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Ben Paulsen

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Ben Paulsen
Name: Benjamin Michael Paulsen
Born: Oct 27, 1987 in Plymouth, Wis. USA
High School: Kell HS, Marietta, Ga.
College: Clemson
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 3rd round (90th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2009 (signed for $391,000)
Paulsen's father Tom Riginos is Clemson's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and Paulsen has made him proud by being the Tigers' best hitter this season. He's more of a hitter in the Mark Grace mold, with a smooth lefthanded swing. He uses the whole field and ranked second in the ACC (behind only Dustin Ackley) in hits. Paulsen's ultimate value is tied to his power; he's just an average defender and is limited to first base. His lack of patience at the plate works against him in terms of getting to his power, as at times he doesn't work himself into power hitter's counts. Teams that focus on his strong Cape Cod League performance (.290/.335/.497, eight home runs) could pop Paulsen as high as the third round. Skeptics will recall Michael Johnson, a Clemson first baseman drafted 54th overall in 2002 whose slider bat speed made him a 4-A player.
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