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Go With What You Know

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Two picks, two high school pitchers for the Giants, adding Tim Alderson, the Arizona prep righty, to their stash that started with North Carolina prep lefty Madison Bumgarner. San Diego […]

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J.P., Meet J.P.

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The Blue Jays’ general manager shares initials with the organization’s second first-round pick. It was no surprise that the Jays took the Tennessee catcher, who starred last summer with Team […]

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Dodgers Throw A Curve

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The Dodgers don’t do conventional, and they went a bit off the board at No. 20 in Chris Withrow, a prep righthander out of Midland (Texas) Christian High.

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Porcello Can Get Comfortable

Alan Matthews -

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–Everyone knew that Rick Porcello’s signability was going to be a factor today, and more than midway through the first round, the best high school pitcher in […]

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Philly Messes With Texas

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The Phillies keep going to the Texas well with their first pick. In 2004, they took prep outfielder Greg Golson, then in 2006 they popped Kyle Drabek. This time, the […]

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Braves Keep It Local

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–The Braves have a big league roster loaded with players who grew up within driving distance of Fulton County Stadium, and they made another Georgia high school […]

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Brewers List LaPorta In Left

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BA correspondent Tom Haudricourt reports the Brewers had LaPorta turned in as a left fielder, not a catcher. LaPorta certainly could have the bat to stick in left field, but […]

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Off The Board

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The Cardinals pull a surprise with prep shortstop Pete Kozma out of Owasso (Okla.) High. Kozma ranked 39th on the BA Top 200, but he’s generally regarded as the top […]

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Beavan Gone . . . Boras Client Next?

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So with Blake Beavan gone to the Rangers at 17, let’s talk Boras clients. The top players on the BA draft board still undrafted are all Boras clients–righthanders Rick Porcello […]

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Groundhog Day In Cincinnati

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Devin Mesoraco of Punxsutawney, Pa., goes No. 15 overall to the Reds, who continue to stockpile toolsy athletes early in the draft–Jay Bruce in 2005, Drew Stubbs in ’06 and […]

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Heyward To The ATL

John Manuel -

No surprise, the Braves took Jason Heyward at 14, and now the Reds hold the key to the second half. They could take Blake Beavan, the Texas righthander, which would […]

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Detwiler Breathes Easy

Alan Matthews -

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–Because of a split fingernail on his pitching hand, Ross Detwiler was slowed down the stretch this season. But he proved his mettle plenty this spring, and […]

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Warrior Now An Indian

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Beau Mills goes 13th to the Indians, who could use some lefthanded power in their system. He’s the third lefthanded-hitting first baseman they’ve taken in the last four years, with […]

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Jennings Gets His Man

Alan Matthews -

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–The Orioles were hopeful Matt Wieters would make it to them at No. 5, and indeed he did. Orioles area scout Dave Jennings was at home in […]

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Parker Finds A Home

John Manuel -

After thinking he might go third overall to the Cubs, who were working on a predraft deal with him, Jarrod Parker lands at No. 9 to the Diamondbacks. Alan Matthews […]

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Shocker!

John Manuel -

The Brewers go off the board and take Matt LaPorta, the Florida first baseman who dominated the Southeastern Conference this spring with a 1.399 OPS. LaPorta is the first college […]

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