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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Georgia

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Typically a major factor toward the top of the draft, Georgia figures to be less prominent this time around, as most of the high-profile players in the territory regressed or merely held their place, rather than improving significantly in the spring. Pitchers particularly struggled this spring in Georgia, from college talents such as Jason Neighborgall and Will Startup to preps like Miers Quigley and Buster Posey.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Alabama

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It should be one of Alabama's biggest contributions in the draft in years, as the state offers several solid college players and a good crop of high school pitchers. Most significantly, Russell County High product Colby Rasmus could be the state's first prep player drafted in the first round since Terrence Long went 20th overall to the Mets in 1994. Colby's brother Cory and teammate Kasey Kiker, a lefthander likely to be a first-round pick next year, will make Alabama a must-visit state in 2006 as well.

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USA Sends Underwhelming Team To World Cup

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Baseball has had a World Cup tournament since 1938. Apparently, that history matters most to the Mets and Davey Johnson. Johnson, the longtime big league manager, will skipper Team USA at the World Cup that begins Friday in the Netherlands. His roster of minor leaguers—mostly from affiliated ball but with two independent leaguers—has precious little premium talent, aside from a pair of Mets.

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Brewers Nab Top Dominican Talent

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The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known for being a big player in the international marketplace for players. The organization wants that to change. In July, scouts in Latin America reported that righthander Rolando Pascual was the best unsigned talent in the Dominican Republic.

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