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4th round pick - Kyle Hudson, CF, U of Illinois


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maybe Jordan will follow the Boston or Tampa trend, cause you can't shut down speed.

Yes you can, easily.Nobody can steal first base. Tampa and Boston aren't fighting for first because of speed.It's because Boston is first in runs and second in pitching, and TB is third in pitching and does well enough (6th) in runs.

Boston has Ramirez and Ortiz who will never make anybody forget Jim Thorpe in terms of athleticism.They score runs-period.TB has younger faster guys but they also win because they hit.

Of course the Orioles had a supurb athlete and speed guy in Freddie Bynum. Where is he again?

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Boston has Ramirez and Ortiz who will never make anybody forget Jim Thorpe in terms of athleticism.They score runs-period.

That's not true - Ramirez also allows runs, by being the worst fielding leftfielder in the game. It's doubtful that he could play in the field for a team that didn't have a grotesque stadium.

Carl Crawford, on the other hand, has the range of a good centerfielder. It makes a difference.

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That's not true - Ramirez also allows runs, by being the worst fielding leftfielder in the game. It's doubtful that he could play in the field for a team that didn't have a grotesque stadium.

Carl Crawford, on the other hand, has the range of a good centerfielder. It makes a difference.

I think Raul Ibanez is worse then Ramirez actually. But I'm just being a smartass and your point is taken.

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The big "X Factor" with Hudson is, what will he do now that he is focusing exclusively on baseball for the first time in his career? I think the first 1.5 years will be very telling -- either he'll be an exponential improver (in which case he could potentially be a solution at lead-off) or he could make mild improvements as he progresses (in which case my best bet would be that he is too far behind the developmental curve, offensively, to be a difference maker at the ML-level.

I don't remember where I rated him, but I think it was around a C/C+. 80-speed, poor hitting, but good raw athleticism -- could carve out a career as a 4th/5th OF even if the hitting doesn't come around, based on his defense and baserunning.

EDIT: Oops, I just noticed I had his grade in my signature -- C+!

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