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Rocco Baldelli, of
Bishop Hendricken HS; Cumberland, R.I.

Like fellow New Englander Rick Asadoorian, the Red Sox' first-round pick last year, Baldelli came on strong this spring. Had he not pulled an oblique muscle in his side in early May, he might have climbed into the top half of the first round. As it stands, he figures to be a prime pick for the Red Sox at No. 22. Baldelli, 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, is one of the best athletes in the draft. He was the Rhode Island indoor sprint champion this winter and led his school to state titles in basketball, baseball and volleyball in the last 18 months. He's also a top high jumper. As for his baseball talent, all of his tools except his arm strength are average or above. His best tool is speed--he runs the 60 in 6.5 seconds and has been clocked at 3.8 seconds to first base. In just 32 at-bats this spring, he hit .531-5-13 with nine stolen bases. His commitment to Wake Forest becomes an option only if teams can't get a good handle on his injury.

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