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Draft '99 UTAH ***

1. Nick Roberts, rhp, Southern Utah U.
2. Brandon Lyon, rhp, Dixie JC
3. Chris Hunter, rhp, Mountain View HS, Sandy
4. Gary Johnson, of, Brigham Young U.
5. Willie Eyre, rhp/of, JC of Southern Utah

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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