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Young Andrus developing quickly

Updated: July 6, 2009, 2:06 PM ET
By Jason Grey | ESPN.com

When the Rangers announced they were moving Michael Young to third base so rookie Elvis Andrus could play shortstop this season, my initial reaction was that Andrus was going to be a more viable fantasy option than most realized, not just a Gold Glove-caliber defensive shortstop.

During the preseason, I said that if the Rangers stick with this experiment, they would find a .250-.260 hitter who could steal 30 bases. That's what he's on track to do, hitting .267 and going 16-for-17 on the base paths thus far. However, I may have shortchanged how quickly the 20-year-old could adjust to the major leagues, and he may provide a touch more upside during the second half of the season.


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