A scout's take -- Adrian Gonzalez , San Diego Padres' 25-year-old first baseman

June 24, 2007

Offense -- He can hit anything. What makes him such a good hitter is that he can use all fields. He doesn't have the optimum amount of power for a first baseman but he can be a Mark Grace-type hitter.

Defense -- He is very smooth. He has very soft hands and can make saves. He's very stylish, like Keith Hernandez without the range. His range is a little suspect, but I think there is potential there.

Overall -- Adrian has a chance to win a batting title and a Gold Glove. He's that kind of player. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if he ends up as a lifetime .300 hitter. He is already the best hitter in that lineup.

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