Rocco Baldelli's new role

Former 2000 first-round draft pick now scouting amateur players for Rays

Updated: June 2, 2011, 1:21 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Rocco Baldelli's new career as a troubleshooting scout for the Tampa Bay Rays got off to a shaky start this spring when he suffered a case of food poisoning that necessitated a trip to the emergency room. All evidence points to a concession stand hamburger at a Georgia high school game as the source of Baldelli's distress.

The job has taken a more upbeat turn in recent weeks. Each new day at a high school or college game confirms Baldelli's gut instinct that he's in his element scouting ...

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