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Scouting: THE FINAL FOUR
October 14, 2002
SI asked major league scouts who closely followed the Division Series to analyze the four teams in the League Championship Series. The scouts were promised anonymity in exchange for their candor. Here's what they revealed. (Players listed with 2002 regular-season stats.)
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October 14, 2002

Scouting: The Final Four

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BULLPEN
RHP Troy Percival has a tremendous closer's mentality. He's got a high-octane fastball—95 to 98 mph—and a real good curve. RHP Francisco Rodriguez is a nightmare for the Twins because they haven't seen him, and they're a team that gets too aggressive at the plate. Can LHP Scott Schoenweis get the tough lefties out in the eighth? He's one of the keys.

HOW TO BEAT THEM
Pitch around Anderson. Throw inside to the big righty hitters. Be alert on infield defense; they all bunt and they all run. Their Achilles' heel is starting pitchers: They're not as strong as the other playoff teams.

Minnesota TWINS

ROTATION

Brad Radke, RHP (9-5, 4.72 ERA). Throws a fastball and change with superior command. He'd better have that command, because his fastball isn't what it used to be.

Joe Mays, RHP (4-8, 5.38 ERA). A Radke clone, but unlike his teammate he relies on his breaking ball and has only an average fastball. He had arm trouble during the season, but he seemed O.K. down the stretch.

Rick Reed, RHP (15-7, 3.78 ERA). A survivor who's been through the wars. Spots his pitches well while adding and subtracting velocity.

Eric Milton, LHP (13-9, 4.84 ERA). Has the best arm of anybody in the rotation; a plus fastball and a good cutter. He seems to be getting his command back, but he still doesn't have as much command as the other three guys.

BENCH
C Tom Prince is one of the best backups in baseball. OF Dustin Mohr's productivity dropped off significantly in the second half. OF Bobby Kielty is a switch-hitter with ability.

BULLPEN
LHP Eddie Guardado, the closer, has been all over the place the past few weeks. RHP LaTroy Hawkins has a big arm and a history of inconsistency. LHP J.C. Romero is a top-shelf setup guy with closer's stuff. LHP Johan Santana gives them three power arms from the left side.

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