieve can do one thing: hit. He doesn't have the instincts to be a good outfielder. It'll be rough on Williams in center, because Greg Vaughn in left can't play the outfield worth a damn....

Paul Wilson looks great. He has an average-plus fastball, and his mechanics are good again. The more he pitches, the more confident he'll be that his arm won't fall off....

Esteban Yan throws hard, but he's no closer. His fastball is flat....

Doug Creek is a perfect setup guy for one or two innings.

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