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Yankees Draft Report

By Paul Schwartz
June 4, 2002

NEW YORK--Brandon Weeden couldn't have been more excited about his fate on draft day.

"It's unbelievable," Weeden said after the Yankees selected him with their first pick of the draft. "They're one of the best teams in baseball. I was kind of shocked that it was the Yankees because they didn't come to my house and I only heard a little from them. Once I got the phone call, I've never felt better.

"It was pretty sweet."

The Yankees selected 18-year-old righthander out of Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., with the second-round pick (71st overall) the team received from the Cardinals as compensation for St. Louis signing free agent Tino Martinez.

The Yankees lost their first-round pick to Oakland as a result of signing Jason Giambi, and the Yankees lost their original second-round pick to the Braves for signing Steve Karsay.

In his senior year at Santa Fe HS, the 6-5, 200-pound Weeden was an all-state shortstop and pitched in 15 games as both a starter and a reliever. He was 5-1, 1.39 with nine saves (40 IP, 26 H, 9 BB, 68K) and led his team to the state championship.

"Brandon Weeden has an athletic, live body and a lightning quick arm," said Tim Kelly, the Yankees midwest regional cross-Checker. "He has taken to pitching after converting from shortstop last summer. Brandon has a great feel for the game and we are excited to have him."

Weeden is committed to Oklahoma State for next year, but doesn't expect to become a Cowboy.

"I'm signing, there's no doubt," Weeden said. "It's to good of an opportunity to turn down. When you're picked by one of the best teams in baseball it's pretty hard to turn that down."

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