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Baseball America Touts Tomlinson

KSCB News - September 21, 2010 12:00 am

Baseball America calls Liberal BJ Kelby Tomlinson the third best prospect

in the Jayhawk League and the top position player prospect in the summer

league. The Elgin, Oklahoma native hit .340 with one homer, 30 RBI’s,

13 doubles, four triples, and 41 stolen bases in 43 tries. Here’s what

Baseball America had to say about the former Saint.

“Tomlinson played the last two seasons at Seward County (Kan.) CC and

is set to transfer to Texas Tech for the 2011 season. Long and lean at

6-foot-3, 175 pounds, coaches agree he was the league’s best athlete and

should be a solid college shortstop, with enough range and arm for the

position. He probably lacks the quickness to play the spot at the major

league level but should have the hands and arm strength to stay in the

infield, perhaps as a utility player as a pro. He is a plus runner whose

speed translates well offensively. He’s an aggressive and smart base

runner who led the league in stolen bases but who also showed wiry

strength and good gap power. Offensively, Tomlinson showed a knack for

getting on base, working counts and for bat control as he hit .363,

fourth in the Jayhawk. He drew seven walks and stole a tournament-high

12 bases in Liberal’s eight games en route to the NBC World Series



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