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Young primed to hit the stratosphere

Originally Published: February 9, 2006
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

The idea here is to identify the next Derrek Lee. Good luck on that.

If we take every element of Lee's rise into stardom in 2005, we might as well search for the proverbial needle in a haystack. There aren't many who ever come as far as the Cubs' first baseman did last year.

Entering the season at age 29, with eight years and 1,027 games of experience, Lee had never been an All-Star. He had never driven in 100 runs nor scored 100 runs. He had never won a batting title. He had never ...

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