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2003 Draft:
Top Prospects by Position: Pitchers

RIGHTHANDED PITCHER

Tampa Bay is in need of pitching at the major league level, but won't take an arm with the No. 1 pick because it doesn't believe there is that special one that justifies being taken with the top selection. So the Devil Rays have concentrated on hitters only. Kyle Sleeth and Tim Stauffer are virtually certain of being drafted in the first four picks, but Stauffer is viewed as more of a finesse pitcher while Sleeth's performance this spring didn't quite meet expectations. Several other college righthanders also fell off, especially David Aardsma, Matt Brown and Chris Ray, who were projected first-round picks at the start of the year. Jeff Allison easily ranks as the top high school righthander available. He has thoroughly dominated the high school competition in Massachusetts this spring by combining three above-average pitches with solid command. Beyond Allison, it's possible that only one more high school righthander may be picked in the first round. That's partly a factor of several clubs saying high school pitches are too risky and they'll avoid taking them at almost all costs. The status of Marc Cornell is up in the air. He burst on the scene this spring when his fastball was clocked up to 98 mph and his stock skyrocketed. But it dropped almost as quickly as he removed himself from several late-season appearances with shoulder soreness. An MRI has not revealed any long-term concerns, but a history of injuries may conspire to keep him out of the first round. Allison, Jason Hirsh and Craig Whitaker have touched 97.

Strength of Position (1-to-5 scale): 3.
Best velocity: 1. Marc Cornell. 2. Jason Hirsh. 3. Craig Whitaker.
Best breaking pitches: 1. Ryan Wagner. 2. Tim Stauffer. 3. Jeff Allison.
Best command: 1. Tim Stauffer. 2. Wes Littleton. 3. Ian Kennedy.

 

Rank

Player

High School/College

Class

Age

B-T

Ht.

Wt.

1.

Jeff Allison

Veterans Memorial HS, Peabody, Mass.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

195

2.

Kyle Sleeth

Wake Forest U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-5

205

3.

Tim Stauffer

U. of Richmond

Jr.

20

R-R

6-2

205

4.

Marc Cornell

Ohio U.

Jr.

20

L-R

6-3

220

5.

Ryan Wagner

U. of Houston

So.

20

R-R

6-4

210

6.

Craig Whitaker

Lufkin (Texas) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-4

170

7.

Brad Sullivan

U. of Houston

Jr.

21

R-R

6-1

190

8.

Jay Sborz

Langley HS, Great Falls, Va.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-4

210

9.

Jared Hughes

Santa Margarita HS, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Sr.

17

R-R

6-7

220

10.

Scott Baker

Oklahoma State U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-4

190

11.

Adam Miller

McKinney (Texas) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-4

180

12.

Daniel Bard

Charlotte (N.C.) Christian Academy

Sr.

17

R-R

6-4

185

13.

Stuart Pomeranz

Houston HS, Collierville, Tenn.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-7

220

14.

Kyle McCullough

Bellaire HS, Houston

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

170

15.

#Adam Jones

Morse HS, San Diego

Sr.

17

R-R

6-2

185

16.

Jimmy Barthmaier

Roswell (Ga.) HS

Sr.

19

R-R

6-4

200

17.

Mike Crotta

Martin County HS, Palm City, Fla.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-6

210

18.

Wes Littleton

Cal State Fullerton

Jr.

20

R-R

6-3

200

19.

Dennis Dove

Georgia Southern U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-4

200

20.

Aaron Jensen

Springville (Utah) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

195

21.

Chad Billingsley

Defiance (Ohio) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

195

22.

Thomas Pauly

Princeton U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-1

195

23.

Logan Kensing

Texas A&M U.

So.

20

R-R

6-1

185

24.

David Aardsma

Rice U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-5

200

25.

Jason Hirsh

California Lutheran U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-8

250

26.

Josh Banks

Florida International U.

Jr.

20

R-R

6-3

195

27.

Greg Reynolds

Terra Nova HS, Pacifica, Calif

Sr.

17

R-R

6-5

200

28.

Dallas Buck

Newberg (Ore.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

195

29.

Cliff Davis

Eupora (Miss.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-5

205

30.

Beau Vaughan

Arizona State.

Sr.

21

B-R

6-4

225

31.

Paul Bacot

Lakeside HS, Atlanta

Sr.

18

R-R

6-6

193

32.

Chad Cordero

Cal State Fullerton

Jr.

21

R-R

6-0

195

33.

Mateo Miramontes

U. of Nevada

Jr.

21

R-R

6-4

200

34.

John Russ

Frank Phillips (Texas) JC

So.

20

R-R

6-2

180

35.

Josh Smith

Central Arizona JC

Fr.

19

R-R

6-4

240

36.

Justin James

U. of Missouri

So.

21

R-R

6-3

215

37.

Chris Ray

College of William & Mary

Jr.

21

R-R

6-2

190

38.

Jon Papelbon

Mississippi State U.

Jr.

22

R-R

6-4

220

39.

Luis Atilano

Gabriel Mistral HS, San Juan, P.R.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

180

40.

Bob McCrory

U. of Southern Mississippi

Jr.

21

R-R

6-0

205

41.

David Shinskie

Carmel Area HS, Kulpmont, Pa.

Sr.

19

R-R

6-4

205

42.

John Hudgins

Stanford U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-2

195

43.

Ian Kennedy

La Quinta HS, Huntington Beach

Sr.

18

R-R

5-11

185

44.

Patrick Bresnehan

Dover Sherborn HS, Sherborn, Mass.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-1

195

45.

Clark Girardeau

U. of South Alabama

Jr.

21

R-R

6-5

210

46.

Chris Vines

Pelham (Ala.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-4

190

47.

Jordan Pratt

Central HS, Independence, Ore.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

220

48.

Daryl Thompson

La Plata (Md.) HS

Sr.

17

R-R

6-1

170

49.

Matt Nachreiner

Round Rock HS, Cedar Park, Texas

Sr.

18

L-R

6-2

185

50.

Derik Olvey

Pelham (Ala.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

210

51.

Steven White

Baylor U.

Sr.

21

R-R

6-5

205

52.

Matt Vasquez

UC Santa Barbara

Jr.

20

R-R

6-3

205

53.

Ryan Schroyer

Arizona State U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-1

215

54.

Richie Lentz

Woodinville (Wash.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

210

55.

Ricky Brooks

North Tonawanda HS, Buffalo, N.Y.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

165

56.

Brad Lincoln

Brazoswood HS, Clute, Texas

Sr.

18

L-R

5-11

180

57.

Bob Zimmerman

Southwest Missouri State U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-5

225

58.

Matt Lorenzo

Kent State U.

Jr.

20

L-R

6-3

205

59.

Robbie Wooley

Taylor HS, Taylor, Ind.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-1

190

60.

*Jordan Parraz

Green Valley HS, Henderson, Nev.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

190

61.

Dustin Evans

Adairsville HS, Taylorsville, Ga.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

200

62.

Chris Worster

Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-4

190

63.

Adam Trent

Ooltewah (Tenn.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-5

180

64.

Asher Demme

South Lake HS, Reston, Va.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

176

65.

Jordan Mayer

Alexandria (La.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

220

66.

Kyle Kendrick

Mt. Vernon (Wash.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

185

67.

T.J. Beam

U. of Mississippi

Sr.

22

R-R

6-7

215

68.

Chris Schutt

Cornell U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-1

200

69.

Jeff Manship

Ronald Reagan HS, San Antonio

Sr.

18

R-R

6-0

165

70.

Nick Tisone

Pearl River (Miss.) JC

Fr.

19

R-R

6-1

185

71.

Marc Kaiser

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) College

Jr.

21

R-R

6-2

205

72.

#Zech Zinicola

Arlington HS, San Bernardino, Calif.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-1

220

73.

Billy Sadler

Louisiana State U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-0

190

74.

Casey Hudspeth

Sarasota (Fla.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

5-11

165

75.

Justin Hoyman

U. of Florida

So.

21

R-R

6-3

177

76.

Tim Gustafson

Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

185

77.

Jason Smith

Bourne (Mass.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

196

78.

Ryan Mattheus

Sacramento CC

Fr.

19

R-R

6-3

215

79.

Chris Perez

Pendleton School, Holmes Beach. Fla.

Sr.

17

R-R

6-4

245

80.

Ryan Basner

Western Carolina U.

Sr.

21

R-R

6-3

220

81.

Nathan Kopszywa

Crichton (Tenn.) College

Jr.

21

R-R

6-6

225

82.

Josh Smith

U. of Texas

Jr.

21

R-R

6-4

230

83.

Sean White

U. of Washington

Sr.

22

R-R

6-4

205

84.

Matt Brown

U. of California

Jr.

20

R-R

6-5

235

85.

*Scott Beerer

Texas A&M U.

Jr.

20

R-R

6-1

200

86.

Richie Gardner

U. of Arizona

Jr.

21

R-R

6-3

185

87.

Mark Sopko

Arizona State U.

So.

21

R-R

6-0

200

88.

Brooks McNiven

U. of British Columbia

Sr.

21

R-R

6-5

180

89.

Dusty Glant

Purdue U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-2

200

90.

Shane Matthews

St. Stephens HS, Conover, N.C.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

180

91.

Robert Ransom

Vanderbilt U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-3

225

92.

Billy Buckner

Young Harris (Ga.) JC

So.

19

R-R

6-2

195

93.

Brant Rustich

Grossmont HS, El Cajopn, Calif.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-6

215

94.

T.J. Large

St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC

So.

20

R-R

6-4

185

95.

Mark Michael

U. of Delaware

Jr.

20

R-R

6-5

210

96.

Cody Dickens

Surry (N.C.) CC

Fr.

19

R-R

6-2

200

97.

Chris Kinsey

Sacramento State U.

Jr.

20

R-R

6-3

215

98.

Jim Vermilyea

U. of New Mexico

Jr.

21

R-R

6-4

195

99.

Tim Lincecum

Liberty HS, Issaquah, Wash.

Sr.

18

L-R

5-10

155

100.

Lee Land

Riverside HS, Durham, N.C.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

210

101.

Dan Kapala

Shrine HS, Royal Oak, Mich.

Sr.

17

R-R

6-4

195

102.

Dustin Molleken

Lethbridge (Alberta) CC

Fr.

18

L-R

6-4

210

103.

Kyle Pearson

Mosley HS, Panama City, Fla.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-1

180

104.

Clayton Jerome

Texas Christian U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-3

190

105.

Tommy Hawk

Cabrillo HS, Lompoc, Calif.

Sr.

R-R

6-3

215

106.

Darric Merrell

Cal State Fullerton

Jr.

21

R-R

6-4

210

107.

Steven Jackson

Clemson U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-5

215

108.

Brad Depoy

The Woodlands (Texas) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-1

205

109.

Brooks Brown

Portal (Ga.) HS

Sr.

17

L-R

6-3

188

110.

Chase Lirette

Lincoln HS, Tallahassee, Fla.

Sr.

17

R-R

6-3

210

111.

Chris Hunter

Utah Valley State JC

So.

22

R-R

6-4

200

112.

Elvys Quezada

Seton Hall U.

Sr.

21

R-R

6-3

225

113.

Josh Wahpepah

Cowley County (Kan.) CC

Fr.

19

R-R

6-3

200

114.

Dewan Day

Southern U.

Sr.

22

R-R

6-4

210

115.

#Travis Schlichting

Round Rock (Texas) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-4

190

116.

Mike Mitchell

St. Charles (Mo.) CC

So.

21

R-R

6-2

215

117.

Josh Cowles

Redlands East HS, Redlands, Calif.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-2

190

118.

Cain Byrd

Southwood HS, Shreveport, La.

Sr.

19

R-R

6-3

185

119.

Matt Weagle

Franklin Pierce (N.H.) College

Jr.

20

R-R

6-3

200

120.

Chris Pillsbury

Florida Atlantic U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-3

190

121.

Jared Wells

San Jacinto (Texas) JC

So.

21

R-R

6-4

200

122.

Brad Rose

Walters State (Tenn.) JC

So.

19

R-R

6-4

170

123.

Joey Carroll

Deerfield Windsor HS, Albany, Ga.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-6

195

124.

Jeramy Simmons

Okaloosa-Walton JC

So.

20

R-R

6-0

190

125.

Scott Tolbert

Georgia Southern U.

Sr.

21

R-R

6-3

195

126.

Jessie Corn

Jacksonville State U.

Jr.

20

R-R

6-1

190

127.

Josh Oslin

Mora (Minn.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-4

175

128.

James Hoey

Rider U.

Jr.

20

R-R

6-6

200

129.

Sean Watson

Florida Christian HS, Miami

Sr.

17

R-R

6-1

210

130.

Ryan Zink

LaFollete (Wis.) HS

Sr.

18

R-R

6-5

217

131.

Ryan Marion

Glenn HS, Kernersville, N.C.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-1

200

132.

#Chad Orvella

North Carolina State U.

Sr.

22

R-R

5-10

190

133.

Damian Ursin

Southern U.

Jr.

20

R-R

6-0

197

134.

Jesse Smith

Illinois Valley CC

So.

21

R-R

6-2

210

135.

Dirk Hayhurst

Kent State U.

Sr.

22

L-R

6-3

190

136.

Travis Ingle

Cal State Fullerton

Jr.

21

R-R

6-3

195

137.

Anthony Reyes

U. of Southern California

Sr.

21

R-R

6-2

215

138.

Chris Goodman

Georgia Tech

Sr.

21

R-R

5-11

170

139.

Johnathan Ramos

Tomas C. Ongay HS, Bayamon, P.R.

Sr.

18

R-R

6-3

175

140.

#Shaun Marcum

Southwest Missouri State U.

Jr.

21

R-R

6-1

180

* Also ranked as an outfielder
# Also ranked as an infielder

LEFTHANDED PITCHER

The position took a big hit when Baltimore unexpectedly stepped up and signed draft-and-follow Adam Loewen last Monday, just minutes before the start of the closed period. Loewen, the fourth overall pick in last year's draft, would have been the top pitching prospect this year and there were strong indications that he would go No. 2 overall to Milwaukee. With Loewen no longer available, it's possible that no lefthander will be among the first 10 picks. However, Nick Markakis, the other of the two significant draft-and-follows, is a candidate to join Loewen in Baltimore. The Orioles have the seventh pick and began to consider Markakis when Cincinnati's $1.5 million offer was rejected by Markakis, putting him back in this year's draft. John Danks, the ace pitcher on the nation's No. 1 ranked high school team, is a candidate to go No. 9 overall to the home state-Rangers, even though Texas will focus primarly on college talent. There is surprisingly good depth in the lefthanded crop, with a possibility that five high school lefthanders from Florida alone could go in the first two rounds. Andrew Miller remains that state's top southpaw but several shaky last-season performances hurt his stock. Kyle Bakker and David Purcey were possible first-rounders at the start of the 2003 college season, but subpar performances hurt them.

Strength of Position (1-to-5 scale): 4.
Best velocity: 1. Andrew Miller. 2. John Danks. 3. Anthony Whittington.
Best breaking pitches: 1. Andrew Miller. 2. John Danks. 3. Nick Markakis.
Best command: 1. Darin Downs. 2. Abe Alvarez. 3. Paul Maholm.

 

Rank

Player

High School/College

Class

Age

B-T

Ht.

Wt.

1.

John Danks

Round Rock (Texas) HS

Sr.

18

L-L

6-2

190

2.

Andrew Miller

Buchholz HS, Gainesville, Fla.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-6

175

3.

Nick Markakis

Young Harris (Ga.) JC

So.

19

L-L

6-2

185

4.

Paul Maholm

Mississippi State U.

Jr.

20

L-L

6-2

215

5.

Scott Maine

Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-3

170

6.

Jacob Stevens

Cape Coral (Fla.) HS

Sr.

18

L-L

6-3

220

7.

Chuck Tiffany

Charter Oak HS, Covina, Calif.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-1

200

8.

Jo Jo Reyes

Riverside Poly HS, Riverside, Calif.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-2

215

9.

James Houser

Sarasota (Fla.) HS

Sr.

18

L-L

6-5

185

10.

Matt Harrison

South Granville HS, Creedmoor, N.C.

Sr.

17

L-L

6-3

190

11.

Ryan Feierabend

Midview HS, Grafton, Ohio

Sr.

17

L-L

6-4

200

12.

Daniel Moore

U. of North Carolina

Jr.

20

R-L

6-6

215

13.

Abe Alvarez

Long Beach State U.

Jr.

20

L-L

6-3

185

14.

Darin Downs

Santaluces HS, Boynton Beach, Fla.

Sr.

18

R-L

6-3

176

15.

*Mike Rogers

Del City (Okla.) HS

Sr.

17

L-L

5-10

175

16.

Casey Abrams

Wright State U.

Jr.

21

L-L

6-4

190

17.

*Ryan Sweeney

Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sr.

18

L-L

6-4

200

18.

Kurt Isenberg

James Madison U.

Jr.

21

R-L

6-0

185

19.

Anthony Whittington

Buffalo HS, Putnam, W.Va.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-5

225

20.

Greg Moviel

St. Ignatius HS, Lebanon, Ohio

Sr.

18

L-L

6-6

220

21.

Tom Gorzelanny

Triton (Ill.) JC

So.

20

B-L

6-3

200

22.

Josh Muecke

Loyola Marymount U.

Jr.

21

L-L

6-3

195

23.

Eric O'Flaherty

Walla Walla (Wash.) HS

Sr.

18

L-L

6-2

195

24.

Charles Benoit

Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas

Sr.

18

L-L

6-2

225

25.

Keith Weiser

Talawanda HS, Hamilton, Ohio

Sr.

18

R-L

6-2

195

26.

Aaron Laffey

Allegany HS, Foxburg, Md.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-1

178

27.

Doug Frame

Tomball (Texas) HS

Sr.

18

L-L

6-1

215

28.

Aaron Marsden

U. of Nebraska

Jr.

21

L-L

6-5

225

29.

David Purcey

U. of Oklahoma

So.

21

L-L

6-5

240

30.

Brian Schroeder

Christian HS, El Cajon, Calif.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-1

205

31.

Rejino Gonzalez

CC of Southern Nevada

So.

20

L-L

6-1

210

32.

Paul Fagan

Bartram Trail HS, Jacksonville

Sr.

18

L-L

6-5

195

33.

Kyle Bakker

Georgia Tech

Jr.

21

L-L

6-9

250

34.

Todd Nicholas

Mississippi State U.

So.

20

R-L

6-2

208

35.

Cory Van Allen

Clements HS, Sugar Land, Texas

Sr.

18

L-L

6-2

180

36.

Joe Wilson

U. of Maryland-Baltimore County

Jr.

20

L-L

6-3

190

37.

Brandon Belcher

Ruston (La.) HS

Sr.

18

L-L

6-0

170

38.

Wade Leblanc

Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-2

180

39.

Fraser Dizard

U. of Southern California

Jr.

21

L-L

6-0

195

40.

Robbie Van

U. of Nevada-Las Vegas

Jr.

21

L-L

6-2

205

41.

Chad Lanier

Brevard (N.C.) College

So.

21

L-L

6-7

195

42.

Pat Misch

Western Michigan U.

Sr.

21

R-L

6-2

170

43.

Brian Marshall

Virginia Commonwealth U.

Jr.

20

L-L

6-5

185

44.

Greg Kloosterman

Bethel (Ind.) College

Jr.

20

L-L

6-3

205

45.

Donald Veal

Buena HS, Hereford, Ariz.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-3

200

46.

David Sanders

Wichita State U.

Jr.

21

L-L

6-4

195

47.

David Marchbanks

U. of South Carolina

Jr.

21

L-L

6-2

190

48.

Shane Hawk

Oklahoma State U.

Jr.

21

R-L

6-4

180

49.

Sean Marshall

Virginia Commonwealth U.

Jr.

20

L-L

6-6

180

50.

Lee Hyde

Fayette County HS, Fayetteville, Ga.

Sr.

18

R-L

6-2

185

51.

Tony Sipp

Mississippi Gulf Coast JC

So.

19

L-L

5-11

165

52.

Danny Zell

U. of Houston

Jr.

21

L-L

6-5

210

53.

David Huff

Edsion HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Sr.

18

L-L

6-2

180

54.

Matt Chico

Palomar (Calif.) CC

So.

19

L-L

5-11

190

55.

Tim Cunningham

Stanford U.

Sr.

22

L-L

6-3

195

56.

Harold Mozingo

Essex HS, Tappahannock

Sr.

18

L-L

6-2

180

57.

Heath Castle

U. of Kentucky

Jr.

21

L-L

6-0

220

58.

Clayton Richard

McCutcheon HS, Lafayette, Ind.

Sr.

19

L-L

6-5

230

59.

Kevin Culpepper

Georgia Southern U.

Jr.

20

R-L

6-5

190

60.

Adam Stanley

Garner (N.C.) HS

Sr.

18

L-L

6-1

195

* Also ranked as an outfielder

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