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At first, take your pick

Originally Published: June 4, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

For years, Major League Baseball teams have had a fascination with first basemen who can rake, and a corresponding reluctance to select them early in the draft.

Nothing captivates scouting directors more than a polished hitter with tape-measure capability. But red flags have an extended shelf life in the scouting world, and old adages tend to linger for a reason.

Talent evaluators agree that hitting is the most challenging skill to assess, and the risks are magnified at first ...

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