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LongDistanceFan
05-25-2002, 12:35 AM
11. Marlins. The same people who conducted unpredictable drafts in Montreal now call the shots in Florida. If the Marlins are looking to cut a predraft deal with a lower-ranked prospect as they were wont to do in Montreal, then infielder Sergio Santos or outfielders Brent Clevlen and Denard Span could be the targets. If the Marlins play it straight, then Greinke or Gruler are logical candidates.
Projected Pick: Chris Gruler.

12. Angels. The Angels want a top high school hitter and have been all over shortstop Scott Moore in their own backyard.
Projected Pick: Scott Moore.

13. Padres. Hamels is a candidate to go as early as No. 5, but his medical record has scared off teams. He broke his pitching arm two years ago, but the Padres know him best and will take a chance on a local kid. Francis, another lefthander, is also on their short list.
Projected Pick: Cole Hamels.

14. Blue Jays. Francis is made to order for Toronto's ailing pitching staff and lagging fan support--a Canadian native who can help quickly. If he isn't available, the Jays would look to the next best college pitcher.
Projected Pick: Jeff Francis.

15. Mets. The Mets have been difficult to read but seem to prefer a college pitcher, with Saunders and Brownlie attractive targets if they're around. Ball State lefthander Luke Hagerty also is a possibility. The exception might be Everts, the righthanded half of the nation's best high school pitching combo. He had the highest grade turned in by the Major League Scouting Bureau at one point this year and has huge support from a couple of clubs. A darkhorse candidate is Ohio State first baseman Nick Swisher, son of ex-big leaguer Steve Swisher, who once managed in the Mets system.
Projected Pick: Clint Everts.

16./24./26./30. Athletics. Oakland has seven of the first 39 picks and will use the windfall to replenish a player-development system that has graduated a lot of talent in the last few years. Their preference is to go after college players. Middle infielders are in short supply, and the A's will jump at the chance to get the best one on the board, North Carolina's Russ Adams, with South Carolina shortstop Drew Meyer a fallback. They would also like to land a premium college pitcher with one of their next two picks, with Hagerty a likely selection. The A's won't be able to pay market value for all their selections, so inexpensive college seniors like Clemson shortstop Khalil Greene, Wake Forest closer Dave Bush or California righthander Trevor Hutchinson will come into play as well. They could also look at cutting deals with lesser players to keep their budget in line.
Projected Picks: Russ Adams (16), Luke Hagerty (24), Nick Swisher (26), Khalil Greene (30).

17. Phillies. With Scott Rolen on his way out in Philadelphia, the Phillies have looked at Florida prep third baseman Matt Whitney as Rolen's potential replacement. The team also has looked at lefthanded pitching, with Hagerty in that mix.
Projected Pick: Matt Whitney.

18. White Sox. College pitching is the White Sox' priority. Kentucky righthander Joseph Blanton is a prime target, but they've also looked at Hagerty and Saunders.
Projected Pick: Joseph Blanton.

19. Dodgers. A new administration in Los Angeles has targeted a high school hitter. If Mayberry slides this far, he would be made to order for the Dodgers. Moore, Whitney and Tampa high school outfielder Span would also fit here.
Projected Pick: John Mayberry Jr.

20. Twins. The Twins are content to take the best high school player that falls to them. Everts, Hamels and Span are the names most frequently mentioned, though Clevlen is also a possibility.
Projected Pick: Denard Span.

21. Cubs. Brownlie was the top college player at the start of the season, but his failure to dominate and questions about his health may cause him to slip. The Cubs, a team with extra early-round picks (Nos. 32, 36 and 38), are in position to take the risk. They are also not averse to taking a Boras client who may fall and would consider Neighborgall and Texas righthander Mark McCormick, both of whom have 98 mph on their resumes.
Projected Pick: Bobby Brownlie.

22. Indians. Cleveland stockpiled righthanded pitching in last year's draft and won't go that route again unless Everts, Greinke or Gruler slips. The Indians will turn their attention to the best hitter available this time, with Santos a strong candidate.
Projected Pick: Sergio Santos.

23. Braves. The Braves have become the most territorial team in the game during Roy Clark's tenure as scouting director. With Georgia loaded with talent again and the Braves having extra picks, it wouldn't be a surprise they took Georgia players with their first three or four selections. Hermida will be off the board, but outfielder Jeff Francoeur, one of the nation's top football talents, is made to order. They'll also consider local products such as righthander Micah Owings and catcher Brian McCann.
Projected Pick: Jeff Francoeur.

25. Giants. The Giants have made noise about overdrafting a catcher such as Houston's Chris Snyder, but may settle for a college pitcher. Villanova's Brian Slocum and Nevada's Darrell Rasner are on their list.
Projected Pick: Darrell Rasner.

27. Diamondbacks. College pitching is a priority for the Diamondbacks, who would jump at Blanton or Hagerty in this spot. A dependable closer also is on the wish list and San Diego State's Royce Ring could fit perfectly. The defending World Series champions also could roll the dice on pitchers like Neighborgall or McCormick, who have huge ceilings but could slide right through the first round because of signability.
Projected Pick: Jason Neighborgall.

28. Mariners. Seattle hasn't followed conventional wisdom with its early-round picks, but has a true first-round pick for the first time in three years. Snyder and Fresno State two-way talent Ben Fritz are possible college selections, while lefthander Jon Lester, a local product, has been heavily scouted as well.
Projected Pick: Chris Snyder.

29. Astros. The Astros had success in Nevada two years ago, taking righthanders Chad Qualls and Anthony Pluta. The state has two more righthanders who have been closely watched by Houston, Rasner and Kevin Jepsen. Northeast Texas CC righty Derick Grigsby also is on their list.
Projected Pick: Kevin Jepsen.

57. Red Sox. Boston's past regime went out of its way to take players with New England ties and would consider Connecticut pitchers Charlie Morton and Mark Rosen in this year's draft. The new regime has strong ties to the Marlins, who did what it took to sign premium talents like righthander Josh Beckett. The Red Sox could end up taking the player deemed most unsignable who slides out of the first round and pay him top dollar, or simply address a need with a player like Louisiana hitting machine Micah Schilling.
Projected Pick: Micah Schilling.

71. Yankees. The Yankees would give up a first-round pick any day for a chance to sign a player of Jason Giambi's stature. This year they'll focus on players with one exceptional tool, like Stanford power-hitting outfielder Jason Cooper.
Projected Pick: Jason Cooper.

102. Cardinals. St. Louis forfeited its first two picks for signing Jason Isringhausen and Tino Martinez and won't select until the last pick in the third round. They'll do everything they can before the draft to sign Washington draft-and-follow righthander Blake Hawksworth, even if it costs them a seven-figure bonus. He would be the equivalent of a first-rounder. The Cardinals are not averse to taking Boras clients and there may be one or two still available, such as Purdue righthander Chadd Blasko.
Projected Pick: Chadd Blasko.

CerberusWG
05-25-2002, 11:34 AM
Thanks a ton, LDF!