A Look Back: 1997
*No longer active. Signed major league contract. #Did not sign.
HOW THEY DID IT THEN . . .
HOW THEYD DO IT NOW . . .
FIRST PLAYERS TO MAJORS
Twins. Minnesotas three best prospects entering the 2000 season were Michael Cuddyer, Matthew LeCroy and Michael Restovichthe first three players the Twins drafted in 1997. For good measure, they got J.C. Romero, their No. 6 prospect, in the 21st round.
Rockies. It might be a little early to write off this draft, but the Rockies have already traded away Mark Mangum, their first-round pick, and Justin Miller (5), who has become the best prospect they picked.
MOST ASTUTE PICK
Rick Ankiel, lhp, Cardinals (2)
Jerry Hairston, 2b, Orioles (11)
BIGGEST FIRST-ROUND REACH
Aaron Akin, rhp, Marlins (12th pick)
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