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Utah occasionally has a high-round pick, but no one projects in the first five rounds this year. Righthander Jason Snyder was the state's best hope but didn't get untracked. Snyder and his twin--and batterymate--Jared could both be drafted.

1.Ben Fox, lhp/of, Dixie JC
2.Jason Snyder, rhp, Alta HS, Sandy
3.Ryan Bailey, rhp, Utah
4.James Dayley, rhp, Utah Valley State JC
5.Nate Fernley, rhp, Brigham Young
6.Chris Shelton, c, Utah
7.Travis Palmer, rhp, Utah
8.Kory Wayment, ss, Salt Lake CC
9. Jason Ward, rhp/1b, Spanish Fork HS
10.Royce Hampton, lhp, Lehi HS

Projected First-Round Picks


Projected Second-Fifth Round


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LHP/OF Ben Fox has the best chance to be Utah's first pick. Scouts like him more on the mound. He was used in a closer's role this spring mostly because he doubled as Dixie JC's center fielder. He has an upper-80s fastball, a good 12-to-6 curveball and an assortment of arm slots . . . Six-foot-5, 210-pound RHP Jason Snyder failed to live to up to expectations on a high school team that won a state title but performed poorly against out-of-state competition. His velocity fell from the low 90s to the mid- to high 80s, and he didn't pitch consistently in the strike zone. He has been tutored extensively by pitching guru Tom House, but he has an unusual delivery that makes it difficult to repeat his release point . . . RHPs Ryan Bailey and Travis Palmer both threw 93 mph. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Bailey is regarded as the better prospect of the two because of a better arm action . . . RHP Nate Fernley was the most effective pitcher in the Mountain West Conference this year and led Division I with 16 wins entering regional play. He throws almost underhanded with a fastball that barely touches 85 mph--not fast enough by pro standards, no matter how many trick pitches and different arm angles he has . . . RHP James Dayley has good size and arm strength, with a fastball that tops out at 91-92 mph.

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