Mlb Week

September 03, 2006

A scout's take

On Chris Duncan, St. Louis Cardinals 25-year-old outfielder

Hitting -- He's got good power and has shown in a very short time that he has a good feel for hitting. He has loft power, so he may not hit for too high an average. But in terms of on-base and slugging percentage, I think he'll be very productive.

Attitude -- Tremendous. He's a terrific teammate. He has never wanted anything handed to him because of his dad's situation [his father, Dave, is the Cardinals pitching coach and a former Oriole and big league catcher]. He's always real popular in a clubhouse and, coming from a baseball family, he knows he should show respect for the game. It's a shame other kids don't bring that same quality to the table.

Comparison -- I'd say he might be Hank Blalock. Hank's been a 25-homer guy for three years or so now, and the more he has played, the better player he has become. Chris just needed a similar opportunity. They even kind of look the same, tow-headed blonds.

Note -- "A scout's take" features one major league scout's opinion on a particular player each week. A revolving roundtable of scouts is used. Because of potential tampering, the scouts are anonymous.

Say what?

"It's his life. It's not about him not being able to get out of the sixth inning. ... We are praying for him."

Boston reliever Mike Timlin on news that Red Sox rookie starter Jon Lester, 22, has been diagnosed with lymphoma after undergoing tests to discover the cause of his swollen lymph nodes.

Numbing number

2

No. 1 overall picks in the amateur draft that have homered in their first major league game. Tampa Bay's Delmon Young did it last week to join Atlanta's Bob Horner (1978).

What's up?

The Detroit Tigers make their final regular-season visit to the Metrodome to take on the Minnesota Twins for four games starting Thursday. The Chicago White Sox go to Boston's Fenway Park tomorrow. The Los Angeles Dodgers visit the New York Mets for a four-game series Thursday that could be a preview of the National League Championship Series. Wild-card hopefuls Houston and Philadelphia meet at Citizens Bank Park for three starting tomorrow, while the San Francisco Giants travel to Cincinnati tomorrow.

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