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New Position For Dykstra?

Matt Blood -

In an attempt to make its lineup more versatile, Wake Forest recently has experimented with playing slugger Allan Dykstra at third base. Typically a first baseman, Dykstra worked at third […]

College

Skipworth Impresses With The Leather

Matt Blood -

Baseball America’s Dave Perkin attended yesterday’s high school baseball game between Patriot High and Newport Harbor High in California to check in on Kyle Skipworth. Defense is rarely the primary […]

Draft

Opening Weekend Tidbits

John Manuel -

The first weekend of Division I college baseball produced some news regarding top draft prospects. A quick rundown: • Preseason All-American Pedro Alvarez, the consensus (but not unanimous) top prospect […]

College

Decker Shines Early

Nathan Rode -

The annual high school preview edition hadn’t even finished going to press before a prospect made headlines. Jaff Decker, an outfielder/lefthander from Sunrise Mountain High in Peoria, Ariz. took the […]

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2008 Draft Order

Jim Callis -

After the 2007 draft featured 34 supplemental first-round draft picks, blowing away the previous record of 22 in 1997, this year's sandwich round won't be nearly as long. There have been just 15 supplemental first-rounders doled out to teams thus far, with the potential for three more if Type B free agents Livan Hernandez (Diamondbacks), Mike Piazza and Shannon Stewart (both Athletics) sign with new clubs.

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Too Tempting To Pass Up?

Jim Callis -

Scouts are enthused about the 2008 draft, which will begin on June 5 with the Rays making the first pick, because of the diverse talent available. The consensus is that there are more quality college bats—not in terms of athleticism but just sheer offensive firepower—than in any year in recent memory.

Draft | #2008#Early Draft Preview

Vasquez Ineligible Until Late March

Nathan Rode -

Niko Vasquez, a shortstop prospect from Durango HS, Las Vegas, is ineligible to play until March 28, the end of the school’s third quarter. Sam Knapp, the Trailblazers’ head coach, […]

Draft

Akins To Be

John Manuel -

Baseball America has told Nick Akins’ story once before, and it’s a story that keeps developing. Akins did not play in 2006, yet was the Dodgers’ 13th-round pick that year […]

Draft

Prep Draft Class Continues To Improve

Alan Matthews -

Eighty high school travel teams from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and a smattering of other Latin American countries met to play 173 games in 96 hours at the spring training complex of the Cardinals and Marlins, and hundreds of scouts and college coaches—including 17 scouting directors—gathered to size up the talent at the World Wood Bat Association fall championship.

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Hosmer Adds To Accolades

Alan Matthews -

JUPITER, Fla.–One of amateur baseball’s most talked about players over the past few years has been Eric Hosmer, a sweet-swinging first baseman from South Florida. His senior year is upon […]

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Intensity Gauge

Alan Matthews -

JUPITER, Fla.–Just as many of the scouts and college recruiters were catching flights out of West Palm Beach Sunday, the year’s final major scouting event was offering exhilarating baseball and […]

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Giants Nab Barr

Alan Matthews -

JUPITER, Fla.–Following the 2005 season, the Dodgers hired former Giants executive Ned Colletti as their general manager, and now the Giants have returned the favor, as John Barr was named […]

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