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Matt Harrington, rhp
No school, Palmdale, Calif.


Harrington was the consensus best talent in last year's draft, and the lone first-rounder not to sign. Agent Tommy Tanzer and the Rockies engaged in one of the most bitter negotiations of the draft era, with bad feelings all around. Rather than attend college, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Harrington elected to sign with the independent Northern League's St. Paul Saints and was scheduled to make three starts before the draft. He'll attract a throng of scouts, anxious to see if Harrington has the same stuff and command he had in 2000 before almost a year away from competition. As a high school senior, he had an explosive fastball that routinely clocked at 94-96 mph and touched 98.

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