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Harper’s The Highlight

Conor Glassey -

Before the 2009 draft was even over, Baseball America was already looking to the future. After attending numerous high school showcase events and researching 18 summer college leagues and the collegiate national team, our picture of the 2010 draft class began to take shape.

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Winners And Losers

John Manuel -

The last three years, Major League Baseball has implemented a signing deadline, ending the interminable holdouts that often plagued baseball's draft process. The draft still has plenty of problems, but that's another story. This draft is essentially in the books now that Monday's deadline has passed, with two fourth-year pitchers—indy leaguers Aaron Crow (Royals first-rounder) and Tanner Scheppers (Rangers supplemental first-rounder) still unsigned but not subject to the deadline.

Draft | #2009#Draft Dish

Last Chance

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

In the weeks immediately prior to the 2008 draft, Jordan Lyles looked through the pile of letters from major league clubs and knew he had a decision to make that had nothing to do with choosing between professional baseball and a scholarship to South Carolina. The 17-year-old high school hurler for Hartsville (S.C.) High, instead had to decide which invitations to pre-draft workouts he should accept in the days leading up to the event that could determine his fate for years to come.

Draft | #2009#Draft Dish

Mock Draft 4.0

Jim Callis -

When team officials head to bed the night before the draft, they usually have a pretty good idea of who they're going to take in the first round. They may not know exactly who's going to fall to them, but they at least have a feel for how different scenarios may play out. Not this year. The draft moves to prime time tonight, with the first pick expected to be announced on MLB Network at about 6:15 p.m. Clubs can spend most of the day working on their choices, and they're going to need the extra time.<br/>

Draft | #2009#Mock Draft

State Report: Louisiana

Jim Callis -Premium Content

It hasn't taken Paul Mainieri long to return Louisiana State to the elite of college baseball, as the Tigers make their second straight trip to Omaha in Mainieri's third season in Baton Rouge. LSU has four of the state's top six prospects, leading a deep group of college players from the state. Louisiana contributes its usual strong crop of high school players, with Tigers recruits Zack Von Rosenberg and Brody Colvin standing out as potential sandwich picks.

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State Report: Ohio

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Ohio normally supplies a few intriguing high school players in the first 10 rounds, but that has not been the case for the last couple of years. The strength this year comes from the college crop, though only Ohio's Marc Krauss looks like a good bet for the first five rounds.

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State Report: Oklahoma

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Per capita, Oklahoma may have the most pitching prospects in the nation this year. Lefthanders Andrew Oliver and Chad James could be first-round picks, and three more southpaws—Ashur Tolliver, Austin Kirk and Tyler Lyons—could go by the end of the fourth round. There are plenty of righthanders as well, with electric but erratic Garrett Richards making a late push toward the first round.

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State Report: Illinois

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Eastern Illinois dominated the Ohio Valley Conference regular season, but stumbled in the conference tournament and got left out of NCAA regional play. The Panthers will show their strength in the draft with two of the best prospects in Illinois, including lefthander Tyler Kehrer, who should go in the first five rounds, and outfielder Brett Nommensen, the state's top position player. Pitchers are more prevalent than hitters in Illinois this spring.

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State Report: Indiana

Jim Callis -Premium Content

This is shaping up as one of Indiana's strongest draft years ever. Hoosier State colleges haven't produced a first-rounder since Ball State outfielder Brad Snyder in 2003, but should have two this year in Indiana righthander Eric Arnett and Notre Dame outfielder A.J. Pollock.

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State Report: Missouri

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The Show-Me State boasts two of the best righthanders in the entire draft, but where—of even if—they'll go in the first round remains uncertain. Missouri's Kyle Gibson ranked fourth on our Top 200 Prospects list before coming down with a stress fracture in his forearm. Jacob Turner is the consensus best high school righty in the nation, but he gave pro teams pause with a reported $7 million asking price.

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State Report: Arkansas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Arkansas reached the College World Series for the first time since 2004, but most of the Razorbacks' best prospects (righthander Brett Eibner, third baseman Zack Cox, first baseman Andy Wilkins, lefthander Drew Smyly) aren't eligible for the draft. Ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel is the only player in the state with a chance to go in the first five rounds, though the Hogs do boast the top three college prospects and have commitments from the three best high schoolers.

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