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Eugene Emeralds 2006 Hitter of the Year

The Northwest League, and subsequently the Eugene Emeralds, has traditionally been a place where prospects in the San Diego Padres system bats go to die. This year, however, was different.

After hitting .252 as a team in 2001, the Eugene Emeralds squads from 2002 through 2005 never topped the .250 marker and twice notched averages of .238. One of those .238 years came in 2005. But this past season the Ems were inundated with more talent than ever in recent history and responded with a .256 batting average with two regulars topping .300 – two of just six in the entire league – and...

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