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Danny Payne (Ric Feld/AP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Danny Payne
School:Georgia Tech
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:190 lbs.
Report Date(s):05/11/07
Game(s):North Carolina
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Payne has above-average hitting ability.
Power:Payne has below-average power production.
Running Speed:He's an average runner.
Base Running:He's OK on the basepaths and has shown he knows how to steal a base or two.
Arm Strength:He doubles as a relief pitcher, so he's got pretty good arm strength. He's got the arm strength to be a right fielder, but not the power.
Fielding:He's an average fielder across the board.
Range:While he's got average range, he gets good jumps, so he can play a little above his defensive tools.
Physical Description:He's got a body type similar to Lenny Dykstra.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Hitting ability, baseball instincts, the ability to get on base.
Weaknesses:There's relatively little power and not much to project. Other than his hittability, his tools don't grade out higher than average.
Summary:Payne is the kind of athlete who gets dubbed as a "real baseball player." It's a compliment for a guy who has good instincts, is hard-nosed and generally plays above his tools. Payne can hit, but not for power and while he knows how to get on base, he's not the prototypical leadoff hitter because he's got just average speed. To be an everyday player, he's going to have to stick in center field and keep making consistent contact while getting on base.