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David Bush, rhp

School: Wake Forest U. Class: Sr.
Hometown: Devon, Pa.
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 210 Birthdate: 11/9/79
Previously Drafted: Devil Rays '01 (4th round).
Scouting Report: Bush won't be the college player of the year, but there's arguably no more valuable player in the nation. A converted catcher who never pitched in high school, Bush takes the ball in save situations, tie games and even in close games late—and almost always gets the job done. He was out with a blood clot in his leg at the beginning of the year, losing 20-25 pounds as well as some velocity, and his fastball was back to its accustomed 91-94 mph by the end of the regular season. He's a warrior who pounds the strike zone with fastballs and sliders, and his deception and command make him that much tougher to hit. A fourth-round pick last year, Bush didn't sign with the Devil Rays when negotiations soured and instead became the best pitching prospect in the Cape Cod League. The top college senior in the draft, Bush probably won't sign for much less than slot money but still could be an attractive target to a team with several early picks, such as the Athletics or Cubs.

2002 Statistics

W

L

ERA

G

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

7

1

1.69

38

13

53

41

10

53

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