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|Miami's Top Hitters|
|Player (Position)||AVG||OBP||SLG||Key Stats|
|Jon Jay (CF)||.361||.496||.530||14 2B, 70 R, 28 SB|
|Jemile Weeks (2B)||.346||.438||.528||61 R, 17 2B, 8 3B|
|Tommy Giles (RF)||.343||.422||.575||9 HR, 17 2B, 11 SB|
|Miami's Top Pitchers|
|Chris Perez (RHP)||3-1||1.74||56 K's, 28 BB, 12 saves, 46.2 IP|
|Scott Maine (LHP)||11-3||4.37||69 K's, 36 BB, 94.2 IP|
"Miami reminds me of Florida State because FSU is so tough at home, and they figure out a way to win. Miami has really, really good ballplayers, and they're young with Weeks, [Dennis] Raben and [Yonder] Alonso. Weeks is very special; his hands are so fast, he runs well and he works the count in certain situations. [Catcher Eddy] Rodriguez is a much better player this year than last year. Defensively, he's been good, but he's a better hitter now.
"All the right-handed hitters are pull, and all the left-handed hitters are spray. You can pitch one way to Rodriguez and [Danny] Valencia. Weeks, Alonso, Raben and Jay, each of those guys you pitch different to. If you give them an opening, they bust right through it.
"You have to play great baseball. A normal team might score one run, [but] Miami will score six.
"To me, their best player is Giles. He's a good runner with a flat bat in the zone who can hit to all fields. You need to keep Weeks off the bases; man, he can fly. He doesn't look fundamentally [sound on defense], but he makes every play and has range that's unbelievable. Don't let Alonso get extended because he looks to pull. Jay doesn't look like anything special but he's a tough out. If you can throw upper 80s, you can get in on him. And Jay is super in center.
"On the mound they don't have a Friday night guy. Maine is the closest thing to it. I like Maine. He [throws] 88-92, [has a] good breaking ball with some feel and he attacks the zone. After that it really drops off. Obviously Perez is a stud in the bullpen; it's an eight-inning game with him, but he can be wild. [Andrew] Lane, Danny Gil and [Jon] McLean is a good mix-match bullpen, so they can beat anybody late on any day. Miami is going to be exposed on the mound in a longer series. Against the Hurricanes, [you have to be] aggressive and make them throw offspeed stuff for strikes by going after fastballs."
Will Kimmey covers college baseball for Baseball America.