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College Top 25: March 19

Vanderbilt ascended to the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings for the first time ever after winning its Southeastern Conference-opening series against No. 23 Mississippi.

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Drabek Impresses

Chris Kline -

CLEARWATER, Fla.’”The Phillies’™ brass traveled across town to Dunedin on Saturday to see 2006 first-round pick Kyle Drabek pitch in the low Class A game. Assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle […]

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In His Own Words, Jim Ed Warden

Chris Kline -

In 2002, I rode the bus with Jim Ed Warden at high Class A Kinston. A sixth-round pick of the Indians in 2001, Warden made seven starts that year and had several trips to the phantom disabled list.From my perspective, I knew more about Warden the movie critic or Warden the music freak and not Warden the pitcher. No one else seemed to care, so why should I?

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Bonus! Schilling vs. Dumatrait

Chris Kline -

The bonus in Red Sox minor league camp on Sunday was getting to see a showdown you'd only think could happen in bizarro world--Curt Schilling vs. Reds lefthander Phil Dumatrait."Definitely an adrenaline rush," Dumatrait said.

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Simon Returned

Chris Kline -

The Phillies returned righthander Alfredo Simon to the Rangers on Saturday, after the Rule 5 pick allowed six earned runs over 4 1/3 innings this spring.The Phillies, who originally signed Simon out of the Dominican Republic in 1999, have yet to reach a decision on the other arm the club took in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft last September--righthander Jim Ed Warden.

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Ask BA

Jim Callis -

What's the scoop on pending Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome. How similar are Vanderbilt's Pedro Alvarez and the Royals' Alex Gordon? Size aside, how about the Yankees' Philip Hughes and the Astros' Roy Oswalt?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

Rays Are On The Clock

Alan Matthews -

The major league draft doesn’t come with the fanfare of that of the NFL or NBA. No endless combine video clips and (force-fed) live studio analysis. Baseball’s draft doesn’t even […]

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Prospect Q&A: Jair Jurrjens

David Laurila -

Jair Jurrjens can pitch in four languages. A 21-year-old righthander from Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles, he can also spot up a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. He sat down with David Laurila in spring training to talk about his career and pitching philosophy.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Q&A

Mainieri Event

Aaron Fitt -

Before we get to this week's mailbag question about Louisiana State, let's update some injury situations elsewhere in the SEC. Tennessee appears on the verge of getting both of its banged-up All-Americans back in the lineup, but Arkansas might have lost one of its weekend starters.

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Bringing Diamond Back

Matt Meyers -

TUCSON—With a big league roster teeming with homegrown position player talent, the Diamondbacks appear set pretty much everywhere on the diamond. Like most clubs, however, developing pitching has proven a bit tougher.Though their rotation possesses reigning Cy Young winner and system product Brandon Webb, they lack pitching at the minor league level that is ready to step in and contribute. With the exception of nabbing Justin Upton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, it’s evident the organization has tried to address the shortage.

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