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Niko Vasquez (Credit: Jason Wise)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Niko Vasquez
School:Durango HS (Nev.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:175 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/07 - 03/31/08
Game(s):Western High School

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Vasquez does have some hitting ability, but a tendency to get heavy with his stride and out on his front foot holds him back some.
Power:He doesn't look like he should, but he's got power now, mostly to the pull side because of his hitting mechanics. He even shows power with wood.
Running Speed:He is a well below-average runner, perhaps due to lack of leg strength.
Base running:He's fine on the bases, but the lack of speed is apparent.
Arm Strength:He has a plus arm now and the ball explodes out of his hand.
Fielding:He's a good defender with good hands.
Range:His lack of speed does not show defensively as he has good range and gets to balls.
Physical Description:Vasquez is kind of a smaller, less physical version of Nomar Garciaparra with a medium-boned frame.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:His bat, most noticably his above-average power; his plus arm and good defensive actions.
Weaknesses:His lack of speed and physicality.
Summary:Vasquez played in his first game of the season at the end of March because he was academically inelligible. When he's on the field, he shows a bat that could translate into a .270 hitter with 20-25 home run pop down the line. He has well below-average speed, which turns some off when considering him as a shortstop, but he's got the arm and the actions to stay there for now. If he fills out, he could handle a move to third, both with the glove and what's expected from that position offensively, in the future.