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 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. , Bryan Bullington, rhp, Ball State
2. Tampa Bay , B.J. Upton, ss, Greenbrier Christian Academy , Chesapeake , Va.
3. , Chris Gruler, rhp, Liberty HS, Brentwood , Calif.
4. Baltimore , Adam Loewen, lhp, Fraser Valley Christian, Surrey , B.C.
5. , Clint Everts, rhp, Cypress Falls HS, Houston.
6. , , rhp, Apopka ( Fla. ) HS.
7. , Prince Fielder, 1b, Eau Gallie HS, , Fla.
8. Detroit , Scott Moore, ss, Cypress ( Calif. ) HS.
9. , Jeff Francis, lhp, U. of British Columbia .
10. , Drew Meyer, ss, .
11. , Jeremy Hermida, of, Wheeler HS, .
12. , Joe Saunders, lhp, .
13. , , ss, Clemson.
14. , Russ Adams, ss, .
15. N.Y. Mets, Scott Kazmir, lhp, Cypress Falls HS, Houston .
16. Oakland (from for ), Nick Swisher, 1b-of, Ohio State .
17. , Cole Hamels, lhp, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego .
18. , Roger Ring, lhp, San Diego State .
19. , James Loney, 1b, Lawrence Elkins HS, .
20. , Denard Span, of, Catholic HS, Tampa , Fla.
21. , Bobby Brownlie, rhp, .
22. Cleveland, Jeremy Guthrie, rhp, .
23. , Jeff Francoeur, of, Parkview HS, Lilburn , Ga.
24. Oakland (from N.Y. Yankees; ), Joseph Blanton, rhp, .
25. San Francisco , Matt Cain, rhp, HS, .
26. , John McCurdy, ss, .
27. , Sergio Santos, ss, Mater Dei HS, .
28. , John Mayberry, Jr., 1b, Rockhurst HS, .
29. , Derick Grigsby, rhp, Northeast Texas CC.
30. (from ; ), Ben Fritz, rhp, Fresno State .