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Justin Pope, rhp
Central Florida


Pope is a product of Wellington (Fla.) High, which has produced first-round picks Bobby Bradley and Sean Burnett in the previous two years and has an outside chance at another in Billy Simon. Pope's father Walt is Wellington's pitching coach, and he has trained Justin well. He broke Roger Clemens' Division I record this year with 38 straight scoreless innings. Pope has a 92-93 mph fastball that might be more impressive for its movement than for its velocity. He isn't afraid to work inside, even against aluminum bats. Like his teammate Arnold, he has matured as a pitcher this season, sharpening his slider and changeup. Pope also has a clean delivery. The only knock on Pope is his size (6 feet, 180 pounds). Scouts thought the Trans America Athletic Conference player of the year wore down toward the end of the season, though he continued to win.

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