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Top Prospect Alert - Xavier Nady

By Robert Sherry

Xavier Nady: Probably the most known of anyone entering the 2000 draft, Nady was once considered to be a possible number one overall selection, but slipped down into the second round partially because he signed on with agent Scott Boras. Most teams tended to shy  away, but San Diego took the risk with the 49th overall selection and eventually was able to get Nady signed to a creative, back-loaded major league contract, with a guarantee of at least $2.85 million.

A former three-time college All-American at the University of California, Nady could have played one more season but decided to turn pro instead. He finished his college career with an impressive resume, including breaking the Pac-10 Conference slugging percent record, previously held by Mark McGwire. He also set school records in home runs (57) and runs batted in (191).
 
At 6-foot-4 and about 220 pounds, this 22-year-old right-handed slugger has as much power up-side as anyone that was available in the draft. His power gets the most notice, but Nady is someone who could be an all-around great hitter.  He has the chance to hit for both a high average as well as putting up some very big power numbers. Nady's hitting is easily his best tool and is ahead of his defense at third base. With the likes of Sean Burroughs getting close to the majors, It's most likely you will see him eventually shift to another position, possibly a corner outfield spot when he gets to San Diego.

Even though he has yet to play a minor league game, you can expect him to move as quickly through the minors as anyone that was in the draft as he was the most major league ready of anyone available. The Padres are desperate for power hitters so that should only add to a quick rise through the system. No matter if the organization decides to start him at High-A or Double-A in 2001, I think you could see him up within a year. Right now at this point of his development, he already has as much, if not better power than anyone currently on the Padres major league roster. He's someone who you could see hitting 40 homers in the majors.


 

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