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BATTING: Powerful pull hitter with good wrists, gets out ahead of ball; will be doubly dangerous in Yankee Stadium. Death on high inside fast balls; keep pitches low and away or make him hit to center with high fast ball outside. Left-handers can curve him. Good hunter, hustles very hard.
FIELDING: Because of size, reacts slowly to hard-hit balls to either side; otherwise above-average third baseman who charges ball well, has strong arm.
BASE RUNNING: Won't steal but has good speed, one of best base runners on club.
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BATTING: Low-average hitter but dangerous in the clutch; has determination and good power. Stay away from low inside fast ball; he can pull sharply and will put it into stands. Curve him low and outside, use high tight fast ball to set him up. Keep change-up on outside corner. Can't bunt.
FIELDING: A superior receiver who studies the hitters, has very good arm, never stops hustling. Despite lack of speed, reacts very fast behind plate, handles bunts, backs up the play.
BASE RUNNING: Slow, won't steal.
BATTING: Fiery competitor, can be dangerous in clutch. Only fair power but is good hit-and-run man, good on sacrifice bunt, hard to fool, gets on base a lot. Primarily a fast-ball hitter; likes pitch inside. Feed him curves, changeup, keep ball on outside.
FIELDING: Two major weaknesses are lack of range and inability to throw runner out from hole. Otherwise steady, has quick hands and accurate arm, plays hitters well, gets ball away fast on double play.