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Jon Skaggs, rhp
Rice


At one point it appeared Skaggs would join Baugh and give Rice the unusual distinction of having two seniors drafted in the first round. A ribcage injury sidelined Skaggs briefly and he wasn't as consistent upon his return, so he'll probably just miss. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, he's bigger than Baugh, but Skaggs doesn't throw harder or approach Baugh's feel for pitching. He works at 92-94 mph, though he's much more of a maximum-effort guy. Skaggs' breaking stuff has potential but he can't always get it over the plate. One scout described Skaggs as a guy who always gets into jams and then works his way out, which won't be as easy at the next level. He is 23, so he may not develop much more. A fourth-round choice of the Orioles in 2000, he'll probably move up two rounds this time around.

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