U.S. OLYMPIC FESTIVAL : LOS ANGELES--1991 : ATHLETES TO WATCH : Among 3,000 Competitors, Some Will Stand Out



Shawn Estes, a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher from Douglas High in Minden, Nev., is perhaps the most celebrated player on the West team.

Estes, 18, was the Seattle Mariners' first-round pick in the June amateur draft and the 11th player chosen overall. In his senior year, Estes pitched a no-hitter and had an 8-2 record with an 0.80 earned-run average. He was named the Nevada player of the year.

The Mariners have not been able to sign Estes, who is holding out for a reported $450,000 bonus. Stanford also has offered Estes, who had a 4.0 grade-point average, a four-year scholarship.

Estes' mother, Sue, has said that if the Mariners come up with the money, Estes will sign. And if not, he will go to college. Regardless, the Estes family has assured West team Coach Larry Schneiderman that Estes will not be pulled out of the Olympic Festival at the last minute.

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