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State Reports 2008: California

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State Reports: California By John Manuel and Dave Perkin THIS YEAR’S CROP ***** One for the books **** Banner year *** Solid, not spectacular ** Not up to par * […]

From Pen Pal To Bullpen

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The Oakland A’s made a flurry of moves Friday, chief among them calling up outfield prospect Carlos Gonzalez. As someone who works at Baseball America, I’m supposed to be excited […]

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Scheppers, Cole Updates

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Two bits of news involving a pair of Western pitchers who were expected to be drafted highly in two weeks. Legacy Sports Group, which is advising Fresno State righthander Tanner […]

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More West Tidbits

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 Two huge high school playoff matchups with draft implications happened Thursday night. In Nevada, the state’s top two prep pitchers, righthanders Joe Weiland of Reno’s Bishop Manogue and Donn Roach […]

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West Tidbits

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The problem with having a website AND magazine is sometimes one has to come first. Prioritizing the magazine has meant sitting on a few draft tidbits, but I’ve got 10 […]

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Looking Out For No. 1

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No team ever has drafted first overall two years in a row. No college or high school ever has produced the top pick in consecutive years. One will certainly happen in the 2008 draft, which begins June 5 at 2 p.m. The Rays picked No. 1 overall last year, taking Vanderbilt lefthander David Price with the top selection. They stand first in line again this year after finishing with the worst record in baseball again in 2007. Whether the Commodores will produce the top overall pick again remains to be seen, but the team has produced the No. 1 prospect for a second straight season.

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Falling Short

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This wasn't a particularly pretty year for Baseball America's preseason Top 25, with three of our top four teams in the preseason—UCLA, Arizona and Mississippi—falling out of the rankings completely by April. Let's take a look at where we—and more importantly five of these teams—went wrong.

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UnACCeptable

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The Atlantic Coast Conference ain't what it used to be. The league expanded this decade in two stages, from a nine-team league to a 12-team super-conference. Football drove the expansion, of course, as Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech joined the league. Since then, Wake Forest—one of the smallest Division I football programs in the country—has played in the Bowl Championship Series, while Miami and Florida State (added in 1992) have slipped from national powers to mediocrity.

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Shreve: This Time, It’s TJ

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There have been twists and turns with Colby Shreve, the CC of Southern Nevada righthander who entered the year as the top junior-college pitcher in the country. The unsigned eighth-round […]

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That Kind Of Year At Clemson

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We’ve detailed Clemson’s struggles, with the Tigers losing 11 of 12 games going into Sunday to fall to 19-20, 7-13 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke played host to Clemson […]

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