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2003 Draft
Top Prospects by Position: Outfield

CENTER FIELD

This position demands speed and athletic ability--qualities that enable players to chase down fly balls. Of the high school players expected to be among the first 100 picks, the six fastest are all center fielders, led by Kenny Lewis who ran the 60-yard dash in a predraft workout in an electric 6.20 seconds. Others who can fly include Chris Lubanski, Tim Battle, Lastings Milledge, Estee Harris and Drew Stubbs--all of whom have been clocked in under 6.50 seconds. Jo Jo Batten stole more than 60 bases this year without being caught. The college crop generally doesn't possess a lot of speedsters, but this year is an exception. Jeff Jorgensen, a former track star, and Jerry Owens, a former UCLA football player, lead the pack, but Josh Anderson, Adam Bourassa, Corey Coles, Sam Fuld, Antony Gwynn, Jeff Leise, Javon Moran all have above-average speed. The player with the most complete package is Milledge, who also has exceptionally quick bat speed and an above-average arm.

Strength of Position (1-to-5 scale): 4.

Best hitters: 1. Lastings Milledge. 2. Chris Lubanski. 3. Brian Anderson. 4. Shane Costa. 5. Estee Harris.
Best defensive players: 1. Lastings Milledge. 2. Anthony Gwynn. 3. Chris Durbin. 4. Jeff Leise. 5. Sam Fuld.
Best athletes: 1. Tim Battle. 2. Drew Stubbs. 3. Lastings Milledge. 4. Jerry Owens. 5. Kenny Lewis.

 

Rank

Player

High School/College

Class

Age

B-T

Ht.

Wt.

1.

Lastings Milledge

Lakewood Ranch HS, Palmetto, Fla.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-1

180

2.

Chris Lubanski

Kennedy-Kenrick HS, Schwensville, Pa.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-3

180

3.

Brian Anderson

U. of Arizona

Jr.

21

R-R

6-2

205

4.

Tim Battle

McIntosh HS, Peachtree City, Ga.

Sr.

17

R-R

6-1

180

5.

Jerry Owens

The Master's (Calif.) College

Jr.

22

L-L

6-3

195

6.

Anthony Gwynn

San Diego State U.

Jr.

20

L-R

6-0

185

7.

Shane Costa

Cal State Fullerton

Jr.

21

L-R

6-1

205

8.

Kenny Lewis

George Washington HS, Danville, Va.

Sr.

18

L-L

5-9

195

9.

Estee Harris

Islip HS, Central Islip, N.Y.

Sr.

18

L-R

6-0

170

10.

Drew Stubbs

Atlanta (Texas) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-5

190

11.

Edgardo Baez

Jose S. Alegria HS, Dorado, P.R.

Sr.

17

R-R

6-2

190

12.

Colin Curtis

Issaquah HS, Sammamish, Wash.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-0

190

13.

Steve Doetsch

Indian River (Fla.) JC

Fr.

19

R-R

6-2

185

14.

Sam Fuld

Stanford U.

Jr.

21

L-L

5-10

180

15.

Josh Anderson

Eastern Kentucky U.

Jr.

20

L-R

6-2

195

16.

Chris Durbin

Baylor U.

Sr.

21

R-R

6-0

180

17.

Adam Bourassa

Wake Forest U.

Sr.

22

L-L

5-8

165

18.

Javon Moran

Auburn U.

Jr.

20

R-R

5-11

175

19.

Chris Dickerson

U. of Nevada

Jr.

21

L-L

6-4

212

20.

Michael Bourn

U. of Houston

Jr.

20

L-R

5-8

180

21.

Jeff Leise

U. of Nebraska

Sr.

22

L-L

5-10

165

22.

Corey Coles

U. of Louisiana-Lafayette

Jr.

21

L-L

6-0

165

23.

*Michael Rogers

Del City (Okla.) HS

Sr.

17

L-L

5-10

175

24.

Jayson Santiago

Maestro Ladi HS, Vega Alta, P.R.

Sr.

17

L-L

6-1

185

25.

Jeff Jorgensen

Rice U.

Jr.

22

R-R

5-11

185

26.

Ricardo Nanita

Florida International U.

Sr.

21

L-L

6-0

195

27.

Jonny Kaplan

Tulane U.

Sr.

22

R-R

5-9

185

28.

Sean Henry

Armijo HS, Suisin City, Calif.

Sr.

17

R-R

5-10

154

29.

Jo Jo Batten

Telfair County HS, McRae, Ga.

Sr.

18

R-R

5-11

170

30.

Jeremy Laster

Hunters Lane HS, Nashville, Tenn.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-1

185

31.

Jim Rapaport

Chaminade Prep, Westlake, Calif.

Sr.

17

L-L

5-11

160

32.

Brian Wahlbrink

UC Riverside

Sr.

23

R-R

6-3

185

33.

Emeel Salem

Mountain Brook HS, Birmingham

Sr.

18

L-L

5-11

165

34.

Josh Land

Milton (Fla.) HS

Sr.

18

L-L

6-1

185

35.

Calvin Beamon

CC of Southern Nevada

Fr.

19

L-L

6-1

190

*Also listed as a pitcher

CORNER OUTFIELD

The Devil Rays have first pick in a draft that is made to order for a team that has a fixation with high school outfielders. Four years ago, Tampa Bay used the first overall pick on outfielder Josh Hamilton, whose career has been stalled by injuries and personal issues. A year later, the Devil Rays took outfielder Rocco Baldelli and he is on the fast track to stardom. Two of the three players the organization had on its short list on the eve of this draft are corner outfielders Delmon Young and Ryan Harvey. Harvey is considered the better all-around prospect, but Young's power potential is unequaled. Both players have been used extensively as pitchers in the past, and touched 95 mph, but didn't pitch this year as they overcame injuries which delayed the start of their seasons. The colleges have a solid group of outfielders, with the possibility that at least two or three of the group of Brad Snyder,Matt Murton, Carlos Quentin and David Murphy going in the first round.

Strength of Position (1-to-5 scale): 4.
Best hitters: 1. Delmon Young. 2. Ryan Harvey. 3. Ryan Sweeney. 4. David Murphy. 5. Brad Snyder.
Best defensive players: 1. Ryan Harvey. 2. Brad Snyder. 3. Andre Ethier. 4. Kyle Boyer. 5. Ryan Sweeney.
Best athletes: 1. Ryan Harvey. 2. Dennis Dixon. 3. Xavier Paul. 4. Ryan Sweeney. 5. Adam Hale.

 

Rank

Player

High School/College

Class

Age

B-T

Ht.

Wt.

1.

Delmon Young

Camarillo (Calif.) HS

Sr.

17

R-R

6-3

205

2.

Ryan Harvey

Dunedin HS, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-5

215

3.

*Ryan Sweeney

Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sr.

18

L-L

6-4

200

4.

Brad Snyder

Ball State U.

Sr.

21

L-L

6-3

210

5.

Matt Murton

Georgia Tech

Jr.

21

R-R

6-1

226

6.

Carlos Quentin

Stanford U.

Jr.

20

R-R

6-2

215

7.

David Murphy

Baylor U.

Jr.

21

L-L

6-3

195

8.

Xavier Paul

Slidell HS, New Orleans

Sr.

18

L-R

5-11

185

9.

Andre Ethier

Arizona State U.

Jr.

21

L-L

6-3

200

10.

Kyle Boyer

Cal State Fullerton

Jr.

21

R-R

6-1

199

11.

Ben Harrison

U. of Florida

Jr.

21

R-R

6-4

203

12.

Adam Hale

Bellaire HS, Houston

Sr.

18

L-R

6-3

200

13.

Michael Brown

College of William & Mary

Sr.

22

R-R

6-3

195

14.

Marcus Townsend

Southern U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-4

210

15.

Cole Garner

La Quinta HS, Lakewood, Calif.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-0

205

16.

Ryan Mulhern

U. of South Alabama

Sr.

22

R-R

6-1

210

17.

Jeff Cook

U. of Southern Mississippi

Sr.

22

L-R

510

190

18.

Dustin Majewski

U. of Texas

Sr.

21

L-L

5-11

190

19.

Clint King

U. of Southern Mississippi

So.

20

L-R

5-11

205

20.

Adam Boeve

U. of Northern Iowa

Jr.

22

R-R

6-1

205

21.

John Peabody

Rancho Bernanrdo HS, San Diego

Sr.

17

R-R

6-4

215

22.

Chris Errecart

Lincoln HS, Stockton, Calif.

Sr.

18

B-L

6-1

210

23.

Mike Wagner

U. of Washington

Jr.

21

R-R

6-3

210

24.

*Jordan Parraz

Green Valley HS, Henderson, Nev.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

190

25.

Ryan Johnson

Wake Forest U.

Sr.

22

L-L

6-2

205

26.

Kory Casto

U. of Portland

Jr.

21

L-R

6-0

190

27.

Mickey Hall

Walton HS, Marietta, Ga.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-0

180

28.

Ryan Goleski

Eastern Michigan U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-3

225

29.

Bill Kleinschrodt

St. Paul's Episcopal Academy, Mobile, Ala.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-4

200

30.

Tony McQuade

Florida State U.

Jr.

21

B-R

6-2

205

31.

Seth Pietsch

Oregon State U.

Jr.

21

R-R

5-9

195

32.

Andrew Toussaint

Southern U.

So.

20

R-R

6-2

175

33.

Mark Jurich

U. of Louisville

Jr.

22

L-L

5-10

185

34.

Brian Barton

U. of Miami

So.

21

R-R

6-3

205

35.

Dennis Dixon

San Leandro (Calif.) HS

Sr.

18

L-R

6-4

190

36.

Brendan Winn

St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC

So.

21

R-R

6-1

180

37.

Matt Kemp

Midwest City (Okla.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-4

210

38.

Mike McCallister

Clay HS, Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

220

39.

Sean Kommerstad

Minnetonka (Minn.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

200

40.

Nathan Faulkner

Elsinore (Calif.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

175

41.

Kevin Nail

Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas

Sr.

18

R-R

6-0

205

42.

Casey Spanish

U. of Kansas

Sr.

21

R-R

6-4

215

43.

Danny Perales

Mater Dei HS, Orange, Calif.

Sr.

18

L-L

5-11

165

44.

David Cook

Miami U. (Ohio)

Sr.

21

R-R

5-11

190

45.

Rod Allen

Arizona State U.

Jr.

20

R-R

6-2

200

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