State Report: Texas

Texas offers its usual deep crop of prospects. Jameson Taillon is the Lone Star State's best high school arm since Josh Beckett, and he may be better. Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice has a chance to be the first four-year college player selected in the draft, though the state's position-player crop drops off sharply behind him. There's no shortage of arms, however. Texas' Brandon Workman, Texas Tech's Chad Bettis, Texas A&M's Barret Loux and Henderson High's Tyrell Jenkins are all getting first-round consideration. McKinney High's Zach Lee would as well if he weren't dead set on playing quarterback at Louisiana State. The independent leagues have their usual draft refugee, this time Grand Prairie (American Association) lefthander James Paxton, a Blue Jays sandwich pick a year ago. The junior colleges are productive as usual, with righthanders Zach Cates (Northeast Texas) and Burch Smith (Howard) leading the way....

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