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Michael Woods, 2b
Southern (La.) U.


Woods will become the Southwestern Athletic Conference's first first-round pick since Jackson State righthander Earl Sanders in 1986. He made a run at the Division I batting title this spring, batting .469 entering regionals, and stole 32 bases in 35 attempts while battling hamstring injuries. He doesn't have plus speed, which limits him to second base, where he'll be an above-average offensive performer. Balls jump off his bat. Scouts praise his instincts and leadership. He reinjured his hamstring during the conference tournament but played through it to win MVP honors as Southern took the title. Though Woods is attractive to teams putting a premium on signability, he has legitimate first-round talent.

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