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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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Beckham For Sure

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The draft doesn’t start until 2 p.m., but Tampa Bay is no longer on the clock. As BA predicted in its first mock draft back on May 16, the Rays […]

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Late-Morning Buzz

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Jim Callis is en route to an undisclosed location in Chicago to join ESPN’s broadcast of the draft, and Matt Blood is live in Orlando, I’m just here blogging late-morning […]

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Gose Throws One Last Look

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Scouts representing six different major league organizations gathered Monday at the indoor facility of West Coast Sports management in Pasadena, Calif. to observe a throwing session featuring Anthony Gose, the […]

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If At First . . .

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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.

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