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Pirates confident about draft
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06/05/2002 7:12 pm ET 
Pirates confident about draft
MLB.com

Bryan Bullington has displayed impeccable control, issuing just 62 walks in 286 1/3 innings at Ball State. (courtesy Ball State University)
With two days down and 43 picks in the books, Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield is confident that scouting director Ed Creech and his staff have made strides to improve the organization.

"I feel very good about the draft that we had," said Littlefield. "It's an exciting time for the Pirates to have had the first pick overall and in each round."

Having had that advantage, Littlefield knew that this draft was vitally important to the rebuilding of his organization. For a small-to-mid revenue team, the draft offers a relatively level playing field in talent acquisition where scouting is more important than financial resources.

"The first year player draft is an essential part of procuring talent for the market place that we are in," said Littlefield.

There were several notable selections among the 43 prospects, which included nine college pitchers, 14 high school pitchers, 12 college position players and eight high school position players:

  • Bryan Bullington, a right-handed pitcher from Ball State, who was the just the Bucs' third ever No. 1 overall selection.
  • Four other pitchers that the team had very high on their draft board and whom they consider to be potential big league starters: Washburn Rural High School right-hander Blair Johnson (2nd round), Elkins High School right-hander Wardell Starling (4th round), right-hander Alex Hart (5th round), a player who was selected in the second round of the 1998 draft by the Baltimore Orioles before electing to attend University of Florida, and Robert S. Alexander High School right-hander Matthew Capps (7th round).
  • Taber Lee, a shortstop from San Diego State who was considered "unsignable" by Creech and his staff before the draft because he seemed determined to return to school for his senior season. Selected in the third round, Lee could be steal. Lee is the brother of Philadelphia Phillies outfielder/first baseman Travis Lee.
  • Ed Eagle covers the Pirates for MLB.com and can be reached at ed.eagle@pittsburghpirates.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

    PIRATES 2002 DRAFT PICKS
    1 BRYAN P BULLINGTON RHP BALL ST U
    42 BLAIR D JOHNSON RHP WASHBURN RURAL HS
    73 TABER R LEE SS SAN DIEGO ST U
    103 WARDELL D STARLING RHP LAWRENCE E ELKINS HS
    133 ALEX M HART RHP U FLORIDA
    163 BRADLEY R ELDRED 1B FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL U
    193 MATTHEW D CAPPS RHP ROBERT S ALEXANDER HS
    223 ROBERT R KINGSBURY CF FORDHAM U
    253 JOSEPH C HICKS CF FOREST BROOK HS
    283 DAVID L DAVIDSON LHP DENIS MORRIS HS
    313 ANTHONY S BOCCHINO RF MARIST COL
    343 BRIAN T HOLLIDAY LHP MOON AREA HS
    373 CHRISTOPHER CUNNINGHAM C U ARIZONA
    403 JOHN M SMITH 2B MIDDLE GEORGIA COL
    433 JONATHAN G SCHNEIDER RHP LIBERTY U
    463 JOHN F HUMMEL LHP SCHAUMBURG HS
    493 CHRISTOPHER N DEMARIA RHP CALIFORNIA ST U
    523 JEFFREY B WATCHKO RHP GEORGIA TECH
    553 HERBERT D ANDRES RHP W.J. MOUAT SS
    583 RUSSELL BAYER LHP MIAMI U
    613 CHRIS A HOLT RHP FLAGLER COL
    643 PAUL HARP RHP MIDDLE GEORGIA COL
    673 DEAN J DEVINE 3B 2B U SOUTH DAKOTA
    703 ERON S CHRISTENSEN 1B U SOUTHERN COLORADO
    733 MATTHEW A CUNDIFF RHP COOPER CITY HS
    763 CALVIN R BEAMON CF SMOKY HILL HS
    793 GENE C FILYAW SS JASPER HS
    823 ANTHONY W STEVENS SS SOUTH DOYLE HS
    853 FRANCIS T PONI C LA HARBOR JC
    883 CHRISTOPHER G TONEGUZZI RHP MARKVILLE SS
    913 WILLIAM A WEBSTER C MOON VALLEY HS
    943 ANGEL M COLON OF SAN VICENTE DE PAUL HS
    973 NYJER J MORGAN CF WALLA WALLA CC
    1003 ADAM M HOWARD RHP OOLTEWAH HS
    1033 ERIC A KING 2B LOS MEDANOS COL
    1063 RICHARD R ALDRIDGE RHP WAYNE COUNTY HS
    1093 ANTHONY SNOW RHP CASCADE HS
    1123 PHILLIP STILLWELL RHP NORTH FLORIDA JC
    1153 CHASE M MOORE CF RF ST MARYS COLLEGE HS
    1183 MATTHEW M MAROPIS SS FRANKLIN REGIONAL HS
    1213 ROLLIE J GIBSON LHP BUCHANAN HS
    1243 CHAZ J LYTLE CF U GEORGIA
    1273 MICHAEL B HICKS LHP ST STEPHENS HS




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