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Old-School Delivery Propels Mark Appel To Top

Gideon Rubin -Premium Content

Just three years removed from spot-starter status on his high school team, Mark Appel now features one of the most powerful throwing arms and advanced pitching repertoires in today's college game. That combination, along with excellent command, aptitude, and high marks for character, has the Stanford ace projected to go at or near the top of just about every reputable mock draft.

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Ramsey Cements Place In Florida State History

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

In more than three decades as Florida State's head coach, Mike Martin has coached his share of special Seminoles. Every now and then, a Florida State player comes along that embodies everything Martin looks for in a young man. He felt that way about Buster Posey, Baseball America's 2008 College Player of the Year, and he feels that way about James Ramsey.

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Freak Accident Leaves Tyler Palmer A Long Road To Recovery

Alexis Brudnicki -Premium Content

Not often do the people attending a spring exhibition game for a junior college get to see a player who had been drafted in the fourth round the previous year. But that's where a torturous eight months brought second baseman Tyler Palmer, who had been the 133rd overall pick in last year's draft by the Marlins out of Wayne County High in Jesup, Ga. Three days before he was set to sign with the Marlins, Palmer injured his arm in a freak accident. So instead of getting ready for his first professional spring training, Palmer is trying to get his career back on track at Oakton (Ill.) CC.

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Texas A&M’s Michael Wacha Develops Into Blue-Chipper

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Michael Wacha has thrived when he feels like he has something to prove. At 6-foot-6, he was a solid basketball player at Pleasant Grove High in Texarkana, Texas, though he did not garner any interest from college basketball programs. With a mid-80s fastball that peaked in the high 80s, Wacha generated lukewarm interest as a baseball recruit, too. Now, he's likely to go early in the first round.

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Yarbrough’s Swing Works Both Ways

Chase Parham -Premium Content

Most college passed over second baseman Alex Yarbrough when he came out of a Dallas area high school. But the former youth tennis player found a home at Ole Miss, which he and his father visited on a Krispy Kreme-fueled sugar high after a visit to another school didn't work out.

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Magnificent Heat Lures Scouts To Damien Magnifico

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

An unsigned fifth-round pick in 2009 by the Mets, Damien Magnifico struggled with injuries and vacillating velocity in two junior-college seasons. Reuniting with an old pitching coach and transferring to Oklahoma has helped him unlock his velocity, which ranks among the best in college baseball in 2012.

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