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Heyward To The ATL

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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Run On Seniors!

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Back to back senior picks, as the Rockies take Vanderbilt closer Casey Weathers. The hard-throwing closer should move quickly and has plus velocity, but it’s still frankly surprising to see […]

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Personal Touch For Vitters

Alan Matthews -

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–After Josh Vitters was taken No. 3 overall by the Cubs, I spoke to him and discussed the choice. As I blogged a few minutes ago, he […]

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Orioles Pop Wieters

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The Orioles decided to roll the dice and popped the second Scott Boras client of the day in Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters. No one doubts Wieters is the best […]

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Pirates Throw A Curve

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Daniel Moskos goes fourth to the Pirates, and the lefthander out of Clemson adds to the Pirates’ recent track record of taking pitchers in the first round. They have taken […]

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Vitters It Is

Alan Matthews -

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–A special moment for Josh Vitters. He was taken No. 3 overall and he jumped to his feet and embraced his mom and dad. His dad, who […]

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There Goes Vitters

John Manuel -

. . . third overall to the Cubs. Just me, but I’m surprised, as I’d talked to several scouts who thought Vitters wasn’t well-rounded enough for an old-school organization like […]

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Greek Royalty

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As Jim Callis reported this morning, Mike Moustakas goes second overall to the Royals. Moustakas has risen as much as any prospect, as he was ranked No. 31 in the […]

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And the Crowd Goes Wild

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–Of the 150 or so fans here, many are Devil Rays and have come clad in green and are touting cow bells and posters. Theyt roared in […]

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Live In Attendance

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–As expected, only just draft-eligible players made the trip to Disney World for the proceedings. Josh Vitters, Phillippe Aumont and Ross Detwiler are here with some of […]

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