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Two years ago we took a gamble by ranking a little-known prospect — let's call him X — on the basis of an excellent year as a third baseman in A-ball the year after he was drafted. Brendan Harris is also a little-known prospect, drafted in 2001, who had an excellent year as a third baseman in A-ball. The similarities between the two players don't stop there. Compare their numbers:
X was just 20 years old that season; Harris was 21 last year. X had better defensive numbers, while Harris split time between third and second base. On the other hand, Harris was a classification higher than X, and was voted the best defensive third baseman in the league. He also had a higher EqA (.251 to .238) than X, who happens to be Albert Pujols.