“He hits for average, he hits for power, he drives in runs, and he’s an athletic kid. He’s got a great future.”
—Cubs manager Lou Piniella

“He’s the most exciting player I’ve ever seen.”
—Former big leaguer Steve Cox

“He’s absolutely carried us.”
—Former teammate Scott Hatteberg

“He’s built like an NFL cornerback.”
—A’s GM Billy Beane

“Miguel can be one of the great ones. He has a good work ethic. He's a team player and he loves coming out and playing ball. You just can't estimate his upside.''
—Former A's manager Art Howe

“You used to be able to get him out by never throwing him a strike.”
—Veteran big leaguer Eddie Guardado

“I've seen this a lot from the other dugout. He's a guy who you never felt comfortable with him in the box. You felt that he was going to get on base somehow. There are not too many guys like that.”
—Padres manager Bud Black

“He's going to bring a lot to the team as far as being able to play a number of different positions in the infield.''
—Teammate Chase Headley



Lou Piniella, 1978 O-Pee-Chee

 


Eddie Guardado
2002 Baseball America


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