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Adrian Gonzalez, 1b
Eastlake HS; Chula Vista, Calif.

Photo: Wagner Photography

Gonzalez is one of the rare players in whom scouts can find little fault. His stock has soared this spring, and he's even been mentioned as a possible compromise No. 1 pick overall. Gonzalez is seen as a Mark Grace clone with a little more power. He put up outstanding numbers, hitting .645-13-34, and may be the best pure hitter in the draft. He has excellent hand strength and quickness and drives balls to all fields. Like Grace, he is also an accomplished defensive first baseman who's agile around the bag. Gonzalez is a likable young man who acts like an assistant coach on his high school team, routinely helping run practice. He has committed to nearby San Diego State, Grace's alma mater, but it's unlikely he'll ever put on an Aztecs uniform.

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