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ARKANSAS **

After a bumper crop of high school talent in 2000, Arkansas probably won't have a player selected until the seventh round or later. Corey Ragsdale is an athletic shortstop and Jay Mattox is one of the fastest players in the nation, but both are suspect hitters. The colleges are similarly lean.

1.Corey Ragsdale, ss, Nettleton HS, Jonesboro
2.Jay Mattox, of, Conway HS
3.Aaron Ledbetter, rhp, Westark JC
4.Trey Holloway, lhp, Boonesville HS
5.Charlie Isaacson, rhp, Arkansas
6.Abel Newton, rhp, Russellville HS
7.Andrew Davis, of/rhp, Central Arkansas Christian HS, Little Rock
8.Paul Witt, ss, Pine Bluff HS
9.Brian Kirby, c, Arkansas
10.Wes McCrotty, lhp, Arkansas

Projected First-Round Picks

None.

Possible Second- to Fifth-Round Picks

None.

Others To Watch:

SS Corey Ragsdale has yet to prove he can hit as a pro. His arm and speed are plus tools, which is why he'll be the state's first draft pick . . . If he ever puts it all together, OF J.J. Mattox could be a devastating player. He's 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, has strength and can run a 6.4-second 60 yard dash. He's more raw offensively than Ragsdale, especially against offspeed pitches . . . RHP Aaron Ledbetter emerged as Arkansas' best juco talent. Six-foot-4 and 220 pounds, he can throw three pitches for strikes, including an 88-92 mph fastball . . . LHP Trey Holloway touches 90 mph and should throw harder once he fills out his 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame . . . It will take a while for the state's first college player to be taken. The three best candidates are all from Arkansas. Sophomore-eligible RHP Charlie Isaacson hasn't been healthy since going 9-0, 3.19 as a freshman in 1999. He redshirted in 2000 with shoulder tendinitis, then dealt with a ribcage injury and walking pneumonia this spring. Early in the year he threw 89-91 mph, but he's really at his best when he goes to his two-seamer, which comes in at 85-89 with lots of life. His changeup is another asset. Former right fielder Brian Kirby, a senior, has taken his strong arm behind the plate and has done well. He's also a lefty hitter with power. Senior LHP Wes McCrotty hasn't always pitched up to his stuff, but he has an 86-89 mph fastball and a good changeup . . . The most attractive Razorback from a pro standpoint might be RHP Justin Leraris, an engineering major who puts academics ahead of baseball. Six-foot-3 and 195 pounds, Leraris throws 88-92 mph and is learning how to pitch . . . RHP Abel Newton has an 88-92 mph fastball. His curveball is erratic and he needs to firm up his 6-foot-2, 210-pound body . . . OF/RHP Andrew Davies is big (6-foot-5, 240 pounds), with lefthanded power potential and an upper-80s fastball . . . SS Paul Witt is a steady player, but at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds he projects as more of a college player at this point.

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