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Conor Gillaspie (Credit: Wichita State University)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Conor Gillaspie
Position:Third base
School:Wichita State University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/18/08
Game(s):Southern Illinois

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:It's Gillaspie's best tool. He's a very good hitter who has a good idea of what he's doing at the plate.
Power:He doesn't have much and doesn't profile to have much. He's a base-hit machine.
Running Speed:He's got below-average speed.
Base running:Despite not being fleet footed, he's an excellent base runner and uses his smarts to steal some bases.
Arm Strength:He's got an average arm at third.
Fielding:He'll make for an adequate third baseman.
Range:His range is a little limited, but it's OK.
Physical Description:Gillaspie is a left-handed hitting third baseman in a Bill Mueller-type mold.
Medical Update:A small back issue kept him out of action for a little while, but he appears fine now.
Strengths:Pure hitting ability.
Weaknesses:Lack of power keeps him from having a true profile position.
Summary:After a strong Cape season, Gillaspie has followed up with an excellent junior campaign. He's a terrific hitter and has been over .400 for most of the year. His lack of power makes it hard to profile him anywhere other than as a Bill Mueller-type third baseman. There are worse things to be, of course, and a team that values what Gillaspie can do will surely take him.