4. JAMES AVERY, rhp (National rank: 152)
Hometown: Moose Jaw, Sask.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 200. Birthdate: June 10, 1984.
Previously Drafted: Twins 2002 (29)
Scouting Report: Mike McRae, who has since moved on to Canisius, was the only Division I coach from Canada when he was at Niagara and tapped heavily into his homeland for talent, getting Avery from Saskatchewan. Averyís fastball has been clocked between 90-94 mph, but he has never approached his full potential because he hasnít developed a serviceable breaking pitch. He also has been bothered by nagging injuries the last two years. He has a decent split-fingered changeup, but scouts project him as a short reliever because of his limited pitch selection. A loosening of visa restrictions means Avery should have an opportunity to begin his minor league career this summer.