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Profile: Donovan Tate
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Name: Donovan Tate
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 200
Date of Birth: 9/27/90
School: Cartersville HS (GA) Rank: 44
Donovan Tate has the physical presence, good looks and the personality that causes people to turn their heads when he walks into a room. He is a two-sport star that is the son of legendary former Georgia Bulldogs running back Lars Tate, who spent a few years in the NFL with the Buccaneers. Tate hasn't yet decided which sport he will focus on, but many believe he will end up with baseball. He did declare towards the end of the summer that he was going to give up football, but changed his mind a few days later, likely being advised that his dual-sport aspirations could lead to a bigger payday. Like his father, he plays running back, and is being recruited by several prominent national programs asking him to play for them in both sports. On the baseball field Tate is a true five-tool athlete. He has a very strong arm, very good speed and very good power potential. His power comes from a lightning quick bat that can catch up with the hardest of fastballs. He profiles in a similar fashion to Cameron Maybin from a few years ago, although Tate's football body gives him a more intimidating, physical presence. He also shows an advanced sense for the game, although despite all of his tools, he does have some holes in his swing at this point in time. That of course is not uncommon for a player at his age, but he isn't as refined of a hitter as some of his peers. His commitment to baseball may be reinforced by his alliance with Scott Boras, who definitely will use his two-sport value to drive up his pricetag. Boras advisees are never afraid to walk away from a deal and attend college, although Tate has yet to commit to a school. On talent alone, Tate could go among the top three to five overall selections in next June's draft.

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