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A Look Back: 1999

*No longer active.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

HOW THEY DID IT THEN . . .

1.Devil Rays. Josh Hamilton, of/lhp, HS—Raleigh, N.C.
2.Marlins. †Josh Beckett, rhp, HS—Spring, Texas
3.Tigers. †Eric Munson, c/1b, Southern California
4.Diamondbacks. Corey Myers, ss, HS—Phoenix
5.Twins. B.J. Garbe, of, Moses Lake, Wash.
6.Expos. Josh Girdley, lhp, HS—Jasper, Texas
7.Royals. Kyle Snyder, rhp, North Carolina
8.Pirates. Bobby Bradley, rhp, HS—Wellington, Fla.
9.Athletics. Barry Zito, lhp, Southern California
10.Brewers. Ben Sheets, rhp, Northeast Louisiana

HOW THEY’D DO IT NOW . . .

1.Josh HamiltonDevil Rays (1/1)
2.Josh BeckettMarlins (1/2)
3.Eric MunsonTigers (1/3)
4.Bobby BradleyPirates (1/8)
5.Barry ZitoAthletics (1/9)
6.Ben SheetsBrewers (1/10)
7.Kurt Ainsworth, rhp, La. StateGiants (1/24)
8.J.R. House, 1b, HS—Ormond Beach, Fla.Pirates (5)
9.Matt McClendon, rhp, FloridaBraves (5)
10.Hank Blalock, 3b, HS—San DiegoRangers (3)

FIRST PLAYERS TO MAJORS

None

LARGEST BONUSES

1.Josh Hamilton,of/ lhp, Devil Rays (1/1)$3,960,000
2.†Josh Beckett, rhp, Marlins (1/2)3,625,000
3.†Eric Munson, c/1b, Tigers (1/3)3,500,000

BEST DRAFT

Royals. The Royals made judicious use of four first-round picks and have gotten a lot of mileage so far out of Brian Sanches (2), Ken Harvey (5) and Mark Ellis (9).

WORST DRAFT

Indians. Cleveland wisely sacrificed its first-round pick to sign Roberto Alomar, but it has almost nothing to show for the picks after that either.

MOST ASTUTE PICK

Bobby Bradley, rhp, Pirates (1/8)

BIGGEST OVERSIGHT

Jacob Peavy, rhp, Padres (15)

BIGGEST FIRST-ROUND REACH

Corey Myers, ss, Diamondbacks (4th pick)

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