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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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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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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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Detwiler Breathes Easy

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–Because of a split fingernail on his pitching hand, Ross Detwiler was slowed down the stretch this season. But he proved his mettle plenty this spring, and […]

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Jennings Gets His Man

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–The Orioles were hopeful Matt Wieters would make it to them at No. 5, and indeed he did. Orioles area scout Dave Jennings was at home in […]

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Personal Touch For Vitters

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–After Josh Vitters was taken No. 3 overall by the Cubs, I spoke to him and discussed the choice. As I blogged a few minutes ago, he […]

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Vitters It Is

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–A special moment for Josh Vitters. He was taken No. 3 overall and he jumped to his feet and embraced his mom and dad. His dad, who […]

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And the Crowd Goes Wild

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–Of the 150 or so fans here, many are Devil Rays and have come clad in green and are touting cow bells and posters. Theyt roared in […]

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Live In Attendance

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–As expected, only just draft-eligible players made the trip to Disney World for the proceedings. Josh Vitters, Phillippe Aumont and Ross Detwiler are here with some of […]

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Final Countdown

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–MLB executive vice president of operations, Jimmie Lee Solomon, is at the podium here at the Milk House on the campus of Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

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Format Tweaks

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–There is finally some concrete word on just how long the draft will last today. Major League Baseball plans to continue the draft until 8:30 ET, regardless […]

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Whispers

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–Before I had even made it into the front door of the draft room, a couple of executives in the parking lot snapped shut their cell phones […]

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MLB Starts Its Show

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ORLANDO–For the first time in the history of the Major League Baseball draft, there is an official site and location for the event, and I arrived here at the Walt […]

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Parker Meets 98 mph

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Jarrod Parker (Norwell High, Ossian, Ind.) pitched three scoreless innings of relief Tuesday night and ran his fastball up to 98 mph. He pitched near 95, touched 97 three times […]

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Uncertainty Looms

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ESPN held a teleconference Monday to discuss the parameters of Thursday’s draft show. It will be televised on ESPN2 from 2-6 p.m. ET. Karl Ravech will host with analysts Peter […]

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