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Minor Achievements: Bearish on Bailey

Updated: June 6, 2007, 5:05 PM ET
By David Srinivasan | Special to ESPN.com

I'd like to lead off with a little lesson I sometimes forget until a potential superstar reminds me of it through his performance. To paraphrase Ron Shandler, "Once you show a skill, you own it."

My current favorite example is B.J. Upton. Coming into 2007, Upton's major-league K/BB ratio was 86-28. He started the season with 19 whiffs (and five walks) in 47 at-bats. Fast-forward to early June, and Upton has a 9-7 K/BB ratio in his last 44 at-bats. His numbers are more in line with his minor-league ...

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