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Reid Brignac
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Drafted: '04, 2nd round (45 overall)
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Brignac raised his prospect status considerably when he was the California League Player of the Year in 2006. He also played well in Double-A Montgomery at the end of that season. He spent all of 2007 in the Southern League and while the overall numbers weren't as good as in the previous year, there's still a lot to like about the young shortstop. Though his batting average suffered -- largely because of a two-month slump -- he still had 52 extra-base hits and stole 15 bases. Perhaps more impressively, his defense improved greatly, and questions about his ability to remain a shortstop have subsided. Winning two titles in as many years with Montgomery certainly doesn't hurt, either.

Brignac did not play well in the Arizona Fall League, with fatigue perhaps taking a toll. He's a tireless worker and will no doubt use what he learned in the AFL to his advantage in 2008 and beyond. The Rays lack an entrenched shortstop in the big leagues, so don't be surprised to see Brignac sooner rather than later.