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Best of the system: Top 5 first basemen

Fernando Valenzuela

The San Diego Padres have been stocked with so many first basemen in the system that many have changed positions and don't even qualify. <br><br> <b>5.</b> Fernando Valenzuela Jr.--Love the name, might love it more if he were a pitcher. Valenzuela had impressive numbers at Lo-A Fort Wayne, but they were impressive numbers for a slick fielding second baseman, not a lumbering corner infielder.

On the positive side, he should crush the ball in the California League and was a very consistent hitter all year long with an average that never hit a snag. He also showed solid patience at the plate. He just happens to be at a tough position and will never be able to move from it. Fernando Valenzuela's defense seems almost beyond help, and if he doesn't start hitting for power soon (he hit...

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