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Blackmon earns top prospect title
North grad in top 10 in league

The accolades keep coming for Charlie Blackmon, who has made quite a transition from little-used college pitcher to potential major league outfielder.

The North Gwinnett graduate was named the No. 10 prospect in the Northwest League by Baseball America this week after finishing second in the Class A League's batting race this season with a .338 average.

Blackmon, named to the Northwest League all-star team, set a Tri-City team record with 98 hits and finished the season on a 22-game hitting streak.

The 22-year-old was a left-handed pitcher in junior college at Young Harris and during his first year at Georgia Tech before switching to the outfield. The move was an instant success.

Blackmon batted .396 for the Yellow Jackets and was drafted in the second round of the June draft by Colorado after earning All-ACC recognition. He received a bonus of $563,000 as the 72nd overall pick.

In 68 games with Tri-City, Blackmon had 21 doubles, five triples and two home runs. He drove in 33 runs and had 13 stolen bases for the Dust Devils, who are based in Pasco, Wash.

The left-handed hitter especially took a liking to Tri-City's spacious ballpark. He hit .404 in home games.

Blackmon is expected to move up the Class A ladder to either Asheville of the South Atlantic League or Modesto of the California League next season. Colorado's Tulsa team in the Class AA Texas League is also a possibility.