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Cox, Yelich and other value bats

Updated: April 12, 2010, 12:13 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill
Since 2008 there's been a lack of premium middle-of-the-order bats at the top of the draft -- and aside from Bryce Harper, we might see a similar occurrence this June. Zack Cox, out of Arkansas, has a chance to go high but there are questions as to how much power he'll offer in pro ball, and the top prep bat, Blanchet High School (Wash.) right fielder Josh Sale, lacks the secondary skills to warrant consideration in the Top 5 picks.

The value in bats, also including Bonanza High School's Kris Bryant and Westlake's Christian Yelich, appears to be in the middle and latter parts of the first round -- where a club such as the Tampa Bay Rays at No. 16, Detroit Tigers at No. 18 or San Francisco Giants at No. 23 could get a crack at them.

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