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Matt Wheatland, rhp
Rancho Bernardo HS; San Diego


Photo: Larry Goren

With Scott Heard as his batterymate, Wheatland pitched in front of a throng of scouts every time out this spring. He didn't pitch well in April when his velocity dropped and he left too many balls up. He still should be a solid first-round pick, though going to his hometown Padres at No. 9 might be a little rich. He developed a forkball this spring, and some scouts say he overused it to the detriment of his fastball. Overall, he was 8-1, 2.39 with 84 strikeouts in 67 innings. When he's at his best, Wheatland compares favorably to a young Kevin Brown. He has similar size (6-foot-5, 210) and great sinking action on a 92-93 mph fastball.

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