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Pat's No. 1
Phils make Burrell top pick; Drew goes to Cards at No. 5
Posted: Tuesday June 2, 1998 05:02 PM
NEW YORK (CNN/SI) -- To no one's surprise, the Philadelphia Phillies made Miami third baseman Pat Burrell the the No. 1 pick in baseball's amateur draft Tuesday, while the St. Louis Cardinals selected controversial outfielder J.D. Drew with the fifth pick.
The 21-year-old Burrell, who took a .426 average, 17 homers and 47 RBIs in 115 at-bats going into Tuesday's game against Long Beach State at the College World Series, said he was thrilled by his selection.
"It is an honor to be the first pick overall, and I look forward to playing professional baseball," he said in Omaha, Nebraska.
The only question about Burrell is a sore back that sidelined him for part of the season, but the Phillies say he's healthy now.
"He's been examined by an orthopedic specialist with the Florida Marlins and a back specialist in Miami," Phillies scouting director Mike Arbuckle said, adding Phillies team physician Dr. Phillip Marone is "very comfortable this is not a problem."
With NL Rookie of the Year Scott Rolen established at third for Philadelphia, Burrell is probably headed to first base. No problem, he said.
"I've had experience with that position before, and it's something I'm comfortable with," Burrell said.
Oakland used the second pick on Michigan State left-hander Mark Mulder. The 6-foot-6 Mulder was 6-6 with a 3.40 ERA and 113 in 84 2-3 innings for the Spartans.
The Chicago Cubs then took outfielder Corey Patterson, who hit .560 with 22 homers, 61 RBIs and 36 steals this season for Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Stanford right-hander Jeff Austin, 12-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 133 innings, went to Kansas City with the fourth selection. He had eight complete games in 18 starts.
St. Louis then took Drew, selected by Philadelphia with the second pick last year.
Drew, seeking a $10 million contract, rejected a deal from the Phillies that would have guaranteed him $3 million and given him a chance to earn $3 million more. Rather than sign with the Phils, the former Florida State outfielder played in the independent Northern League last season.
"We've had a lot of teams that called us and said they would like to get him and said they don't foresee any problems if they do get him," said the outfielder's agent, Scott Boras.
Boras is no stranger to St. Louis. He said the Cardinals spent time during the off-season trying to work out a five-year contract for Andy Benes, then saw the deal voided because it came an hour after the Dec. 7 midnight deadline.
Minnesota used the sixth pick on Arizona State left-hander Ryan Mills, who pitched six strong innings Sunday in Arizona State's 9-2 victory over Miami. Mills, whose father, Dick, made two appearances with the Boston Red Sox in 1970, is 8-3 with a 4.32 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 108 1-3 innings.
Cincinnati took outfielder Austin Kearns from Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky, and Toronto took shortstop Felipe Lopez from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonta Springs, Florida.
Third baseman Sean Burroughs of Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, went to San Diego with the ninth pick. He's the son of former major leaguer Jeff Burroughs -- taken by the Washington Senators with the No. 1 pick in the 1969 draft and the American League MVP with the Texas Rangers in 1974.
Texas used the 10th pick on Northeastern first baseman Carlos Pena.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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