Tuesday, June 4, 2002
Prep pitching pair look like first-round picks
HOUSTON -- When Major League Baseball's amateur draft
begins, Scott Kazmir and Clint Everts don't plan on wandering too
far from their television sets.
That's because the Cypress Falls High School standouts figure to
become just the fourth pair of prep teammates selected in the first
round since baseball's draft began in 1965.
Both are expected to be among the first players taken when the
draft kicks off at 1 p.m. ET today -- perhaps among the top five.
Kazmir is a 6-foot left-hander who struck out 172 batters in 75
innings this season and is widely regarded as the best high school
The Cincinnati Reds have expressed a strong interest in drafting
Kazmir with the third pick in the draft, according to today's
editions of the Houston Chronicle.
One Reds official said Kazmir had a "dazzling" workout Sunday
afternoon at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati. With about 50 club
officials and players watching in the home bullpen, Kazmir was
consistently clocked at around 96 mph and also showed off an
But the Reds may balk at Kazmir's demand of $3 or $4 million
signing bonus, several sources who spoke on condition of anonymity
told the Chronicle Monday night.
"It's been kind of a roller coaster the last few days," said
Debra Kazmir, Scott's mother. "Scott is more relaxed than any of
Meanwhile, a league source told the Chronicle that Everts and
the Montreal Expos, who own the fifth pick, have agreed to a $2
million signing bonus. Everts is a 6-foot-1 right-hander who struck
out 157 in 81 innings.
Everts has worked out for Expos general manager Omar Minaya, but
he's still not certain where he'll be playing next season.
"The team that picks me will be my favorite team," Everts
said. "I'll make the best of it no matter where I'm headed. I'm
really excited. These have been the longest days of my life, and I
can't wait to find out."
The Pittsburgh Pirates have the first overall choice in the
draft and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have the second pick.