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ROBERT HASSELL, OF, INDEPENDENCE H.S. (TENNESSEE) (6-2, 195, 18)

ROBERT HASSELL, OF, INDEPENDENCE H.S. (TENNESSEE) (6-2, 195, 18)

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Lefty-hitting Hassell is considered by many to be the best pure hitter among high school players. Vanderbilt recruit will likely be the first high school position player from Tennessee picked in the first round since outfielder Mike White went 19th overall to the Dodgers in 1986. Draft stock rose last spring and summer when he led the U.S. national team and later hit .514 at the under-18 World Cup in South Korea. Also a solid pitcher, but teams envision him as an outfielder — likely in center field.

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