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Rays’ Ben Zobrist Channeling Youkilis

Published by on June 6, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

On July 12, 2006, the Tampa Bay then-Devil Rays traded their perennial cleanup hitter, Aubrey Huff, to the Houston Astros, who were looking to supplement their lineup with a bat capable of posting an .800 OPS whose name was not Lance Berkman. In return, the Devil Rays received a pair of minor leaguers who remain with the organization to this day: right-handed starter Mitch Talbot and a 25-year-old shortstop named Ben Zobrist.

Neither player came to Tampa Bay with huge expectations, and the fact that Talbot has even pitched in the major leagues should be considered a coup for the Rays, considering the rate at which young pitchers get injured. Zobrist, on the other hand, is on the verge of appearing to be more than the real deal. ...

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