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Josh Horton (AP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Josh Horton
School:University of North Carolina
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:198 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/27/07
Game(s):North Carolina St.
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Horton makes good, conistent contact, displays excellent bat control and sprays the ball to all fields.
Power:There is not much power in Horton's swing.
Running Speed:He's an average runner who runs better underway.
Base Running:Horton should have the ability to steal some bases and is very good at taking the extra base.
Arm Strength:The arm strength grades out as average, maybe a tick above.
Fielding:He's got good hands.
Range:He's not the prototypical defender at short, and his speed doesn't play well in terms of range, but there's enough that he can stay there.
Physical Description:Horton fits the mold of typical middle infielders in terms of being not that big and slender.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Bat control. Horton really knows how to handle the bat well. He's also, overall, a pretty good defender.
Weaknesses:There's little power and little to project. He doesn't necessarily wow you at short, leading some to wonder if he's a future utility guy.
Summary:Horton is a nice college shortstop with excellent bat control and the ability to make good consistent contact. He can run a little bit and does a nice job catching the ball in the field. It's uncertain whether it's a package that will be enough to make him an everyday shortstop, but worst-case, he makes for a very good utility guy.