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Jason Arnold, rhp
Central Florida


Arnold was all-Trans America Athletic Conference for three consecutive years as a reliever, then did the same after moving to the rotation this season. He relied on sheer arm strength as a closer and blossomed into a more complete pitcher after changing roles. Arnold usually works at 93-95 mph and has reached as high as 97. He throws a quick slider and a palmball that serves as a changeup. A 16th-round pick of the Reds in 2000, Arnold would have signed for $60,000. Now he'll get considerably more, as he's one of three college seniors (along with Rice's Kenny Baugh and Notre Dame's Aaron Heilman) who should go in the first round.

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