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|Klein Collins had legitimate state- and national-title aspirations until shortstop C.J. Hinojosa and lefthander Cody Geisler succumbed to shoulder injuries. The only Tigers star who stayed healthy was Dean, who moved from first base to second after Hinojosa went down. One of the top high school hitters in Texas, Dean makes consistent hard contact from the right side of the plate. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has the swing and bat speed to hit for both average and power. He has some athleticism and close to average speed, but a lack of arm strength and footwork limits him defensively and knocks him down draft boards a bit. Dean could get a chance at second base, though left field could be his ultimate destination. Like Hinojosa, he's expected to attend Texas rather than turn pro.
|Hinojosa planned to graduate early from high school last winter so he could enroll at Texas and become the Longhorns' starting shortstop this spring. But his academic load became overwhelming, so he opted to graduate with his class in June. Hinojosa has one plus tool: his righthanded bat. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has a quick bat and sees pitches well, allowing him to drive the ball to all fields with good pop for a middle infielder. His average speed and solid arm play up because of his instincts, which give him a chance to stick at shortstop in pro ball. He makes all the plays and would have pushed projected first-rounder Gavin Cecchini to second base on the U.S. 18-and-under team last summer had Hinojosa not injured his non-throwing shoulder. Scouts still don't think any team will be able to sign him away from Texas. They also were disappointed that he let his 5-foot-11, 185-pound frame get a little soft this year, though that didn't stop him from playing well before he had surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder in April.