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J.J. Hardy, ss
Sabino HS, Tucson


Hardy comes from athletic stock. His father Mark is a former professional tennis player and his mother Susan once played on the LPGA tour. Hardy has the kind of athletic skills that have enabled him to play almost any position on the field, and he ranks as one of the top two-way players in the draft. Teams agree that he is a third-round talent but are divided whether he's more appealing as a pitcher or a hitter. He was used at shortstop (.455-8-34, 15 SB) and closer (4-1, 2.03, 8 SV, 41 IP, 5 BB, 57 SO) this spring. His own preference is to be a position player. His tools are average to slightly above-average across the board. He has been clocked at 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash and at 89-92 mph off the mound.

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