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Draft '99 Rating The Best Tools
(Top 100 Prospects Only)

Baseball America ranks the top three players-college and high school-in each tool category.

BEST ATHLETE
College
1 Keith Reed, of, Providence (8)
2 Mike Rosamond, of, Mississippi (42)
3 Larry Bigbie, of, Ball State (37)

High school
1 B.J. Garbe, of, Moses Lake, Wash. (5)
2 Vince Faison, of, Lyons, Ga. (20)
3 Carl Crawford, of, Houston (18)

BEST PURE HITTER
College
1 Eric Munson, c, Southern California (3)
2 Bobby Hill, ss, Miami (16)
3 Willie Bloomquist, ss, Arizona State (62)

High School
1 B.J. Garbe, of, Moses Lake, Wash. (5)
2 Josh Hamilton, of, Raleigh, N.C. (1)
3 Rick Asadoorian, Whitinsville, Mass. (19)

BEST POWER HITTER
College
1 Eric Munson, c, Southern California (3)
2 Matt Cepicky, of, Southwest Missouri State (61)
3 Mike Rosamond, of, Mississippi (42)

High School
1 Josh Hamilton, of, Raleigh, N.C. (1)
2 Neil Jenkins, 3b, Jupiter, Fla. (40)
3 Alberto Concepcion, c, El Segundo, Calif. (79)

FASTEST BASERUNNER
College
1 Bobby Hill, ss, Miami (16)
2 Keith Reed, of, Providence (8)
3 Mike Rosamond, of, Mississippi (42)

High School
1 Vince Faison, of, Lyons, Ga. (20)
2 Drew Meyer, ss/of, Charleston, S.C. (41)
3 Jason Repko, ss, West Richland, Wash. (54)

BEST ARM STRENGTH
College
1 Josh Bard, c, Texas Tech (80)
2 Eric Munson, c, Southern California (3)
3 Keith Reed, of, Providence (8)

High School
1 Josh Hamilton, of, Raleigh, N.C. (1)
2 Rick Asadoorian, of, Whitinsville, Mass. (19)
3 B.J. Garbe, of, Moses Lake, Wash. (5)

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
College
1 Brian Roberts, ss, South Carolina (39)
2 Russ Jacobson, c, Miami (86)
3 Josh Bard, c, Texas Tech (80)

High School
1 Josh Wilson, ss, Pittsburgh, Pa. (25)
2 Ryan Christianson, c, Riverside, Calif. (7)
3 B.J. Garbe, of, Moses Lake, Wash. (5)

BEST FASTBALL
College
1 Ben Sheets, rhp, Northeast Louisiana (4)
2 Mike MacDougal, rhp, Wake Forest (10)
3 Ben Christensen, rhp, Wichita State (22)

High School
1 Josh Beckett, rhp, Spring, Texas (2)
2 Brian West, rhp, West Monroe, La. (15)
3 Brett Myers, rhp, Jacksonville, Fla. (12)

BEST BREAKING BALL
College
1 Ben Sheets, rhp, Northeast Lousiana (4)
2 Matt Ginter, rhp, Mississippi State (21)
3 Barry Zito, lhp, Southern California (32)

High School
1 Bobby Bradley, rhp, Wellington, Fla. (6)
2 Josh Beckett, rhp, Spring, Texas (2)
3 Ty Howington, lhp, Vancouver, Wash. (13)

BEST COMMAND
College
1 Barry Zito, lhp, Southern California (32)
2 Jason Jennings, rhp, Baylor (24)
3 Jeff Heaverlo, rhp, Washington (30)

High School
1 Bobby Bradley, rhp, Wellington, Fla. (6)
2 Mike Esposito, rhp, Las Vegas, Nev. (72)
3 Ryan Gloger, lhp, Tampa, Fla. (47)

CLOSEST TO MAJORS
College
1 Eric Munson, c, Southern California (3)
2 Ben Sheets, rhp, Northeast Louisiana (4)
3 Jason Jennings, rhp, Baylor (24)

High School
1 Bobby Bradley, rhp, Wellington, Fla. (6)
2 Josh Beckett, rhp, Spring, Texas (2)
3 Jason Stumm, rhp, Centralia, Wash. (11)

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