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OREGON *

Oregon is one of the thinnest states in the country this year. Most of the talent is at Oregon State, which may have had the most physical team in the Pacific-10 Conference but will be hard-pressed to have a player picked in the first five rounds.

1.Josh Carter, of, Oregon State
2.Scott Nicholson, lhp, Oregon State
3.Brian Ingram, c, Oregon State
4.Sean Hofferd, of, Bend HS
5.Tim Brown, 1b, Sheldon HS, Eugene

Projected First-Round Picks

None.

Projected Second-Fifth Round

None.

Others to watch:

Six-foot-3, 200-pound OF Josh Carter should be the state's first draft pick. He has developed a big league body with a lot of work in the weight room, and his tools all play well. He has a legitimate right-field arm, adequate speed and above-average power. Most impressive, he showed he could swing the bat against the four or five first-round arms in the Pac-10 this year . . . LHP Scott Nicholson was a 15th-round pick in the 2000 draft and projects to do marginally better this year. A shutout of Southern California on the final weekend of the regular season didn't hurt his cause. He had a solid senior year, finishing among the Pac-10 leaders in wins and ERA. His fastball isn't overpowering, but he has a good touch on the mound and excellent command of three pitches . . . C Brian Ingram is a defensive specialist who can stop a running game. His bat is suspect and he projects as a backup catcher in the big leagues . . . At 90-92 mph, Linn-Benton CC RHP Justin Quaempts is the hardest-throwing pitcher in the state. He was under control as a 29th-round pick of the Rangers in 2000 and was expected to sign. He's one of the few pitchers with two true breaking balls, a slider and curve . . . Six-foot-4, 200-pound OF Sean Hofferd has most of the physical tools to be a solid pick, but plays with little emotion or energy . . . Unlike Hofferd, 1B Tim Brown's makeup is off the chart. He has a legitimate lefthanded power bat, but below-average speed limits him in the field.

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