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Four Corners Scout Day

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LAS VEGAS — America’s playground was the site of the second-annual Four Corners Scout Day during MLK Day weekend, January 16th and 17th. While not as spectacular as Cirque De […]

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2009 Jesse Flores All-Star Game

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LOS ANGELES — Dedeaux Field on the campus of the University of Southern California was the site Sunday of the third-annual Jesse Flores Memorial High School All-Star Game, hosted by […]

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California League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

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Pro scouts certainly know the way to San Jose. Not only did the Giants finish with 93 wins (one off the minor league lead) and sweep High Desert in the playoff finals, but they also landed four players on our Cal League Top 20 list. San Francisco has assembled one of the most talented systems in the game and it showed with catcher Buster Posey (the league's No. 1 prospect), lefthander Madison Bumgarner (who would have ranked ahead of Posey if he had enough innings to qualify) and a prospect-studded outfield of Thomas Neal, Roger Kieschnick and Darren Ford. Lefthander Craig Clark went 16-2, 2.86 and won the league's pitcher of the year award, but he didn't make the Top 20 because he's 25 and more of a finesse pitcher.

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Remember This Name: Taijuan Walker

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An already-crowded field of top-notch Southern California high school righthanded pitchers welcomed a new member on Wednesday night. Taijuan Walker, a 6-foot-5 hurler from Yucaipa (Calif.) HS made a resounding […]

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Top Area Code Pitchers

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LONG BEACH—The 23rd annual Area Code Games concluded on Monday at Blair Field in Long Beach. With the assistance of a crosschecker and a longtime pro and amateur scout, Baseball […]

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Top Area Code Hitters

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LONG BEACH—The 23rd annual Area Code Games conclude today at Blair Field in Long Beach. The 2009 position player class features several provocative multi-tool athletes, but is relatively thin on […]

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Area Code Games, Day 2

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LONG BEACH — SPARQ athletic skills testing results were distributed Thursday during the second day of the 23rd-annual Area Code games. Scouts voraciously gobble up the printed statistical readouts, which […]

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Area Code Games, Day 1

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LONG BEACH — In perfect August Southern California weather, the 23rd-annual Area Code Games began Aug. 5 at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. The first day of the Area […]

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Reggie Smith On Hitting

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LOS ANGELES—Perhaps the most frequently repeated cliché in baseball is this: “Hitting is the most difficult thing to do in sports." Wrong!   Teaching hitting is the most difficult thing to […]

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Standouts From Elite Baseball Showcase

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LOS ANGELES—UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium hosted the second-annual installment of the Elite Baseball Showcase Series on July 10, 11 and 12. Sponsored by Muscle Milk, the showcase features top California […]

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2010 Preview: Aaron Sanchez

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LOS ANGELES — A handful of American cities are frequently subjected to good natured ridicule.  Cleveland is a common target, for instance, as is any city in Northern New Jersey.  […]

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Looking Ahead: 2010 SoCal Righthanders

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LOS ANGELES—In Southern California, the 2010 High School draft class is unusually deep in righthanded pitching, but unusually thin in lefthanded pitching. Henry Owens of Edison High in Huntington Beach, […]

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Looking Ahead: 2010 SoCal Hitters

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LOS ANGELES—No rest for the weary. With the 2009 Major League Baseball amateur draft now safely tucked away for posterity, it’s time to focus on the 2010 draft. Even at […]

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Matzek’s Outro, Owens’ Intro

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LOS ANGELES—On evening of Sept. 9, 1965, a Chicago Cubs lefthander by the name of Bob Hendley pitched the best game of his life against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hendley […]

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