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Draft '99 NEW JERSEY *

1. Charlie Frazier, of, Toms River South HS
2. Michael O'Brien, 1b, Rutgers U.
3. Bob Brownlie, rhp, Edison HS
4. Michael Wenner, of, Rider U.
5. Cam Esslinger, rhp, Seton Hall U.
6. Louis Wieben, rhp, St. Mary's HS, Secaucus

Crosscheckers had little reason to trek to New Jersey this year, as the state had few premium prospects. Next year should be a different story as William Paterson RHP Shaun Stokes and Piscataway High SS Corey Smith project as high-round selections . . . OF Charlie Frazier received the most attention, but he remains less a celebrity than his younger brother Todd, 13, the hero of Toms River's 1998 Little League World Series champions. At 6-foot-6, Frazier is tall and lanky and will add power as he fills out. His arm and speed also should play well . . . RHP Bob Brownlie outpitched the more acclaimed Ruddy Lugo, the top prospect in New York, on occasion this spring. He hit 90 mph with an above-average curveball but is downgraded because his body isn't projectable . . . Both Frazier and Brownlie have committed to play at Rutgers, which expects to lose several players to the draft, including 1B Michael O'Brien. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound O'Brien projects above-average power . . . Rutgers OF Pete Zoccolillo, who moved from first base to accommodate O'Brien, holds most of the school's career batting records. He should be drafted this year, unlike 1998, but in the lower rounds . . . OF Michael Wenner missed the latter part of the 1998 season when he tore ligaments in his hand, but the injury is not expected to affect his draft status. His wheels are his best tool. He's an accomplished baserunner and center fielder.

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