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Xavier Nady, 3b
California


Photo: Larry Goren

Nady was the most closely watched player in the country this spring, often attracting as many as 40 scouts for batting practice alone. After pressing early, he solidified his stock by hitting with authority again down the stretch, taking his average from the low .300s to the high .300s. With Nady, it's all about the bat. He has exceptional hand-eye coordination, hits all pitches and pitchers and, according to scouts, has more raw power than Pat Burrell or Eric Munson--the first college players selected in the last two drafts--even though he's smaller. Nady ranks third on the Pacific-10 Conference career home run list. He doesn't bring anything else above-average to the table, and scouts seem resigned that he will never be more than an average third baseman. He may even move to first base, but his bat will play at any position.

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