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BASE RUNNING: Speed only average but gets jump, will occasionally steal.
9 JOE ADCOCK
BATTING: Missed two-thirds of season with broken leg, may not be in top shape. Great power but not a pull hitter; less dangerous in Yankee Stadium because of big center field. Strength is out over plate, up and outside; sometimes guesses and will anticipate the outside pitch. Curve him low and away, move ball around, occasionally come in tight when you catch him leaning.
FIELDING: Adequate but too big to be highly mobile around bag. Good on balls in dirt but doesn't shift or pivot well.
BASE RUNNING: Slow, no threat on bases.
BATTING: Big, powerful, hits the ball a long way. Despite sitting on bench first half of season, trails only Aaron and Mathews in home runs. Likes fast ball outside. Pitch him tight and low, mix in occasional curve on outside corner to keep him off balance.
FIELDING: Has good hands, average arm, can run but doesn't get good jump on fly ball. Yankee Stadium left field could cause him lots of trouble. Has tendency to be lazy in field when not hitting.
BASE RUNNING: Below-average despite fair speed. No threat to steal.
12 BOB HAZLE