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Draft '99 PUERTO RICO **

1. Alexis Rios, 3b, San Pedro Martin HS, Guaynabo
2. Angel Pagan, of, Republica de Colombia HS, Rio Piedras

3. Fernando Cabrera, rhp, Discipulus de Cristo HS
4. Federico Baez, 3b, Jose Alegria HS, Dorado
5. Jorge Acevedo, of, Efrain Sanchez Hidalgo HS, Moca

Once a rich talent source for major league organizations, Puerto Rico continues to sputter. The first pick in 1998 didn't come until the fourth round. There's a fair chance that no players will be selected higher than that this year. There are no projected first-rounders, though 6-foot-5, 180-pound 3B Alexis Rios stirred late interest. He projects as a power-hitting right fielder in pro ball . . . OF Angel Pagan gave early indications of being a top-round talent before performing poorly in workouts. He has been compared to Royals rookie OF Carlos Beltran, a second-round pick out of Puerto Rico in 1995. Pagan is raw in all phases of his game. He lacks bat speed and all of his tools are strictly projectable . . . RHP Fernando Cabrera is the island's top pitching prospect. He has big hands, a large, lean frame and already throws an average big league fastball. He should develop into a power pitcher as he fills out his 6-foot-4, 170-pound body.

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