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Feb 26, 2003
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Hey! I was wondering with the draft so close, has anybody heard anything about who the Marlins are looking at drafting? Who are the top prospects in this draft? I've heard this isn't a very deep draft, but the Marlins should get a pretty good player with pick #16 IMO. What do you think: should the Marlins go the high school or college route? I think Hermida is struggling at A ball right now.


May 10, 2003
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I dont know who is available, but generally, I would like to see us go college route to get a player up into the big leagues much faster, especially for pitchers. This is also a cheaper way to 'raise' a prospect as a lot of coaching has already been given to them and they are more physically mature and can rise through your system faster - which may means quicker results at the big league level as opposed to paying for them to stay in the minor leagues another 2-3 years. Of course, if they are successful at the MLB level, that is a whole 'nother ball game, but a pleasant one...


Aug 23, 2002
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We should really pick up Skipton Adams or Adam Summerall... :)

And next year...Josh Banks....


Aug 21, 2002
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Well this years draft class, as you said, is extremely weak.

Richie Weeks, Adam Loewen, and Delmon Young seem to be the only real strong prospects of the draft at this point. Weeks (Coming out of College, though I dont know where its at) looks to be an offensive machine at Second base. Loewen was the O's draft pick last year but they are yet to sign him. Theres probably a 50/50 chance he goes back into the draft, at least thats what Im hearing. Young (brother of dmitri) is a future MLB powerhouse, the guy can hit, period.

Paul Maholm and Lastings Milledge are two guys I heard the Marlins might take a stab at. Milledge seemed to be a top 3-5 pick before the season, but he has struggled offensively this year. From what I hear he has amazing physical skills, though he needs to put it all together. Paul Maholm I dont really know much about, other than the fact that some teams are in love with him and others just arent -- at all!


Aug 21, 2002
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from baseballamerica.com
1. Delmon Young, of, Camarillo (Calif.) HS
The Rays have a workout with Rickie Weeks scheduled for Tuesday, but word is increasingly circulating that Dmitri's little brother will go No. 1 overall
2. Rickie Weeks, 2b, Southern
An NL scout: "Whatever philosophy you believe in, Rickie Weeks comes out at the top"
3. Adam Loewen, lhp, Chipola (Fla.) JC
The (multi)million dollar question: Can the Orioles sign him before he goes back into the draft?
4. Ryan Harvey, of, Dunedin (Fla.) HS
Bounced back from last fall's knee injury to become darkhorse candidate for No. 1 pick
5. Kyle Sleeth, rhp, Wake Forest
Last home start was shortened by rain after three innings, 55 pitches on Thursday, probably his last regular-season start
6. Tim Stauffer, rhp, Richmond
Lost second straight start Friday afternoon, but didn?t allow a hit for three innings and went the distance fanning 10
7. Jeff Allison, rhp, Veterans Memorial (Mass.) HS
Still hasn?t allowed a run in 44 innings after hurling a 20-K no-hitter on Monday, and he topped out at 97 mph
8. Chris Lubanski, of, Kennedy-Kenrick (Pa.) HS
Came down from 10-for-11, double cycle performance with an 0-for-3 day on Tuesday after the team bus was late arriving to the game
9. Michael Aubrey, 1b, Tulane
Second-best college bat delivered game-winning homer (16th HR of season) against East Carolina on Friday
10. John Danks, lhp, Round Rock (Texas) HS
Recovered from early outings without his best stuff and now could be first southpaw drafted
11. Lastings Milledge, of, Lakewood Ranch (Fla.) HS
He's the classic high-risk, high-reward pick and has thrived in front of scouts against top competition
12. Marc Cornell, rhp, Ohio U.
Came out of the bullpen to throw two hitless innings in Ohio?s regular-season finale Sunday; reportedly hit 97 mph
13. Ian Stewart, 3b, La Quinta (Calif.) HS
Potential top 10 pick leads CIF southern section in HRs (16), RBI (57) and slugging (1.224)
14. Nick Markakis, lhp, Young Harris (Ga.) JC
Tiring down at the end of a long (two-way) season; velocity was down to 84-86 in the first inning of Friday?s loss, 88-89 later in the game
15. Ryan Wagner, rhp, Houston
Wagner was up to 93 mph with a filthy 84 mph slider Friday night when he punched out eight in three innings, running his season total to 16.8 K/9
16. Andrew Miller, lhp, Buchholz (Fla.) HS
Left final high school game on Tuesday night after 3 2/3, gave up three runs and walked four
17. Craig Whitaker, rhp, Lufkin (Texas) HS
After he hit 98 mph, his next start "looked like the Academy Awards" because everyone was there
18. Paul Maholm, lhp, Mississippi State
The 2003 version of Joe Saunders; surrendered 12 hits and struck out 10 in six-inning victory on Friday vs. Alabama
19. Vince Sinisi, 1b, Rice
Earns comparisons to Lance Berkman, though he doesn't have that kind of power; Boras factor and sophomore status drive down his stock
20. Eric Duncan, 3b, Seton Hall (N.J.) Prep
Hitting his way into the first round, often in front of New Jersey native Omar Minaya
21. Brad Sullivan, rhp, Houston
Ripped for seven hits and eight runs in three innings against good-hitting Southern Miss team on Thursday
22. Matt Murton, of, Georgia Tech
Having a down year at the plate coming off two big seasons in the Cape Cod League
23. Aaron Hill, ss, Louisiana State
Best player on SEC's best team is attractive to both performance- and tools-driven clubs
24. Brad Snyder, of, Ball State
Went 7-for-12 with double, triple and his 14th home run in weekend series, but left Sunday?s game with a broken nose after collision
25. Matt Moses, ss, Mills Godwin (Va.) HS
Appeared a little anxious at the plate, going 1-for-4 on Thursday with a couple scouting directors in attendance, but Godwin advanced to the regional tournament
26. Ryan Sweeney, of, Xavier (Iowa) HS
After his uninspiring day at the plate on Wednesday left scouts wanting to see more swings, he threw 86-88 off the mound on the second day of the predraft showcase
27. Carlos Quentin, of, Stanford
Amid questions over a lingering elbow injury, Quentin played right field and went 4-for-13 over the weekend with his eighth home run as Stanford clinched the Pac-10 championship
28. Conor Jackson, 3b, California
Delivered three homers and eight RBIs in big set with Stanford, though Bears were swept
29. Brandon Wood, ss, Horizon (Ariz.) HS
Stock is soaring due to power, athletic actions at short and championship-caliber makeup
30. Jay Sborz, rhp, Langley (Va.) HS
Consistently 92-95 mph, touching 96 and mowing down the competition

On The Bubble:

David Murphy, of, Baylor
Aaron Jensen, rhp, Springville (Utah) HS
Jacob Stevens, lhp, Cape Coral (Fla.) HS
Daniel Bard, rhp, Christian Academy, Charlotte, N.C.
Tim Battle, of, McIntosh HS, Peachtree City, Ga.
Jared Hughes, rhp, Santa Margarita HS, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Adam Jones, rhp/ss, Morse HS, San Diego
Scott Maine, lhp, Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Dallas Buck, rhp, Newberg (Ore.) HS
Dennis Dove, rhp, Georgia Southern
Scott Baker, rhp, Oklahoma State
Brian Anderson, of, Arizona
Adam Miller, rhp, McKinney (Texas) HS


Feb 26, 2003
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Thanks for the info. It does seem to be a draft weak on premium talent, but I think that Millidge would be a good pick. I looked up a little on him and he seems to have all the tools.

Gammons (the master of misinformation) says that it could go like this:

1. Tampa Bay: Delmon Young (OF) or Rickie Weeks (2B)
2. Milwaukee: Adam Loewen (LHP)
3. Detroit: Weeks/Young (whichever one is still on the board) or Tim Stauffer (RHP)
4. San Diego: whoever isn't picked out of Weeks, Stauffer, or Young.
5. Kansas City: Ryan Harvey (OF)
6. Cubbies: Kyle Sleeth (RHP)

Then he said it is anyone's guess.


Chief Operating Officer
Aug 21, 2002
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We should really pick up Skipton Adams or Adam Summerall... :)

And next year...Josh Banks....
Some good talent, let's hope they do get drafted and perform.


Feb 26, 2003
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I stole this from another site, by BA thinks the Marlins pick will be ...

16. MARLINS. Florida prefers riskier high school talent and has focused on Allison, Danks, Lubanski, Milledge and Miller. The first four on that list are likely to be snapped up, leaving Miller to the Marlins.
PROJECTED PICK: Andrew Miller.

Also the rest:

1. DEVIL RAYS. Tampa Bay's camp was split down the middle over whether to take Weeks or Young. Weeks, the NCAA career batting leader and a five-tool talent, would join shortstop B.J. Upton (last year's No. 2 overall pick) to form a potential all-star double-play combination. Young has been the best hitter at his age for years and put on a massive power display at a Tropicana Field in front of Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella. The stalemate will likely be resolved by which player's price tag is most amenable to Devil Rays ownership's bottom line. Outfielder Ryan Harvey, a local product, also is in the team's mix but he's viewed only as an insurance policy if Weeks' or Young's demands are out of the Devil Rays reach. Industry sentiment has the Rays settling on Young.

2. BREWERS. If the Orioles are unable to sign Loewen, their first-round pick a year ago, his line of suitors will begin with the Brewers. Loewen's price tag has been rumored as high as $6 million, but Milwaukee needs power arms and there isn't a pitcher on the board with a higher upside than the 6-foot-6 lefthander. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash have Canadian roots and would like to add the highest-drafted Canadian ever, even if they have to wait out Loewen all summer. In the unlikely event that Loewen signs with Baltimore, the Brewers would consider Weeks or possibly righthander Tim Stauffer.

3. TIGERS. The struggling Tigers are desperate for immediate help and would be best served by taking a college pitcher like Loewen, Stauffer or righthander Kyle Sleeth. But if Weeks is on the board, the Tigers wouldn't pass on the best five-tool talent in the draft.

4. PADRES. San Diego almost certainly will take a college pitcher, with the only debate being whether it's Stauffer or Sleeth. Stauffer, the draft's most polished pitcher, would help the Padres sooner, but GM Kevin Towers witnessed his poorest outing of the year. San Diego almost certainly will draft Tony Gwynn's son Anthony in the second round, if he's still available; and sign last year's second-round pick Michael Johnson, if Clemson is eliminated from NCAA regional play before the draft.

5/30. ROYALS. The Royals have targeted a position player with the fifth pick, and will not hesitate to select the multi-talented Harvey. Kansas City's penchant for raw high school talent will also lead it to consider third baseman Miguel Vega, righthander/shortstop Adam Jones or outfielder Tim Battle with the 30th pick, compensation from the Braves for the loss of free agent Paul Byrd.
PROJECTED PICKS: Ryan Harvey (5)/Miguel Vega (30).

6. CUBS. After taking arguably the best college pitchers in the last two drafts (Mark Prior and Bobby Brownlie), the Cubs zeroed in on Sleeth and Stauffer. But Tulane first baseman Michael Aubrey's all-around hitting ability won over GM Jim Hendry.
PROJECTED PICK: Michael Aubrey.

7. ORIOLES. Besides Loewen, the Orioles failed to sign Sleeth and Stauffer out of high school in 2000. They won't hesitate to take another stab at Sleeth if he's available, but also have followed righthander Jeff Allison and outfielder Chris Lubanski closely. If the Orioles should eat up a sizeable chunk of their budget by signing Loewen by the May 27 closed period, they could look to a cheaper, more budget-conscious pick in this spot, like outfielder Brad Snyder.

8. PIRATES. Scouting director Ed Creech prefers high school players and locked in early on lefthander Andrew Miller. When he faltered, the focus shifted to Allison, the most dominant amateur pitcher in the country this spring. GM Dave Littlefield likes lefthander Paul Maholm and may push Creech to take a college pitcher who can contribute quicker.

9. RANGERS. Prevailing sentiment has the Rangers taking college pitching, with Maholm and righthander Brad Sullivan likely targets. But scouting director Grady Fuson will deviate from his normal college-first approach if the right high school player is available. Outfielder Lastings Milledge could be that player; he may have better all-around tools than any high school player in the country.
PROJECTED PICK: Lastings Milledge.

10. ROCKIES. The Rockies would dearly like Sleeth, a Colorado native, to slip through to them but that possibility is remote. Instead, they'll focus on a bat with Aubrey, Lubanski and third baseman Ian Stewart on their short list.

11/18. INDIANS. Allison, Lubanski and lefthander John Danks are at the top of Cleveland's wish list. If, as expected, the Indians go with a hitter first they'd be more inclined to look at a pitcher 18th, a compensation pick from the Phillies for the loss of free agent Jim Thome. If Cincinnati fails to sign Markakis before the draft, the Indians wouldn't hesitate to take him. Miller is another possibility in that spot.
PROJECTED PICKS: Chris Lubanski (11)/Nick Markakis (18).

12. METS. The Mets have the same three players on their board that the Indians do--Allison, Lubanski and Danks. They would also consider Cornell if he gets a clean bill of health.

13. BLUE JAYS. Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi is a disciple of the new emphasis on plate discipline and is fixated with third baseman Brian Snyder, a consensus second- or third-rounder who starred last summer in the Cape Cod League. If Ricciardi can be talked into taking a more conventional first-rounder, shortstop Aaron Hill would be a solid compromise. But college pitching is the team's biggest priority with Maholm the preferred target. Sullivan and Markakis are other candidates.

14. REDS. Cincinnati's approach to the draft is almost always muddled, and this year is no different. The Reds wanted to sign Markakis, a 23rd-rounder last year whose stock soared this spring, but his price tag makes that unlikely. If they don't sign Markakis, they're prepared to pay market value in this spot and consider players like Milledge, Sullivan, third baseman Eric Duncan or righthander Ryan Wagner. On the chance they do sign Markakis, which was expected to cost them upwards of $2 million, then they'd almost certainly be forced to take a budget-conscious pick with righthander Jason Hirsh a primary candidate.

15. WHITE SOX. The White Sox have targeted college position players in this spot with outfielders Brian Anderson, Brad Snyder and Gwynn, and catcher Mitch Maier drawing their closest scrutiny.
PROJECTED PICK: Brian Anderson.

17. RED SOX. The new Red Sox regime has joined the list of teams looking almost exclusively at college players and emphasizing plate discipline. That puts Brian Snyder in their mix, along with Hill, Maier, outfielder Shane Costa and third baseman Conor Jackson. But they've also shown a keen interest in Houston Cougars righthanders Sullivan and Wagner.

19/29. DIAMONDBACKS. The Diamondbacks prefer a college player with the 19th pick (compensation from Seattle for Greg Colbrunn) and a high school selection with the 29th. In an ideal world, they would take Arizona products Anderson and Brandon Wood with the two selections. But chances are good that Anderson will be gone at 19 and they may be forced to jump on Wood with that selection to guarantee his selection. Hill, Sullivan and outfielders Carlos Quentin are compromise possibilities at 19, and righthander Dennis Dove at 29.
PROJECTED PICKS: Brad Sullivan (19)/Brandon Wood (29).

20. EXPOS. Montreal's unique ownership structure may force the Expos to spring an unconventional pick like Hirsh, Battle or lefthander James Houser. But if Cornell is healthy and still on the board, the Expos are prepared to make a serious run at him.

21. TWINS. This draft is loaded with premium lefthanded-hitting high school players like Duncan, Stewart, third baseman Matt Moses and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. The Twins were hot on the trail of all of them.

22. GIANTS. San Francisco lost its normal first-round pick (26th) to Oakland for signing Ray Durham, but gained the Astros' selection for free agent Jeff Kent, improving their overall position by four spots. The Giants rarely go by the book in making their first selection, but righthanded pitching is a top priority. They were one of only a couple of teams tracking righthander Craig Whitaker closely in the first round, but also paid close attention to Cornell, Dove, Jared Hughes and Scott Baker.
PROJECTED PICK: Craig Whitaker.

23. ANGELS. The Angels have had a longstanding interest in Hill, a player they drafted out of high school. On the chance he goes to the Blue Jays or Diamondbacks and is off the board, the Angels will look to Jackson or Wood.

24. DODGERS. The Dodgers favor high school players as much as any organization in the game. Milledge was at the top of their list all spring, but they prepared for his being unavailable by bearing down on Battle, Miller, Moses, Stewart, Sweeney and lefthander Chuck Tiffany. The Dodgers have a track record of taking Iowa players, and Sweeney is expected to be the best player on their short list still available.

25/26. ATHLETICS. The A's unique emphasis on statistics has drawn them to college position players like Costa, Jackson, Maier, Quentin and the Snyders--Brad and Brian--with at least one of their back-to-back picks. They'll also consider lefthander Abe Alvarez if Wagner and Sullivan are gone.
PROJECTED PICKS: Conor Jackson (25)/Brad Snyder (26).

27. YANKEES. A lefthanded bat tops New York's wish list with Duncan, Moses, first baseman Vincent Sinisi and outfielder David Murphy in their sights. The Yankees typically take a conservative approach in the draft but may gamble on Sinisi, whose signability is clouded by several factors. His talent warrants going in the top half of the first round.
PROJECTED PICK: Vincent Sinisi.

28. CARDINALS. St. Louis has paid close attention to Stewart and righthander Ian Kennedy, teammates at California's La Quinta High, but is expected to settle on a safer college player like Alvarez or Murphy.


Sep 15, 2002
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Andrew Miller would be an awesome pick for the Marlins. I go to school at University of Florida in Gainesville and have seen him first hand at games (buchholz is in gville). Southpaw with an electric fastball that hit mid 90's consistently with a decent change. Curve needs work, but this guy reminds me of Dontrelle Willis with an even higher upside and a more wicked fastball.


Das Texan

Loria can kiss my ass
Aug 18, 2002
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i dont like taking high school players in the first round every year.

i am in the school of beane.

collegiate players are much safer picks and you have a better idea of what they bring to the plate, with high school players its a crap shoot....

this due in large to better coaching at the collegiate level and better competition.

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