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Bryan Bass, ss
Seminole (Fla.) HS


Bass' father moved him to Florida this spring to get him better exposure, but he ended up getting less. Bass had planned to attend Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, and when that didn't work out he opted for Seminole. The family consulted with the Florida High School Activities Association throughout the process, but the association subsequently declared him ineligible and forced Seminole to forfeit the 10 games Bass played in. Despite his lack of game action in 2001, he's one of the nation's best shortstops in a draft short on them. Defensively, Bass has the hands, arm and footwork to excel at the position. He's also a switch-hitter with gap power from both sides, and he's an above-average runner. He'll need to make adjustments to his swing to succeed against quality pitching. Several scouts don't care for Bass' perceived arrogance, but he's the best athlete among the draft's middle infielders. He has accepted a football scholarship from Alabama as a wide receiver, though he's expected to sign. He has two brothers already in professional baseball.

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