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Three Beavers to watch in 2003

KORY DE HAAN, center fielder: 'Absolutely great defensively,' Manager Rick Sweet says. 'He covers a lot of ground. The problem is consistency at the plate. At times, he tears it up; then he totally loses his stroke. He's at a point in his career where it's put up or shut up. He needs to get it done this year.'

DONALDO MENDEZ, shortstop: 'Potentially a first-division, everyday major league shortstop defensively,' Sweet says, 'and he gives you glimpses. But he has breakdowns. He has to become the consistent type of player we think he can be.'

BEN RISINGER, utility: 'He is an Australian who made the Southern League All-Star team as a utility player,' Sweet says. 'He can play everything but pitcher. He will be an impact guy for us.'