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Scouting Yankees Prospect #1: Jose Tabata

The Yankees signed outfielder Jose Tabata out of Venezuela for $500,000 as a 16-year old in 2004. The career .305 hitter was once again one of the youngest players in his league last season and chipped in with a .307 average with the Tampa Yankees, but yet his critics still point to his lack of home runs. The Yankees however are not the least bit concerned.

Vital Statistics: Name: Jose Tabata Position: Outfield DOB: August 12, 1988 Height: 5'11" Weight: 205 Bats: Right Throws: Right "Absolutely not," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said emphatically. "I think he was the youngest player in the Florida State League this year and he hit over .300. The conversation should end right there. "The Florida State League, first of all, is a bandbox...