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Run On Seniors!

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Back to back senior picks, as the Rockies take Vanderbilt closer Casey Weathers. The hard-throwing closer should move quickly and has plus velocity, but it’s still frankly surprising to see […]

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Orioles Pop Wieters

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The Orioles decided to roll the dice and popped the second Scott Boras client of the day in Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters. No one doubts Wieters is the best […]

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Pirates Throw A Curve

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Daniel Moskos goes fourth to the Pirates, and the lefthander out of Clemson adds to the Pirates’ recent track record of taking pitchers in the first round. They have taken […]

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There Goes Vitters

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. . . third overall to the Cubs. Just me, but I’m surprised, as I’d talked to several scouts who thought Vitters wasn’t well-rounded enough for an old-school organization like […]

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Greek Royalty

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As Jim Callis reported this morning, Mike Moustakas goes second overall to the Royals. Moustakas has risen as much as any prospect, as he was ranked No. 31 in the […]

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It’s Actually Happened

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The draft is about to start, but let’s just savor, as fans of baseball, the fact that the draft is actually on TV. After years of asking for it, it’s […]

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Kopp ‘Til You Drop

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Clemson righthander David Kopp didn’t have a great start last weekend in regional play–he gave up nine hits and six runs (four earned) in five innings against Coastal Carolina in […]

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Shuffle At The Top

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Jim Callis, on his way to a Chicagoland studio to participate in ESPN’s draft coverage, reports the Royals appear to have settled on Mike Moustakas with the No. 2 overall […]

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Vitters vs. Moustakas

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Josh Vitters entered the spring as the top high school talent in California. The Cypress High third baseman had pneumonia during the season that limited his performance somewhat. He hit […]

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Winner, And Still Champion

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Oregon State has advanced to its third straight super-regional. Let that sink in a little bit. The Beavers beat host Virginia 7-3 Monday to win the Charlottesville regional and advance […]

College

Super-Regional Hosts Announced

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The eight host schools for the upcoming best-of-three super-regionals have been decided, and there are definitely some surprises thanks to a topsy-turvy regional round. The super-regional schedule:

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JC Roundup From Calif., Wash.

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BA intern Ben Badler wraps up the JC action outside of Grand Junction, Colo., as California and the Pacific Northwest–which do NOT send their teams to the NJCAA event in […]

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Great Crowds In Chapel Hill

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C.–It’s the swan song for the current Boshamer Stadium, home of North Carolina’s baseball team. The ballpark will be torn down June 18–after, the Tar Heels hope, a […]

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Scouting Reports: Utah

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Scouts were buzzing in the Beehive State this year, with a strong high school crop that will be worth watching to see if players sign or head to college.

Draft | #2007

Scouting Reports: Pacific Rim

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The 49th and 50th states have little to offer this year, with a few interesting college players in Hawaii and a few Alaskan high school players who might bear watching as college players.

Draft | #2007