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Five best power hitters

Mark Schlereth names five of the best college power hitters.

Updated: April 22, 2008, 5:15 PM ET
By Mark Schlereth | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: While traveling around the country Mark Schlereth is going to talk to MLB scouts and ask them to rank their five best players at certain positions and in certain situations. The one rule is the scout has to have seen the players in action. We're also going to give the scouts anonymity so that their teams' potential draft plans won't be corrupted. This week's scout is from the American League.

Five great college power hitters

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1. Brett Wallace, 3B, Arizona St. University: He's listed at 6'1, 245 pounds and this kid can flat out rake for the No. 1 team in the country.

2. Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Vanderbilt: The 6'2, 225 pounder is a great combination of agility and power. His Commodore team is thriving right now with an 18-6 record despite Alvarez still being out with a broken bone in his right hand.

3. Ike Davis, 1B, Arizona State: This rangy first baseman has power to all fields.

4. Jared Clark, 1B, Cal State Fullerton: This kid is a big strong first baseman. He's a light tower of power as evidenced by his three homers, 10 doubles and 22 RBIs.

5. Logan Forsythe, 3B, University of Arkansas: This kid has tremendous bat speed and is a very athletic third baseman for the Razorbacks.

Up and Coming Sophomore

Dillon Baird, 3B, University of Arizona: Baird is a young, powerful third baseman in the mold of a young Jim Thome.

Former All-Pro guard Mark Schlereth joined ESPN in 2002 as an analyst for NFL 2Night, now NFL Live. He brings 12 years of NFL playing experience to the role. Schlereth has also filled in on numerous ESPN radio shows.

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