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1998 mlb draft

draft list projected top picks past no.1s Baseball America: Best of the Draft

Best Athlete

College 1 Chad Hutchinson, rhp, Stanford (12) 2 Mark Mulder, lhp, Michigan State (2) 3 Brad Wilkerson, of-lhp, Florida (36) High School 1 Drew Henson, ss-rhp, Brighton, Mich. (24) 2 Jared Jones, of-rhp, Walla Walla, Wash. (66) 3 Choo Freeman, of, Mesquite, Texas (11)

Best Pure Hitter

College 1 Pat Burrell, 3b, Miami (1) 2 Brad Wilkerson, of-lhp, Florida (36) 3 Jody Gerut, of, Stanford (34) High School 1 Sean Burroughs, 3b, Long Beach (9) 2 Ben Cordova, of, Chula Vista, Calif. (50) 3 Tony Torcato, 3b, Woodland, Calif. (96)

Best Power Hitter

College 1 Pat Burrell, 3b, Miami (1) 2 Eric Valent, of, UCLA (33) 3 Bubba Crosby, of, Rice (20) 4 Carlos Pena, 1b, Northeastern (10) 5 Brad Wilkerson, of-lhp, Florida (36) High School 1 Ben Diggins, 1b-rhp, Dewey, Ariz. (14) 2 Drew Henson, ss-rhp, Brighton, Mich. (24) 3 Rick Elder, of, Marietta, Ga. (26) 4 Mark Teixeira, 3b, Severna Park, Md. (22) 5 Austin Kearns, 1b-rhp, Lexington, Ky. (27)

Fastest Baserunner

College 1 Jason Tyner, of, Texas A&M (43) 2 Zach Sorenson, ss, Wichita State (89) 3 Bubba Crosby, of, Rice (20) High School 1 Corey Patterson, of, Kennesaw, Ga. (5) 2 Choo Freeman, of, Mesquite, Texas (11) 3 Arturo McDowell, of, Jackson, Miss. (47)

Best Defensive Player

College 1 Adam Everett, ss, South Carolina (18) 2 Ryan Bundy, c, Washington (68) 3 Jason Tyner, of, Texas A&M (43) High School 1 Felipe Lopez, ss, Lake Brantley, Fla. (19) 2 Corey Patterson, of, Kennesaw, Ga. (5) 3 Gerald Laird, c, Westminster, Calif. (29)

Best Velocity

College 1 Brad Lidge, rhp, Notre Dame (16) 2 Chad Hutchinson, rhp, Stanford (12) 3 Kip Wells, rhp, Baylor (7) 4 Ryan Mills, lhp, Arizona State (3) 5 Mark Mulder, lhp, Michigan State (2) High School 1 J.M. Gold, rhp, Toms River, N.J. (6) 2 Michael Nannini, rhp, Henderson, Nev. (57) 3 Nick Neugebauer, rhp, Riverside, Calif. (23) 4 Nate Cornejo, rhp, Wellington, Kan. (28) 5 Pat Strange, rhp, Springfield, Mass. (17)

Best Breaking Pitch

College 1 Matt Burch, rhp, Virginia Commonwealth (21) 2 Brian Rogers, rhp, The Citadel (62) 3 Jeff Austin, rhp, Stanford (4) High School 1 Chris George, lhp, Klein, Texas (15) 2 J.M. Gold, rhp, Toms River, N.J. (6) 3 Steve Kelly, rhp, Hamilton, Ohio (80)

Best Command

College 1 Jeff Austin, rhp, Stanford (4) 2 Seth Etherton, rhp, Southern California (25) 3 Mark Mulder, lhp, Michigan State (2) High School 1 Chris George, lhp, Klein, Texas (15) 2 J.M. Gold, rhp, Toms River, N.J. (6) 3 Travis Devine, rhp, Dacula, Ga. (59)

Closest to the Majors

College 1 Jeff Austin, rhp, Stanford (4) 2 Seth Etherton, rhp, Southern California (25) 3 Mark Mulder, lhp, Michigan State (2) High School 1 Sean Burroughs, 3b, Long Beach (9) 2 J.M. Gold, rhp, Toms River, N.J. (6) 3 Corey Patterson, of, Kennesaw, Ga. (5) () - indicates rank in Top 100 Baseball America


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