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BATTING: Called up from Triple-A in July, has been late-season phenom. A fast-ball hitter with good wrists, he's always out ahead of ball, will put inside pitch in the stands. Use changeup and curve him outside.
FIELDING: Not a good outfielder. Pair speed but unsure on fly balls, doesn't get good jump. Arm is strong, not always accurate. Despite hitting, may play less in Series than vastly superior-fielding veterans Pafko and Bruton.
BASE RUNNING: Runs bases well, will stretch hit, but no threat to steal.
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BATTING: Good hitter with smooth, controlled swing. Not much power but hits sharply to all fields. Hard to fool, gets good wood on most pitches. Left-handers don't seem to bother him. Likes fast ball out over plate; throw him changeup, occasional curve. Fast ball on fists will sometimes get him out.
FIELDING: A superior first baseman; agile, pivots and shifts well, handles balls in dirt, good at charging bunts and slow rollers.
BASE RUNNING: Big and slow, won't steal, seldom goes for the extra base.
PITCHING: One of the great competitors; at 36 just completed eighth 20-victory season. Holds double handful of National League pitching records. Once-feared fast ball no longer overpowering but still quick and sneaky; depends more on fast and slow curve, changeup, exceptional control. With travel breaks, could pitch three games in seven-game Series.