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Draft '99 NORTHERN ROCKIES ****
(Idaho, Montana, Wyoming)

1. Cameron Reimers, rhp, JC of Southern Idaho (CONTROL: Blue Jays)
2. Mat Thompson, rhp, Timberline HS, Boise
3. Travis Wong, 1b, Timberline HS, Boise

4. Randy Walter, of, Huntley Project HS, Worden, Mont.

It's a watershed year in the Pacific Northwest, and the talent extends all the way to Idaho . . . Boise's Timberline High is one of just two or three high schools in the country that might have two players drafted in the top five rounds. RHP Mat Thompson, who never lost a high school game, is expected to be picked in the first two or three rounds, while 1B Travis Wong is expected to go a round or two later. Both played with the U. S. team that went to Venezuela in April. Thompson throws in the low 90s with a nasty curve. He has signed with Wake Forest, where his father attended school. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Wong has outstanding power and is mobile for his size. He has committed to Texas A&M . . . OF Randy Walter, a Wichita State signee, is one of the few legitimate prospects ever to come out of Montana, a state with no high school or college baseball. Walter has average speed and power and has been clocked as high as 90 mph when he takes a turn on the mound . . . RHP Cameron Reimers also went to high school in Montana. He spent the last two seasons at Southern Idaho. His stock has improved so dramatically in a year that he likely will be selected in the first two rounds if the Blue Jays, who control his rights from the 1998 draft, don't sign him. He's an imposing physical talent with two above-average pitches, a low 90s fastball and a nasty slider.

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