Devil Rays have an impact player in Baldelli

Despite being just 21, Rocco Baldelli is already showing he belongs in the major leagues.

Originally Published: April 8, 2003
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

If the new and soon-to-be improved Tampa Bay Devil Rays have a face, it's surely that of Rocco Baldelli.

A first-round pick in the 2000 draft, the former Rhode Island schoolboy star has made an immediate impact in the first week of the season. He's hit safely in each of the Rays' first seven games.

His first major-league hit, on Opening Day, was a stinging double to left, breaking up a no-hit bid by the Red Sox's Pedro Martinez. The following night, he charged a soft single to center ...

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