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ENEMY LINES
Phil Taylor
March 25, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Padres
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March 25, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Padres

"It took Phil Nevin some time to figure out the majors, but he's become a great righthanded power hitter, and there aren't too many around. He's a pretty good breaking-ball hitter, but you don't see him hit many out of the park to right. So I'd keep stuff away from him....

Sean Burroughs can flat out swing the pole. He doesn't have the power his dad [ Jeff Burroughs] had, but he's gonna drive in runs with a ton of doubles in the gaps....

I'm not sure Ramon Vazquez is physically ready for the majors. He has a high school body, and I wonder if he'll survive a hard slide into second....

Damian Jackson is an O.K. player, but he lapses on defense, and he has a big-man's swing in a little-man's body. He's got to hit the ball on the ground, in the gap....

It used to be said that Bubba Trammell would kiss a manager's butt to get playing time, and I never thought he was much beyond a fifth outfielder. Wrong. You can get him out with hard breaking stuff, but don't give him a mistake or he'll beat you....

Mark Kotsay gets a real good jump on fly balls, and he has one of the best outfield arms around....

Wiki Gonzalez is an above-average catcher. He doesn't have the physical gifts of Ben Davis, but he can throw, and he's energetic back there....

Bobby Jones couldn't pitch for a lot of teams. He must be on his ninth life, because whenever I see the guy, he's getting shelled....

Trevor Hoffman has the best changeup in baseball. You know it's coming, and you can't do a thing with it. He's the best closer in the game."

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