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Draft Preview: Looking Back To 1998

With Draft Day closing in, taking a look back at previous drafts can't hurt. In 1998, the Phillies had a pretty good time at the draft table and the youngsters that they took five years ago are developing nicely. When all is said and done, the Phillies hope that the '98 Draft will go down as one of the better ones in recent memory for the Phillies. The big catch was Pat Burrell, but the Phillies still think that they may wind up with a number of decent players.

While Pat Burrell's season-long slump continues, don't be fooled. Burrell is still regarded as one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball and his long-range projections are still well above solid. The Phillies grabbed Burrell with the first overall pick in the draft. At the time, the University of Miami product was playing third base. The Phillies however, had other plans and quickly moved...

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