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State Report: Iowa

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Junior colleges dominate the prospect landscape in Iowa. Des Moines Area CC righthanders Mitch Mormann and Patrick Cooper are the Hawkeye State's top talents, though it's Iowa Western that has made three consecutive appearances in the Junior College World Series.

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State Report: Kansas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

For the first time ever, all three of the state's Division I programs (Kansas, Kansas State, Wichita State) earned NCAA regional berths. The college talent in Kansas drops off quickly, however, after righthander A.J. Morris, who pitched the Wildcats to the first regional appearance in school history. The state's strength is high school righthanders who can work in the low 90s, led by potential first-rounder Garrett Gould, Tanner Poppe and Kurt Giller.

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John And Jim’s Fantasy Draft

John Manuel and Jim Callis -

What's more fun than playing scouting director? Playing scouting director for 16 teams. Our draft experts, Jim Callis and John Manuel, alternate picks and let you know who they'd choose if they were running the draft for each club, staying true to their finances and needs. Jim won the coin toss, so he gets to start off by taking the best prospect in draft history.

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State Report: Nebraska

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Nebraska's two NCAA Division I programs offer little in the way of draft talent this year. Nebraska had a losing record for the first time in 12 years as sophomore-eligible righthander Mike Nesseth's inconsistency symbolized the team's struggles. The Cornhuskers have commitments from the top two high school players, and neither should be drafted high enough to turn pro at this point.

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State Report: Florida

John Manuel -Premium Content

Scouts continue to be impressed with the depth of the state's class, especially in terms of hitters. The lack of impact college hitters and an underwhelming finish by most of the state's top prep pitchers tempered some of the initial enthusiasm for the state's draft class, though.

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State Report: Michigan

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The high schools have most of the talent this spring in Michigan. Shortstops Derek Dennis and Daniel Fields and outfielders Victor Roache, Patrick Biondi and Torsten Boss are all quality athletes who could be quality prospects for the 2012 draft, if they don't begin their pro careers this year.

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State Report: Georgia

John Manuel -Premium Content

Georgia will place a high school pitcher in the first round for the second straight season, and it once again has the draft's top-rated high school position player, with Donavan Tate following in the footsteps of 2008 No. 1 overall pick Tim Beckham.

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State Report: Minnesota

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Independent leaguer Tanner Scheppers, imported from California after he didn't sign out of Fresno State last year, should become the state's first first-rounder since Glen Perkins in 2004. Add to him Minnesota second baseman Derek McCallum, and the Land of 10,000 Lakes should have two players chosen in the first five rounds for the first time since Joe Mauer and Jack Hannahan eight years ago.

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State Report: South Carolina

John Manuel -Premium Content

Thanks to its strong college baseball programs, South Carolina has produced double-digit numbers of single-digit draft picks with some regularity this decade. The state has an outside shot at doing that again this year, thanks to a stronger-than-average year for high school pitching.

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State Report: Canada

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

It's a down year in Canada. While lefthander Jake Eliopoulos at least gives the country a player in the predraft Top 200, he's not likely to continue the streak of Canadians in the first round, which was at two after righthander Phillippe Aumont (11th overall, Mariners) in 2007 and second baseman Brett Lawrie (16th overall, Brewers) in 2008.

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Super Regional Scouting

John Manuel -

This year, super regionals fall on the last weekend before the 2009 draft, which starts June 9. It's a weekend tailor-made for Baseball America. It's two great tastes that go great together. In that spirit, here are the top 10 prospects eligible for the 2009 draft who are playing in super regionals.

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State Report: North Carolina

John Manuel -Premium Content

North Carolina has produced three No. 1 overall picks in its history—the last being prep outfielder Josh Hamilton in 1999—and continues to make an ever-increasing impact on the draft as the state's population grows and the state's college baseball programs improve.

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State Report: Dakotas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

By the Dakotas' standards, it's a strong year for talent. Shortstop Cole Frenzel has a chance to become North Dakota's highest-drafted high school player ever, but as usual, the region's best players will make more of a draft impact three or four years from now after attending top college programs.

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State Report: Texas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

High school talent sticks out the most in Texas this year, and even the swine-flu scare that shut down the season for two weeks couldn't drive scouts away. The Lone Star State is home to two of the five elite prep arms in this draft (Matthew Purke, Shelby Miller), as well as some of the best athletes (Everett Williams, Todd Glaesmann), power hitters (Randal Grichuk) and two-way players (Slade Heathcott) in the nation.

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