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Dodgers Throw A Curve

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The Dodgers don’t do conventional, and they went a bit off the board at No. 20 in Chris Withrow, a prep righthander out of Midland (Texas) Christian High.

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Philly Messes With Texas

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The Phillies keep going to the Texas well with their first pick. In 2004, they took prep outfielder Greg Golson, then in 2006 they popped Kyle Drabek. This time, the […]

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Brewers List LaPorta In Left

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BA correspondent Tom Haudricourt reports the Brewers had LaPorta turned in as a left fielder, not a catcher. LaPorta certainly could have the bat to stick in left field, but […]

College

Off The Board

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The Cardinals pull a surprise with prep shortstop Pete Kozma out of Owasso (Okla.) High. Kozma ranked 39th on the BA Top 200, but he’s generally regarded as the top […]

Draft

Beavan Gone . . . Boras Client Next?

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So with Blake Beavan gone to the Rangers at 17, let’s talk Boras clients. The top players on the BA draft board still undrafted are all Boras clients–righthanders Rick Porcello […]

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Groundhog Day In Cincinnati

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Devin Mesoraco of Punxsutawney, Pa., goes No. 15 overall to the Reds, who continue to stockpile toolsy athletes early in the draft–Jay Bruce in 2005, Drew Stubbs in ’06 and […]

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Heyward To The ATL

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No surprise, the Braves took Jason Heyward at 14, and now the Reds hold the key to the second half. They could take Blake Beavan, the Texas righthander, which would […]

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Warrior Now An Indian

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Beau Mills goes 13th to the Indians, who could use some lefthanded power in their system. He’s the third lefthanded-hitting first baseman they’ve taken in the last four years, with […]

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Parker Finds A Home

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After thinking he might go third overall to the Cubs, who were working on a predraft deal with him, Jarrod Parker lands at No. 9 to the Diamondbacks. Alan Matthews […]

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Shocker!

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The Brewers go off the board and take Matt LaPorta, the Florida first baseman who dominated the Southeastern Conference this spring with a 1.399 OPS. LaPorta is the first college […]

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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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