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What A Difference Three Years Makes

Kirk Kenney -

There were 1,502 players selected in the major league draft three years ago. Stephen Strasburg was not among them. All 30 major league teams passed on Strasburg coming out of high school. This year, 29 teams may not have a chance to choose him even if they want to. And they want to. The Washington Nationals have the first pick in the 2009 draft. Strasburg, a junior righthander at San Diego State, is the odds-on favorite for the first choice. So just how does a pitcher go from obscurity to the top of the draft?

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Culture Shift

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

In the fourth year since Rob Childress took over as head coach, Texas A&M combines the nation's deepest pitching staff with its aggressive offense and experience gleaned from consecutive heartbreaking super regional losses to Rice. The talented, tough Aggies open the 2009 season ranked No. 1 in Baseball America's College Top 25 Rankings.

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RPI Likely To Remain Unchanged

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

A year after tensions over scholarship changes simmered in Philadelphia, the Division I business meeting at the 2009 American Baseball Coaches Association convention was just about a non-event. As detailed on the Baseball America College Blog, coaches from 164 D-I schools met in November for a two-day summit that addressed most of the sport's biggest issues—from scholarships to the 13-week schedule to pace of play to the recruiting calendar. As a result, the ABCA meeting was little more than a recap of the November meeting.

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Headed To Trial

Aaron Fitt -

Andy Oliver, the Oklahoma State ace lefthander who was declared ineligible on the eve of the Cowboys' regional opener in May, is close to a resolution in his battle with the NCAA. Barring an unexpected settlement, Oliver's lawsuit against the NCAA will go to trial in an Erie County, Ohio, court on Jan. 5.

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