Wednesday, March 31, 1999

Dunn another Thome, Klesko?


Bowden loves latest prospect

        General Manager Jim Bowden described outfielder Adam Dunn as a cross between Cleveland's Jim Thome and Atlanta's Ryan Klesko as a hitter, which will be great for the Reds if it's true.

        With a 6.6-second clocking in the 60-yard dash, Dunn has something neither of those sluggers have: Speed.

        Dunn, the Reds' second-round draft choice last year, became a former University of Texas quarterback by declaring Monday that he would concentrate on baseball full-time.

        His recent workouts with established major leaguers at the Reds' training facility may have hastened his decision.

        “I think he saw during that (visit) that he's the type of player who can get to the big leagues really quickly,” Bowden said.

        Bowden said that Dunn will join the organization's Single-A Rockford affiliate after a stint in extended spring training. His guaranteed September promotion to Cincinnati will occur within 48 hours after the Reds' last minor-league affiliate is eliminated from the postseason.

        Bowden said that Dunn, 19, was given no assurance of any other September call-ups after this year.

        Unless he earns one, of course.

        “We're very, very excited about this,” Bowden said. “This is a major step forward for our player development program.” — Chris Haft

       



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