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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... Recommended Stories

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