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A’s Go Back To Basics

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The A’s went back to what they know best–polished college players. James Simmons at No. 26 makes sense as a better version of Jason Windsor, the A’s farmhand out of […]

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Central Florida Fave

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–When Michael Main was drafted a moment ago by the Rangers at No. 25, there was a loud cheer from some of the more astute baseball fans […]

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White Sox Add Power Arm

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After two years of taking pitchers better known for strike-throwing rather than stuff, the White Sox took San Francisco lefty Aaron Poreda, who instantly becomes one of if not the […]

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Go With What You Know

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Two picks, two high school pitchers for the Giants, adding Tim Alderson, the Arizona prep righty, to their stash that started with North Carolina prep lefty Madison Bumgarner. San Diego […]

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J.P., Meet J.P.

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The Blue Jays’ general manager shares initials with the organization’s second first-round pick. It was no surprise that the Jays took the Tennessee catcher, who starred last summer with Team […]

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Royals Draft Organization Report

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Mike Moustakas has a power agent, Scott Boras, but his power bat proved too much for the Royals to overlook with the second overall pick in the draft. Moustakas, a left-handed hitting shortstop who was selected the Los Angeles City player of the year for the second straight season, hit .577 with a state record 24 home runs as a senior with Chatsworth High School. He also set the California record with 52 career home runs.

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Dodgers Throw A Curve

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The Dodgers don’t do conventional, and they went a bit off the board at No. 20 in Chris Withrow, a prep righthander out of Midland (Texas) Christian High.

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Porcello Can Get Comfortable

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–Everyone knew that Rick Porcello’s signability was going to be a factor today, and more than midway through the first round, the best high school pitcher in […]

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Philly Messes With Texas

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The Phillies keep going to the Texas well with their first pick. In 2004, they took prep outfielder Greg Golson, then in 2006 they popped Kyle Drabek. This time, the […]

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Braves Keep It Local

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–The Braves have a big league roster loaded with players who grew up within driving distance of Fulton County Stadium, and they made another Georgia high school […]

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Brewers List LaPorta In Left

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BA correspondent Tom Haudricourt reports the Brewers had LaPorta turned in as a left fielder, not a catcher. LaPorta certainly could have the bat to stick in left field, but […]

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Off The Board

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The Cardinals pull a surprise with prep shortstop Pete Kozma out of Owasso (Okla.) High. Kozma ranked 39th on the BA Top 200, but he’s generally regarded as the top […]

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Beavan Gone . . . Boras Client Next?

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So with Blake Beavan gone to the Rangers at 17, let’s talk Boras clients. The top players on the BA draft board still undrafted are all Boras clients–righthanders Rick Porcello […]

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Groundhog Day In Cincinnati

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Devin Mesoraco of Punxsutawney, Pa., goes No. 15 overall to the Reds, who continue to stockpile toolsy athletes early in the draft–Jay Bruce in 2005, Drew Stubbs in ’06 and […]

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Heyward To The ATL

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No surprise, the Braves took Jason Heyward at 14, and now the Reds hold the key to the second half. They could take Blake Beavan, the Texas righthander, which would […]

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