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Analyzing the First Basemen

Duda should be the starter in Double-A in 2009

There will come a time in the near future where a new first baseman at the big league level will be required. Now the question remains whether or not that successor will come from the system. Intriguing options have developed over the past two seasons and now there is competition to see who will separate from the pack.

Highest Ceiling: Nick Evans: Is he a prospect? Is he no longer a prospect? There are two sides to that debate, but Evans totaled 109 at-bats in 50 big league games [21 below the rookie cut off] and could be looking at a spot in the Triple-A roster if he does not thoroughly impress during Spring Training. Nonetheless, his balance at the plate and in the field is head and shoulders above the...

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