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Van Pope

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Van Pope
Name: Peter Van Pope
Born: Feb 26, 1984 in Jackson, Miss. USA
High School: Terry (Miss.) HS
College: Meridian (Miss.) JC
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 5th round (161st overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2004 (signed for $200,000)
Mississippi has three premium junior college prospects, and all have committed to Ole Miss. Ranked the top prospect in the Central Illinois Collegiate League last summer, 3B/RHP Van Pope has played like the state's best junior-college player all spring, leading Meridian CC into postseason play with his bat and a power arm. While Pope throws a 90-92 mph fastball and had five saves this spring, his tools as an infielder make him a better draft as a position player. He takes a big hack and can be too aggressive at the plate, but he hit 15 homers despite a steady diet of breaking balls and saved his best play for the postseason. His pitch recognition and strike-zone judgment have improved. Defensively, his feet, hands and range might be good enough for second, and he has plenty of arm for third.
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