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Rocket pleased with draft
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06/05/2002 8:40 pm ET 
Rocket pleased with draft
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com

Clemens will face Barry Bonds and the Giants on Sunday. (Charles Krupa/AP)
NEW YORK -- The Yankees made Roger Clemens happy with their 2002 amateur draft, selecting four pitchers from his alma mater, the University of Texas.

"It's about time they wised up," Clemens said. "It's good to bring some orange blood in here."

The four Texas pitchers were part of a draft class of 28 players, including 16 pitchers. Every pick from round Nos. 23-30 was a pitcher.

New York had no first-round pick, having given it up to the Oakland A's when the Yankees signed free-agent Jason Giambi in September. The Yanks also sacrificed their second- and third-round picks after signing Steve Karsay and Rondell White but received a second-round pick when St. Louis signed Tino Martinez.

New York's first pick was 18-year-old Brandon Weeden, a right-handed reliever from Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla. Weeden, who was a three-sport athlete, is very excited to join the Yankees family and will not attend Oklahoma State University, where he had committed to play next season.

"I'm signing, there's no doubt. It's too good of an opportunity to turn down," Weeden said. "When you're picked by one of the best teams in baseball, it's pretty hard to turn that down."

Yankees Vice President of Scouting Lin Garrett said the team's approach to the 2002 draft was much different than last year, when the Yankees had five selections in the first two rounds.

"We weren't doing handsprings about the depth of the draft, but after the first day, we were more than pleased," Garrett said. "We're happy with the draft. We got some good athletes."

New York drafted 16 pitchers; six outfielders; two first basemen; and one second baseman, third baseman, shortstop and catcher.

When general manager Brian Cashman was asked if he was hoping one of the four Texas pitchers would turn out to be the next Clemens, he smiled.

"I don't care if it comes out of the University of Texas group or not. If we get a little Roger with any of these guys, I'll be happy," Cashman said.

So will the Yankees.

YANKEES 2002 DRAFT PICKS
71 BRANDON K WEEDEN RHP EDMOND SANTA FE HS
126 ALAN P BOMER RHP U TEXAS
156 MATTHEW R CARSON RF BRIGHAM YOUNG U
186 BRANDON G HARMSEN RHP GRAND RAPIDS CC
216 ROSS A MICHELSEN 1B LAMAR HS
246 BRADFORD A HALSEY LHP U TEXAS
276 ERIC E VERBRYKE RF CF CALIFORNIA ST U
306 GARY D BELL LHP U SOUTH CAROLINA
336 MARCUS S MCCLANAHAN CF U ALABAMA
366 MATTHEW M MAMULA 1B POINT LOMA NAZARENE COL
396 BLAKE R BLASE 1B JEFFERSON COL
426 RAYMOND M CLARK RHP U TEXAS
456 PHILIP R TRIBE RHP RICE U
486 JARED A KOUTNIK SS MICHIGAN ST U
516 GABRIEL J LOPEZ 2B SAN JOSE ST U
546 LUIS A ROBLES C RIVERSIDE CC
576 JONATHAN P SHEAFFER CF ARIZONA ST U
606 BENJAMIN C KING LHP UNIVERSITY TEXAS
636 HECTOR ZAMORA 3B SAN JOSE ST U
666 SKYLER P FULTON CF SKAGIT VALLEY COL
696 ERIC L HACKER RHP DUNCANVILLE HS
726 DANE D DELAROSA RHP RIVERSIDE CC
756 JOSHUA R NEITZ RHP SAINT LEO COL
786 PHILLIP D COKE LHP DELTA JC
816 MICHAEL J KNOX RHP JESUIT COL PREP
846 NATHAN M KOPP LHP WRIGHT ST U
876 CHARLES C ISAACSON RHP U ARKANSAS
906 KYLE A MARLATT RHP SAN JACINTO COL NORTH
936 PAUL M THORP RHP BAYLOR U
966 JUSTIN R MECCAGE RHP OKLAHOMA ST U
996 DAVID J SMITH LHP PARKLAND COL
1026 NATHAN W BOWDEN SS U NORTH ALABAMA
1056 MICHAEL S BROWN RHP OWASSO HS
1086 DOUG A BOONE C BALL ST U
1116 RICHARD M COWAN RHP NAVARRO COL
1146 JUSTIN KEADLE RHP CYPRESS COL
1176 RANDALL S GATTIS RHP MESQUITE HS
1206 JOSEPH M DIFRANCO RHP ST THOMAS U
1236 MICHAEL C MIEHLS C TENNESSEE TECH U
1266 MATTHEW L GOODSON RHP GALVESTON COL
1295 JASON C MAES LHP FOLSOM HS
1323 MATTHEW W BRUMIT RHP YOUNGSTOWN ST U
1350 MATTHEW G YOST 1B ELK CITY HS
1377 JARED TREADWAY CF WOOSTER COLLEGE
1403 RYAN C JENNINGS RHP JAMES MONROE HS
1429 WILLIAM D CARNLINE RHP NEW CANEY SCHOOL
1454 LEVI L DARTT LHP DENTON HS
1478 ARTHUR CHRISTAL CF ENNIS HS

Mark Feinsand covers the Yankees for MLB.com. He can be reached at mfeinsand@yankees.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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