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Peter Gammons
September 14, 1987
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September 14, 1987

Baseball

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1) Gregg Jefferies, 20, infield, Mets (.367, 20 HRs, 101 RBIs, Class AA). "A great switch hitter with a Pete Rose approach and speed." The Mets organization is so deep in infielders, Jefferies could end up in left.

2) Gary Sheffield, 19, SS, Brewers (.277, 17 HRs, 105 RBIs, A). "Exceptional production possibilities. Will make jump to majors quickly and has convinced everyone in the organization he can play short."

3) Hensley (Bam Bam) Meulens, 20, 3B, Yankees (.300, 28 HRs, 103 RBIs, A). "The greatest player ever out of Cura�ao. Has Pedro Guerrero build with 50 home-run power."

4) Kevin Elster, 23, SS, Mets (.310, 8 HRs, 74 RBIs, AAA). "The Mets' shortstop for years to come—his offense this year caught up to his defense."

5) Brady Anderson, 23, OF, Red Sox (.294 in AA, .380 in AAA). "Outstanding centerfielder with speed, power and aggressiveness. A Von Hayes type."

6) Jay Buhner, 23, OF, Yankees (.279, 31 HRs, 85 RBIs, AAA). "Hitch in [righthanded] swing makes power to right center, but very aggressive player with power and above-average defensive skills."

7) Mike Devereaux, 24, OF, Dodgers (.301, 26 HRs, 91 RBIs, AA). "In college [ Arizona State] was considered a defensive liability in shadow of teammates Barry Bonds and Oddibe McDowell, but made great strides. Best the Dodgers have."

8) Eddie Williams, 22, 3B, Indians (.291, 22 HRs, 85 RBIs, AAA). "Unlimited power potential. [Lack of] motivation and desire are all that can keep him from stardom."

9) Sandy Alomar Jr., 21, C, Padres (.307, 8 HRs, 65 RBIs, AA). "Has more tools than Benito Santiago," San Diego's fine rookie catcher.

10) Roberto Alomar, 19, SS, Padres (.319, 12 HRs, 68 RBIs, 43 SBs, AA). "Can do everything. Oh, that the father [ San Diego coach and former major leaguer Sandy Sr.] had these tools."

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