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Marcus Giles -- By Robert Sherry

The younger brother of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Brian,Marcus has continually progressed forward in development to the point where he is the Atlanta Braves future second baseman. At 5 foot 8 and about 180 pounds, he most people are surprised when they first seem him, since going by the numbers, you don't expect someone of his size to be a power force. But after seeing his muscular form, it's no surprise that he put up 37 home runs, 108 RBI, 85 walks, 38 doubles, all while hitting .329 and slugging .636 at Single-A Macon in 1998. He has a very nice compact swing. The only hole I saw in Marcus' game was his defense, but in 1999 he continued to show improvement at Myrtle Beach. He will never develop into a gold glover winner in the filed,but it is his bat that will get him to Atlanta and keep him there well into the 21st Century.

The former 53 round draft pick in 1996 out of El Cajon High School (CA) was MVP of the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in 1998 and the MVP of the Carolina League All-Star Game MVP in 1999. This past season also brought the righthander the MVP award for the Carolina League where he hit .326, with 13 HR's, 73 RBI, 7 triples and 40 doubles while forming the double-play combination with the Braves other top infield prospect,Rafael Furcal,for part of the season. Marcus is one of my favorite minor leaguers and is one of the best second base prospects at any level. He be another great Braves prospect to develop into a star.


 

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