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Francisco Lindor looking like a top-5 pick

Updated: March 16, 2011, 2:29 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

A month into the college season some things have changed a bit -- most of which we'll go over in the next edition of the Future 50 -- but early impressions may have changed the outlook on some top prospects.

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• Montverde Academy (Fla.) shortstop Francisco Lindor has dazzled scouts all season, and may have played his stock to within the top five or six talents in the class. The 17-year-old has shown range, arm strength and accuracy, and the ability to hit from both sides of the plate. What's more, Lindor is hitting for some power from both sides while maintaining high contact rates.

"The only thing I have yet to see is the costume," said a long-time scout. "He's one of those stat sheet stuffers: steals, defense, throws, doubles, homers, triples ... in a lot of years that is the No. 1 pick."

• Prep right-hander Taylor Guerrieri from Spring Valley High School in South Carolina started the year as a potential first-round pick with some questions attached, particularly regarding his mechanics and secondary stuff. He's flashed a plus breaking ball and cleaner arm action early this season, however, and if the draft were today there's a chance he'd be taken off the board in the first half of the first round.

"I think he's opened some eyes, sure," said an area scout. "I didn't expect to see a potential (number) one (starter), but that's been the show both times for me."

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