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Minor Achievements: Proof in numbers

Updated: May 3, 2007, 3:34 PM ET
By David Srinivasan | Special to ESPN.com

A friend of mine said to me last week: "Dude, I had no clue B.J. Upton and Kelly Johnson were going to be that good."

Well first, there's an excellent chance they'll slip somewhat. Second, of course you had clues; 601 of them in Johnson's case, 473 in Upton's. If you don't check out a guy's minor league track record, then you deserve to miss the boat.

I doubt Mr. Upton will be fifth in the majors in OPS come September. His 27-6 K/BB ratio walks scares me. But let's revisit that minor ...

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