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JnMana Gazette / Friday, June 3, 1994—Page 13 Mets make power pitcher top pick in amateur draft By HAL BOCK 'AP Sports Writer . YORK - Ron Hopkins "of the New York Mets has been in the business of evaluating baseball talent for 15 years now and he calls Florida State's Paul Wilson the best college pitcher he ever scouted. And that includes Ben McDonald, who graduated from LSU into the rotation of the -^Baltimore Orioles. C , "He obviously has a special arm, good size and command," Hopkins said of Wilson: "He has exactly what you look for in a ^major league pitcher." •*•" And that includes a 95 mph fastball. So the Mets made Wilson the No. 1 pick in baseball's amateur draft on Thursday and Hopkins figured they did the right thing. "He's a power pitcher with control," the scout said. "The fact that he knows he still -'-''has things to work on impressed me." -'9'-: The first thing Wilson has to work on is 'isMacDonald's old school. Florida State was ^playing LSU today in its College World ^Series opener at Omaha/ After that, Wilson ^iWill listen to the Mets. "They know I want to iiiplay," he said. "My signability is pretty •3gopd." Coming out of Boone High School in Orlando, Fla., Wilson was drafted in the 57th round by Pittsburgh. At that point and that late in the draft, the big right-hander wasn't interested. "There were no negotiations," he said. "It wasn't the right time. I don't regret going to the Florida State. I think I made the-right decision." Three years later, the time seems perfect for Wilson, who is 12-5 with a 2.08 earned-run average for Florida State. He has 154 strikeouts in 134 innings and the Mets hope , he can be a major piece in their reconstruction. Later in the first round, the Mets chose high school first baseman Terrence Long of Millbrook, Ala. with a pick obtained from Baltimore for the signing of Sid Fernandez. .Houston was the only other team with two picks. The Astros chose high school catcher Ramon Castro of Puerto Rico No. 17 and right-handed pitcher Scott Elarton of Lamar, Colo., No. 25. Elarton's slot in the draft was compensation from San Francisco for the signing of Mark Portugal. After Wilson went No. 1, Oakland picked high school outfielder Ben Grieve, whose father, Tom, is general manager of the Amateur Draft Texas Rangers. Grieve batted .485 at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, the same school that produced A's pitcher Todd Van Poppel four years ago. Grieve had signed a letter of intent with TCU but said he was inclined to go pro. "Any player vyquld be excited to be the No. 2 pick in the country," he said. "I'm sure they'll give iiie a fair amount of money, so the chances of signing are pretty good." In a unique arrangement, his father, so accustomed to dealing with agents as a GM, will represent Grieve in negotiations with the A's. Two other sons of ex-major leaguers were chosen in the first round. Jaret Wright, a right-handed high school pitcher from Anaheim, Calif, whose father, Clyde, pitched for California. Milwaukee and Texas, was picked No. 10 by Cleveland. Right-handed pitcher Cade Caspar of Pepperdine, whose father? Rod, played for the 1969 New York Mets, went No. 18 to Detroit. Next, San Diego selected right-handed pitcher Dustin Hermanson from Kent and Milwaukee general manager Sal Bando went to his alma mater, choosing third baseman Antone Williamson of Arizona State. Then, Florida drafted high school shortstop Josh Booty from Shreveport, La. California had the sixth pick and chose McKay Christensen, a high school outfielder from Fresno, Calif. Christensen has signed to play football at Brigham Young and had advised all 28 teams that he plans to carry out a two-year Mormon mission within the next year. The Angels went after him anyway. Colorado chose, and a few hours later signed, left-handed high school pitcher Doug Million from Sarasota, Fla. Million was 12-2 with a 1.21 earned-run average this season. After Minnesota selected second baseman Todd Walker from LSU, Cincinnati went for another left-hander, choosing C. J. Nitkowski from St. John's, the program that sent lefties Frank Viola and John Franco to the majors. Then Wright went to Cleveland and Pittsburgh picked Mark Farris, an outfielder from Angleton, Texas High School. Georgia Tech supplied two of the next three picks — shortstop Nomar Garciapar- ra, chosen by Boston, and catcher Jason Varitek, selected by Seattle. They were sandwiched by high school catcher Paul Konerko from Scottsdale, Ariz., who was chosen by Los Angeles. Other first round picks were: Chicago Cubs, right-handed pitcher Jayson Peterson, East HS, Denver; Kansas City, first baseman Matt Smith, Grants Pass HS, Grants Pass, Ore.; St. Louis, left-handed pitcher Bret Wagner, Wake Forest; Montreal, shortstop Hiram Bocachica, Rexville HS, Puerto Rico; San Francisco (from Texas) outfielder Dante Powell, Cal State-Fullerton; Philadelphia, right- handed pitcher Carlton Loewer, Mississippi State; New York Yankees, first baseman Brian Buchanan, Virginia; Chicago White Sox, catcher Mark Johnson, Warner Robins HS, Warner Robins Ga.; Atlanta, right- handed pitcher Jacob Shumate, Hartsville HS, Hartsville, S.C.; Toronto, shortstop Kevin Witt, Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla. The draft continued today. Remaining selections are expected to be announced in about a week. Pirates' top selection might be out of reach PITTSBURGH (AP) - Shortstop Mark .Fariss could be tough to sign for the cash-poor Pittsburgh Pirates, who picked him in the first round of the amateur free-agent draft. The Pirates' move Thursday was a surprise because Fariss, a high school standout in Angleton, Texas, has signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at Texas A&M. - . . • He is said to be seeking a signing bonus of nearly $1 million to forego a football career. "He's a fine athlete and we're hopeful we can get him to go. our way and make baseball a career," Pirates General Manager Cam Bonifay said. "We feel confident enough that if things go our way we can sign him and a have an outstanding prospect." The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Fariss bats left-handed and throws right- handed. He batted .484 (31-for-64) this season with' 18 runs, five doubles, one triple, three home runs, 20 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases. Because of his strong arm but limited range, the Pirates project Fariss as a third baseman. . "He has above-average hitting ability and figured to be the type of player to bat in the middle of the order," Bonifay said- "I'd liken him to (Chicago White Sox- third baseman) Robin Ventura. He has that type of stroke, that type of power." Texas A&M plans to use Fariss as the backup quarterback to returning starter Corey Pullig this fall. "We have high expectations for him," Texas A&M recruiting coordinator Tim Cassidy said. "We. think he has the potential to be a first-round draft pick in the NFL before his career is through here." NCAA rules allow a player to compete as a professional in one sport and an amateur in another. Philadelphia's Jim iisenreich beats the tag by Cubs catcher Mark Parent. (AP photo) ;Orioles play an 'ace' to stop losing skid The Orioles' Scott Klingenbeck filled in admirably for the injured Ben McDonald. (AP photo) By The Associated Press Scott Klingenbeck, called up to fill Ben McDonald's spot in the starting rotation, did a pretty fair imitation of Baltimore's pitching ace. In his first major league start, Klingenbeck gave up six hits and four'runs, three earned, in seven innings, striking out five and walking four as Baltimore beat Detroit 11-5 Thursday afternoon. The Orioles snapped a three-game losing streak and Detroit's four-game winning streak. "You only get one first start, and you only get one chance to win it," Klingenbeck said. "But we stopped the losing streak. I guess I can say we; I'm still part of the team." For at least the time being. Orioles manager Johnny Gates said McDonald's status is unsure, although he threw without pain from a strained groin muscle before Thursday's game. If McDonald, who had a string of 80 straight starts broken, can't go, Oates can always call on Klingenbeck. Never mind that Gates had never seen Klingenbeck before he showed up at Camden Yards Thursday morning from the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League. Or that Oates mistook two members of the laundry crew for his emergency starter when he arrived at the stadium. LSU ready for defense of College World Series title By TOM VINT AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. — Defending champion LSU knows what it takes to win the College World Series — facing down some of the nation's top collegiate players and getting key hits and big outs when they're needed. LSU has been in the NCAA Division I championship tournament seven of the past nine years. The Tigers open their defense tonight against one of the best in the game: Florida State and ace pitcher Paul Wilson, the No. 1 pick in Thursday's major league draft. In today's other first-round game, Georgia Tech, the No. 2 seed, faced Fullerton State. "I think teams that have qualified seven of the last nine years should be denied an opportunity to come back," Florida State coach Mike Martin joked. "We've definitely got our hands full but just hope Paul has an outstanding game." LSU coach Skip Bertman said: "I • don't know much about Paul Wilson except he was the first pick in the , draft, throws hard and does a lot of other things." But Bertman has some ammunition of his own, including two play: ers considered among the best at -their positions — shortstop Russ Johnson and second baseman Todd Walker. Johnson was the player of the year in the Southeastern Conference. Walker was last year's College World Series MVP. " Wilson and a handful of other College World Series players had a busy day Thursday with the naming of Baseball America's player of the year and All-America team, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America team and Smith Award finalist announcement, and the baseball draft. Wilson said he was glad to get over with the pre-tournament distractions. "I can stop wondering what's going to happen," he said. Wilson played with Walker and Johnson for Team USA last summer and knows what they can do. "They've got a great hitting team," he said of LSU. "I don't think anybody who comes to Omaha thinks they're going to have a cakewalk." In the first round of the other bracket on Saturday, top-seeded Miami meets Arizona State and Oklahoma faces Auburn. ' Coaches of the eight teams in the tournament agreed during a news conference Thursday that there are no weak teams in the field. "It's no longer possible in Omaha, with the structure in Omaha and seedings in regionals, no longer possible to have a bad field," said Arizona State coach Jim Brock, who is making his 13th College World Series appearance. "There were some years it was possible." Other veteran CWS coaches — Mike Martin of Florida State, Augie Garrido of Fullerton State, Bertman and Larry Cochell of Oklahoma — agreed. Newcomers Danny Hall of first- time qualifier Georgia Tech, Miami's first-year coach Jim Morris and Auburn's Hal Baird said they only had to look up and down the table of coaches to know they were in good company. Poiitiac GRAND AM SALE! Starts Monday! COLONIAL AL Roundup Klingenbeck made a favorable first impression. "He showed a lot of composure," Gates said. "He did some things that you'd like experienced veterans to do. He threw some 3-2 change-ups, 3-2 sliders. Sometimes that's tough not only to teach, but to teach them to have confidence in doing it.... He did himself proud." "He wasn't afraid to throw the ball over the plate," said the Tigers' Lou Whitaker, who responded to one of the challenges with a two-run homer in the third inning. "He goes after hitters, mixes pitches up and throws strikes. He was just an aggressive pitcher." Whitaker said he hates the idea of facing a new pitcher. "It doesn't matter where they come from, but I don't like facing pitchers my first time," Whitaker said. "Those are my easy outs, when I've never seen a guy. But once you make it to the major leagues, he's a major-league ballplayer." Klingenbeck was the beneficiary of an offensive resurgence by his new teammates, who had dropped five of six games before his arrival. Cal Ripken led the way, driving in four runs with three hits. After breaking a 4-4 tie in the third inning with an RBI single, Ripken hit his fourth home run of the season in the fourth. Ripken made Tigers reliever Kurt Knudsen pay for intentionally walking Rafael Palmeiro to get to him. "I've been trying to find my swing," Ripken said. "Today, I messed around with a couple of stances. I found one that seemed to work at the right time. Maybe I'll stay with that one." Lefty Bill Krueger (0-2) lasted only two innings, allowing five runs, four earned. Gates tried everything he could to awaken his club. "With all our struggles, I told the guys I didn't want to see the guys in the ballpark until an hour before gametime," Dates said. "No hitting, no infield, no nothing. ... Maybe we're trying too hard." Coming this weekend: Unconventional wisdom Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders' remarks on condoms in school, gay parenting and legalizing drugs infuriated some and shocked others. What else is this freethinker is thinking' Find out this week in USA Weekend. Jackson comes up smooth for Phillies CHICAGO — Maybe the Chicago Cubs give up on pitchers too early. A day after Philadelphia starter Shawn Boskie shut down his former team, Danny Jackson did it Thursday, pitching four-hit ball over eight innings to give the Phillies a 4-2 victory. "I haven't really worried about what happened here in Chicago," Jackson said, a chilled bottle of bubbly waiting in a cooler behind him. "That was three years ago. Now I'm back to where I was in '88. That's what I wanted to do." What happened in Chicago? Jackson was 5-14 in 1991 and 1992, just a few seasons after going 23-8 for Cincinnati in 1988. He's 7-1 this year for the Phillies. It's too early to write the book on Boskie, but his 2-2 record this year is a marked improvement over a 19-29 performance in four seasons with Chicago. All Jackson needed, he said, was to get healthy — his problem in Chicago—and to make some adjustments in his delivery with help from pitching coach Johnny Podres. "All of a sudden, everything is nice and smooth, just like it was in "88," Jackson said. Jackson gave up two singles to Mark Parent and a home run and a double to Shawon Dunston. He also struck out four and walked one. "Jackson was in command of his stuff all night," Phillies manager Jim Fregosi said. "I can't say enough about how he's done this year." Doug Jones gave up one hit in the ninth and earned his 13th save. He was 8-for-8 in save opportunities in May. Anthony Young (3-4) took the loss, giving up six hits and walking six. He struck out four. "I didn't feel like I did my job,'' Young said. "I started walking the bottom of the batting order and I can't afford to do that. It was frustrating." Consecutive doubles by Pete Incaviglia and Jim Eisenreich in the second gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Dunston tied it with one out in the fourth, hitting the first pitch from Jackson for his fourth homer. The Phillies went ahead 2-1 in the fifth when Len Dykstra doubled, advanced on Mariano Duncan's single and scored when John Kruk hit into a double play. With runners at first and second and two out in the sixth, Jackson singled to make it 3-1 and chase Young. Dunston made an error at short on Dykstra's grounder, allowing another run to score for a 4-1 lead. NL Roundup Parent singled to lead off the sixth and reached third on Dunston's double two outs later. He scored when Kruk booted Ryne Sandberg's grounder to make it 4-2. Drabek earns top NL honors NEW YORK — Lenny Dykstra of Philadelphia and Mike Piazza of Los Angeles are the co-winners of the National League's Player of the Month Award for May. Doug Drabek of Houston is the pitcher of the month. Dykstra, the Phillies' leadoff hitter, had a .392 batting average and a .504 on-base average in May with 15 doubles, three triples _and three homers. He scored 26 runs, drove in 12, stole six bases and had a .686 slugging average. Piazza, the rookie of the year last season, hit .386 with six homers, 24 RBIs and 18 runs scored. He had a .624 slugging average. Drabek was 5-1 for the Astros in May with three complete games. He struck out 38 in 49 innings, walked 12 and allowed only 34 hits. This Date In Baseball June 3 1918 — Dutch Leonard of the Boston Red Sox pitched his second career no-hitter, blanking the Detroit Tigers. 5-0. 1932 — Lou Gehrig became the first AL player to hit four home runs in a game, giving the New York Yankees a 20-13 win over the Philadelphia Athletics. The event was overshadowed by the resignation of John McGraw as manager of the Giants. 1971 — Ken Holtzman of the Chicago Cubs pitched his second career- no-hitter, beating the Cincinnati Reds 1 -0. 1978 — Dave Johnson become the first major leaguer to pinch-hit two grand slams in a season. His baiej-loaded homer in the ninth inning gave the Philadelphia Phillies o 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. 1989 — Los Angeles and Houston played 22 innings ot the Astrodome in the longest night game in NL history: 7 hours and 14 minutes. The Astros won the gome on Rafael Ramirez's RBI single off Jeff Hamilton, normally the Dodgers' third bosemon. 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