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2000 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:

STRONGEST DRAFTS
1. Marlins
2. Reds
3. White Sox

WEAKEST DRAFT

Red Sox

BEST PRO DEBUT

High School Players
1. Joe Torres, lhp, Angels (1)
2. Adam Wainwright, rhp, Braves (1)
3. Luis Montanez, ss, Cubs (1)
4. Will Smith, of, Marlins (6)
5. Scott Heard, c, Rangers (1)

College Players
1. Brad Cresse, c, Diamondbacks (5)
2. Adam Johnson, rhp, Twins (1)
3. J.P. Woodward, 1b, Padres (14)
4. Jamal Strong, of, Mariners (6)
5. Lance Niekro, 3b, Giants (2)

BEST ATHLETE
1. Rocco Baldelli, of, Devil Rays (1)
2. Mewelde Moore, of, Padres (4)
3. Joe Borchard, of, White Sox (1)
4. Grady Sizemore, of, Expos (3)
5. Ben Diggins, rhp, Dodgers (1)

BEST HITTER
1. Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Marlins (1)
2. Chase Utley, 2b, Phillies (1)
3. Xavier Nady, 3b, Padres (2)
4. Lance Niekro, 3b, Giants (2)
5. Corey Smith, 3b, Indians (1)

BEST RAW POWER
1. Jason Stokes, 1b, Marlins (2)
2. Joe Borchard, of, White Sox (1)
3. Xavier Nady, 3b, Padres (2)
4. Brad Cresse, c, Diamondbacks (5)
5. Scott Thorman, 3b, Braves (1)

FASTEST RUNNER
1. David Krynzel, of, Brewers (1)
2. Travis Ezi, of, Dodgers (12)
3. Jamal Strong, of, Mariners (6)
4. Bo Ivy, of, White Sox (4)
5. Exavier Logan, ss, Tigers (3)

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
1. Dane Sardinha, c, Reds (2)
2. Scott Heard, c, Rangers (1)
3. Jace Brewer, ss, Devil Rays (5)
4. Raul Tablado, ss, Blue Jays (4)
5. Ryan Jorgensen, c, Cubs (7)

BEST FASTBALL
1. Ben Diggins, rhp, Dodgers (1)
2. Robert Stiehl, rhp, Astros (1)
3. Mark Phillips, lhp, Padres (1)
4. Brian Bruney, rhp, Diamondbacks (12)
5. Anthony Pluta, rhp, Astros (3)

MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND

Non-Relative Division
1. John Wilson, c, Mets (11)
2. Michael Vick, of, Rockies (30)
3. Matt Wheatland, rhp, Tigers (1)
Scott Heard, c, Rangers (1)
4. Sean Burnett, lhp, Pirates (1)
5. Robert Stiehl, rhp, Astros (1)

Relative Division
1. Anthony Gwynn, of, Braves (33)
2. Lance Niekro, of, Giants (2)
3. Jason Fingers, rhp, Royals (10)
4. David Parrish, c, Yankees (1)
5. Andy Hargrove, 1b, Orioles (31)

CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS

High School Players
1. Mark Phillips, lhp, Padres (1)
2. Sean Burnett, lhp, Pirates (1)
3. Mike Stodolka, lhp, Royals (1)
4. Matt Wheatland, rhp, Tigers (1)
5. Dustin Moseley, rhp, Reds (1)

College Players
1. Xavier Nady, 3b, Padres (2)
2. Adam Johnson, rhp, Twins (1)
3. Justin Wayne, rhp, Expos (1)
4. Dane Sardinha, c, Reds (2)
5. Joe Borchard, of, White Sox (1)

BEST LATE-ROUND PICK
1. Jamie Shields, rhp, Devil Rays (16)
2. Jason Smith, rhp, Yankees (11)
3. Rylan Reed, rhp, White Sox (23)
4. Andy Persby, rhp, Twins (18)
5. Jeremy Johnson, of, Blue Jays (26)

BEST DRAFT-AND-FOLLOW SIGNINGS
1. Jason Botts, 1b, Rangers (46 in 1999)
2. Brandon Lyon, rhp, Blue Jays (14 in 1999)
3. David Wolensky, rhp, Angels (42 in 1999)
4. Jason Norderum, lhp, Expos (31 in 1999)
5. Jason Davis, rhp, Indians (25 in 1999)

THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY
1. Matt Harrington, rhp, Rockies (1)
2. Aaron Heilman, rhp, Twins (1)
3. Taggert Bozied, 1b, Twins (2)
4. Tony Richie, c, White Sox (5)
5. Tyrell Godwin, of, Rangers (1)

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