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Draft '99 INDIANA ***

1. *Larry Bigbie, of, Ball State U.
2. Neal Musser, lhp, Benton Central HS, Otterbein
3. Alex Graman, lhp, Indiana State U.
4. Brant Ust, 3b, U. of Notre Dame
5. Jonathan Kessick, c, Ball State U.

6. Rob Bowen, c, Homestead HS, Fort Wayne
7. Doug Devore, of, Indiana U.
8. Tim Kalita, lhp, U. of Notre Dame
9. Ryan Miller, rhp, U. of Evansville
10. Sean Brummett, lhp, Indiana State U.

OF Larry Bigbie has the look of a big leaguer, and veteran scouts say he has the tools to become another Andy Van Slyke. He's 6-foot-4, 190 pounds and has a projectable body. His best tool is his bat and he hit well over .400 on the year. He's a pure lefthanded hitter with a line-drive swing and has the potential for power in the future. He also runs like a deer with loping, effortless strides. His arm is improving but just average . . . Along with Bigbie, 6-foot-5, 210-pound C Jonathan Kessick was a big reason why Ball State earned its first NCAA regional bid in 30 years. Kessick is one of the top defensive catchers in the country, but he has holes in his swing. If his hitting comes around, he has a chance to be special . . . Indiana State finished at the bottom of the Missouri Valley Conference standings despite the efforts of LHPs Alex Graman and Sean Brummett. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Graman flashes four big league pitches in spurts, including a lively fastball in the 89-91-mph range. The 5-foot-11 Brummett throws just as hard but is more of a maximum-effort pitcher with a limited ceiling . . . Notre Dame also has two candidates for the first 10 rounds: SS Brant Ust and LHP Tim Kalita. The biggest question about Ust, who swings the bat well to all fields, is where he will play. He spent this year at shortstop and last year at third base. He has the arm for either position but may not have the everyday power for third--despite 16 homers this season--or the speed for short. A compromise may be catcher . . . Kalita has two plus pitches when he's at the top of his game: a steady 88-mph fastball that occasionally hits 90, and a good curveball . . . OF Doug Devore is Indiana's only viable draftee. He is an athletic player who swings the bat well and has a solid right-field arm . . . Indiana high schools have produced their share of first-round picks in the '90s, but the ranks are thinner this year. The exception is LHP Neal Musser, who has made a late run at the first round. He has an average fastball, in the 87-90-mph range, and above-average control of three pitches. The big question about Musser is his size--he stands barely 6 feet tall.

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