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Joey Votto
Joey Votto Votes
Drafted: '02, 2nd round (44 overall)
70
Previous
Rank
NA
ETA in
Majors
2008

Votto is clearly ready for a full-time role in the big leagues. It's just a matter of being given the opportunity. The left-handed-hitting first baseman can hit for average and power. He'll also draw a lot of walks and get on base. While not speedy, he's not a bad base-runner and is able to swipe a base or two. His defense lags behind his bat and he'll likely never wow anyone with his glove at first, though he added versatility by playing some left field in 2007.

The long list of Minor League accolades speak for themselves. Now it's time to start adding big-league honors to his resume, though how he fits into Cincinnati's plans remains a question. The Reds brought back first baseman Scott Hatteberg for the 2008 season and new manager Dusty Baker has a reputation for playing veterans over youngsters.