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Still Standing

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Not even a major injury to college baseball's best hitter could change the status quo at the top of the draft. Two months before the draft, the four best prospects remained the same as they were at the start of the season: Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez, San Diego lefthander Brian Matusz, Missouri righthander Aaron Crow and Griffin (Ga.) High shortstop Tim Beckham.

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Pedro’s Back

John Manuel -

To little fanfare, Pedro Alvarez came back this week. The Vanderbilt junior third baseman had been taking ground balls the last few weeks after breaking his hamate bone on his […]

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Making An Impression

Matt Blood and John Manuel -Premium Content

According to the Major League Scouting Bureau, the first three things a scout looks for when evaluating a pitching prospect are strength, stamina and aggression in the strike zone. On a Friday night in early March, top third base and hitting prospect Ethan Martin took the mound against highly ranked American Heritage High and forced scouts to also consider him a pitching prospect.

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Calvert Hall Remains Winless

Nathan Rode -

FULLERTON, Calif.—The A-list wasn’t as long as Gerrit Cole’s outing, but Jupiter (Fla.) righthander Jack Armstrong, attracted close to 40 scouts, crosscheckers and directors in his start against Bishop Amat […]

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Mater Dei takes Lions title

Nathan Rode -

ANAHEIM—Santa Ana, Calif.’s Mater Dei High was on its fifth game and three days and out of pitchers when Wednesday’s Anaheim Lions tournament championship came around. So, the Monarchs started […]

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Cole Dominates At Nat Classic

Nathan Rode -

FULLERTON, Calif.—Anticipation was building all day at the National Classic, as everyone was ready for Gerrit Cole’s start against Yucaipa (Calif.) HS, set for Tuesday night at Cal State Fullerton. […]

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Jarvis Becomes Eligible

John Manuel -

Former Arizona State righthander Jason Jarvis will be eligible for the 2008 draft, according to his agent. Oscar Suarez, who also represents big leaguers such as Oscar Villareal and Joakim […]

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High School Injury Update

Nathan Rode -

A few prospects have come up on the injury radar recently, while others are returning to hopefully help their team boost their rankings. Outfielder/lefthander Aaron Hicks (Wilson HS, Long Beach) […]

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SoCal Trio Dominates Hitters

Nathan Rode -

By Dave Perkin In the past week, three Southern California area high school pitchers, each of whom has the ability to be selected in the first two rounds of this […]

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Jarvis Could Enter 2008 Draft

John Manuel -

Arizona State righthander Jason Jarvis was the top prep pitcher in Arizona in the draft class of 2006, and now he hopes to be one of the state’s top draftees […]

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Perkin Breaks Down Hicks

John Manuel -

BA’s Dave Perkin, our scout for Prospects Plus, took in SoCal prep two-way star Aaron Hicks last Thursday, and after seeing him for several outings previously, he sees improvement for […]

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Hosmer, Martin Shine In LaGrange

Matt Blood -

BA's Matt Blood makes his first road trip to see 2008 draft prospects, heading down to LaGrange, Ga., for a high school tournament, with American Heritage High out of Florida […]

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New Position For Dykstra?

Matt Blood -

In an attempt to make its lineup more versatile, Wake Forest recently has experimented with playing slugger Allan Dykstra at third base. Typically a first baseman, Dykstra worked at third […]

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Skipworth Impresses With The Leather

Matt Blood -

Baseball America’s Dave Perkin attended yesterday’s high school baseball game between Patriot High and Newport Harbor High in California to check in on Kyle Skipworth. Defense is rarely the primary […]

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Opening Weekend Tidbits

John Manuel -

The first weekend of Division I college baseball produced some news regarding top draft prospects. A quick rundown: • Preseason All-American Pedro Alvarez, the consensus (but not unanimous) top prospect […]

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