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Changing Their Ways

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After refusing to exceed MLB's slotting guidelines and spending just $1.6 million on their entire 2007 draft, the Astros have reversed course. Houston went over slot to sign a pair of Texas high school pitchers in late July and early August, giving supplemental third-rounder Ross Seaton $700,000 and eighth-rounder Brad Dydalewicz $425,000. Last year, Houston surrendered its first- and second-round choices as free-agent compensation and failed to sign its third- , fourth- and eight-rounders, a huge blow to a farm system already in decline. New general manager Ed Wade restructured the scouting department after coming aboard last September, hiring former Brewers crosschecker Bobby Heck as scouting director.

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Area Code Sleepers

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As the Area Code and Aflac Games draw to a conclusion, my colleague Matt Blood will give readers the lowdown on the top prospects: the Bryce Harper, Tyler Matzek, Donovan […]

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SPARQ at the Ball ParQ

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One of the premier features of the annual Area Code Games is SPARQ testing, which was first instituted at the Long Beach event about five years ago. In the chronologically […]

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New Highs For Seventh, Eighth Rounds

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The highest bonuses in the seventh and eighth rounds this year were handed out Thursday. The Indians signed North Carolina outfielder Tim Fedroff for $725,000, while the Orioles inked Sperry […]

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Gillaspie, Marshall Sign Rich Deals

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Wichita State third baseman Conor Gillaspie and Sterling High (Baytown, Texas) righthander Brett Marshall received lucrative bonuses on Wednesday. Gillaspie, a supplemental first-rounder, signed for $970,000 with the Giants. Marshall, a sixth-rounder, […]

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Cracking the Codes

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Now in its 22nd year, the Area Code Games have morphed into a blend of baseball showcase, job fair, gossip mill and industry convention. Scouts, college coaches, agents, parents, press, […]

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Angels Give Gomez $450,000

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The Angels signed Flanagan High (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) shortstop Rolando Gomez on July 31 for $450,000, the fourth-highest bonus known to be given to a player drafted after the 10th round this […]

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Shockers Infield Takes A Double Hit

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Wichita State’s 2009 infield has taken two significant hits this summer, losing two late-round picks to pro teams. In late June, Goddard (Kan.) High middle infielder Logan Watkins signed with […]

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More Above-Slot Signings

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Just like they did four years earlier, the Rockies have paid an above-slot bonus to land a multisport star in the 14th round. Colorado signed The Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tenn.) […]

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Robinson Breaks Through

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I was sitting in the shady comfort ofthe Press Box at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton on Wednesday, watching the second game ofthe inaugural Breakthrough Series. […]

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