Just read it and weep. And curse then assistant GM Grady Fuson who loved Drew Meyer and drafted him.
THE NEWBERG REPORT
You can’t win ’em all on Draft Day – nobody does – but yeah, June 4, 2002 wasn’t a real good day in Rangersland.
(Or in Exposland, where Montreal hung out at the correct high school field but chose the wrong guy . . . or in the war rooms of nearly half the teams who had the chance to name their player before the Mets came up):
1. Pittsburgh , Bryan Bullington, rhp, Ball State
2. Tampa Bay , B.J. Upton, ss, Greenbrier Christian Academy , Chesapeake , Va.
3. Cincinnati , Chris Gruler, rhp, Liberty HS, Brentwood , Calif.
4. Baltimore , Adam Loewen, lhp, Fraser Valley Christian, Surrey , B.C.
5. Montreal , Clint Everts, rhp, Cypress Falls HS, Houston.
6. Kansas City , Zack Greinke, rhp, Apopka ( Fla. ) HS.
7. Milwaukee , Prince Fielder, 1b, Eau Gallie HS, Melbourne , Fla.
8. Detroit , Scott Moore, ss, Cypress ( Calif. ) HS.
9. Colorado , Jeff Francis, lhp, U. of British Columbia .
10. Texas , Drew Meyer, ss, South Carolina .
11. Florida , Jeremy Hermida, of, Wheeler HS, Marietta , Ga.
12. Anaheim , Joe Saunders, lhp, Virginia Tech.
13. San Diego , Khalil Greene, ss, Clemson.
14. Toronto , Russ Adams, ss, North Carolina .
15. N.Y. Mets, Scott Kazmir, lhp, Cypress Falls HS, Houston .
16. Oakland (from Boston for Johnny Damon), Nick Swisher, 1b-of, Ohio State .
17. Philadelphia , Cole Hamels, lhp, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego .
18. Chicago White Sox, Roger Ring, lhp, San Diego State .
19. Los Angeles , James Loney, 1b, Lawrence Elkins HS, Missouri City , Texas .
20. Minnesota , Denard Span, of, Catholic HS, Tampa , Fla.
21. Chicago Cubs, Bobby Brownlie, rhp, Rutgers .
22. Cleveland, Jeremy Guthrie, rhp, Stanford.
23. Atlanta , Jeff Francoeur, of, Parkview HS, Lilburn , Ga.
24. Oakland (from N.Y. Yankees; Jason Giambi), Joseph Blanton, rhp, Kentucky .
25. San Francisco , Matt Cain, rhp, Houston HS, Germantown , Tenn.
26. Oakland , John McCurdy, ss, Maryland .
27. Arizona , Sergio Santos, ss, Mater Dei HS, Hacienda Heights , Calif.
28. Seattle , John Mayberry, Jr., 1b, Rockhurst HS, Kansas City , Mo.
29. Houston , Derick Grigsby, rhp, Northeast Texas CC.
30. Oakland (from St. Louis ; Jason Isringhausen), Ben Fritz, rhp, Fresno State .