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Scouting Yankees Prospect #2: Jose Tabata

Tabata is looking for a healthy 2007 season

The Yankees signed outfielder Jose Tabata out of Venezuela for $500,000 as a 16-year old in 2004. After making his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League in 2005, he quickly turned some heads in the South Atlantic League last season before a nagging thumb injury ended his year prematurely. Here's a scouting report on Jose Tabata.

Vital Statistics: Name: Jose Tabata Position: Outfield DOB: August 12, 1988 Height: 5'11" Weight: 205 Bats: Right Throws: Right "I started playing well," Tabata said of his 2006 performance through the help of Carlos Rios translating. "I had a good beginning and really put up some good numbers early, but then halfway through, a little bit over halfway through, I got hurt and lost some time...

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