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Top 100 Recap

By Jim Callis
October 16, 2002

Team, Player

School

Age

Bonus

Comment

1. Pirates. Bryan Bullington, rhp

Ball State U.

22

Unsigned

Not attending school this fall; should sign, though not for Joe Mauer money

2. Devil Rays. B.J. Upton, ss

HS–Chesapeake, Va.

18

$4,600,000

Enough with the Derek Jeter comparisons already, but he’s a multitooled shortstop

3. Reds. Chris Gruler, rhp

HS–Brentwood, Calif.

19

$2,500,000

Reds got a first-rounder signed this year; he quickly became one of their top arms

4. Orioles. Adam Loewen, lhp

HS–Surrey, B.C.

18

Unsigned

Will play both ways at Chipola (Fla.) JC, can sign as draft-and-follow next spring

5. Expos. Clint Everts, rhp

HS–Houston

18

$2,500,000

Exceedingly polished pitcher may have been second-best shortstop behind Upton

6. Royals. Zack Greinke, rhp

HS–Orlando

18

$2,475,000

Projected as second/third-round pick as third baseman, then blossomed on mound

7. Brewers. Prince Fielder, 1b

HS–Melbourne, Fla.

18

$2,400,000

Has weight under control, crushed Rookie-level Pioneer League (.390-10-40)

8. Tigers. Scott Moore, ss

HS–Cypress, Calif.

18

$2,300,000

Played well when not bothered by back problems, may have to move to third base

9. Rockies. Jeff Francis, lhp

U. of British Columbia

21

$1,850,000

Second-highest Canadian draft pick ever (behind Loewen), had 1.17 ERA in debut

10. Rangers. Drew Meyer, ss

U. of South Carolina

21

$1,875,000

Rangers shocked everyone by drafting a shortstop, but they loved his energy

11. Marlins. Jeremy Hermida, of

HS–Marietta, Ga.

18

$2,012,500

Emerged suddenly as one of draft’s best pure bats, then hit .249 after signing

12. Angels. Joe Saunders, lhp

Virginia Tech

21

$1,825,000

Lacks ceiling of other first-round lefties, but safer pick and should reach bigs quickly

13. Padres. Khalil Greene, ss

Clemson U.

22

$1,500,000

BA’s College Player of Year hit .309 as pro; instincts may allow him to stay at short

14. Blue Jays. Russ Adams, ss

U. of North Carolina

22

$1,785,000

Heady athlete with on-base ability fits blueprint of new Jays perfectly.

15. Mets. Scott Kazmir, lhp

HS–Houston

18

$2,150,000

Kazmir fell because of bonus demands, so Mets stole arguably best arm in draft

16. Athletics. Nick Swisher, of

Ohio State U.

21

$1,780,000

Son of 1973 first-rounder Steve must show he can hit for power, play center field

17. Phillies. Cole Hamels, lhp

HS–San Diego

18

$2,000,000

Broke arm while pitching as sophomore; a coup for Phillies if he can stay healthy

18. White Sox. Royce Ring, lhp

San Diego State U.

21

$1,600,000

Sox went cheap route yet landed best college closer; he resembles Randy Myers

19. Dodgers. James Loney, 1b

HS–Missouri City, Texas

18

$1,500,000

Led Elkins High to national title, then earned top prospect honors in Pioneer League

20. Twins. Denard Span, of

HS–Tampa

18

$1,700,000

All-state wide receiver could be next Kenny Lofton, adds to Twins’ outfield wealth

21. Cubs. Bobby Brownlie, rhp

Rutgers U.

21

Unsigned

Considered No. 1 prospect in draft before getting biceps tendinitis; still negotiating

22. Indians. Jeremy Guthrie, rhp

Stanford U.

23

$3,000,000

Received second-highest bonus this year, 18th big league contract in draft era

23. Braves. Jeff Francoeur, of

HS–Lilburn, Ga.

18

$2,200,000

All-America defensive back was named top prospect in Appalachian League

24. Athletics. Joseph Blanton, rhp

U. of Kentucky

21

$1,400,000

Used 92-95 mph fastball to strike out 16 in duel with Bullington in March

25. Giants. Matt Cain, rhp

HS–Germantown, Tenn.

18

$1,375,000

Maybe biggest surprise in first round, but not a reach–and Giants know pitching

26. Athletics. John McCurdy, ss

U. of Maryland

21

$1,375,000

A’s coveted Greene with 16th pick, settled for another offensive shortstop from ACC

27. Diamondbacks. Sergio Santos, ss

HS–Hacienda Heights, Calif.

19

$1,400,000

Probably can’t stay at shortstop but definitely has offensive ability for third base

28. Mariners. John Mayberry Jr., of

HS–Kansas City, Mo.

18

Did Not Sign

Son of 1967 first-rounder John asked for $3 million, wound up at Stanford

29. Astros. Derick Grigsby, rhp

Northeast Texas CC

20

$1,125,000

Flamethrower was top juco draft pick, outlasted Astros’ brief embargo on signings

30. Athletics. Ben Fritz, rhp

Fresno State U.

21

$1,200,000

Preferred to play every day as catcher but could be next Troy Percival on mound

SUPPLEMENTAL FIRST ROUND

31. Dodgers. Greg Miller, lhp

HS–Yorba Linda, Calif.

17

$1,200,000

Came out of nowhere after fastball jumped from low 80s to 87-92 mph this spring

32. Cubs. Luke Hagerty, lhp

Ball State U.

21

$1,150,000

Bullington’s college teammate would go higher now after posting 1.13 ERA in debut

33. Indians. Matt Whitney, 3b

HS–Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

18

$1,125,000

Figured to go in 11-20 range but somehow fell to Indians, who couldn’t be happier

34. Braves. Dan Meyer, lhp

James Madison U.

21

$1,000,000

Braves hadn’t taken collegian this high since grabbing Mike Kelly No. 2 overall in 1991

35. Athletics. Jeremy Brown, c

U. of Alabama

22

$350,000

Bad-body senior was signability pick, then hit .307-10-41 in first pro summer

36. Cubs. Chadd Blasko, rhp

Purdue U.

21

$1,050,000

Cubs got this Scott Boras client signed; he eventually may fit in bullpen

37. Athletics. Steve Obenchain, rhp

U. of Evansville

21

$750,000

Hopes to follow path of fellow Evansville righties Andy Benes, Preston Larrison

38. Cubs. Matt Clanton, rhp

Orange Coast (Calif.) JC

21

$875,000

Unknown before he started throwing in low 90s, showing hammer curve last spring

39. Athletics. Mark Teahen, 3b

St. Mary’s College

21

$725,000

Could be another Bill Mueller: draws walks, hits more for contact than power

40. Reds. Mark Schramek, 3b

U. of Texas-San Antonio

22

Unsigned

Reds’ $150,000 offer prompted Schramek to try out for Japan’s Orix Blue Wave

41. Indians. Micah Schilling, 2b

HS–Clinton, La.

19

$915,000

Now at second base, reminds some of Pelican State product Todd Walker

SECOND ROUND

42. Pirates. Blair Johnson, rhp

HS–Topeka, Kan.

18

$885,000

Has outstanding sink, velocity on his fastball; still projectable, so could throw harder

43. Devil Rays. Jason Pridie, of

HS–Prescott, Ariz.

19

$892,500

Yet another athletic outfielder for Devil Rays, who have lots of them but little else

44. Reds. Joey Votto, c

HS–Toronto

19

$600,000

If Olympics keep baseball, Votto could catch Loewen, Francis for Canada in 2004

45. Orioles. Corey Shafer, of

HS–Choctaw, Okla.

19

$800,000

Of high school players who signed, only Fielder had more lefty power than Shafer

46. Expos. Darrell Rasner, rhp

U. of Nevada

21

$800,000

Four-pitch mix, highlighted by curve, could speed him through depleted system

47. Royals. Adam Donachie, c

HS–Orlando

18

$800,000

Arguably top defensive catcher available, switch-hitter also starting to show power

48. Brewers. Josh Murray, ss

HS–Tampa

18

$825,000

Defensive standout missed all of 2001 following Tommy John surgery

49. Tigers. Brent Clevlen, of

HS–Cedar Park, Texas

18

$805,000

Star of 2001 Area Code Games outpitched Everts in Texas 5-A regional semifinals

50. Rockies. Micah Owings, rhp

HS–Gainesville, Ga.

20

Did Not Sign

Nearly broke national prep homer record, should star immediately at Georgia Tech

51. Dodgers. Zach Hammes, rhp

HS–Iowa City, Iowa

18

$750,000

Hulking righthander (6-foot-7, 230 pounds) should throw in mid-90s with regularity

52. Marlins. Robert Andino, ss

HS–Miami

18

$750,000

Very similar to Ricky Gutierrez, another Miami shortstop and 1988 first-round pick

53. Angels. Kevin Jepsen, rhp

HS–Sparks, Nev.

18

$745,000

Opened eyes by hitting 98 mph with fastball, high 80s with slider early in spring

54. Padres. Michael Johnson, 1b

Clemson U.

22

Did Not Sign

Negotiations soured with Padres, who still control his rights as fifth-year senior

55. Blue Jays. David Bush, rhp

Wake Forest U.

22

$450,000

Fastball, slider, deception, command, tenacity will allow him to help Jays soon

56. Cubs. Brian Dopirak, 1b

HS–Dunedin, Fla.

18

$740,000

Top power hitter in draft; scouts say he could hit 50 homers or stall in Double-A

57. Red Sox. Jon Lester, lhp

HS–Puyallup, Wash.

18

$1,000,000

Red Sox didn’t have first-round pick yet still signed a first-round talent

58. Phillies. Zach Segovia, rhp

HS–Forney, Texas

19

$712,500

Phillies continue to stockpile quality arms; he had 2.10 ERA, 30-3 K-BB in debut

59. White Sox. Jeremy Reed, of

Long Beach State U.

21

$650,000

Top hitter (.366), top position player drafted off Team USA’s 2001 college squad

60. Dodgers, Jonathan Broxton, rhp

HS–Waynesboro, Ga.

18

$685,000

Scary body (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) but even scarier fastball (tops out at 97 mph)

61. Twins. Jesse Crain, rhp

U. of Houston

21

$650,000

All-American two-way player gave up shortstop, had 0.98 ERA as full-time pitcher

62. Cubs. Justin Jones, lhp

HS–Virginia Beach

18

$625,000

Led Arizona League with 1.80 ERA; commands low-90s fastball, strong curveball

63. Indians. Brian Slocum, rhp

Villanova U.

21

$625,000

Might have been a first-rounder if he hadn’t come down with biceps tendinitis

64. Braves. Brian McCann, c

HS–Duluth, Ga.

18

$750,000

Hit .220 in Gulf Coast League but has tools to develop into solid all-around catcher

65. Braves. Tyler Greene, ss

HS–Plantation, Fla.

19

Did Not Sign

One of draft’s few pure shortstops joins Owings in banner Georgia Tech frosh class

66. Giants. Fred Lewis, of

Southern U.

21

$595,000

Became Northwest League’s top position prospect in first full year without football

67. Athletics. Steve Stanley, of

U. of Notre Dame

22

$200,000

Only 5-foot-7, was catalyst for Notre Dame’s first College World Series team since ‘57

68. Diamondbacks. Chris Snyder, c

U. of Houston

21

$567,000

Outstanding catch-and-throw skills, showed surprising power in high Class A

69. Mariners. Josh Womack, of

HS–San Diego

18

$550,000

Athletic line-drive hitter was only one of Mariners’ top three choices to sign

70. Astros. Mitch Talbot, rhp

HS–Cedar City, Utah

18

$550,000

Exceptional life on low-90s fastball, could form all-Utah battery with John Buck

71. Yankees. Brandon Weeden, rhp

HS–Edmond, Okla.

19

$565,000

Multitalented athlete also played shortstop, football (quarterback) and basketball

SUPPLEMENTAL SECOND ROUND

72. Indians. Pat Osborn, 3b

U. of Florida

21

$547,500

Bounced back after injury-marred freshman, sophomore seasons with Gators

THIRD ROUND

73. Pirates. Taber Lee, ss

San Diego State U.

21

$525,000

Glove is better than bat; same is true of brother Travis, Philly’s first baseman

74. Devil Rays. Elijah Dukes, of

HS–Tampa

18

$500,000

Hillsborough High’s latest stud (Carl Everett, Dwight Gooden, Gary Sheffield)

75. Reds. Kyle Edens, rhp

Baylor U.

22

Unsigned

Like Schramek, a college senior who hasn’t come to terms with thrifty Reds

76. Orioles. Val Majewski, of

Rutgers U.

21

$400,000

Converted first baseman will have to show more power wherever he plays

77. Expos. Larry Broadway, 1b

Duke U.

21

$450,000

Recovered from spring slump, still needs to tap into power he had in Cape League

78. Royals. David Jensen, 1b

Brigham Young U.

22

$472,500

Came back hitting line drives after two-year Mormon mission to Uruguay

79. Brewers. Eric Thomas, rhp

U. of South Alabama

21

$470,000

At 6-foot-9 with mid-90s heat, only shoulder tendinitis kept him out of first round

80. Tigers. Curtis Granderson, of

U. of Illinois-Chicago

21

$469,000

Finished second in NCAA Division I (.483), New York-Penn (.344) batting races

81. Rockies. Ben Crockett, rhp

Harvard U.

22

$345,000

Smart enough to figure out how to pitch at Coors Field; command will help too

82. Indians. Jason Cooper, of

Stanford U.

21

$472,500

Highest unsigned draftee from 1999 (second round) still has big power potential

83. Marlins. Trevor Hutchinson, rhp

U. of California

23

Unsigned

College senior doesn’t have football option that brother Chad ultimately pursued

84. Angels. Kyle Pawelczyk, rhp

Chipola (Fla.) JC

20

$465,000

Expos let him get away as 11th-round draft-and-follow after his late-spring slide

85. Padres. Kennard Jones, of

U. of Indiana

21

$465,000

Undrafted out of high school, juco before becoming Big Ten tri-player of year

86. Blue Jays. Justin Maureau, lhp

Wichita State U.

21

$455,000

Had one of best curves in draft, could form lefty-righty bullpen tandem with Bush

87. Tigers. Matt Pender, rhp

Kennesaw State (Ga.) U.

21

$450,000

Eased mild concerns about mechanics, health with solid pro debut (2.31 ERA)

88. Red Sox. Scott White, 3b

HS–Marietta, Ga.

18

$825,000

Bosox went well above slot money late in summer to keep him from Georgia Tech

89. Phillies. Kiel Fisher, 3b

HS–Riverside, Calif.

19

$450,000

Phils got southern California’s top third sackers in Fisher, Jake Blalock (fifth round)

90. White Sox. Josh Rupe, rhp

Louisburg (N.C.) JC

20

$440,000

Fits well with White Sox, who succeed at refining power arms with poor mechanics

91. Dodgers. Mike Nixon, c

HS–Phoenix

19

$950,000

Turned down Notre Dame as quarterback; would have been safety at UCLA

92. Twins. Mark Sauls, rhp

HS–Panama City, Fla.

18

Did Not Sign

Took his 92-mph fastball to Florida State, where he also could get look at third base

93. Cubs. Billy Petrick, rhp

HS–Morris, Ill.

18

$459,500

One of nation’s top long snappers gave up football ride from Washington State

94. Indians. Daniel Cevette, lhp

HS–Elkland, Pa.

18

$400,000

All projection at this point, will get time to develop in pitching-rich Indians system

95. Braves. Charlie Morton, rhp

HS–Redding, Conn.

18

$415,000

Righty version of Cevette: work in progress from Northeast won’t be rushed

96. Cubs. Matt Craig, ss

U. of Richmond

21

$399,000

Moved to third base, with wood (.193) hit barely half what he did with metal (.375)

97. Giants. Dan Ortmeier, of

U. of Texas-Arlington

21

$396,000

Switch-hitter with size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) plus some power, speed

98. Athletics. Bill Murphy, lhp

Cal State Northridge

21

$410,000

Reminds scouts of Randy Wolf yet survives as much on tenacity as on stuff

99. Diamondbacks. Jared Doyle, lhp

James Madison U.

21

$390,000

One of two James Madison lefties (see Dan Meyer, No. 34) to go in top 100 picks

100. Mariners. Eddy Martinez-Esteve, of

HS–Miami

19

Did Not Sign

South Florida’s top all-around player could mature into first-rounder at Florida State

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