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30 BOBBY SHANTZ
PITCHING: Made great comeback this season but has slowed down in last two months, appears to be tired. Throws a little of everything: several types of curves, sneaky fast ball, knuckler, very good changeup. Pitches to spots, so control can be a problem; when it's off, he is in trouble.
FIELDING: Probably best in baseball. Very quick and will go for lead runner in bunt situation whenever possible.
BATTING: Dangerous hitter. Bats right and can pull sharply; hard to fool. Watch him on the bases; he can run.
18 DON LARSEN
PITCHING: Hasn't looked like no-hit pitcher this year, but then he didn't until fifth game of World Series last year either. Could come through with big game. Biggest pitcher on Yankee staff, throws very good fast ball, excellent slider, uses indifferent change-of-pace for third pitch. Highly temperamental, he is erratic and control is streaky. Has been hit hard most of season, walks too many on his bad days.
FIELDING: Too slow, not a good fielder.
BATTING: Very good hitter for a pitcher, with above-average power.
55 BOB GRIM
PITCHING: Will probably be Stengel's No. 1 short relief man. Can throw the ball very hard for a few innings, which is the way he likes to pitch. Very aggressive and highly determined, always confident he can beat you. Throws very good sidearm fast ball, good slider and curve; motion is deceptive and one of his biggest assets. Can be expected to have good control.