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OCC Takes Calif. JC Title

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Orange Coast College—without suspended coach John Altobelli in the dugout—won the California Junior College championship this past weekend at Fresno. It was an emotional season for OCC, as detailed in […]

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In Top 10 Form, Matzek Deals

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ORANGE, Calif.—After tossing three innings on Friday, Tyler Matzek took the hill for Capistrano Valley in its playoff game against Orange Lutheran. Hart Park, home of Division III powerhouse Chapman […]

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Playoff Peek Previews 2010s

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In Southern California, the California Interscholastic Federation southern section playoffs began this week. I decided to take a brief respite from scouting 2009 players in order to take a preliminary […]

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Checking On Davidson

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LOS ANGELES—With the draft looming, I’m on the road this week to observe several high-round candidates. My first stop on Tuesday, April 21, I checked in on Matt Davidson, a […]

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Mater Dei Wins Classic Title

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LOS ANGELES—For the second straight evening, a traditional high school football powerhouse snatched a championship in a major baseball tournament. Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.) captured the 2009 Anderson Bat […]

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Matzek Looks Sharp In Return From Blister

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LOS ANGELES—The 2009 Anaheim Lions Tournament wrapped up on Wednesday night at Old Glover Stadium in Anaheim, with Mission Viejo (Calif.) High edging Capistrano Valley High (Mission Viejo, Calif.), 3-1. Sixty […]

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National (Under)Classic

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LOS ANGELES—The National Classic continued apace on Tuesday, April 14, with two games generating substantial attention from both local and national scouts: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) vs. Notre Dame […]

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Big SoCal Tournaments Get Started

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LOS ANGELES—Scouting Directors, cross checkers, area scouts and sundry others have descended this week on Orange County to observe the action in both the Anaheim Lions and National Classic tournaments. […]

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Gaffney Steals Home . . . And Spotlight

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LOS ANGELES—An annual highlight of the scouting calendar in Southern California is the San Diego Lions High School Easter tournament. The 2009 version began on Monday, April 6. Stockdale High […]

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Purke Shows Savvy, Stuff

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HOUSTON—Lefthander Matt Purke of Klein (Texas) High ranked as BA’s third-best high school prospect coming into the season.  A probable first-round selection in the June draft, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Texas […]

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Marisnick Faces Hobgood; Hobgood Wins

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LOS ANGELES—On a sunny and windy Tuesday afternoon in Riverside, 60 scouts watched intently as top prospects Matt Hobgood of Norco High faced Jake Marisnick of Riverside Poly High. A […]

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Second-Day Candidates

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LOS ANGELES—Understandably, the majority of attention and publicity for the draft is focused on the top prospects. In Southern California in 2009, that list would include Stephen Strasburg, Grant Green, […]

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March Matchups

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Every scout in any portion of the country yearns to see games where upper echelon prospects match up against each other. Southern California scouts have been treated to an unusually […]

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Channeling The Clipper

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Back around 1990, I was rummaging through the discount bin in a video store when I spotted an unexpected gem. Hidden under several random cassettes was a tape encased in […]

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Action Jackson Stands Out At Cal

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The primary pet peeve among scouts is the tendency of some D-I programs to take batting practice with numberless jerseys, making identifying players frustratingly difficult. (Editor’s note: In fact, scouting […]

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Thompson Quiets Doubters

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On Saturday, Feb. 28, a highly-anticipated preseason pitching matchup featured two top prospects for the June 2009 draft: Righthander Chad Thompson of El Toro High and lefthander Tyler Matzek of […]

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Different Stokes In Cali JCs

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LOS ANGELES—A cursory peek at the brightly colored weather page in any national newspaper reveals the depressing Freezing, near-zero mercury readings throughout the Midwest and blizzards blanketing the northeast. […]

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