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If At First . . .

John Manuel -Premium Content

The old draft adage is that teams take what the draft gives them. This draft has hitters, and most of the nation's top hitters who are draft-eligible play first base. The significant exceptions—Florida State catcher Buster Posey, California prep catcher Kyle Skipworth, Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham and (unrelated) Georgia prep shortstop Tim Beckham—all play middle-of-the-diamond positions. The other exception, Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez, is the draft's No. 1 talent.

Draft | #2008#Draft Preview

Worth The Trip

Chris Bieri -Premium Content

More than 23,000 players have been selected in the baseball draft since the last time a high school position player was taken out of the state of North Dakota. Zac Elgie hopes to break that streak.

Draft | #2008#Draft Preview