1. *Matt Ginter, rhp, Mississippi 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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