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Alejandro De Aza

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Rookie outfielder Alejandro De Aza has won the starting centerfield job in Florida. One of the losers in the battle, Alex Sanchez, was released, and the other, Eric Reed, was assigned to AAA. In other Marlins' news, LRP Taylor Tankersley and RF Jeremy Hermida have been placed on the DL.

Alot of ink is going to be spilled trying to predict how De Aza will do. His OBP and strikeout rates are better than Eric Reed's, who has apparently never met a pitch he couldn't swing at and miss. If he can hold onto his walk rate, he should get on base enough to be a factor with his speed. In mixed leagues, he holds little value. In NL-only ones, he is a sleeper for speed. If he produces enough to hold the job all year, then he should be a quality speed option.

Year Team Lg Age Level AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG
2002 GCL Ddgers GCL 18 Rk 128 27 29 6 1 1 14 16 2 22 17 0.227 0.346 0.313
2003 Ogden Pio 19 Rk 208 36 48 11 1 2 24 15 6 23 34 0.231 0.336 0.322
2004 Columbus SAL 20 A 341 63 87 17 2 4 45 24 10 38 54 0.255 0.346 0.352
2005 Jupiter FSL 21 A+ 472 75 135 24 9 3 37 34 17 58 87 0.286 0.370 0.394
2006 GCL Marlns GCL 22 Rk 24 7 11 1 0 0 4 3 2 4 2 0.458 0.536 0.500
Jupiter FSL 22 A+ 7 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.143 0.143 0.429
Carolina Sou 22 AA 230 40 64 12 2 2 16 27 10 21 46 0.278 0.346 0.374
Totals 1410 249 375 71 16 12 140 119 48 166 242 0.266 0.355 0.365