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Scouting Report: SS, Erick Almonte

SS, Erick Almonte

Erick Almonte, now 25 years old, likely will not be the heir apparent to Derek Jeter at shortstop. He filled in respectably for one of the American League's top players in April, as the Yankees still managed to build a lead in the Eastern Division. But his range has been called into question and he has not developed into a consistent power threat.

At the highest point of his career thus far, Almonte's first game this season was a 2-for-5 showing with a home run and three RBI against the Blue Jays. The rest of his stint with the Yankees this year, though, has been unremarkable to date (he's back on the Yankee roster in September). He hit no more homers and drove in eight more runs in 90 more at-bats. After a one-week trip to the Gulf Coast...

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