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Todd Linden, of
Louisiana State

The Cape Cod League's top prospect in 2000, Linden showed four strong tools and figured to be one of the first picks in this year's draft. He hasn't lived up to that billing after transferring from Washington to Louisiana State and now looks more like a sandwich pick. It's possible a team will take him earlier than that based on last summer. Linden offers power from both sides of the plate. This spring he has used an all-or-nothing swing that good pitchers have been able to exploit. He has missed a lot of pitches, though his production did increase in the second half of the season. He hasn't run as well or looked as smooth as he did on the Cape. He has played both left and center field for the Tigers, with left his likely destination as a pro because his arm is average at best. His immaturity, which prompted a transfer, bothers some scouts.

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