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Don’t Sell These Guys Short

Jerry Crasnick -Premium Content

When draft time rolls around, short righthanders find themselves fighting a bias. Given a chance, most scouts would much rather take a chance on the tall pitcher than the short one. But this year's draft crop features several undersized righthanders who will tempt teams.

Draft | #2006#Draft Preview

Rare Convergence Leads To Busy Weekend For N.C. Scouts

Alan Matthews -Premium Content

The life of a major league scouting director is never boring, but check in with one 75 days before the draft, when things are really spinning, and there's no telling what state he'll be in—that's state of mind or of the country. At least a dozen of the most significant talent evaluators in baseball tried to clear their minds and schedules for the third weekend in March, when all three of the Atlantic Coast Conference schools in North Carolina's Research Triangle played host to conference opponents.

Draft | #2006#Draft Dish

Mixed Results Cloud Johnson’s Draft Stock

Alan Matthews -Premium Content

For seniors hopeful of being drafted in June, the months leading up to their final high school season can crawl by agonizingly slow. But few in this year's class have awaited Opening Day as eagerly as Cody Johnson. Though Johnson, a laid-back, unassuming 6-foot-5 slugger from the Florida panhandle, rarely feels restless, the start of his senior season represents a fresh start and it couldn't come a moment too soon.

Draft | #2006#Early Draft Preview