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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Boras Clients Back To Back

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The Pirates surprise no one and take Pedro Alvarez, the cover boy for BA’s Draft Preview issue. The Bucs will do everything they can to change the culture of this […]

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OK, Let’s Get Going . . . Please

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Bud Selig makes it official with his best John McCain impersonation, looking at the wrong teleprompter to read that Tim Beckham is the No. 1 overall pick. Again, we don’t […]

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2-to-8 Scale Talk

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Kudos to ESPN for having Steve Phillips break down the 2-to-8 (or 20-to-80) scouting scale. I don’t even remember hearing much about the scouting scale in my first two or […]

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Draft Day Live Blog

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The draft will get started here in about five minutes or so. Teams will have five minutes between picks in the first round and the supplemental round, taking us through […]

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