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What will the Mariners do with their two catchers? Why didn't the Angels get more for Alberto Callaspo? How is Bryan Morris doing at Motlow State (Tenn.) CC?

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February 2006 Ask BA. If you have a question about baseball, then this is the best place to find the answer.

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Top 10 Lists Can’t Include Everyone

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One of fans' great misconceptions (and there are a few) with our organization Top 10 Prospects lists is that we are disparaging anyone who doesn't make the cut. You wouldn't believe some of the e-mails we get or some of the blog posts that our decisions inspire.

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Top 100 Lists Feature Studs, Spectacular Duds

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Amazing as it might seem, Baseball America didn't start rating the best prospects in baseball until its 10th year of existence. We had been ranking prospects by their minor league and their organization for years, and we broke them down by position during spring training.

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2005 Early Draft Preview: Overview

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According to scouting directors, the 2005 draft class doesn't need a boost from Townsend's presence. By all accounts, it's a deep class that scouts are looking forward to sifting through, even if they aren't looking forward to paying the players at the top the multimillion-dollar, major league contracts that Justin Verlander, Humber and Niemann received as the second, third and fourth selections in 2004.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Ohio

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In a change from recent years, high schools have produced more of Ohio's best draft prospects than the colleges in 2005. Slugging outfielder Nolan Reimold is one of the few position players and collegians of note, and his late surge could carry him into the fifth round or earlier.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Michigan

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Zach Putnam looked like he would become the state's first first-round pick since the Yankees reached up for David Parrish 28th overall in 2000. But Putnam has leveled off as a pitcher, and now teams project him as a third-round talent as a third baseman. After Putnam and Chris Getz, the state's most attractive prospects are pitchers. Sophomore-eligibles Paul Phillips and Jayson Ruhlman could be premium picks in 2006 if they return to school and show more consistency.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Indiana

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High school righthanders are Indiana's strength, after being in short supply a year ago. Josh Lindblom has an outside chance of going in the supplemental first round, and the state's next three best prospects are three more prep righties. The state's colleges have been a disappointment, as several players failed to build on the momentum from strong summer performances.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Wisconsin

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Wisconsin had a second-round pick in high school righthander Erik Cordier last year, but that's more the exception than the rule. The state's largest school, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, doesn't play baseball, so NCAA Division III powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater has become the state's preeminent college program. Whitewater's pair of aces, Greg Reinhard and Kevin Tomasiewicz, are its best prospects this year, and beyond them the state will have few draft picks.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Oklahoma

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C.J. Henry is one of the draft's finest athletes and is considered reasonably signable despite having the basketball talent to play at major college programs. Bryant Beaver is another top athlete, though makeup concerns make it unlikely he'll even get drafted. The state's best college programs—Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts—are all slightly down this year in terms of performance and draftable talent.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Nebraska

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Nebraska gets a four-star rating almost solely because of the presence of Alex Gordon, the top college hitter in the draft. After him, there's no one close to a significant position player available. The state's high schools may not yield a single draft pick, so behind Gordon the prospect crop consists mainly of college pitchers.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Missouri

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Missouri is one of the nation's underrated producers of baseball talent. It has neither two first-rounders as it did a year ago with high schoolers Scott Elbert and Blake DeWitt, nor the stunning depth of 2003, but it still has plenty to offer. NCAA Division II Central Missouri State alone has five pitchers who could go on the first day of the draft, and the University of Missouri will provide several draft picks after its best season since 1996. Mizzou offers even better things to come because ace Max Scherzer, a sophomore, should be one of the first selections in the 2006 draft.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Minnesota

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The Gopher State has produced recent first-round picks in Joe Mauer (2001) and Glen Perkins (2004), but doesn't have that kind of talent this year. While the University of Minnesota usually produces most of the state's draft picks, shortstop Matt Fornasiere is the only Gopher certain to be selected this time around. The state's high schools could get entirely shut out, though righthander Ryan Lindgren probably will go as a draft-and-follow.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Louisiana

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If you're looking for lefthanders, come to Louisiana. Starting with likely first-rounder Brian Bogusevic, the state could have six southpaws taken in the top five rounds. The Bayou State also boasts a trio of hard-throwing righthanders, but not much in the way of position players. The best long-term bat in the state may belong to Bogusevic, but most clubs like him better on the mound.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Kansas

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After the top pitching prospect in the draft (Mike Pelfrey) and the second-best high school catcher available (Brent Milleville), Kansas has a significant dropoff. The state's high schools haven't offered much depth all decade, though Milleville is Kansas' best prep prospect since Pelfrey and Pirates second-round pick Blair Johnson three years ago. The junior colleges pick up some of the slack, offering several interesting players.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Iowa

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Righthander Jeremy Hellickson is the latest prospect to make a run at becoming Iowa's first high school first-rounder ever, but he'll probably come up a round short. Beyond Hellickson, Iowa is as barren as it was a year ago, when the state's top picks were 20th-round righties Jose Garcia and Nathan Johnson.

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2005 Draft Scouting Report: Illinois

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For the third straight year, pitching again dominates the Illinois scene. Righthander Michael Bowden should be the state's highest-drafted player since Kris Honel went in the first round to the White Sox in 2001. Catcher Chris Robinson has lived up to his billing and should go by the fifth round, but it could be another five or 10 rounds before the next position player is selected.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Dakotas

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Righthander Neil Wagner was supposed to be North Dakota's best prospect in years, but his junior season didn't go as planned, allowing high schoolers Kyle Carr and Andrew Gudmunson to pass him as potential draft picks. Scouts didn't have a reason to trek to South Dakota this spring.

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