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Midseason Top 50 College Prospects

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

The top 50 college prospects for the 2007 draft, compiled by Baseball America through discussions with scouts. Rankings are based on overall future potential without regard to signability or where players will be drafted in 2007, and no players under control to other clubs (i.e., drafts-and-follows) were included.

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Hold On Tightly

With the draft only two days away, the first round is beginning to take shape. High schoolers dominate the top of the draft, although David Price has a big lead for the top spot in the final Draft Tracker. The Vanderbilt lefthander grabbed the lead in our first Draft Tracker and never let it go.

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Brackman In A Free-fall

Mike Moustakas finally breaks through to the fifth spot, knocking Andrew Brackman out of the top six for the first time. Brackman lands all the way near the bottom of the first round.

Draft | #2007#Draft Tracker

Vitters On The Move

The second Draft Tracker in preparation for the 2007 draft comes with plenty of movement throughout the ranking. California high school third baseman Josh Vitters makes the most dramatic rise, moving up seven places to No. 3.

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College Crop On Top

The first ranking of the 2007 draft's best prospects, enough to fill the first round, based purely on talent. College players take up the top three spots and six of the top 10.

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2007 Top 200 Draft Prospects

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Baseball America's comprehensive review of the top prospects for this year's draft, based on discussions with high school and college coaches and professional scouts and executives. Our list is based on the overall professional potential of the players, not necessarily on where we expect them to get drafted.

Draft | #2007#Draft Preview

Draft Deals Come Down To The Wire

John Manuel -

Deric Ladnier came to grips with the unique nature of the first Aug. 15 signing deadline for draft picks as the day's end approached. "It was a long day, a long few days," said Ladnier, the Royals' scouting director, shortly after the 11:59 p.m. Eastern deadline had passed. "It has been an emotional roller coaster.

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Unsigned First-Rounders Forced To Play Waiting Game

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Thirteen first-rounders had yet to sign, though most of them appeared to be situations where the player and his adviser are resisting MLB's reduction of bonus slots by 10 percent. Most of those talks figure to be resolved with the draftee receiving a bonus between the 2006 and 2007 guidelines for his choice before the Aug. 15 deadline.

Draft | #2007#Draft Dish

Unsigned First-rounders Forced To Play Waiting Game

Jim Callis -

Thirteen first-rounders had yet to sign, though most of them appeared to be situations where the player and his adviser are resisting MLB's reduction of bonus slots by 10 percent. Most of those talks figure to be resolved with the draftee receiving a bonus between the 2006 and 2007 guidelines for his choice before the Aug. 15 deadline.

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Baseball Draft Loses Another Quirk

Will Lingo -

Draft-and-follows were like Rule 5 picks: The hype never seemed to live up to the reality. Like the Rule 5, draft-and-follow supporters can point to iconic success stories like Roy Oswalt and Travis Hafner. But also like the Rule 5, fans tend to forget the many players signed each year who never do anything.

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Draft Takes Final Big Steps On TV

Will Lingo -

For many fans, it may have been no more than an interesting footnote. Even for serious fans, it probably just rated as another notable step in the evolution of the event. But for people who have followed the baseball draft for years, the news that it will be televised this year was nothing short of revolutionary.

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The Draft Goes Public

Alan Matthews -

Major League Baseball's draft has always been the year's most discussed day in baseball's inner circles, but for the first time in the draft's 43-year history, the masses were invited to partake in the pastime.

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