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Draft '99 OREGON ***

1. B.R. Cook, rhp, Oregon State U.
2. Brett Evert, rhp, North Salem HS, Salem

3. Rory Shortell, rhp/of, Madison HS, Portland
4. Michael Davies, lhp, Westview HS, Beaverton
5. Troy Polamalu, of, Douglas HS, Winston

Oregon's talent takes a back seat to Washington but could still produce five picks in the first 10 rounds . . . Six-foot-5 RHP B.R. Cook stirred up first-round talk in March in San Diego when he combined a 92-94-mph fastball with a 12-to-6 curveball to blank Oklahoma State on one hit. But Cook never repeated the same stuff for Northwest scouts the rest of the spring and interest faded . . . Six-foot-7 RHP Brett Evert throws in the high 80s and has the body type that will allow him to add velocity as he fills out. He was slow to get started this year coming out of basketball season but really picked it up when he got in a rhythm. Evert also has appeal as a hitter. He has excellent raw power . . . Like Evert, RHP Rory Shortell is a solid two-sport player with a commitment to San Diego State. The similarities end there. Shortell is more compact at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. He has a maximum-effort delivery, which can be so violent that scouts fear it may lead to arm problems. He gets good run on a 90-mph fastball, making him tough to hit. With that package, he was 7-1, 0.30 with 93 strikeouts in 47 innings for Oregon's No. 1-ranked 4-A team . . . Six-foot-3, 205-pound LHP Michael Davies was slowed by a strained ulnar collateral ligament this spring, limiting him to four appearances. His curve and 88-91-mph fastball are considered above-average pitches. If his draft status is adversely affected by his arm problems, he'll likely end up at Long Beach State . . . OF Troy Polamalu, a raw baseball player and talented athlete, will complete an exodus of the state's top four high school players to California, if he accepts a scholarship to Southern California. In his case, it's for football. He is an outstanding defensive back who may not be drafted high enough for a club to warrant buying out his football obligation.

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