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Chris Sheffield, rhp
Miami


Sheffield has pitched just 77 innings in three years at Miami and couldn't crack the Hurricanes' weekend rotation, but he should be the top draft pick on the team. He has a solid pitcher's body (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and drew scouts in droves when his fastball jumped from 88-91 mph to 92-95 at midseason. He also throws an 85-86 mph slider, though he lacks command of both pitches. If he had enough innings to qualify, he would rank third in Division I with 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings (just ahead of the draft's top prospect, Southern California's Mark Prior). Despite his power stuff, he's a risk because he's never had consistent success.

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