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Hockeytown Keeps It Going

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Like we said, college closer run. Ryan Perry is the third straight college closer to go, and frankly Perry could help the Tigers this year. This team ran out some […]

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College Reliever Run!

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Chalk up another for Jim Callis who had the Mariners taking Joshua Fields at 20. The Mariners love power arms, and Fields has one of the biggest in this draft. […]

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Cubs Cash

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The Cubs go Andrew Cashner, perhaps another indication of how the Cubs believe they can win now. Cashner has had the most consistent fastball in the college ranks this spring, […]

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Plotting 19-22

John Manuel -

So the Mets have taken Ike Davis and pick again at 22. In between, three teams willing to spend money in the draft, with the Cubs at 19, the Mariners […]

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Jays Go Off Board A Bit

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The Jays would have loved to take Brett Lawrie as a Canadian who’s a legit talent at 17, but it was not to be. Instead, the Jays went for a […]

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Jack Z Rocks Canada

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When’s the last time we got the Brewers right? But here, we did, with the Brewers making Lawrie the top-drafted Canadian hitter ever. No one scouts Canada as aggressively as […]

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L.A.’s Story: Martin, At 3B

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Just four high school players were among the first 14 selections, and at the halfway point of the first round, the Dodgers added to that with Ethan Martin. However, commissioner […]

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Hicks, of, Minnesota

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The Twins took their full allotment of time to make their pick at No. 14 overall before making their selection. As expected, Minnesota selected Aaron Hicks and announced him as […]

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Weeks To A’s; What’s Next?

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The A’s pass on athletic Aaron Hicks and big Brett Wallace, who seemed to have the perfect A’s profile. Instead they take Weeks, who doesn’t do a thing conventionally but […]

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Rangers Pop Smoak

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That’s pretty good value at No. 11 for Texas, because you’ll find some scouts who think Smoak is the best hitter in this draft. He’s a switch-hitter with huge power […]

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Astros Go Castro

John Manuel -

We heard it and it happened, with Jason Castro becoming the third catcher in the top 10 picks overall. We’re looking for the last time three catchers went in the […]

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Rays Pick In Uncommon Territory

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As John Manuel alluded to earlier, the Rays are in uncommon territory. After "earning" the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft by finishing with the worst record in […]

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Nats Nab Crow

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OK, this is getting interesting. Aaron Crow goes ninth overall to the Nationals, and frankly Crow might be the best pitcher in the Nationals organization right now. That leaves Justin […]

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White Sox Go Beckham

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The White Sox get an up-the-middle player in Gordon Beckham, who dominated the Cape Cod League last summer and the Southeastern Conference this spring. The White Sox went so pitcher-heavy […]

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Reds Go Off The Board

John Manuel -

Not so fast my friend. Gordon Beckham is NOT going to Cincinnati. The Reds took Yonder Alonso in something of a surprise, but Alonso is a heck of a hitter. […]

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Skip To My Lou

John Manuel -

Matt Blood and I love this pick: Kyle Skipworth to the Marlins. In our last podcast that wasn’t a college behemoth podcast, we both agreed that Skipworth can be the […]

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San Francisco’s Treat

John Manuel -

The Giants go for Buster Posey after all, and that sets up the dominoes that Matt Blood and I blogged about earlier. Now the Marlins can take Kyle Skipworth at […]

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Chalk Through Four

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Baltimore takes San Diego lefthander Brian Matusz, essentially a replacement for Erik Bedard for this franchise that finally is trending upward. He shouldn’t take long to get to Camden Yards. […]

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