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A Look Back: 1997

*No longer active. †Signed major league contract. #Did not sign.

HOW THEY DID IT THEN . . .

1.Tigers. Matt Anderson, rhp, Rice
2.Phillies. #J.D. Drew, of, Florida State
3.Angels. Troy Glaus, 3b, UCLA
4.Giants. Jason Grilli, rhp, Seton Hall
5.Blue Jays. Vernon Wells, of, HS—Arlington, Texas
6.Mets. Geoff Goetz, lhp, HS—Tampa
7.Royals. Dan Reichert, rhp, Pacific
8.Pirates. J.J. Davis, of, HS—Pomona, Calif.
9.Twins. Michael Cuddyer, 3b, HS—Chesapeake, Va.
10.Cubs. Jon Garland, rhp, HS—Granada Hills, Calif.

HOW THEY’D DO IT NOW . . .

1.Rick Ankiel, lhp, HS—Port St. Lucie, Fla.Cardinals (2)
2.Tim Hudson, rhp, AuburnAthletics (6)
3.Ryan Anderson, lhp, HS—Dearborn, Mich.Mariners (1/19)
4.Vernon WellsBlue Jays (1/5)
5.Troy GlausAngels (1/3)
6.Scott Williamson, rhp, Okla. StateReds (9)
7.J.D. DrewPhillies (1/2)
8.Matt Riley, lhp, HS—Oakley, Calif.Orioles (3)
9.Travis Dawkins, ss, HS—Newberry, S.C.Reds (2)
10.Michael Cuddyer, ss, HS—Chesapeake, Va.Twins (1/9)

FIRST PLAYERS TO MAJORS

1.Jim Parque, lhp, White Sox (1/46)May 26, 1998
2.Matt Anderson, rhp, Tigers (1/1)June 25, 1998
3.Troy Glaus, 3b, Angels (1/3)July 31, 1998

LARGEST BONUSES

1.Matt Anderson, rhp, Tigers (1/1)$2,505,000
2.Rick Ankiel, lhp, Cardinals (2)2,500,000
3.Troy Glaus, 3b, Angels (13)2,250,000

BEST DRAFT

Twins. Minnesota’s three best prospects entering the 2000 season were Michael Cuddyer, Matthew LeCroy and Michael Restovich–the first three players the Twins drafted in 1997. For good measure, they got J.C. Romero, their No. 6 prospect, in the 21st round.

WORST DRAFT

Rockies. It might be a little early to write off this draft, but the Rockies have already traded away Mark Mangum, their first-round pick, and Justin Miller (5), who has become the best prospect they picked.

MOST ASTUTE PICK

Rick Ankiel, lhp, Cardinals (2)

BIGGEST OVERSIGHT

Jerry Hairston, 2b, Orioles (11)

BIGGEST FIRST-ROUND REACH

Aaron Akin, rhp, Marlins (12th pick)

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