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A Look Back: 1998

*No longer active. †Signed major league contract. #Did not sign.

HOW THEY DID IT THEN . . .

1.Phillies. †Pat Burrell, 3b, Miami
2.Athletics. Mark Mulder, lhp, Michigan State
3.Cubs. Corey Patterson, of, HS—Kennesaw, Ga.
4.Royals. Jeff Austin, rhp, Stanford
5.Cardinals. †J.D. Drew, of, St. Paul (Northern)
6.Twins. Ryan Mills, lhp, Arizona State
7.Reds. Austin Kearns, of, HS—Lexington, Ky.
8.Blue Jays. Felipe Lopez, ss, HS—Altamonte Springs, Fla.
9.Padres. Sean Burroughs, 3b, HS—Long Beach
10.Rangers. Carlos Pena, 1b, Northeastern

HOW THEY’D DO IT NOW . . .

1.Pat BurrellPhillies (1/1)
2.Corey PattersonCubs (1/3)
3.Sean BurroughsPadres (1/9)
4.J.D. DrewCardinals (1/5)
5.Mark MulderAthletics (1/2)
6.Drew Henson, 3b, HS—Brighton, Mich.Yankees (3)
7.Jeff Weaver, rhp, Fresno StateTigers (1/14)
8.Kip Wells, rhp, BaylorWhite Sox (1/16)
9.Felipe LopezBlue Jays (1/8)
10.Adam Dunn, of, HS—New Caney, TexasReds (2)

FIRST PLAYERS TO MAJORS

1.J.D. Drew, of, Cardinals (1/5)Sept. 8, 1998
2.Jeff Weaver, rhp, Tigers (1/14)April 14, 1999
3.Ryan Rupe, rhp, Devil Rays (6)May 5, 1999

LARGEST BONUSES

1.Corey Patterson, of, Cubs (1/3)$3,700,000
2.Mark Mulder, lhp, Athletics (1/2)3,200,000
3.†Pat Burrell, 3b, Phillies (1/1)3,150,000

BEST DRAFT

Cubs. The Cubs are pinning a lot of their future big league hopes on Corey Patterson, David Kelton and Jeff Goldbach–the first three players they drafted in 1998.

WORST DRAFT

Mariners. No one but the Mariners saw obscure small-college lefthander Matt Thornton as a first-round pick. They didn’t sign their second-rounder, already dealt away their third- and fourth-round picks and their fifth-rounder has struggled in Class A.

MOST ASTUTE PICK

Adam Dunn, of Reds (2)

BIGGEST OVERSIGHT

Brian Cole, of Mets (18)

BIGGEST FIRST-ROUND REACH

Matt Thornton, lhp, Mariners (22nd pick)

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