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JUNIOR COLLEGE: Top 50 Prospects

May 19, 2003

Major league teams have until May 27--one week before this year's draft--to sign the current crop of draft-and-follow players. Only those junior college players who were drafted last June are permitted to sign. They are eligible to sign upon the completion of their junior-college saeson.

Lefthanders Adam Loewen and Nick Markakis are the two most significant draft-and-follows this year, and both are expected to be first-round picks if they are not signed by the Orioles and Reds, respectively, by the closed period.

Here's how Baseball America draft expert Allan Simpson sees the nation's top 50 juco prospects, with those players eligible to sign before the draft noted by the club that controls their rights (2002 draft round indicated in parentheses. Those who have signed to date are indicated by an asterisk.

Player, Pos., School

Controlling Club (Round)

1. Adam Loewen, lhp, Chipola (Fla.) JC

Orioles (1)

2. Nick Markakis, lhp, Young Harris (Ga.)

Reds (23)

3. Tom Gorzelanny, lhp, Triton (Ill.) JC

None

4. Nick Pesco, rhp, Cosumnes River (Calif.) JC

Indians (25)

5. Steve Doetsch, of, Indian River (Fla.) CC

Phillies (8)

6. Josh Smith, rhp, Central Arizona JC

None

7. Lou Palmisano, c, Broward (Fla.) CC

None

8. Mike Mitchell, rhp, St. Charles (Mo.) CC

Indians (14)

9. Wardell Starling, rhp-of, Odessa (Texas) JC

Pirates (4)

10. John Russ, rhp, Frank Phillips (Texas) JC

None

11. Dana Eveland, lhp, JC of the Canyons (Calif.)

Brewers (16)

12. Nick Tisone, rhp, Pearl River (Miss.) JC

None

13. T.J. Large, rhp, St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC

Diamondbacks (32)

14. Billy Hogan, ss, Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC

None

15. Ryan Mattheus, rhp, Sacramento CC

Rockies (34)

16. Josh Wahpepah, rhp, Cowley County (Kan.) CC

None

17. Rejino Gonzalez, lhp, CC of Southern Nevada

Devil Rays (46)

18. Billy Buckner, rhp, Young Harris (Ga.) JC

None

19. Scott Robinson, 1b, Palomar (Calif.) JC

Astros (7)

20. Ian Bladergroen, 1b, Lamar (Colo.) CC

Mets (44)

21. Tim Dorn, 1b-rhp, East Los Angeles JC

None

22. Cody Dickens, rhp, Surry (N.C.) CC

Angels (50)

23. Matt Chico, lhp, Palomar (Calif.) CC

None

24. Tony Sipp, lhp-of, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC

White Sox (33)

25. Jesse Smith, rhp, Illinois Valley JC

None

26. Jeramy Simmons, rhp, Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) CC

None

27. Dom Laurin, ss, Eastern Oklahoma State JC

Dodgers (29)

28. Andy LaRoche, ss, Grayson County (Texas) CC

Padres (21)

29. Chris Hunter, rhp, Utah Valley State JC

Angels (32)

30. Joe Bisenius, rhp, Iowa Western JC

None

31. Kellen Ludwig, rhp, Chipola (Fla.) JC

Giants (12)

32. Jared Wells, rhp, San Jacinto (Texas) CC

Padres (31)

33. Johnny Woodard, 1b, Cosumnes River (Calif.) JC

None

34. *Derek Hawk, rhp, Mendocino (Calif.) JC

Reds (43)

35. Matt Pagnozzi, c, Central Arizona JC

None

36. Bart Hunton, c, Columbus State (Ohio) CC

None

37. Jason Vargas, of-lhp, Cypress (Calif.) JC

None

38. John Hurd, rhp-of, College of Southern Idaho

None

39. Nick Ewen, of, Triton (Ill.) JC

Marlins (46)

40. Bobby Wilson, c, St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC

Angels (48)

41. James McDonald, rhp-1b, Golden West (Calif.) JC

Dodgers (11)

42. Calvin Beamon, of, CC of Southern Nevada

Pirates (26)

43. Brody Taylor, lhp, Louisburg (N.C.) JC

Expos (43)

44. Brad Rose, rhp, Walters State (Tenn.) JC

Mariners (37)

45. Joe Woerman, rhp, San Diego CC

None

46. Jayson Rodriguez, rhp, Indian River (Fla.) CC

None

47. B.J. Wierzbicki, rhp, Iowa Western JC

None

48. Ryan Aldridge, rhp, Middle Georgia JC

Pirates (36)

49. Jason Urquidez, rhp, Central Arizona JC

Devil Rays (48)

50. Friedel Pinkston, rhp, Chipola (Fla.) JC

Expos (8)

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