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Drew Is a Big Question Mark

June 02, 1998|Associated Press

J.D. Drew is a thing of the past for the Philadelphia Phillies. Now the question is which team will take the outfielder in today's amateur draft.

Last year, the Phillies selected Drew with the No. 2 pick overall but they are likely to make Miami third baseman Pat Burrell their choice with the top pick this year.

"He's a big strong power guy," Phillies scouting director Mike Arbuckle said about Burrell.

Arizona State left-hander Ryan Mills and Michigan State left-hander Mark Mulder also were considered by the Phillies, but Burrell got most of the attention.

Knowing NL rookie of the year Scott Rolen is established at third base, Burrell said he wouldn't mind moving to first.

"He's a very down-to-earth kid, confident in a positive way," Arbuckle said. "He's a great worker. Their coach told us that, without exception, he's the first on the field every day and the last player off."

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