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Kelly Shoppach, c
Baylor


The college catching crop depresses scouts this year. Shoppach would get the nod as the top prospect over Oklahoma State's Ryan Budde and Tampa's Mike Rabelo, though he's by no means a unanimous choice and gets mixed reviews. He takes just 1.9 seconds to deliver the ball from home plate to second base, though his arm was stronger in 2000. Some scouts see him as a solid catch-and-throw guy, while others don't think he's anything special. He has a tough, durable body reminiscent of Kelly Stinnett's and had by far his best season at the plate, earning Big 12 Conference player-of-the-year honors. But he hasn't learned to turn on pitches and has holes in his swing. Shoppach figures to go in the fourth or fifth round, though the scarcity at his position might work in his favor.

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