RICK ANKIEL

Potomac Cannons, 1998

* Made major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals. Left-hander is 0-1 with a 3.38 earned run average in eight appearances, including five starts. He has struck out 38 batters and walked 14 in 32 innings.

* Baseball America's 1999 minor league player of the year. Ankiel, 20, who holds the Cannons season record for strikeouts with 181, this year became the first pitcher to win the Baseball America award since Tom Gordon in 1988. Other winners this decade include Frank Thomas, Manny Ramirez, Derek Jeter and Andruw Jones.

* USA Today's minor league player of the year. He's the first starting pitcher to win the award since Mike Harkey of the Cubs in 1988.

JEFF BAKER

Gar-Field High School, 1999

* Fourth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians turned down $500,000 contract offer to accept scholarship to Clemson University.

* Most valuable player at International Baseball Association World Championships in Taiwan in August as a member of the USA Baseball Junior National Team. Baker lined a two-out, two-run single to break open a tie game in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 10-9 victory over host Chinese Taipei in the title game. Baker batted .481 in the seven-game tournament.

* Appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" in the Sept. 20 issue.

* 1999 All-Met Player of Year batted .537 with 12 home runs and went 9-0 with a 0.40 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 70 innings.

MIKE COLANGELO

Hylton High School, 1994

* Outfielder called up to the Anaheim Angels this season after playing just 112 games in the minors, becoming the second area player to reach the big leagues. Gar-Field graduate Bob Malloy appeared in two games with the Texas Rangers in 1987.

* Injured in his big league debut in June when he tore his left thumb ligament in an outfield collision with Reggie Williams. Colangelo, playing left field and batting leadoff, singled in his first big league at-bat and threw out a runner at second base from the warning track.

* Batted .326 in 26 games with Class AAA Edmonton.

* Wrote online diary for USA Today about life in the minor leagues.

DANNY LOPAZE

Potomac High School, 1999

* Drafted in the 16th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays but decided to accept scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University.

* Infielder played catcher for first time this season.

* All-Met selection batted .421 with eight homers and 36 RBI and went 6-0 with five saves.

* Finished tied for Potomac career home run record with 18.

BRIAN McNICHOL

Gar-Field High School, 1992

* Made major league debut Sept. 7 for Chicago Cubs in start against Cincinnati. Has appeared in four games, including a second start Thursday in Philadelphia, in which he gave up two runs in five innings while striking out seven and walking one.

* Left-hander went 10-11 with 5.58 ERA at Class AAA Iowa. In 28 starts, he pitched at least six innings 16 times and at least seven innings 13 times. Struck out 120, walked 55.

JOSE PABON

Potomac High School, 1999

* Drafted in the 19th round by the New York Mets but opted to accept scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University along with Potomac teammate Danny Lopaze.

* Shortstop batted .500 with 8 homers, 37 runs batted in, 27 extra-base hits and 34 stolen bases.

* Earned a spot on the All-Met baseball team for the second consecutive season.