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Almost Dunn
Jeff Pearlman
April 01, 2002
Here's a look at some rookies who could make a big league name for themselves in the next few weeks—or later in the season, as Adam Dunn did in 2001.
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April 01, 2002

Almost Dunn

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Here's a look at some rookies who could make a big league name for themselves in the next few weeks—or later in the season, as Adam Dunn did in 2001.

Josh Beckett, RHP, Marlins
After being picked second in the 1999 draft, he boldly predicted he'd pitch in the 2001 All-Star Game. With a 97-mph fastball and a Dwight Gooden curve, he might have been just a year off.

Hank Blalock, 3B, Rangers
Mike Lamb Era ends at the hot corner in Texas. Blalock hit .352 with 18 homers and 108 RBIs at Class A and Double A in 2001.

Sean Burroughs, 3B, Padres
The son of 1974 American League MVP Jeff doesn't have his pop's pop, but San Diego is convinced he'll hit .300 for years.

Nick Johnson, DH-1B, Yankees
Surrounded by a lineup of perennial All-Stars, the 6'3", 224-pound slugger seems certain to get an extended look; he could hit 25 homers and drive in 90 runs.

Carlos Pe�a, 1B, Athletics
Scouts compare this smooth-fielding, line-drive-hitting infielder to a young Keith Hernandez. In fact, he might be better.

Mark Prior, RHP, Cubs
After going 15-1 with 1.69 ERA at Southern Cal last spring, this hard-throwing 21-year-old will start the season in Double A.

Ramon Vazquez, SS, Padres
He joins Burroughs on the all-rookie left side of the San Diego infield. He's acrobatic and strong-armed, but was his .300 average in Triple A a fluke?

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