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Abreu's Raw Talent Is On Display In Lake County

Abreu's Raw Talent Is On Display In Lake County
May 24, 2009
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Over the course of the past two seasons, there have been few highly regarded hitting prospects to pass through Single-A Lake County. Sure, the Captains have had several solid hitting prospects come through last year and this season, but few considered to have a potential impact bat in the big leagues.

The one exception is outfielder Abner Abreu. Many who watch him may come away less than impressed if they see him play just one game, but he is one of the best hitting prospects to come through Lake County in some time, maybe since outfielders Brian Barton and Trevor Crowe were in Lake County for parts of 2005. His youth combined with his unbelievable raw power make him an exciting player to watch as he continues to learn day in and day out, and you have to watch him over the course of several games to truly appreciate how special of a player he is.

"Abner is impressive," said Indians Farm Director Ross Atkins in a recent interview. "When you look at him he looks a little like a young Vladimir Guerrero. He is a lean, lanky type of powerful athlete. He has plenty of arm strength, he is almost an average runner, and has well above average power."

Abreu had a breakthrough season last year when as an 18-year old in the rookie level Gulf Coast League he hit .251 with 11 HR, 37 RBI, and had an .827 OPS. He lead the league in doubles (16), home runs (11), total bases (107) and slugging percentage (.538), and was second in RBI (37). So far, as a 19-year old in the South Atlantic League, after a rocky start he has really held his own.

"He's only 19 in the South Atlantic League and is getting his fair share of breaking balls,

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