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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

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

Tough Sale

Powell Latimer -Premium Content

In 2007, Florida Gulf Coast coach Dave Tollet was looking at an intriguing recruit. A 6-foot-6 lefthanded pitcher named Chris Sale spent most of his time throwing an unspectacular 82-84 mph at Lakeland (Fla.) High. But every once in a while, the kid's velocity would shoot up to 88, flashing major-college zip before diving back to the low 80s.

College | #2009#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

Paying Dividends

Powell Latimer -Premium Content

In the spring of 2007, Matt Hayes took a chance. The coach of the Forest City Owls needed an extra arm, and it was too late to draw a big-name player into the Coastal Plain League. So Hayes brought in a stringy, 6-foot righthander out of a small junior college in Illinois named Spencer Patton. Two years later, it looks like Hayes made one heck of a good call. Patton, now a junior at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, was back in the Coastal Plain Leage and led the league in strikeouts. Through his first two starts of 2009, Patton dealt 27 Ks in just 14 innings of work.

College | #2009#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

Team USA Top 20 Prospects

Matt Blood -Premium Content

With a 24-0 record, a pair of gold medals and a team ERA of 0.88, it's safe to say USA Baseball's collegiate national team dominated its competition this summer—especially on the mound. While the position player prospects were not on par with previous national teams, the group of pitchers on Team USA was a good representation of the top college arms in the 2009 draft class.

College | #2008#Summer Scene#Team USA