Looking Back: The 2003 MLB Draft
Camarillo High (Calif.), OF
1st round (1st overall), Tampa Bay
Young is considered one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball and is on the fast track to join a talented Tampa Bay outfield that includes Carl Crawford and Rocco Baldelli. Young batted .417 as a rookie in the minors last year and has started off strong this season for the Class A Charleston (S.C.) Riverdogs. Through 48 games, Young was batting .292 with 56 hits, 28 runs, nine doubles, one triple, eight homers, 37 RBI and two steals.
Kennedy-Kenrick High (Pa.), OF
1st round (5th overall), Kansas City
Lubanski was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior. He was the second straight National Player of the Year selected in the first round by the Royals, joining 2002 winner and current Kansas City starting pitcher Zack Greinke. Lubanski enjoyed a solid season with the rookie-level Arizona Royals last year, batting .326 with 27 RBI and 41 runs scored. Lubanski had a slow start with the Class A Burlington (Iowa) Bees this year, recording just one hit in his first 14 at bats. But with his talent, expect those numbers to improve quickly.
Dunedin High (Fla.), OF
1st round (6th overall), Chicago Cubs
Harvey was selected by the Cubs after batting .463 with four homers, 19 runs and 14 RBI in just 14 games as a senior, remarkable numbers considering he was recovering from a right ACL tear he suffered in November of 2002. He batted .235 with three doubles, two triples and a homer while playing for the rookie-level Mesa (Ariz.) Cubs last fall. He's scheduled to play this June for the Class A Boise (Idaho) Hawks.
Round Rock High (Texas), LHP
1st round (9th overall), Texas
Danks was the top prep left-hander selected in last year's draft. He later shined in 2003 for the rookie-level Arizona Rangers, going 1-1 with a 0.69 ERA while striking out 22 and walking only four in 13 innings of work. He struggled later in the year for the Class A Spokane (Wash.) Indians, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA, but still struck out 13 batters in 12 innings. This year, Danks is playing for Class A Clinton (Iowa), where he picked up the victory in his first appearance by striking out five while walking only one in 2.1 innings of work.
La Quinta High (Calif.), 1B/3B
1st round (10th overall), Colorado
Stewart appears to be a perfect fit for the power-hitting Colorado franchise. He batted .317 with 10 homers and 43 RBI in just 57 games last year for the rookie-level Casper (Wyo.) Rockies. Stewart is off to a torrid start this year for Class A Asheville (N.C.), batting .294 with 11 homers, nine doubles, three triples, 34 RBI and nine stolen bases through 46 games.
Lakewood Ranch High (Fla.), OF
1st round (12th overall), New York Mets
Milledge has yet to really get his feet wet at the minor league level. After signing late in the summer last year, he played just seven games for rookie-level Kingsport (Tenn.), batting .231 with two RBI and five stolen bases. He broke his hand in spring training this year, but is back playing for Class A Capital City (Columbia, S.C.). Milledge went 1-for-5 in his first game back from his injury.
Peabody High (Mass.), RHP
1st round (16th overall), Florida
Allison had a solid start in the minors last year for the Gulf Coast (Jupiter, Fla.) Marlins, going 0-2 with a 1.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts in nine innings. However, Allison, considered one of the top prospects in the Marlins farm system, has reportedly been placed on the team's restricted list. According to The Boston Globe, Allison has been treated for dependency of the painkiller OxyContin. He had reportedly left the team without permission in early May.
Mills Godwin High (Va.), 3B
1st round (21st overall), Minnesota
Moses was an on-base machine last year for the rookie-level Gulf Coast (Fort Myers, Fla.) Twins, batting .385 with 25 hits, five doubles, 11 RBI and five walks with an on-base percentage of .417. This year, he's playing for Swing of the Quad Cities (Davenport, Iowa), where he was batting .250 with two doubles, one homer and two RBI through four games.
Horizon High (Ariz.), SS
1st round (23rd overall), Anaheim
Wood has so far proven to be one of the best hitters out of the high school players selected in the first round. Last year, he rocketed through the rookie-ball Mesa (Ariz.) Angels and Class A Provo (Utah) by batting a combined .288 with 69 hits, 25 runs, 21 doubles, four triples, five homers, 44 RBI and four stolen bases. This year, he's continued to show his strong offensive skills for Class A Cedar Rapids (Iowa), batting .313 with six runs, five hits, one homer and three RBI in the first five games.
Defiance Senior High (Ohio), RHP
1st round (24th overall), Los Angeles
Billingsley spent his first year in the minors last year with rookie-level Ogden (Utah). He finished the season 5-4 with a 2.83 ERA, 62 strikeouts and 15 walks in 54 innings. Billingsley is currently playing for Class A Vero Beach (Fla.), where he's 1-4 with a 2.87 ERA, 47 strikeouts and 18 walks in 37.2 innings.