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U.S. Juniors Settle For Silver

Alan Matthews -

Cuba has long been the beast of international baseball. But 2006 was shaping up as an all-American year, as USA Baseball won four gold medals—including two on Cuban soil this summer—leading to the final international competition of the year, the IBAF World Junior Championship in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. And even though Team USA once again successfully dispatched of the host country's tournament entry, ousting Cuba 4-0 Sunday in the quarterfinals, Cuba haunted the U.S. after all. It was the soil itself, as a two-strike, two-out, bad-hop grounder bounced over U.S. shortstop Justin Jackson and into center field to bring home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, ending the gold medal game 4-3 in favor of Korea.

High School | #2007

Scout School Molds Next Generation Of Scouts

Alan Matthews -

For the past four years, Alan Matthews has traveled across the country covering amateur baseball, specifically high school players, for Baseball America. This fall, he enrolled in the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau's annual scout development program, which was held in Phoenix. The two-week "scout school" features a comprehensive curriculum that includes classroom lectures, film sessions and daily trips to nearby ballparks, where students train their eye to identify and evaluate amateur and professional players.

Draft | #2007

Prospect Q&A: Daniel Bard

David Laurila -

Red Sox 2006 first-rounder Daniel Bard has yet to throw a pitch professionally, but we caught up with him during Boston's instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla., where he's learning the ropes and opening eyes with his upper-90s heat.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Q&A