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Draft '99 OKLAHOMA **

1. Brian Cardwell, rhp, Sapulpa HS
2. Scott Patten, rhp, Tecumseh HS
3. Beau Kemp, rhp, Nathan Hale HS, Tulsa
4. Kade Johnson, c, Seminole JC
5. Jeff Bajenaru, rhp/of, U. of Oklahoma
6. Lamont Matthews, of, Oklahoma State U.
7. Michael Miller, rhp, Tulsa Union HS
8. Matt Hoffman, rhp, Oral Roberts U.

Oklahoma may not have a single player picked in the first 100 this year, though it should be well represented in the middle rounds . . . No one in the draft is taller than 6-foot-10 RHP Brian Cardwell, who received the most interest in the state. He throws 86-89 mph now and should add velocity as he fills out his huge frame. A team will have to be patient with his development, however, especially if Cardwell fulfills a basketball commitment to Tulsa and attempts to combine a college basketball and professional baseball career . . . RHP Scott Patten has a good pitcher's body and intriguing arm strength. Inconsistency and lack of command kept him from surpassing Cardwell . . . The biggest sleeper in the state may be 6-foot RHP Beau Kemp, who throws 90-91 mph. A lot of teams are turned off by his makeup. He is considered an easy sign because junior college is his only leverage . . . RHP Michael Miller was a fourth Oklahoma high school player given a chance to crack the first 10 rounds before his velocity dropped this spring to the mid-80s. His best option probably is to attend college at Oklahoma State . . . The top college player in the state is either C Kade Johnson, RHP Jeff Bajenaru and OF Lamont Matthews . . . Johnson transferred to Seminole JC after leaving the University of Texas after Christmas and proceeded to hit more than 30 home runs, one of the top totals in the nation. While Seminole has short fences, his power appears to be real. He also is a solid defensive catcher with an excellent arm . . . Bajenaru took up pitching only a year ago at Riverside (Calif.) CC and still was drafted in the 13th round. He's had an extra year to polish his skills and projects as a closer. His fastball can be overpowering at times, ranging from 90-94 mph. His breaking stuff is below average . . . Matthews was a junior-college transfer from Illinois who became one of the top run producers in the country. He sharply elevated his worth in the draft after being passed over a year ago. He's a strong physical specimen with excellent power potential.

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