1. Nick Roberts, rhp, Southern Utah U.
Six-foot-4 senior RHP Nick Roberts is Southern Utah's best prospect in years. He stymied most of the top four-year schools in the area, including Arizona and Arizona State, with an 88-92-mph fastball and plus slider . . . OF Gary Johnson was a promising hitter at the University of California before embarking on a two-year Mormon mission. He ended up at Brigham Young upon his return and was eligible to sign before the draft as a fifth-year player. His bat is still a marketable commodity . . . RHP Brandon Lyon bounced back after missing the 1998 season when he tore shoulder ligaments in a snow-boarding accident. He used four pitches, including a 90-91-mph fastball and hard slider to compile a 12-2, 2.59 record. He surged to the top of a solid list of Utah junior-college prospects . . . Six-foot-3, 190-pound RHP/OF Willie Eyre, younger brother of former White Sox pitcher Scott Eyre, has generated two-way interest. He can throw from 88-92 mph but has poor mechanics. He can also hit balls a long way but has holes in his swing . . . The Utah high school ranks are thin this year after a strong year in 1998 . . . Six-foot-4 RHP Chris Hunter is the hardest-throwing pitcher in the state. He was timed at a high of 92-93 mph but had days when his velocity dropped to 86-87.
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