A scout's take -- Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox's 23-year-old second baseman

May 13, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO | ROCH KUBATKO,Sun Reporter

Hitting -- The guy's a spray hitter. He can hit the ball to all fields, which makes him tough to defense. He plays a lot of small ball - bunts, hit-and-run. He does a lot of the little things to help a team. You could make a comparison to Bill Ripken.

Weaknesses -- He's not a big tools guy. He's not a runner. He doesn't steal a lot of bases. He doesn't hit for power.

Future -- He's a guy who, every year, they'll try to replace him and he's just always going to keep his job. He's a good player. I like him. But he'll always have to fight to keep his job.

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.

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