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Bernie On The Scene: A Look At First Base Prospects

Bernie Pleskoff

Bernie Pleskoff

Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.

I recently began a series of articles on position specific prospects. Today, I continue that series with a look at prospect first basemen.

I will likely omit someone you really like. It happens.

First base is a position in transition. As a matter of fact, corner infielders are in demand. Especially those with power.

Power hitting is becoming much more scarce. There are lots of reasons. Pitching has gotten tremendous attention. Many good young athletes turn to pitching in high school and college. In addition, young guys don't play that much sandlot or neighborhood “pick up” baseball. They play soccer, basketball and spend time with their video games. We just don't have the same type of baseball intensity that was prevalent a couple decades ago. The toll is being felt in the number of well-qualified athletes choosing baseball as a potential way to make a living.

Having said that, professional baseball is immensely popular as a spectator sport.

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