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Team USA Top 20

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

The summer was a mixed bag for USA Baseball's collegiate national team, which fared very well against perhaps its weakest schedule in years but fell just short in its most meaningful test in the annual Japan Series. Scouts were largely disappointed with the team's talent level. After flamethrower Gerrit Cole, Team USA lacked sure-fire star power. Most of the other high-upside talents come with significant caveats, and the safest bets offer lower ceilings.

College | #2009#Summer League Top Prospects#Summer Scene

Brain And Brawn

Aaron Fitt -

Whenever coaches and scouts talk about Christian Colon, they invariably start and finish with praise for his baseball IQ, instincts, leadership skills and confidence. Colon is just a darn good baseball player, they'll say, a born winner who simply finds a way to get the job done.

College | #2009#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

Top 10 Traded Prospects

John Manuel -Premium Content

It makes sense that the team that traded the best players—the Indians—should wind up with the best prospects. Our look at the top 10 prospects who changed hands at the trade deadline, with a couple of sleepers thrown in.

College | #2009#Column

A Career Highlight

Premium Content

The Triple-A all-star game will never get that much national attention, but for some of the players at the game it's an impressive career highlight.

College | #2009#Column

A Big Hit

Powell Latimer -Premium Content

Harold Riggins is more than meets the eye. The 6-foot-3 first baseman looks 230, weighs 270, hits for average in a power hitter's body, and spurned pro scouts in favor of three years at North Carolina State, 800 miles away from his home and family in Normal, Ill.

College | #2009#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

Cox Shines In Wet Cape All-Star Game

Aaron Fitt -

Soggy weather only put a slight damper on the Cape Cod League all-star game, which made a successful return to Fenway Park on Thursday after a 22-year absence. More than 13,000 fans packed most of the infield seating bowl for the league's home run hitting contest and all-star game, which the West team won 3-0 in a game shortened to four and a half innings by rain.

College | #2009#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

Way Too Long

John Manuel -

The time of game of the 2009 College World Series averaged 3 hours 40 minutes. Honestly, that's about an hour longer than a game should take. Here are some potential solutions.

College | #2009#Column