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Patrick Boyd, of
Clemson


Photo: Robert Gurganus

Boyd may be the biggest enigma in the draft. Coming into the 2000 season, he ranked as one of the top five prospects in the country. He performed so poorly that most teams got completely off him and indicated they won't draft him. Because he's expected to still ask for a large signing bonus, he'll probably be drafted in the first two rounds or not at all--especially with agent Scott Boras influencing his decision. A soft .281 average with two home runs says it all about Boyd's season. He rarely showed the smooth swing that resulted in a .390-17-70 season in 1999. He also was not aggressive, once going through a 24 at-bat stretch in which he had an 0-2 count on him 16 times. The rest of Boyd's tools generally play well. He is an above-average runner and one of the best defensive center fielders in college baseball. His performance at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and NCAA regionals was expected to determine his fate.

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