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Digging the longball: big hitters for 2010

Updated: March 11, 2010, 1:17 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

We talked earlier this season about the 2008 draft and the plethora of bats that went in the first round; most are on the cusp of a big-league job just two years later, including Buster Posey, Brett Wallace and Justin Smoak -- with Gordon Beckham already hanging onto a starting spot. But that kind of talent does not exist in this year's class, which may be the biggest reason the Top 10 may ultimately consist of as many as eight arms.

"It's both," said one area scout. "There are a lack of college hitters and some pretty good arms with power stuff, especially the high school stock. That will make for an interesting first 10-15 picks, because some clubs just don't like to take the teenage pitcher that high."

But since the hitter comes with less risk and clubs often prefer the bat over the arm, I polled a handful of talent evaluators to come up with the best power-hitting college bats in the class, and below I have broken them down by position.

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