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Toughest outs

Mark Schlereth names the toughest outs in college baseball.

Updated: April 22, 2008, 5:18 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 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 National League.

Tough outs

Yonder Alonso, Miami (Fla.): He seems like he could hit from the womb. Alonso is the best combo of hitting, power, and plate discipline.

Gordon Beckham, Georgia: Day in and day out he is the most dominant hitter in college baseball this year.

David Cooper, Cal: In a word: dangerous. Cooper would hit in the three, four or five spot in any order in the country.

Ike Davis, Arizona State: He's beginning to realize his enormous potential. The bigger the game, the better he plays.

Jon Gaston, Arizona: He epitomizes this category. He's confident, aggressive, has great speed, strength and a nasty disposition.

Reese Havens, South Carolina: Havens has power and plate discipline from the leadoff spot. He is absolutely fearless at the plate.

Ollie Linton, UC Irvine: This speedster disrupts the rhythm of pitchers and he wreaks havoc on the basepath.

Brett Wallace, Arizona State: Wallace is the best hitter in the best lineup in the country.

Jemile Weeks, Miami (Fla.): This kid is a versatile offensive package. He pressures defenses with his speed and possesses big time poise.

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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