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Convert Michael Main? 2007 article: "electric center fielder"

Perhaps the prospect mavens have already discussed this and I missed it, but I came across an old MLB.com article (long story) that had this nugget about Mr. Main, he who hasn't been an effective pitcher since 2008:

The one player in this year's draft class where there might be more of a split comes from the high school ranks. Florida prep star Michael Main has a live arm that can pump out mid-90s fastballs with regularity. At the same time, he's an electric center fielder, a switch-hitter who can flat out fly.

"For us, he's a power arm, he's looked at as a pitcher for us," a scout said. "But you can't discount his athleticism, either. You can't overlook his arm on the mound, throwing 95 mph.

"At the same time, I clocked him after a stumble out of the box, 4.02 seconds to first. That's 70 (on the scouting scale with 80 being the highest) speed. You see him as a position player, he's just as good as any position player you'd see. Yo almost you want to try him in the field and see what happens, then can move him to the mound if it doesn't work."

"It's different for each team," said Main, who would continue as a two-way player at Florida State, but hopes to forego that commitment and turn pro after the draft. "Some teams have interest in just strictly pitching, some are split on the decision. Every team is considering me as a pitcher. Some teams are split or like me more as a position player. The pitching side of it, it's always going to be there, so if they can use me as a position player, it's an added bonus."

It's staring us in the face, isn't it?

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