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Draft Report Card Overview

We began our two-part recap of the 2002 draft by analyzing the performance of the first 100 players selected and reporting on the top unsigned picks. We delve deeper this time around with our annual Draft Report Cards, examining each team’s efforts on an individual basis. Executive editor Jim Callis spoke to scouting directors and used the information gathered in BA’s predraft coverage to write the team capsules.

For most of the categories, a player must have signed to be eligible for inclusion. The exceptions are Most Intriguing Background and The One Who Got Away. This year, we’ve added the Best Breaking Ball for each team. For Best Late-Round Pick, only players drafted in the 10th round or later are considered. The number in parentheses after a player’s name indicates the round he was selected.

We no longer give teams a letter grade because it’s too difficult to know how well they did just four months after the draft. But we do know enough to offer our first impressions below, arrived at by Callis and editor Allan Simpson. More detailed information is provided with the team capsules.

STRONGEST DRAFT
1. Blue Jays
2. Indians
3. Devil Rays
4. Dodgers
5. Cubs

WEAKEST DRAFT
Mariners

BEST PRO DEBUT
College Players
1. Brian Barden, 3b, Diamondbacks (6)
2. Jeremy Brown, c, Athletics (1)
3. Khalil Greene, ss, Padres (1)
4. Ryan Shealy, 1b, Rockies (11)
5. Curtis Granderson, of, Tigers (3)
Junior College Players
1. Troy Cate, lhp, Mariners (6)
2. Daniel Freeman, rhp, Astros (17)
3. Callix Crabbe, 2b, Brewers (12)
4. Delwyn Young, 2b, Dodgers (4)
5. Kyle Boyer, ss, Cardinals (4)
High School Players
1. Wes Bankston, of, Devil Rays (4)
2. James Loney, 1b, Dodgers (1)
3. Jason Pridie, of, Devil Rays (2)
4. Prince Fielder, 1b, Brewers (1)
5. Jeff Francoeur, of, Braves (1)
Second-Day Picks (Rounds 23-50)
1. Matthew Brumit, rhp, Yankees (44)
2. Shea Douglas, lhp, Indians (32)
3. Alex Dvorsky, c, Angels (26)
4. Tim Frend, of, Royals (23)
5. Edgar Varela, 3b, White Sox (31)

BEST ATHLETE
1. Jeff Francoeur, of, Braves (1)
2. Elijah Dukes, of, Devil Rays (3)
3. B.J. Upton, ss, Devil Rays (1)
4. Denard Span, of, Twins (1)
5. Freddie Lewis, of, Giants (2)

BEST PURE HITTER
1. James Loney, 1b, Dodgers (1)
2. Khalil Greene, ss, Padres (1)
3. Jeremy Hermida, of, Marlins (1)
4. Jason Pridie, of, Devil Rays (2)
5. Curtis Granderson, of, Tigers (3)

BEST RAW POWER
1. Prince Fielder, 1b, Brewers (1)
2. Brian Dopirak, 1b, Cubs (1)
3. Jeff Baker, 3b, Rockies (4)
4. Jason Cooper, of, Indians (3)
5. Nate Gold, 1b, Rangers (10)

FASTEST RUNNER
1. Chris Walker, of, Cubs (6)
2. Robbie Sovie, of, Tigers (4)
3. Denard Span, of, Twins (1)
4. Freddie Lewis, of, Giants (2)
5. Jeff Francoeur, of, Braves (1)

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
1. B.J. Upton, ss, Devil Rays (1)
2. Denard Span, of, Twins (1)
3. Taber Lee, ss, Pirates (3)
4. Jeff Francoeur, of, Braves (1)
5. Chris Snyder, c, Diamondbacks (2)

BEST FASTBALL
1. Scott Kazmir, lhp, Mets (1)
2. Kevin Jepsen, rhp, Angels (2)
3. Zack Greinke, rhp, Royals (1)
4. Joseph Blanton, rhp, Athletics (1)
5. Blair Johnson, rhp, Pirates (2)

BEST BREAKING BALL
1. Clint Everts, rhp, Expos (1)
2. Scott Kazmir, lhp, Mets (1)
3. Justin Maureau, lhp, Blue Jays (3)
4. David Bush, rhp, Blue Jays (2)
5. Cole Hamels, lhp, Phillies (1)

MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND
Non-Relative Division
1. Mitsuru Sakamoto, of, Rockies (24)
2. Cole Hamels, lhp, Phillies (1)
3. Chaz Lytle, of, Pirates (42)
4. Clint Everts, rhp, Expos (1)/Scott Kazmir, lhp, Mets (1)
5. Jeff Clement, c, Twins (12)
Relative Division
1. B.J. Upton, ss, Devil Rays (1)
2. Jon Schuerholz, ss, Braves (8)
3. Chris Gibson, 1b/of, Cardinals (47)
4. Prince Fielder, 1b, Brewers (1)
5. John Mayberry Jr., of, Mariners (1)

CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS
College Players
1. Jeremy Guthrie, rhp, Indians (1)
2. Khalil Greene, ss, Padres (1)
3. David Bush, rhp, Blue Jays (2)
4. Jeff Francis, lhp, Rockies (1)
5. Chris Snyder, c, Diamondbacks (2)
High School Players
1. Scott Kazmir, lhp, Mets (1)
2. James Loney, 1b, Dodgers (1)
3. Prince Fielder, 1b, Brewers (1)
4. B.J. Upton, ss, Devil Rays (1)
5. Zack Greinke, rhp, Royals (1)

BEST LATE-ROUND PICK
1. Travis Ishikawa, 1b, Giants (21)
2. Nick Touchstone, lhp, Angels (18)
3. Romelio Lopez, rhp/3b, Devil Rays (18)
4. Kiki Bengochea, rhp, Rangers (11)
5. Joel Zumaya, rhp, Tigers (11)

THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY
College Players
1. Anthony Reyes, rhp, Tigers (13)
2. Matt Lynch, lhp, Padres (7)
3. Tim Cunningham, lhp, Braves (23)
4. Pat Misch, lhp, Astros (5)
5. Steven Herce, rhp, Rangers (9)
High School Players
1. Jason Neighborgall, rhp, Red Sox (7)
2. John Mayberry Jr., 1b/of, Mariners (1)
3. Micah Owings, rhp, Rockies (2)
4. Jeff Clement, c, Twins (12)
5. Eddy Martinez-Esteve, of, Mariners (3)

STILL NEGOTIATING
1. Bryan Bullington, rhp, Pirates (1)
2. Bobby Brownlie, rhp, Cubs (1)
3. Mark Schramek, 3b, Reds (1)
4. Trevor Hutchinson, rhp, Marlins (3)
5. Kyle Edens, rhp, Reds (3)

BEST DRAFT-AND-FOLLOW SIGNING
1. Manny Parra, lhp, Brewers (26 in 2001)
2. Blake Hawksworth, rhp, Cardinals (28 in 2001)
3. Humberto Sanchez, rhp, Tigers (31 in 2001)
4. Sean Smith, rhp, Indians (16 in 2001)
5. Marland Williams, of, Diamondbacks (36 in 2001)

BEST DRAFT-AND-FOLLOWS FOR 2003
1. Adam Loewen, lhp, Orioles (1)
2. Michael Johnson, 1b, Padres (2)
3. Wardell Starling, rhp, Pirates (4)
4. Brandon Jones, ss, Royals (6)
5. Scott Robinson, 1b/of, Astros (7)

TOP DEBUTS
College

Pos., Player, Team

College

Drafted

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

SLG

c

Jeremy Brown, Vancouver/Visalia

Alabama

Athletics (1)

.307

10

41

2

.451

.516

1b

Ryan Shealy, Casper

Florida

Rockies (11)

.368

19

70

0

.497

.714

2b

Chris O’Riordan, Pulaski/Savannah

Stanford

Rangers (8)

.354

3

26

15

.481

.500

3b

Brian Barden, Yakima/Lancaster

Oregon State

D’backs (6)

.335

8

48

3

.373

.496

ss

Khalil Greene, Eugene/Lake Elsinore

Clemson

Padres (1)

.309

9

38

0

.374

.486

of

Ben Francisco, Mahoning Valley

UCLA

Indians (5)

.349

3

23

22

.416

.502

of

Joey Gomes, Hud. Valley/Bakersfield

Santa Clara

Devil Rays (8)

.279

16

52

4

.336

.513

of

Curtis Granderson, Oneonta

Illinois-Chicago

Tigers (3)

.344

3

34

9

.417

.495

dh

Jason Perry, Medicine Hat/Dunedin

Georgia Tech

Blue Jays (6)

.384

11

41

0

.472

.689

 

Pitcher, Team

College

Drafted

W-L

ERA

SV

IP

BB

SO

p

Jordan DeJong, Med. Hat/Auburn

Cal State Fullerton

Blue Jays (18)

7-1

1.30

16

48

11

65

p

Alex Hart, Williamsport

Florida

Pirates (5)

7-0

1.85

2

68

20

73

p

John Maine, Aberdeen/Delmarva

UNC Charlotte

Orioles (6)

2-2

1.45

0

43

7

60

p

Dustin Nippert, Missoula

West Virginia

D’backs (15)

4-2

1.65

0

55

9

77

p

Gabe Ribas, Eugene

Northwestern

Padres (14)

8-1

1.97

16

50

5

66

High School

Pos., Player, Team

Home

Drafted

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

SLG

c

Joey Votto, GCL Reds

Toronto

Reds (2)

.269

9

33

7

.342

.531

1b

James Loney, Great Falls/Vero Beach

Missouri City, Texas

Dodgers (1)

.250

5

35

5

.430

.557

if

Sergio Santos, Missoula

Hacienda Hts., Calif.

D’backs (1)

.272

9

37

6

.367

.520

if

Micah Schnurstein, AZL White Sox

Henderson, Nev.

White Sox (7)

.332

3

48

1

.373

.512

if

Matt Whitney, Burlington/Columbus

P.B. Gardens, Fla.

Indians (1)

.269

10

33

5

.347

.497

of

Wes Bankston, Princeton/Hud. Valley

Plano, Texas

Devil Rays (4)

.301

18

58

3

.340

.541

of

Jeff Francoeur, Danville

Lilburn, Ga.

Braves (1)

.327

8

31

8

.395

.585

of

Jason Pridie, Princeton/Hud. Valley

Prescott, Ariz.

Devil Rays (2)

.366

8

34

13

.409

.546

dh

Prince Fielder, Ogden/Beloit

Melbourne, Fla.

Brewers (1)

.326

13

51

3

.448

.550

 

Pitcher, Team

Hometown

Drafted

W-L

ERA

SV

IP

BB

SO

p

Jesse English, AZL Giants

Vista, Calif.

Giants (6)

4-1

2.68

0

47

18

68

p

Daniel Haigwood, AZL White Sox

Batesville, Ark.

White Sox (16)

8-4

2.28

0

75

26

74

p

Justin Jones, AZL Cubs/Boise

Virginia Beach

Cubs (2)

4-1

1.80

0

55

19

67

p

Scott Kazmir, Brooklyn

Houston

Mets (1)

0-1

0.50

0

18

7

34

p

Zach Segovia, GCL Phillies

Forney, Texas

Phillies (2)

3-2

2.10

0

34

3

30

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