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Monday Tidbits

John Manuel -

Stephen Strasburg isn’t just the best pitcher in the country; he’s also the hardest thrower in the country. It’s rare for a starting pitcher to earn that honor; usually there’s […]

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Jimenez Class Of Illinois Jucos

Jim Callis -

Our Draft Preview goes to the printer not quite a month from now, so we’re working the phones frantically these days. I handle our Midwest coverage, and my goal this year […]

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Draft Calls Tidbits

John Manuel -

BA staffers have started their draft calls in earnest, bearing down for our mid-May Draft Preview issue, and conversations with scouts and college coaches always reveal interesting information that need […]

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Mater Dei Wins Classic Title

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—For the second straight evening, a traditional high school football powerhouse snatched a championship in a major baseball tournament. Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.) captured the 2009 Anderson Bat […]

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Matzek Looks Sharp In Return From Blister

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—The 2009 Anaheim Lions Tournament wrapped up on Wednesday night at Old Glover Stadium in Anaheim, with Mission Viejo (Calif.) High edging Capistrano Valley High (Mission Viejo, Calif.), 3-1. Sixty […]

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National (Under)Classic

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—The National Classic continued apace on Tuesday, April 14, with two games generating substantial attention from both local and national scouts: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) vs. Notre Dame […]

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Swimming In Sophomores

Jim Callis -Premium Content

A year after college baseball boasted its best draft crop of position players this decade, scouts have lamented the dropoff among 2009 candidates after Southern California shortstop Grant Green and North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley. If not for an unusually strong group of draft-eligible sophomores, the pickings would be even slimmer.

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Big SoCal Tournaments Get Started

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—Scouting Directors, cross checkers, area scouts and sundry others have descended this week on Orange County to observe the action in both the Anaheim Lions and National Classic tournaments. […]

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Matzek Has Blister

Conor Glassey -

Baseball America has learned that Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) High lefthander Tyler Matzek, BA’s No. 1 high school prospect, has recently developed a blood blister on his left index […]

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Gaffney Steals Home . . . And Spotlight

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—An annual highlight of the scouting calendar in Southern California is the San Diego Lions High School Easter tournament. The 2009 version began on Monday, April 6. Stockdale High […]

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Purke Shows Savvy, Stuff

Dave Perkin -

HOUSTON—Lefthander Matt Purke of Klein (Texas) High ranked as BA’s third-best high school prospect coming into the season.  A probable first-round selection in the June draft, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Texas […]

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A Second Look At Myers

Nathan Rode -

Just over two weeks ago, at the Impact Invitational in Cary, N.C., Wil Myers was one of several North Carolina prep prospects playing under the keen eyes of area scouts, […]

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Marisnick Faces Hobgood; Hobgood Wins

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—On a sunny and windy Tuesday afternoon in Riverside, 60 scouts watched intently as top prospects Matt Hobgood of Norco High faced Jake Marisnick of Riverside Poly High. A […]

Draft

Second-Day Candidates

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—Understandably, the majority of attention and publicity for the draft is focused on the top prospects. In Southern California in 2009, that list would include Stephen Strasburg, Grant Green, […]

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March Matchups

Dave Perkin -

Every scout in any portion of the country yearns to see games where upper echelon prospects match up against each other. Southern California scouts have been treated to an unusually […]

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