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Brewers Draft Report Card

By Jim Callis

Best Pro Debut: 3B Daryl Clark (17) hit .339-15-64 in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. A pair of high school players, OF David Krynzel (1) and C Jason Belcher (5), also fared well in the same circuit, batting .359 and .333, respectively.

Best Athlete: Krynzel was the fastest true prospect in the draft, and he has tremendous range in center field to go with a solid arm.

Best Hitter: OF Bill Scott (8) led the Pacific-10 Conference with a .421 average last spring at UCLA despite playing much of the spring with a broken bone in his right hand. The Brewers are excited about both Krynzel and Belcher.

Best Raw Power: Clark. Belcher could give him a run as his body matures, and so could Scott once he makes his pro debut in 2001.

Fastest Runner: Krynzel has been clocked as fast as 6.3 seconds in the 60-yard dash. OF Bryan Hicks (6), who was recruited as a quarterback by Louisiana-Monroe, also runs well.

Best Defensive Player: Krynzel.

Best Fastball: RHP Matt Yeatman (13), who signed late, was throwing 93 mph in instructional league. LHP Dane Artman (3) and RHPs Gerard Oakes (7) and Heath McMurray (12) are also in that class.

Most Intriguing Background: Canadian RHP Michael Reiss’ (26) twin brother Stephen was drafted one round later by the Twins. Neither signed and they are attending college at Houston. C Casey Myers (30), who returned to Arizona State, is the brother of Corey, the No. 4 overall pick in the 1999 draft who is playing in the Diamondbacks organization.

Closest To The Majors: Scott didn’t sign until late September while the Brewers waited for his hand to heal. As advanced a hitter as he is, that shouldn’t hold him back.

Best Late-Round Pick: The Brewers look at 1B Jon Hart (11) and see a Richie Sexson body, and this is an organization that obviously appreciates Sexson. They also have hopes for McMurray, Yeatman and Clark.

The One Who Got Away: Milwaukee says it signed everyone it targeted. The highest-drafted player who didn’t come to terms was RHP Scott Roehl (16), the best prospect in a weak Wisconsin draft crop. He’s at Arkansas.

Assessment: Many players who get drafted in the first round based almost solely on their speed don’t work out–just ask the Brewers about Chad Green–but Krynzel may have the all-around skills to be an exception. An organization with the weakest farm system in the game didn’t need to give away its second-round pick to sign Jose Hernandez as a free agent, however.

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