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Mike Fontenot, 2b
Louisiana State


It's not often that a second baseman gets drafted in the first round, but Louisiana colleges should produce two such players in 2001. Fontenot turned down a six-figure bonus as the Devil Rays' 21st-round pick in 1999, choosing instead to continue Louisiana State's rich second-base tradition, which includes Todd Walker and Warren Morris. Fontenot had hamate surgery on his wrist in December but continued to sting the ball in impressive fashion for a 5-foot-8, 165-pounder. He had hamstring problems as well. When he's healthy he has plus speed and knows how to use it. He's a sound defender at second base. If he were taller, he'd probably be a top 10 pick. A draft-eligible sophomore, Fontenot's name has been associated with the Devil Rays if they want to go cheap with the No. 3 pick. He's more likely to go at the end of the first round.

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