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November 18, 2002
Team One National Top-10 in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS- The 11th annual Team One National Showcase featured 33 of the best high school prospects for the 2003 Draft. It was a great weekend for all involved as 80+ scouts, including ten scouting directors were in attendance. With the Stratosphere and other Vegas landmarks visible in the distant horizon, UNLV made for a unique location.
We’d seen all of these players prior to the event with the exception of an Australian catcher (Kent Dixon). Still a lot changes, even over a few months. Lots more will change before June, but this event did allow another look.
When picking the Top-10, our staff (Jeff Spelman, Scott Zilmer, Stan Brzezicki, Carl Andrietta, and myself) struggled not so much with the very top, but the 6-10 range. Many other players were right on the fringe. And we’re sure that someone not in the Top-10 will end up a high draft and there could even be a future marquee big leaguer there.
Nevertheless, we settled on righty Jared Hughes as the #1 Prospect among five pitchers, four outfielders, and one shortstop in the Top-10. Six of the players, including Hughes, are from California.
TOP-10 PROSPECTS AT TEAM ONE NATIONAL
2. John Danks, LHP, Round Rock (TX) HS
3. Asher Demme, RHP, South Lakes (VA) HS
4. Alex Boston, OF, Bartow (FL) HS
5. Colin Curtis, OF, Issaquah (WA) HS
6. Ryan Muller, RHP, Live Oak (CA) HS
7. Sean Henry, SS, Armijo (CA) HS
8. Danny Perales, OF, Mater Dei (CA) HS
9. Josh Butler, RHP, San Ramon Valley (CA) HS
10. Jim Rapoport, OF, Chaminade (CA) HS