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Draft '99 OHIO **

1. Aron Weston, of, Solon HS
2. Clint Nageotte, rhp, Brooklyn HS
3. Jeremy Griffiths, rhp, Toledo U.

4. Robert Corrado, rhp, Oakwood HS, Dayton
5. Seth Morris, rhp-of, Hamilton HS
6. Corey Loomis, ss, Eastwood HS, Pemberville
7. Matt Guerrier, rhp, Kent U.
8. Lou Witte, rhp, Xavier U.

OF Aron Weston ranks as the ultimate projection in this year's draft--the player for whom you can let your imagination run wild. His current value depends almost solely on what he might do in the future. A skinny 6-foot-5 and 165-pounds, Weston physically resembles Darryl Strawberry at the same age. He has only scratched the surface, but he projects above-average speed and lefthanded power. He just needs to get stronger and learn how to turn on balls consistently . . . Six-foot-3, 205-pound RHP Clint Nageotte shed a lot of baby fat and made the greatest climb this spring. His fastball was only 86-88 mph last summer, but he jacked up his velocity to 90-91 and combined it with an effective 78-79-mph curveball . . . Six-foot-6 RHP Jeremy Griffiths has the size and arm strength to project as an above-average pitcher, but he has a ways to go in all areas. He lacks polish and is inconsistent with his breaking stuff and a fastball that occasionally touches 93 mph . . . Six-foot-5, 210-pound RHP Robert Corrado is big and strong, and like many cold-weather pitchers has a lot of room to improve. He followed an outstanding fall with an up-and-down spring that saw his fastball waver from a low of 86 to a high of 91 mph. . . Corrado has committed to Kentucky, as has RHP/OF Seth Morris, who sticks out because he's really the only notable player in the usually fertile Cincinnati area. Morris also got mixed reviews this spring. Originally projected as a possible second- or third-round pick, he may have slipped out of the early rounds altogether because he's an outstanding student who is dedicated to attending college. He actually is suited for college because he's proficient at hitting and pitching yet excels at neither. He throws hard, but the rest of his pitching repertoire needs refining. As a hitter, he has raw power and a strong right-field arm.

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