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Evan Longoria

#3 | 3B/DH
Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks
Evan Longoria
Name: Evan Michael Longoria
Born: Oct 7, 1985 in Downey, CA
High School: St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif.
College: Long Beach State
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (3rd overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006 (signed for $3,000,000)
After emerging last summer with an MVP performance in the Cape Cod League, Longoria cemented his status as a premium draft prospect with a strong spring and enters the draft as the consensus choice as the best of a weak crop of hitters. While his name's similarity to that of "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria attracted attention, Longoria is not related to her. He wasn't drafted out of high school or a year later at Rio Hondo (Calif.) Junior College, but his game and body have matured since then. Longoria has grown two inches and 25 pounds since junior college, adding strength to a smooth swing that generates solid-average power. He has excellent hands that translate well both at the plate and in the field. Longoria's bat speed gives him at least average power, and it allows him to let balls get deep and use the entire field. While he filled in at shortstop last spring for the injured Troy Tulowitzki, the eventual No. 7 overall pick of the Rockies, Longoria has played mostly third base in 2006 and is a solid defender there with plenty of arm strength. He also could play second base, where he'd be an above-average offensive player.
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