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FLORIDA ***

Even with Seminole High righthander Ryan Dixon requiring shoulder surgery to repair a detached labrum, Florida still could produce as many as five first-round picks. That includes two other players from Seminole, which has been ranked No. 1 since the preseason, went undefeated (on the field) and could tie a high school record with six draftees. The biggest splash among colleges won't be made by traditional powers Florida, Florida State or Miami. Rather, Central Florida has two righthanders who should be gone by the second round, and the Golden Knights could have more players drafted than any college in the nation.

Most of the top junior college talent already is under control to major league teams as draft-and-follows, led by Chipola JC third baseman/righthander Jose Bautista, who would go in the first three rounds if the Pirates don't sign him. Righthander Che Done, who has thrown in the mid-90s this spring, will become a free agent after Broward CC concludes its season. He signed as a 19th-round pick in 1999 with the White Sox and was released because of an arm injury. Done retained his juco eligibility because he was released within 90 days, and draft rules grant him free agency when he's done pitching this year.

1.Casey Kotchman, 1b, Seminole HS
2.Alan Horne, rhp, Marianna HS
3.John-Ford Griffin, of, Florida State
4.Jason Arnold, rhp, Central Florida
5.Bryan Bass, ss, Seminole HS
6.Justin Pope, rhp, Central Florida
7.Justin Gillman, rhp, Mosley HS, Panama City
8.Mark Worrell, rhp, John Leonard HS, Boynton Beach
9.Billy Simon, rhp, Wellington HS, Palm Beach Gardens
10.Matt Fox, rhp, Stoneman Douglas HS, Coral Springs
11.Chris Sheffield, rhp, Miami
12.David Taylor, rhp, South Lake HS, Clermont
13.Jason Weintraub, rhp, Jefferson HS, Tampa
14.Chris Niesel, rhp, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale
15.Chris Resop, rhp-of, Barron Collier HS, Naples
16.Len DiNardo, lhp, Stetson
17.Justin Barnes, ss, Merritt Island HS
18.Tommy Boss, rhp, Dunnellon HS
19.Andy Gonzalez, ss, Florida Air Academy, Melbourne
20.Mike Rabelo, c, Tampa
21.Aaron Braithwaite, of, Killian HS, Miami
22.Justin Reed, rhp, Port Charlotte HS, Punta Gorda
23.Greg Dini, c, Bishop Moore HS, Longwood
24.John Killalea, rhp, Seminole HS
25.Casey Shumaker, rhp, Jacksonville
26.Luis Gonzalez, lhp-of, Florida Air Academy, Melbourne
27.Jayson Weir, lhp-of, Boone HS, Orlando
28.Jeff Mathis, c, Marianna HS
29.Chad Oliva, c, Jacksonville
30.Dusty Gamon, 1b, Terry Parker HS, Jacksonville
31.Mike Rodriguez, of, Miami
32.Jeff Timmons, c, Nova HS, Hollywood
33.Josh Deel, rhp, Wolfson HS, Jacksonville
34.Jay Belflower, rhp, Florida
35.Brian Walker, lhp, Miami
36.Ryan Sneir, rhp, Stoneman Douglas HS, Coral Springs
37.Richard Gianotti, of, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale
38.Brad Busbin, rhp, Central Florida
39.Justin Turner, 3b, Warner Southern College
40.Mike Wood, rhp, North Florida
41.L.J. Biernbaum, of, Florida Atlantic
42.Devin Ivany, c, Fort Lauderdale HS
43.T.J. Large, rhp, Seminole HS, Largo
44.Ross Lewis, rhp, University Christian HS, Jacksonville
45.Danny Figueroa, of, Gulliver Prep, Miami
46.Greg Moreira, rhp, Lake Brantley HS, Apopka
47.Mike Quintana, of, Florida International
48.Charlie Manning, lhp, Tampa
49.Mitchell Shepherd, lhp, University Christian HS, Jacksonville
50.Chris Torres, c, Vero Beach HS
51.Frank Corr, of, Stetson
52.Marcus Nettles, of, Miami
53.Javy Rodriguez, ss, Miami
54.Roberto Valiente, Tampa Catholic HS
55.Ben Poole, c, Edgewater HS, Maitland
56.Dee Brown, of, Hernando HS, Brooksville
57.Derek DeCarlo, rhp, Southridge HS, Miami
58.Ben Ally, rhp, Warner Southern College
59.Bobby Wilson, c, Seminole HS
60.Kyle Schmidt, rhp, Dunedin HS, Palm Harbor

Projected First-Round Picks

•Casey Kotchman. Kotchman missed all of 2000 because of a stress fracture in his back that came from pitching. He still rated as the top high school position player entering the 2001 season, and while he didn't have a huge senior season, Minnesota catcher/quarterback Joe Mauer is the only hitter who has surpassed him. The son of Angels scout/minor league manager Tom Kotchman, Casey is as advanced as a high school hitter can be. His 40-2 walk-strikeout ratio (both whiffs were looking) speaks for itself. Scouts expect he'll have little trouble making the transition to wood and envision him as a Rafael Palmeiro type, capable of batting better than .300 with 40 homers while contending for Gold Gloves. With the loss of projected first-round picks Bryan Bass (ineligibility) and Dixon, Kotchman struggled early with the pressure of carrying the nation's No. 1 high school team before surging later in the spring. Having spent his summers with his father in pro ball, he's prepared for what awaits him. Kotchman never committed to a college

•Alan Horne. Horne and Maryland's Gavin Floyd were the two most impressive pitching prospects at last summer's East Coast Professional Showcase in Wilmington, N.C., and Horne has done nothing to hurt his stock since. With Dixon sidelined, Horne is the one Florida high school pitcher who'll definitely go in the first round, and he should be picked in the upper half. Some scouts consider Horne the best prospect in the state and one of the top five high school players in the nation. Texas high school righthander Colt Griffin got more hype for his sexy triple-digit fastball, but Horne has a better breaking ball and a better approach. Like Kotchman, Horne has benefited from his father's expertise, as William Horne was a former player and coach at Chipola JC. Alan's velocity has jumped from 90-92 mph last year to 92-96 this spring, and his fastball has plenty of movement. His other assets include a projectable body (6-foot-3, 170 pounds), the makings of a good curveball and a deceptive delivery. Horne has committed to Mississippi to study engineering, but is considered signable.

•John-Ford Griffin. Of the 10 .400 seasons in Florida State history, Griffin has produced three of them in his three years in Tallahassee. He has been chasing the Division I batting crown and J.D. Drew's school-record .455 average this season. Seminoles assistant Jamey Shouppe says that Griffin may be a better pure hitter than Drew. Griffin has one of the prettier swings in the draft. He doesn't have Drew's power, but he does have the bat speed and leverage to hit homers as a pro. Shoulder surgeries have limited Griffin's arm strength, which along with his slightly below-average speed will consign him to left field. He's not the all-around player that Auburn outfielder Gabe Gross is, but he's a superior hitter.

•Jason Arnold. Arnold was all-Trans America Athletic Conference for three consecutive years as a reliever, then did the same after moving to the rotation this season. He relied on sheer arm strength as a closer and blossomed into a more complete pitcher after changing roles. Arnold usually works at 93-95 mph and has reached as high as 97. He throws a quick slider and a palmball that serves as a changeup. A 16th-round pick of the Reds in 2000, Arnold would have signed for $60,000. Now he'll get considerably more, as he's one of three college seniors (along with Rice's Kenny Baugh and Notre Dame's Aaron Heilman) who should go in the first round.

•Bryan Bass. Bass' father moved him to Florida this spring to get him better exposure, but he ended up getting less. Bass had planned to attend Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, and when that didn't work out he opted for Seminole. The family consulted with the Florida High School Activities Association throughout the process, but the association subsequently declared him ineligible and forced Seminole to forfeit the 10 games Bass played in. Despite his lack of game action in 2001, he's one of the nation's best shortstops in a draft short on them. Defensively, Bass has the hands, arm and footwork to excel at the position. He's also a switch-hitter with gap power from both sides, and he's an above-average runner. He'll need to make adjustments to his swing to succeed against quality pitching. Several scouts don't care for Bass' perceived arrogance, but he's the best athlete among the draft's middle infielders. He has accepted a football scholarship from Alabama as a wide receiver, though he's expected to sign. He has two brothers already in professional baseball.

Projected Second- to Fifth-Round Picks

•Justin Pope. Pope is a product of Wellington (Fla.) High, which has produced first-round picks Bobby Bradley and Sean Burnett in the previous two years and has an outside chance at another in Billy Simon. Pope's father Walt is Wellington's pitching coach, and he has trained Justin well. He broke Roger Clemens' Division I record this year with 38 straight scoreless innings. Pope has a 92-93 mph fastball that might be more impressive for its movement than for its velocity. He isn't afraid to work inside, even against aluminum bats. Like his teammate Arnold, he has matured as a pitcher this season, sharpening his slider and changeup. Pope also has a clean delivery. The only knock on Pope is his size (6 feet, 180 pounds). Scouts thought the Trans America Athletic Conference player of the year wore down toward the end of the season, though he continued to win.

•Justin Gillman. Gillman made huge strides, vaulting from back in the class of Florida high school pitchers to just behind Horne. He had an 89-90 mph fastball entering the year, but has thrown 90-93. He's 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and still growing, so he could add velocity in the future. He throws a nasty curveball from a three-quarters angle, and it has a late, sharp break like a slider. Florida State did a nice job of spotting Gillman early, though he's unlikely to play for the Seminoles at this point.

•Mark Worrell. Worrell struck out 14 against powerful Wellington High in his first start of the year and hasn't slowed down, showing two major league-caliber pitches throughout. Though he's just 6-foot-1, Worrell throws 92-94 mph and has touched 96. He also has a plus curveball with 12-to-6 break. He's aggressive, so much so that he was ejected from a couple of games. He's a maximum-effort guy without much projectablity, and if he were taller, he'd be a first-rounder.

•Billy Simon. Simon was making a late push as the draft approached, but he probably will fall short of giving Wellington High a first-rounder for the third consecutive year. A home-schooled student who played at Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High in 2000, Simon eased the loss of projected Wellington ace Brian Stitt, who has had elbow problems the last two seasons. Simon has size (6-foot-6, 225 pounds), velocity (up to the low 90s) and an improved curveball. He has good command of both pitches and was throwing better than ever as the draft approached.

•Matt Fox. Fox has a tremendous arm and was clocked at 95 mph last summer and 92-93 this spring. Problem is, he hasn't pitched regularly and he might be having arm problems. He has nice sink on his fastball, but he's still raw as a pitcher because he prefers playing shortstop. Though he has power and decent actions in the field, his future is on the mound. He's the younger brother of Central Florida infielder Mike Fox, who'll be a decent senior sign in this draft.

•Chris Sheffield. Sheffield has pitched just 77 innings in three years at Miami and couldn't crack the Hurricanes' weekend rotation, but he should be the top draft pick on the team. He has a solid pitcher's body (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and drew scouts in droves when his fastball jumped from 88-91 mph to 92-95 at midseason. He also throws an 85-86 mph slider, though he lacks command of both pitches. If he had enough innings to qualify, he would rank third in Division I with 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings (just ahead of the draft's top prospect, Southern California's Mark Prior). Despite his power stuff, he's a risk because he's never had consistent success.

•David Taylor. Taylor is an all-county quarterback who threw just one interception in 138 attempts as a senior and is part of Troy State's first Division I-A football recruiting class. His arm strength translates well to the mound, and he had a breakout performance at the 2000 East Coast Showcase. He has a projectable frame at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, and he already throws 89-92 mph with a long, loose arm action. He also owns a promising slider. Taylor looked like a potential first-round pick last August, but he has been a bit up and down this spring and won't go quite that high.

•Jason Weintraub. At 6-foot-3 and 165 pounds Weintraub has yet to physically develop, and his value requires a lot of projection. Scouts wish he had gotten stronger this year. At times he has thrown in the low 90s, but at others he has worked at 85-87 mph. He doesn't have nearly the approach of Chris Niesel. Weintraub is bigger and more signable, however, so he'll go at roughly the same point of the draft.

•Chris Niesel. Notre Dame could have an outstanding recruiting class—if Niesel, two-way star Matt Macri (Iowa) and righthanders Grant Johnson (Illinois), Martin Vergara (New Jersey) and John Axford (Canada) ever make it to South Bend. The Fighting Irish were one of the first teams in on Niesel, who went 13-0 as a senior and threw six consecutive shutouts before winning 2-1 in the state 5-A semifinals. He's exceptionally polished for a high school pitcher, and he's able to maintain his low-90s velocity into the late innings. He also has an 80 mph slider. If he were taller than 6 feet and not so heavily committed to Notre Dame, he'd be a sure first-rounder.

•Chris Resop. If Resop makes it to Miami, he'll be one of college baseball's top two-way players in 2002. He's a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete who started at quarterback as a high school junior before taking his senior season off to concentrate on baseball. As a center fielder, he has 6.8-6.9 second speed in the 60-yard dash, tracks balls well and can put on a show in batting practice. Still, his strongest tool is his arm and he'll be strictly a pitcher once he turns pro. Resop consistently throws 88-91 mph and at times shows an above-average breaking ball. Hitting and pitching have diverted his focus, and he could develop quickly once he becomes a pitcher only.

•Len DiNardo. Once considered a likely first-round pick, DiNardo's status has dropped with his velocity this spring. He was winless in his final three starts as Stetson lost its last eight games entering NCAA regional play, and his fastball was down in the low to mid-80s. He has touched the low 90s, but the bottom line is that he hasn't pitched as well as he did in 2000, when he went a combined 21-1 for the Hatters and Team USA. He's a 6-foot-4 lefthander, his fastball has good life, his changeup and slider are solid, and he knows how to pitch. He needs to improve his location, because he gets hammered if he leaves his pitches up in the strike zone.

•Justin Barnes. Barnes is a standout shortstop who has the hands and arm to remain at the position. Some scouts question whether he has the feet to stay there, though he has run a 6.8-second 60. If his size (6-foot-3, 194 pounds) forces a move to third, some see him as similar to the Athletics' Adam Piatt (a Fort Myers high school product) with a stronger arm and more pop. He has struggled at the plate this summer, but scouts attribute that to his coaching and think Barnes will make the adjustments as a pro. Pitching could be a fallback because he has touched 90 mph and shown a plus curveball. He hasn't committed to a four-year school and is expected to be a fairly easy sign.

•Tommy Boss. After an undefeated junior season, Boss posted a losing record as a senior and had scouts wondering if he might be hurt. He worked at 86 mph and rolled his shoulder as if it was bothering him. His best pitch is his 12-to-6 curveball, which might be above-average by major league standards already, and he does have a pro body (6-foot-3, 210 pounds). He has thrown 92 mph in the past but hasn't approached that velocity all spring. If a team believes he'll get that velocity back, he could go in the first five rounds.

•Andy Gonzalez. The second-best Puerto Rican prospect in the draft, Gonzalez is one of three top prospects from the island playing at Florida Air Academy. His best tool is his arm, and he has a low-90s fastball, but he has little interest in pitching. He prefers playing shortstop, though he's 6-foot-3 and some scouts don't think he gets down on balls well enough to stay there. He does have the hands and range to play short. He doesn't have the power to play third base, so the team that drafts him will have to envision him as a shortstop. The Dodgers have expressed a lot of interest and could take him in the third or fourth round.

•Mike Rabelo. There's no standout catcher in the college ranks this year, and Rabelo has a chance to be the first one drafted. The only Division II player invited to try out for Team USA in 2000, he has learned to switch-hit this spring, boosting his average from .278 as a sophomore to .367. He has yet to show the power expected of a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, but he does have strength. Rabelo's catch-and-throw skills were considered ahead of his bat entering 2001, and they haven't slipped.

•Aaron Braithwaite. One scout mentioned Albert Belle's name when discussing Braithwaite, who has a long way to go to develop into that kind of hitter but has the physical tools. He has a good body (6-foot-2, 200 pounds), bat speed, running speed and a strong arm. He has hit for power with wood bats at showcases. He still has a lot of rough edges and has trouble making contact against a good high school curveball, but the package is there. He's young—he won't turn 18 until August—and is considered signable.

•Justin Reed. A second-team high school all-America punter after averaging 47.4 yards a kick last fall, Reed has a football scholarship to Tennessee. Teams were looking at him as a possible second- or third-round pick until he made it clear that he wants to play two sports for the Volunteers. He has intimidating size (6-foot-7, 240 pounds) and a live arm, throwing 90-91 mph and touching 93. He's not just a raw thrower, either, as he also has a curveball and changeup and fools around with a knuckleball. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll be a two-way player in college. He's athletic enough to have starred as a high school wide receiver, and he'll play first base as well as pitch for Tennessee. It's possible a team will sign him and allow him to punt for the Volunteers.

•Greg Dini. Dini is the best of a deep group of Florida high school catchers that includes Marianna's Jeff Mathis, Nova's Jeff Timmons, Fort Lauderdale's Devin Ivany, Vero Beach's Chris Torres, Maitland's Ben Poole, Seminole's Bobby Wilson and Plant's Alex Castellvi. None will go before the third round, but all are solid pro prospects. He has an athletic catcher's build at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, and power in his arm and bat. He's inconsistent as a hitter, partly because he has a hitch in his swing, and he hasn't thrown as accurately this spring after injuring his shoulder last fall. Committed to Miami, he may be a tough sign.

•John Killalea. If everything had gone according to plan at Seminole, Killalea would have been the No. 3 starter behind Dixon and T.J. Large. Dixon got hurt and Large was erratic, and Killalea emerged as the ace and beat St. Thomas Aquinas in the state 5-A championship game. He lacks Dixon's pre-injury velocity and Large's size, but Killalea is a lefty who knows how to pitch. His fastball improved from 83-85 mph to 86-89, and he can throw it and his curveball and sinking changeup for strikes. He's 6-foot-1 and won't throw much harder.

•Casey Shumaker. A draft-eligible sophomore, Shumaker went 6-5, 5.84 as a freshman before blossoming this year. He leads Division I with 14.0 strikeouts per nine innings, ranks among the leaders in saves (a Dolphins-record 12) and ERA (1.86) and has limited opponents to a .184 average. He throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, making it difficult to pick up his 88-91 mph fastball and wicked slider. His breaking ball is the better pitch, though he relies on it too much.

•Luis Gonzalez. Another Puerto Rican standout playing at Florida Air Academy, Luis is not related to Andy. He hadn't pitched much before this spring, when he excited scouts by throwing a heavy fastball in the low 90s. He dropped back to the mid-80s as the draft approached. He's also a prospect as a corner outfielder, though there's more interest in him as a pitcher. He has a good swing with occasional power, plus a strong body (6-foot-2, 190 pounds).

•Jayson Weir. Weir could be the next Mike Hampton. He is 5-foot-10, lefthanded, athletic, aggressive and hails from a central Florida high school. He regularly pitches from 88-91 mph with a solid breaking ball. He's also an outfielder who has hitting ability and plenty of speed. He'd be a tremendous two-way player at the college level, but he doesn't have any four-year options and has committed to Daytona Beach CC. He would like to continue pulling double duty, but that will end if he signs, as expected.

•Jeff Mathis. Mathis was showcased this spring as Horne's catcher, and he had no problem handling Horne's quality stuff. Also a high school quarterback, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Mathis is rangy and athletic behind the plate. Some college recruiters think he could handle just about any position, even shortstop, and he has thrown 91-92 mph off the mound. He'll have to move if he attends Florida State, which already has Tony Richie behind the plate. Mathis is a better hitter than Dini but isn't as strong at this point.

•Chad Oliva. A team looking for a college catcher could pop Oliva in the fifth round, banking that he'll be able to catch at the pro level. He has thrown out just 14 percent of basestealers this season, though a nagging injury contributed to his lack of success. He didn't have any struggles at the plate, owning the Trans America Athletic Conference home run lead entering NCAA tournament play. Oliva has bulked up and doesn't move well, so first base would be his only other option if catching doesn't work out.

Others To Watch:

RHP Ryan Dixon is a huge wild card. A detached labrum is less serious than other major shoulder injuries, but no one will have any idea how he'll bounce back before the draft. Before the injury he touched 96 mph and carried his velocity deep into ballgames. He would have been a first-round pick had he stayed healthy, and Seminole might have become the first high school ever to produce three first-rounders in one draft. He'd be a prime draft-and-follow candidate if he weren't committed to Miami . . . Two other significant prospects went down to injury, making their draft status uncertain. RHP Brian Stitt, who had a chance to give Wellington High a first-round pick for the third straight draft, had elbow problems for the second straight year and threw in the mid-80s before being shut down. RHP Kyle Schmidt missed the season after breaking his left arm in a February car crash. He touches 93 mph, though he slings the ball somewhat and is developing a feel for pitching. He may be tough to sign away from Georgia Tech at this point . . . Miami is ranked No. 1 despite having just one player projected to go in the first five rounds. The Hurricanes should have at least four other players go in rounds 6-10: OFs Mike Rodriguez and Marcus Nettles, LHP Brian Walker and SS Javy Rodriguez. Mike Rodriguez (no relation to Javy) has solid all-around skills but is just 5-foot-10 and hasn't had a strong season. He does have 6.4-second speed in the 60-yard dash and fills the roles of center fielder and leadoff man. Nettles is even faster and is one of the quicker players in the draft. He runs a 6.3 60 but doesn't have another playable tool. One opposing coach said his arm is so weak that he doesn't throw pregame in order to hide it. Walker is a poor man's DiNardo and didn't help his cause by throwing 84-85 mph toward season's end, down from 88-90 in the past. Rodriguez is the best Hurricanes player but he's not an outstanding pro prospect. Scouts aren't enamored of his body (5-foot-11, 188 pounds), which is a bit pudgy for a shortstop. He wasn't selected in 2000 as a draft-eligible sophomore. He does have above-average speed and exceptional instincts . . . The Hurricanes have their share of sleepers, too. Mike DiRosa is an outstanding catcher with some power, though he has never hit much in college and batted just .236 this spring. RHP Dan Smith, a former tight end on the football team, was throwing 92-93 mph late in the season. He has allowed just two earned runs in 19 innings. Senior RHP Tom Farmer, who wasn't drafted last year, throws three average pitches for strikes. OF Charlton Jimerson only starts about half the time for Miami, but his body and physical gifts remind scouts of Eric Davis. Problem is, Jimerson's 45-7 strikeout-walk ratio speaks volumes about his hitting ability. Sophomore-eligible RHP Vince Vazquez hasn't thrown nearly as well as he did before the elbow surgery that cost him all of 2000. He's unlikely to get drafted high or sign . . . A team looking for power could take 1B Dusty Gamon in the sixth round or so. He'll be a project because that's his only tool, and he has holes in his swing . . . There's a lot of debate about how the high school catchers stack up, and there are a lot of candidates beyond Dini and Mathis. Jeff Timmons is athletic and has solid catch-and-throw skills, but he needs to get stronger at the plate. Devin Ivany is even more athletic and is a tremendous player without a plus tool. He probably could handle shortstop if asked. Chris Torres and Plant High's (Tampa) Alex Castellvi have more of a traditional catcher's build, plus arm strength and power potential. Castellvi looks like a young Benito Santiago. Ben Poole is cut out of the same mold as Torres and Castellvi, but his stock has slipped. Though it borders on heresy in scouting circles, one college recruiting coordinator said Seminole High's Bobby Wilson might be a better hitter than Kotchman . . . RHP Josh Deel is seen more as college material because he throws 86-87 mph with below-average command, but he does have a nasty curveball and a projectable body (6-foot-5, 200 pounds). He'd throw harder if he raised his arm angle . . . The University of Florida isn't as prospect-laden as usual. The two best Gators are big RHPs Jay Belflower and Alex Hart. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Belflower was throwing as hard as 93-94 mph toward season's end as he really took to a move from the rotation to bullpen. Hart, 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, was an Orioles second-round pick in 1998 but had Tommy John surgery two years later. He usually pitches at 88 mph but has touched 92 . . . RHP Ryan Sneir won't be a first-rounder this year, but he could blossom into one. He's 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, and throws 90-91 mph with nice sink. He's a real project at this point . . . RHP Greg Moreira is similar to Sneir and has a better feel for pitching. Six-foot-5 and 195 pounds, Moreira touches 90 mph with a loose, quick arm . . . RHP Brad Busbin hasn't lived up to his tools at either Georgia Tech, his former school, or Central Florida. He can throw in the low to mid-90s, and at times his stuff is as good as that of teammates Arnold and Pope. But Busbin lacks their command and gets hammered two often. He couldn't stay in the Knights rotation and got hammered in NCAA regionals by Princeton . . . 3B Justin Turner hits for average and power, and the Mets have monitored him closely. Warner Southern teammate Ben Ally, a righthander, also could be chosen before the 10th round . . . RHP Mike Wood is one of the state's more intriguing prospects. A former middle infielder who didn't start pitching until 2000, Wood can touch 92 mph and has an 82 mph splitter and fabulous control. He needs to get stronger and should throw harder once he fills out his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame . . . L.J. Biernbaum, Mike Quintana and Frank Corr are three college outfielders with a good chance to go before the 10th round. Biernbaum has a pro body (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) and is the best athlete of the group, but he reportedly wants a significant bonus. Quintana has bulked up, adding power at the expense of his running and throwing. Corr is a stocky 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds and has batted .403 with 35 homers over the last two seasons. He also has a strong arm and average speed . . . RHP T.J. Large is aptly named at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds. He throws 86-89 mph now and projects to throw much harder, and shows a strong breaking ball at times. Committed to Chipola JC, he could be a nifty draft-and-follow . . . OF Danny Figueroa doesn't have classic pro size at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, but he can really play. He has 6.6-6.7 second speed in the 60-yard dash, a strong arm and fine instincts. He can hit and should develop pop as he matures. Both he and his twin brother Paco, who succeeded 2000 Reds first-rounder David Espinosa as Gulliver Prep's shortstop this spring, could be impact freshmen at Miami in 2002 . . . Roberto Valiente is a potential five-tool outfielder, though he swings and misses too much at this point. His two best tools right now are his arm strength and his speed . . . OF Dee Brown is the son of late NFL star Jerome Brown. Dee is also a standout defender, a linebacker who has signed to play at Central Florida and may not want to give up football. He has a quick bat and a short power stroke, though he needs offensive refinement because he strikes out a lot . . . Flagler senior Chris Barnwell may be the best shortstop in the state because of his hands and range. He can handle the bat, too, but still might not go in the first 10 rounds . . . South Florida RHP Brendan Fuller throws 92-95 mph, but he had a 13.67 ERA, .348 opponent batting average and 42 walks in 27 innings entering the NCAA playoffs . . . Countryside High's (Clearwater) Michael White is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound lefthander who can touch 90 mph, but he's a college-oriented Florida State recruit who has priced himself out of the early rounds . . . Besides Griffin, the Seminoles don't have their usual array of prospects. 1B Ryan Barthelemy and RHP Blair Varnes are good college players with limitations as pros. Despite playing some third base, Barthelemy will be limited to first base and doesn't have the power for the position. Varnes throws in the mid-80s . . . Palmetto High (Miami) SS Ben Zeskind is a smooth defender whose bat and body (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) don't appeal to scouts at this time . . . Bautista and Done aren't the only prime juco prospects. Lake City CC RHP Mark Perkins has as good an arm as anyone in the state and a John Wetteland body (6-foot-5, 215 pounds). He throws as hard as 96 mph, but his command is awful and he'll be better off as a closer focusing on two pitches rather than as a starter trying to throw four. He's under control to the Blue Jays, who were struggling to sign him before the draft . . . South Florida CC Ryan Raburn, who went undrafted in 2000, has power in his bat and arm . . . Daytona Beach CC Mike Wiley is another juco prospect not under control. He throws 87-88 mph with a solid breaking ball.

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