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  • Evan Longoria Prospect Bio

    I wrote a prospect review of Evan Longoria on my website, Mop Up Duty and I figured that maybe a few Rays fans would want to give it a read. Thanks!


    In the span of three years, Evan Longoria went from being an unknown to one of baseball’s top prospects.



    Evan Longoria was not drafted out of high school, instead having to settle joining the baseball team at Rio Hondo community college. His strong junior college performance and a growth spurt that added two inches and 25 pounds to Longoria’s frame led to a transfer to Long Beach State for his sophomore season. Longoria’s first season in 1-A was relatively successful, but nothing to write home about. Benefiting from the increased scouting exposure due to teammate Troy Tulowitzki, Evan was subsequently invited to play for the Chatman A’s in the Cape Cop league during the summer of 2005.



    Heading into the 2005 Cape Cod short season, Longoria was considered a medium level prospect at best. This would all change by the end of the season. Longoria led the cape in a number of important categories, including 8 HR, 35 RBI & a .500 SLG percentage, on his way to being named league MVP. Longoria was voted the top offensive prospect in the league by Baseball America. Evan took this momentum into the 2006 NCAA campaign, emerging as one of the top college hitters in the nation. One major statistical change to note is the complete reversal in his K:BB ratio, which was 41:14 in 2005 to a stellar 29:40 in 2006. This, coupled with a near .200 point jump in slugging percentage confirmed Longoria’s top ten draft status.



    “He has excellent hands that translate well both at the plate and in the field. Longoria's bat speed gives him at least average power, and it allows him to let balls get deep and use the entire field” – Baseball America Pre-Draft Analysis



    Considered a safe pick heading into the draft, the Tampa Bay Devils Rays selected Longoria with the number three pick, signed him to a $3 million signing bonus and moved him to Hudson Valley (A-), with the promise of moving up to Visalia Oaks (A+) quickly. However, once at Visalia Oaks Longoria preceded to decimate league pitching, to the tune of a .618 slugging percentage and was quickly promoted to Montgomery (AA) after only 28 games in high A. Upon joining Montgomery Longoria refused to slow down, slugging .648 in his first 14 games. BJ Upton, who has been moved to third base in what the Devil Rays call a “short-term move” has many insiders believing that Longoria will be moved to second base in the near future.



    While senior VP of baseball operations, Gerry Hunsicker has publicly stated that a September call-up is a “long-shot”, Longoria has made a living off of beating the odds and is clearly on a fast track to the majors.
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  • #2
    I heard on Biscuits radiio that Longoria is not batting third or fourth is because the Devil Rays don't want to put any pressure on him.

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    • #3
      For a second, I thought the title read "Eva Longoria"
      Cristobal

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      • #4
        Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz-06
        For a second, I thought the title read "Eva Longoria"

        LOL same here

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        • #5
          Eva Longoria is smokin' hot.
          My top 10 players:

          1. Babe Ruth
          2. Barry Bonds
          3. Ty Cobb
          4. Ted Williams
          5. Willie Mays
          6. Alex Rodriguez
          7. Hank Aaron
          8. Honus Wagner
          9. Lou Gehrig
          10. Mickey Mantle

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz-06
            For a second, I thought the title read "Eva Longoria"
            Originally posted by CanadianKid
            LOL same here
            Can't Canadians read?

            You guys should read the Biscuit baseball thread a bit more...
            Last edited by Yankeebiscuitfan; 08-23-2006, 03:57 PM.

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            • #7
              Longoria

              Longoria is rocketing thru the Rays minor league system, and would seem destined to start off at AAA Durham next spring. He's hit at every level he's been at, and no one has stopped him yet.
              Please visit http://sportsfeedia.com/ for the latest RSS feed updates on all your favorite sports and teams (my son created it and is the owner )

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              • #8
                He's a local kid! I wish him all the best if only for that.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DannyLA
                  He's a local kid! I wish him all the best if only for that.
                  He should stay at the Biscuits...
                  I'd hate to see him leave.

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                  • #10
                    Nothing could have made me any happier than when Evan Longoria got the call up to the bigs on Saturday! http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=280412130
                    Already a top tier MLB third basemen and got an RBI in his first MLB game!
                    Not too shabby! Next thing you know he will be talking about 2000 hits or 400 HR's on http://www.evanlongoria.com or something! Ok maybe not yet...
                    Can you tell I am excited?!?!?!?!
                    Tampa has LIFE!!!!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tampajohn View Post
                      Nothing could have made me any happier than when Evan Longoria got the call up to the bigs on Saturday! http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=280412130
                      Already a top tier MLB third basemen and got an RBI in his first MLB game!
                      Not too shabby! Next thing you know he will be talking about 2000 hits or 400 HR's on http://www.evanlongoria.com or something! Ok maybe not yet...
                      Can you tell I am excited?!?!?!?!
                      Tampa has LIFE!!!!!
                      That team looks good, but damn, you guys are stuck in the tough AL EAST.

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