Diamond Cutter Scouting Report: Chone Figgins

Figgins is one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball (ATempletonPhoto.com)

Name: Chone Figgins | Number: 9 | Position: Third Base
Bats: Switch | Throws: Right | Height: 5’8″ | Weight: 180
Born: 1/22/78 | Debut: 8/25/02

Scouting Report: A fantastic 2009 season has helped Figgins establish himself as one of the best lead off guys in the business. He’s a fantastic tone setter as he uses his speed and short, compact (slap) swing to make things happen at the top of the lineup. Does a great job hitting the ball where its pitched with some pretty good gap-to-gap pop. Good extra base guy due to his speed and ability to take extra bases. Likes pitches out over the plate and can struggle at times with hard stuff inside.

While he’s a better fit and most valuable as a utility player (can play all over infield including left field), he has made a home for himself as a plus defender at the hot corner with good reaction time, feet and hands. He is a very unique third baseman in that he doesn’t have the typical power that teams look for or require. What makes the trade off for power worth it is his speed and knack for getting on base.

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