Expos Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: LHP Mike OConnor (7) limited hitters to a .174 average and struck out 66 in 43 innings, and RHP Stockton Davis (21) had a 2.15 ERA and 81 whiffs in 71 innings, but both had losing records to show for their efforts. RHP Jason Bergmann (11) had a strong performance and a record that reflected it, going 7-4, 2.89. All three pitched in the short-season New York-Penn League.
Best Athlete: RHP Clint Everts (1), the fifth overall pick, could have gone in the first three rounds as a shortstop. He repeats his delivery so easily that the command and quality of his stuff rarely waver.
Best Pure Hitter: The Expos selected only two hitters in the first 15 rounds. 1B Chad Chop (6) spent two years at San Diego State before transferring to little-known Vanguard (Calif.) and becoming the highest draft pick in school history.
Best Raw Power: 1B Larry Broadway (3) was one of the most dangerous longball threats in the Cape Cod League in 2001, but hes had a power outage since. He hit .315 in the NY-P and theres still plenty of strength in his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame.
Fastest Runner: OF Anthony Brown (18) runs the 60-yard dash in 6.6 seconds.
Best Defensive Player: Broadway moves well around the bag at first base and has a strong arm. 2B Jason Conlisk (17) is the best among the up-the-middle players.
Best Fastball: Everts, who just turned 18 in August, already throws 90-94 mph. And at times his fastball is his third-best pitch.
Best Breaking Ball: Everts had the drafts best curveball. "If thats not an 80 curveball," a National League scouting director said, "Ill never see one." Everts throws it as hard as 84 mph, and it gets a true 12-to-6 break. He also has amazing aptitude for his changeup, which sometimes rates a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale.
Most Intriguing Background: Everts and the Mets Scott Kazmir made Houstons Cypress Falls High the fourth high school to produce two first-rounders in the same June draft. RHP Chris Barlows (9) father Mike pitched in parts of seven big league seasons.
Closest To The Majors: RHP Darrell Rasner (2) combines pitching savvy, deception and four solid pitches. Everts held out all summer but could close on Rasner fast.
Best Late-Round Pick: Davis split time between DH and pitching at Oral Roberts and came cheap as a senior sign. He responded by touching 91 mph every time out, and his top pitch is a mid-80s slider.
The One Who Got Away: RHP Sean White (35) looked good in the Cape League this summer, but Major League Baseball wasnt going to authorize the Expos to spend a lot of money on him. He returned to Washington.
Assessment: First-year scouting director Dana Brown had just nine scouts, and they didnt hit the road until mid-March. Radar guns and computers werent available until mid-April. And yet the Expos had a credible draft, signing 23 of their first 26 picks, and landed a potential superstar pitcher.
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