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White Measures Up Harper

John Manuel -

Few players have been through Bryce Harper's experiences, but Matt White has, and he also knows Harper, having coached him twice with USA Baseball. He sizes up Harper's much-discussed makeup.

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From Fitch To First Round

John Manuel -Premium Content

Jesse Hahn and Matt Harvey were prep teammates back in Connecticut in 2007, when Harvey got most of the attention. But now scouts appear more interested in Hahn, who's pumping mid-90s heat as a starter at Virginia Tech, than North Carolina's Harvey, who has flashed premium stuff but lacks consistency.

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Birmingham Brings Lobos New Edge

John Manuel -Premium Content

Longtime Land of Enchantment resident Ray Birmingham believes he can make New Mexico into a college baseball winner. He seems to have his players believing, too, as the Lobos won early-season series at top-ranked Texas and Southern California.

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Rule 5 Draft Is Becoming An Afterthought

John Manuel -Premium Content

How much of an afterthought is the Rule 5 draft these days? Well, during the 2009 Winter Meetings, the minor leagues were based in one hotel, major league executives and media in another, and the trade show was in the convention center, basically in the middle. The Rule 5 was in a third hotel next door, sort of off to the side, where little other Winter Meetings activity transpired.

College | #2009#Column

Building Boom Has Been Replaced By Sharing

John Manuel -Premium Content

The building boom in college baseball looks to be over, thanks to less demand—most of the programs that want or need new ballparks have gotten them—but also thanks to the economy. It's just harder to raise money now than it was even two years ago, and it's much harder to borrow the kind of money needed to build large facilities.

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Offseason Brings Uncertainty For Scouts

John Manuel -Premium Content

Most scouts' contracts expire at the end of October (the end of the season in most years). So the anxiety is ramped up, as scouts have less to do in the fall, more time to think about their job security and more time to network to be ready just in case something happens.

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