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Biographical Data
Player Name:Ryan Dent
Position:Shortstop/second base
School:Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:180 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/05/07
Game(s):Urban Academy Showcase
Scouting Video:

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Hitting Ability:Dent has some life in his bat and makes consistent contact.
Power:Though not his top tool, Dent does have some pop.
Running Speed:Dent may have been the fastest player at the Showcase, with one of the better 60 times at the event.
Base Running:Dent puts his speed to very good use on the basepaths.
Arm Strength:Dent has some arm strength, though there is some question over whether he'll be able to stay at shortstop.
Fielding:Dent can play the middle infield, with his speed being his best asset. He's also a good enough athlete to handle a move to the outfield if needed.
Range:Dent uses his plus speed to cover a decent amount of ground.
Physical Description:Dent is a small, speedy and very athletic middle infielder.
Medical Update:Dent was hurt last year, missing some of the summer showcases, but appeared healthy at the Urban Academy.
Strengths:Speed and bat. Dent profiles as a future leadoff-hitting type.
Weaknesses:Defense. There's debate over whether he'll be able to play shorstop long-term, with a move to second likely.
Summary:With a strong bat and even better speed, Dent will be a very intriguing prospect for many teams. Athletes like this donít grow on trees and Dent has shown the ability to hit to all fields and use his speed to wreak havoc on the basepaths. He may not be a middle infielder long-term, but many feel heís athletic enough to handle a move to the outfield if needed.