?Matt Campbell, LHP, South Carolina. The Royals drafted college pitchers with six of their first 10 picks, and Campbell (29th overall) is the most advanced. In 118 innings through Sunday, he struck out 138 and walked only 36, going 10-5 with a 2.90 ERA while limiting opponents to a .210 batting average. With a high-80s fastball and a plus curve, he could begin 2005 in Double A and be in the Kansas City rotation by '06.
?J.P. Howell, LHP, Texas. The second college pitcher selected by K.C. (31st overall), he has struck out 161 in 130? innings while going 15-2 with a 2.21 ERA. Howell's a first-team All-America who throws a fastball, curve, splitter and changeup. In Texas's 13-2 opening CWS win over Arkansas, he struck out eight in 6? innings. He should follow the same route as Campbell's to the majors.
? Huston Street, RHP, Texas. With a sinking fastball (high 80s to low 90s) and a nasty slider, he is the college game's best closer. This season he has 12 saves, a 1.40 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 12 walks in 51? innings. The A's selected him 40th overall and hope he can match the quick progress made by the Expos' Chad Cordero and the Reds' Ryan Wagner—college closers who were 2003 first-round choices and reached the majors last year.
?Erick San Pedro, C, Miami. Solid behind the plate (nailing more than 40% of base stealers this year) and able to handle a staff effectively, he bloomed as a hitter this season in batting .330 with a .445 on-base percentage and a .622 slugging mark. The Expos, who selected San Pedro 54th, need all the help they can get and, like most clubs, will make room on the roster for a catcher.
—Daniel G. Habib