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Meet http://www.EvanLongoria.com ~ Smooth hitting, slick fielding third basemen of the Tampa Bay Rays! Made his MLB debut April 12th, 2008 vs the Baltimore Orioles and hit his first MLB homer on the 14th vs the Yankees. Here is his wikipedia info as of 4/15/08: Evan Longoria (born October 7, 1985 in Downey, California) is a prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Formerly, Longoria was a star infielder for the Long Beach State college baseball team, the 2005 Cape Cod League MVP, and the 2006 Big West Co-Player of the Year. He bats and throws right-handed, and is widely considered the Rays\' third baseman of the future. Longoria attended St. John Bosco High School a standout in baseball. In baseball, he was a four-year letterman and as a senior, he was a first team All-Sierra-League selection. However, he was overshadowed by a teammate called Derrick Williams, who was a star in three sports in Longoria\'s high school. Longoria did not get any scholarship from any Division I universities, and he went to Rio Hondo Community College. Evan first attended Rio Hondo Community College. In his Freshman season, Longoria earned first team All-State honors and was offered a scholarship by Long Beach State. He transferred to Long Beach for his Sophomore year and hit .320, earning All-Conference honors. Following a successful MVP summer in the Cape Cod League with the Chatham A\'s, Longoria shared 2006 Big West Player of the Year honors (with Justin Turner) during his Junior year at Long Beach State. Longoria was selected by the Rays with the third overall pick in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Longoria, called the \"best pure hitter\" among college players in the 2006 draft class by Baseball America, was given a $3 million signing bonus. After signing with the Rays, Longoria tore through his first assignments in the minor leagues. After just eight games with the Class A Hudson Valley Renegades, Longoria moved up to the Visalia Oaks and impressed the organization with his quick success, hitting .327 with 8 HR and 28 RBI in 28 games. This earned him a promotion to the Class AA Montgomery Biscuits where he hit .267 with 6 HR through the end of the season, and hit .345 in the postseason. He is widely considered the top third base prospect in the minors. Longoria followed up his successful debut with another stellar year in 2007. Starting the year with Montgomery, Longoria hit .307 with 21 HR and 76 RBI in 105 games for the Biscuits before a late season promotion to AAA Durham Bulls. In 31 games with the Bulls he hit .269 with 5 HR and 19 RBI, but also had 29 strikeouts. He finished 2007 with a combined average of .299, 26 HR, 95 RBI and 73 walks for an OBP of .402. In October 2007, sportswriter Ken Rosenthal opined that Longoria \"might be next season\'s Ryan Braun, making a rapid ascent to the majors.\" Some scouts have in particular said that the way that the ball \"explodes off his bat\" reminds them of Braun. He was expected to start at third for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 with the move of Akinori Iwamura to second base, but ultimately failed to make the opening day roster and was optioned to AAA Durham. According to reports, the Rays elected to send him down to complete his development, citing his short 31 game stint in Durham and drawing comparisons to the seasons of two other highly-hearlded 3rd base prospects. Brewers former 3rd baseman Ryan Braun started his 2007 season in AAA after playing there shortly in 2006 and eventually won the National League Rookie of the Year Award. The Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon on the other hand, was brought up to start the 2007 season in the Majors after a similarly short stint, only to struggle for his first two months.
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