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1999 Draft Report Cards

In addition to the team reports, here's an overview of the top candidates in each category as well, with each player’s draft round in parentheses:

BEST DEBUT

COLLEGE PLAYERS
1. Barry Zito, lhp, Athletics (1)
2. Ben Broussard, of, Reds (2)
3. Mike Bynum, lhp, Padres (1)
4. Todd Moser, lhp, Marlins (14)
5. Ryan Owens, 3b, Diamondbacks (7)

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
1. Josh Hamilton, of, Devil Rays (1)
2. Hank Blalock, 3b, Rangers (3)
3. J.R. House, c/1b, Pirates (5)
4. Jacob Peavy, rhp, Padres (15)
5. Pat Manning, ss, Braves (3)

BEST ATHLETE
1. Carl Crawford, of, Devil Rays (2)
2. Vince Faison, of, Padres (1)
3. Eric Johnson, of, Indians (3)
4. Shane Victorino, of, Dodgers (6)
5. Rick Manning, of, Twins (22)

BEST HITTER
1. Pat Manning, ss, Braves (3)
2. Ken Harvey, 1b, Royals (5)
3. Hank Blalock, 3b, Rangers (3)
4. B.J. Garbe, of, Twins (1)
5. J.R. House, c/1b, Pirates (5)

BEST POWER
1. Josh Hamilton, of, Devil Rays (1)
2. Eric Munson, c/1b, Tigers (1)
3. Ben Broussard, of, Reds (2)
4. Ryan Christianson, c, Mariners (1)
5. Neil Jenkins, 3b/of, Tigers (3)

BEST SPEED
1. Vince Faison, of, Padres (1)
2. Shane Victorino, of, Dodgers (6)
3. Eric Johnson, of, Indians (3)
4. Antron Seiber, of, Red Sox (3)
5. Jason Repko, ss, Dodgers (1)

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
1. Brian Roberts, ss, Orioles (1)
2. Josh Wilson, ss, Marlins (3)
3. Steve Scarborough, ss, Brewers (18)
4. Brennan King, 3b, Dodgers (2)
5. Drew McMillan, c, Expos (3)

BEST VELOCITY
1. Josh Beckett, rhp, Marlins (1)
2. Craig House, rhp, Rockies (12)
3. Ben Sheets, rhp, Brewers (1)
4. Richard Stahl, lhp, Orioles (1)
5. Jason Stumm, rhp, White Sox (1)

MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND
1. Justin Sobchuk, rhp, Athletics (10)
2. Josh Bonifay, ss, Pirates (24)
3. Nathan, lhp (10), and Jason Cromer, lhp (11), Devil Rays
4. Joe Kerrigan, ss (46), and Brady Williams, 3b (45), Red Sox
5. Mike Bishop, of, Indians (44)

CLOSEST TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES

COLLEGE PLAYERS
1. Barry Zito, lhp, Athletics (1)
2. Mike Bynum, lhp, Padres (1)
3. Jeremy Ward, rhp, Diamondbacks (2)
4. Eric Munson, c/1b, Tigers (1)
5. Jason Jennings, rhp, Rockies (1)

HIGH SCHOOL
1. Josh Beckett, rhp, Marlins (1)
2. Josh Hamilton, of, Devil Rays (1)
3. Hank Blalock, 3b, Rangers (3)
4. Pat Manning, ss, Braves (3)
5. B.J. Garbe, of, Twins (1)

THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY
1. Bobby Hill, ss, White Sox (2)
2. Jason Cooper, of, Phillies (2)
3. Drew Meyer, ss, Dodgers (2)
4. Jeff Baker, ss, Indians (4)
5. Jarrod Schmidt, 1b/rhp, Marlins (23)

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