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Draft Report Cards

By Jim Callis
October 29, 2003

Last issue, we began our two-part wrapup of the 2003 draft. We looked at the trend of decreasing first-round bonuses, detailed the performance of the first 100 selections and listed the top unsigned picks. Now itís time to dig even deeper with our annual Draft Report Cards. Executive editor Jim Callis spoke to scouting directors and scouts to analyze each teamís 2003 draft on an individual basis.

For most of the categories, a player has to have signed to be considered. The only exceptions are Most Intriguing Background and, obviously, The One Who Got Away. For Best Late-Round Pick, players taken in the 10th round or lower were eligible.

We stopped giving teams letter grades because itís too early to evaluate these drafts with that kind of precision. But we have more than enough information to offer an educated overview below. More comprehensive information is presented with the team capsules on the following five pages. The numbers in parentheses indicate the round in which a player was drafted.

STRONGEST DRAFT

1. Dodgers
2. Rangers
3. Blue Jays
4. Diamondbacks
5. Brewers

WEAKEST DRAFT

1. Phillies

BEST PRO DEBUT

College Players

1. Ryan Wagner, rhp, Reds (1)
2. Chad Cordero, rhp, Expos (1)
3. Vito Chiaravalloti, 1b, Blue Jays (15)
4. Conor Jackson, of, Diamondbacks (1)
5. Michael Aubrey, 1b, Indians (1)

Junior College Players

1. Lou Palmisano, c, Brewers (3)
2. Nick Markakis, of, Orioles (1)
3. Nate Schierholtz, 3b, Giants (2)
4. Steven Doetsch, of, Braves (14)
5. Billy Hogan, 3b, Padres (5)

High School Players

1. Ian Stewart, 3b, Rockies (1)
2. Xavier Paul, of, Dodgers (4)
3. Robert Valido, ss, White Sox (4)
4. Eric Duncan, 3b, Yankees (1)
5. Chris Lubanski, of, Royals (1)

Second-Day Picks (Rounds 21-50)

1. Dane Bubela, of, Rangers (22)
2. Ryan Klatt, rhp, Padres (38)
3. Sal Frisella, of, Cardinals (37)
4. Terry Trofholz, of, Brewers (22)
5. Walt Novosel, lhp, Diamondbacks (22)

BEST ATHLETE

1. Rickie Weeks, 2b, Brewers (1)
2. Lastings Milledge, of, Mets (1)
3. Jerry Owens, of, Expos (2)
4. Jai Miller, of, Marlins (4)
5. Tim Battle, of, Yankees (3)

BEST PURE HITTER

1. Rickie Weeks, 2b, Brewers (1)
2. Michael Aubrey, 1b, Indians (1)
3. Delmon Young, of, Devil Rays (1)
4. Matt Moses, 3b, Twins (1)
5. Eric Duncan, 3b, Yankees (1)

BEST RAW POWER

1. Delmon Young, of, Devil Rays (1)
2. Ryan Harvey, of, Cubs (1)
3. Ian Stewart, 3b, Rockies (1)
4. Jamie DíAntona, 3b, Diamondbacks (2)
5. Rickie Weeks, 2b, Brewers (1)

FASTEST RUNNER

1. Kenny Lewis, of, Reds (4)
2. Jeff Jorgensen, of, Astros (7)
3. Pedro Powell, of, Pirates (18)
4. Michael Bourn, of, Phillies (4)
5. Jerry Owens, of, Expos (2)

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER

1. Matt Pagnozzi, c, Cardinals (8)
2. Justin Ruchti, c, Mariners (9)
3. Anthony Gwynn, of, Brewers (2)
4. Robert Valido, ss, White Sox (4)
5. Tony Giarratano, ss, Tigers (3)

BEST FASTBALL

1. Jeff Allison, rhp, Marlins (1)
2. Kyle Sleeth, rhp, Tigers (1)
3. Craig Whitaker, rhp, Giants (1)
4. Jason Hirsh, rhp, Astros (2)
5. David Aardsma, rhp, Giants (1)

BEST BREAKING BALL

1. Ryan Wagner, rhp, Reds (1)
2. Jeff Allison, rhp, Marlins (1)
3. Tim Stauffer, rhp, Padres (1)
4. John Danks, lhp, Rangers (1)
5. Brad Sullivan, rhp, Athletics (1)

MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND

Baseball Relative Division

1. Delmon Young, of, Devil Rays (1)
2. Anthony Gwynn, of, Brewers (2)
3. Thomas Piazza, c, Dodgers (26)
4. Fernando Valenzuela Jr., 1b, Padres (10)
5. Taylor Mattingly, 1b, Yankees (42) and Andre Randolph, 2b, Yankees (45)

Non-Baseball Relative Division

1. Matt Moses, 3b, Twins (1)
2. Matt Foster, lhp, Blue Jays (13)
3. Conor Jackson, of, Diamondbacks (1)
4. Patrick Dobson, of, Giants (18)
5. Anthony Whittington, lhp, Angels (2)

CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS

College Players

1. Ryan Wagner, rhp, Reds (1)
2. Chad Cordero, rhp, Expos (1)
3. Rickie Weeks, 2b, Brewers (1)
4. Kyle Sleeth, rhp, Tigers (1)
5. Aaron Hill, ss, Blue Jays (1)

High School Players

1. Delmon Young, of, Devil Rays (1)
2. Jeff Allison, rhp, Marlins (1)
3. Chad Billingsley, rhp, Dodgers (1)
4. Robert Valido, ss, White Sox (4)
5. Xavier Paul, of, Dodgers (4)

BEST LATE-ROUND PICK

1. Andy LaRoche, ss, Dodgers (39)
2. Jimmy Barthmaier, rhp, Astros (13)
3. Aaron Jensen, rhp, Mariners (19)
4. Michael Rogers, lhp, Twins (16)
5. Lorenzo Scott, of, Orioles (17)

THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY

College Players

1. David Purcey, lhp, Yankees (17)
2. C.J. Smith, 1b, Pirates (6)
3. Marc Cornell, rhp, Reds (5)
4. Ben Harrison, of, Indians (4)
5. Sam Fuld, of, Cubs (24)

High School Players

1. Andrew Miller, lhp, Marlins (3)
2. Scott Maine, lhp, Mariners (15)
3. Daniel Bard, rhp, Yankees (20)
4. Cory Van Allen, lhp, Dodgers (3)
5. Drew Stubbs, of, Astros (3)

BEST DRAFT-AND-FOLLOW SIGNINGS

1. Adam Loewen, lhp, Orioles (1 in 2002)
2. Bobby Wilson, c, Angels (48 in 2002)
3. Nick Pesco, rhp, Indians (25 in 2002)
4. Wardell Starling, rhp, Pirates (4 in 2002)
5. Dana Eveland, lhp, Brewers (16 in 2002)

BEST DRAFT-AND-FOLLOWS FOR 2004

1. Jordan Parraz, rhp, Phillies (6)
2. Ryan Mattheus, rhp, Rockies (19)
3. Adam Trent, rhp, Tigers (8)
4. Cain Byrd, rhp, Rangers (18)
5. Sean Henry, of, Tigers (10)

2003 Draft All-Stars

The best pro debuts by 2003 draftees, based on statistical performance and level of competition:

COLLEGE

Pos.

Player, Team

College

Drafted

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

SLG

C

Lou Palmisano, Helena

Broward (Fla.) CC

Brewers (3)

.394

6

43

13

.458

.592

1B

Michael Aubrey, Lake County

Tulane

Indians (1)

.348

5

19

0

.409

.551

2B

Eric Rodland, Oneonta

Gonzaga

Tigers (9)

.328

0

27

13

.377

.455

3B

Jamie DíAntona, Yakima

Wake Forest

Diamondbacks (2)

.277

15

57

0

.356

.517

SS

Aaron Hill, Auburn/Dunedin

Louisiana State

Blue Jays (1)

.324

4

45

2

.397

.419

OF

Jeremy Cleveland, Spokane

North Carolina

Rangers (8)

.322

7

53

5

.432

.514

OF

Conor Jackson, Yakima

California

Diamondbacks (1)

.319

6

60

3

.410

.533

OF

Ricardo Nanita, Great Falls

Florida International

White Sox (14)

.384

5

37

11

.445

.546

DH

Vito Chiaravalloti, Auburn

Richmond

Blue Jays (15)

.351

12

67

0

.469

.605

Pitcher, Team-

College

Drafted

W

L

ERA

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

P

Josh Banks, Auburn

Florida International

Blue Jays (2)

7

2

2.43

0

67

58

10

81

P

Chad Cordero, Brevard Cty./Expos

Cal State Fullerton

Expos (1)

2

1

1.93

7

37

21

13

29

P

Wes Littleton, Spokane

Cal State Fullerton

Rangers (4)

6

0

1.56

0

52

36

8

47

P

Tom Mastny, Auburn

Furman

Blue Jays (11)

8

0

2.26

0

64

56

12

68

P

Ryan Wagner, Cínooga/Líville/Reds

Houston

Reds (1)

3

1

1.76

0

31

20

14

35

HIGH SCHOOL

Pos.

Player, Team

Hometown

Drafted

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

OBP

SLG

C

Daric Barton, Johnson City

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Cardinals (1)

.291

4

29

0

.416

.419

1B

Matt Pulley, GCL Orioles

Woodland, Calif.

Orioles (12)

.275

2

28

0

.366

.382

2B

Travis Denker, GCL/South Georgia

Brea,Calif.

Dodgers (21)

.264

3

14

2

.369

.410

3B

Ian Stewart, Casper

Garden Grove, Calif.

Rockies (1)

.317

10

43

4

.401

.558

SS

Robert Valido, Bristol

Miami

White Sox (4)

.307

6

31

17

.364

.479

OF

Estee Harris, GCL Yankees

Central Islip, N.Y.

Yankees (2)

.277

6

18

4

.368

.545

OF

Chris Lubanski, Royals I

Schwenksville, Pa.

Royals (1)

.326

4

27

9

.382

.452

OF

Xavier Paul, Ogden

Slidell, La.

Dodgers (4)

.307

7

47

11

.384

.489

DH

Eric Duncan, GCL/Staten Island

Florham Park, N.J.

Yankees (1)

.301

4

41

1

.364

.473

Pitcher, Team

Hometown

Drafted

W

L

ERA

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

P

Paul Bacot, GCL Braves

Atlanta

Braves (2)

4

0

0.95

0

38

23

4

26

P

Chad Billingsley, Ogden

Defiance, Ohio

Dodgers (1)

5

4

2.83

0

54

49

15

62

P

Tyler Clippard, GCL Yankees

Trinity, Fla.

Yankees (9)

3

3

2.89

0

44

33

5

56

P

Jon Nickerson, GCL/Greensboro

Millbrook, Ala.

Marlins (16)

5

1

1.86

0

58

39

24

52

P

Jo Jo Reyes, GCL Braves

Riverside, Calif.

Braves (2)

5

3

2.56

0

46

34

14

55

óJIM CALLIS