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Heisey a sleeper if given more starts

Updated: June 22, 2010, 4:56 PM ET
By Jason Grey
Normally a former 17th-round pick out of a small Pennsylvania college is not a player I expect to write about, especially when he lacks any outstanding tools. However, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Heisey's feel for hard contact makes him a sleeper of mine, even though he's scrambling for at-bats at the moment.

The 25-year-old had a breakout year in 2009 between Double- and Triple-A. He hit .347 with 13 homers and 33 extra-base hits in 271 at-bats for a .998 OPS at Double-A, walking as much as he struck out. He started slowly after being promoted to Triple-A, but after he adjusted to the higher caliber of breaking pitches there, he recovered to hit .278 with nine homers and a .465 slugging percentage in 245 at-bats.

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