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Draft '99 MISSISSIPPI ***

1. *Matt Ginter, rhp, Mississippi State U.
2. *Matt Butler, rhp, Hattiesburg HS
3. Michael Rosamond, of, U. of Mississippi

4. Dee Haynes, of, Delta State U.
5. Chris Curry, c, Mississippi State U.
6. Brian Wiese, of, Mississippi State U.
7. Cliff Lee, lhp, Meridian CC (CONTROL: Orioles)
8. Chris Hills, of, Jackson State U.

Mississippi has a sure first-round pick in RHP Matt Ginter, and possibly two more in RHP Matt Butler and OF Michael Rosamond . . . Ginter's status is secure, though he has pitched poorly at times over the second half of the season. His lack of command at times reminded scouts of Eric DuBose, a top Athletics pitching prospect and former MSU first rounder who also fell out of sync in his draft year. Ginter's performances became so uneven that he was moved to closer, a role he excelled in last summer for Team USA and his projected position in pro ball. His two-pitch repertoire suits him for the role. He features a 91-92-mph fastball and a nasty 87-88 slider, one of the best breaking pitches in the draft. It is virtually unhittable when he locates it with precision . . . RHP Matt Butler began the season as one of the five best high school pitching prospects in the country. He slipped when his velocity fell from 92-94 mph early to 89-90 later in the spring. Scouts also became concerned with a lingering hitch in his delivery. Butler is a more polished pitching prospect than former teammate Jermaine Van Buren, a second-round pick in 1998 who had the best pro debut of any high school pitcher in last year's draft. He has a free, easy delivery and command of three pitches . . . Six-foot-5, 220-pound OF Michael Rosamond would be a cinch first-rounder if his production matched his potential. He is one of the biggest enigmas in the draft, ranging from a first-rounder on some lists to no better than a fifth- or sixth-rounder on others. Rosamond has the look and tools of a big leaguer. He has an outstanding arm and superior defensive skills, upper-deck power and runs 6.4 seconds in the 60. He's a baseball god in workouts. Despite __ home runs this spring, he's regarded as just an average college hitter. He swings and misses a lot, has long actions and generally is baffled by any pitch with a spin. He'll hit mistake pitches a mile. If it clicks with the bat, Rosamond could be an all-star right fielder . . . OF Dee Haynes was so raw and weak as a freshman at Division II Delta State that he was redshirted. Two years and 50 pounds later, Haynes has become the greatest home run hitter in school history. He hit a school-record 21 last year and topped that mark while hitting .444-26-92 this year. Scouts are intrigued by his outstanding power potential despite weak competition . . . Mississippi's traditionally strong junior-college program hit a lull this year. LHP Cliff Lee stirred up interest in the fall but did not dominate in the spring. He has good arm strength that didn't consistently show.

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