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NORTHERN ROCKIES **
(Idaho, Montana, Wyoming)

With no high school or college baseball in Montana or Wyoming, Idaho reigns. Several high school and college players should be drafted, though it might be a stretch to have one in the first 10 rounds.

1.John Hardy, ss, Centennial HS, Boise
2.Derek Bruce, ss, Lewiston (Idaho) HS
3.Chris Mabeus, rhp, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
4.Neil Litchfield, of, Lewiston (Idaho) HS
5.Wes Hutchinson, rhp, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Projected First-Round Picks

None.

Projected Second-Fifth Round

None.

Others to watch:

SS John Hardy is a cousin of J.J. Hardy, one of Arizona's top two high school prospects. Like J.J., John has a father who's a former tennis pro–and his dad played at Wimbledon. Hardy has good middle-infield actions but may not be a shortstop in pro ball unless he gets faster and develops more arm strength. He and his cousin both have committed to Arizona and could form the Wildcats' double-play combination as freshmen if they don't sign . . . SS Derek Bruce is a sound hitting prospect. He faces a shift to third base because he lacks the speed to play anywhere but a corner position . . . RHP Chris Mabeus had an all-star season last summer in Alaska but didn't pitch as well in college this spring. He lost the command of his slider and splitter . . . In Mabeus' place, RHP Wes Hutchinson has a shot to be NAIA power Lewis-Clark State's top selection. A reliever with a deceptive three-quarters delivery, he flashed a 90-91 mph fastball with good sinking action.

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