John Manuel

If At First . . .

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The old draft adage is that teams take what the draft gives them. This draft has hitters, and most of the nation's top hitters who are draft-eligible play first base. The significant exceptions—Florida State catcher Buster Posey, California prep catcher Kyle Skipworth, Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham and (unrelated) Georgia prep shortstop Tim Beckham—all play middle-of-the-diamond positions. The other exception, Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez, is the draft's No. 1 talent.

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Two More Advance

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North Carolina State finished off its regional in impressive fashion, three-hitting South Carolina behind a bevy of relief pitchers, to claim a 2-1 victory and win the regional. Aaron Fitt […]

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Bulldogs Fight On

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The Southeastern Conference hasn’t had a great tournament so far, but the league’s regular-season and tournament champions are still alive. Louisiana State won its first two games and was facing […]

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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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