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State Report: Colorado

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

The last time Colorado had back-to-back years with top 100 picks was in 1996 and 1997, with Shawn Chacon (Rockies) and Darnell McDonald (Orioles). With righthander Tyler Sample getting picked 80th overall last year (Royals), the Centennial State repeat the feat with a toolsy high school outfielder from Fort Collins.

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State Report: California

David Perkin -Premium Content

California is expected to produce the No. 1 overall pick this year with San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg, a runaway choice as the draft's No. 1 talent and a strong contender for the top prospect of the draft era. He's backed by a relatively weak college class but a bountiful group of high school players.

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Draft Tracker: June 2

Conor Glassey -

With 19 players listed about Baseball America's Top 200 Draft Prospects, it's a strong year for high school players in the state of Florida. So, when nearly all of them converge to a small city in Central Florida for a postseason all-star tournament, it's a must-see event for scouts considering the first-year player draft is less than two weeks away. They showed up in droves. Nearly 100 scouts attended the event, including scouting directors for at least 10 teams.

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Best Ever?

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Stephen Strasburg took the drama out of the horse race a long time ago. One of the things draftniks enjoy most about following the run-up to baseball's annual selection process—or any draft, for that matter—is trying to figure out where each player will go. And no one is more important than the No. 1 selection. Well, that decision became obvious a year ago, when he registered a 23-strikeout game against Utah and scouts said Strasburg would have been the top selection in last year's draft had he been eligible.

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Riskier Than They Look

Tracy Ringolsby -Premium Content

Stephen Strasburg is the latest once-in-a-lifetime pitcher to be draft eligible. Despite the rave reports from scouts, however, history has shown the fragile nature of can't-miss pitchers. Since the advent of the draft in 1965, there have been 199 pitchers among the first 10 selections in the draft. Kevin Brown is the all-time leader in victories among the group, having compiled a 211-144 record, with Dwight Gooden next at 194-112. Only 14 of the 199 have won as many as 125 games. Strasburg is on center stage this year, but here's a list of 10 past pitchers of the draft era who received similar hype for their talent, at least relative to their times:

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State Report: Mississippi

John Manuel -Premium Content

The most-watched player in Mississippi this spring was Scott Bittle, the Rebels' senior righthander. He was a second-round pick of the Yankees last season but didn't sign and has battled shoulder injuries. He had been passed by a pair of high school athletes as the state's top prospects.

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State Report: Utah

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

While Utah righthander Stephen Fife was the 85th overall pick in last year's draft, going to the Red Sox in the third round, it was actually an unusually thin year in the Beehive State, with just four players drafted. Utah won't have a player drafted in the top 100 picks this time around, but there will be a lot more than four players selected overall and the state should return to its 2006 and 2007 levels, when 12 and 11 players were drafted.

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State Report: Upper Rockies

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

Even in a traditionally desolate region, it's a down year in the Upper Rockies. Idaho normally leads the way for the region—and NAIA power Lewis-Clark State always leads Idaho—but it was a substandard year for talent both for the Warriors and the Gem State. Montana and Wyoming are barren.

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State Report: New Mexico

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

The last time New Mexico had two players drafted within the top 200 was way back in 1996, when players in this year's class were just starting tee-ball. It could happen again this year with a polished high school hitter and a live-armed reliever as the state's top two talents.

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State Report: Virginia

Nathan Rode -Premium Content

Since 1999, Virginia has had at least two players on our predraft Top 200 Prospects list every year, and for a few years in the early '00s it looked like the state was becoming a veritable talent hotbed. The 2009 season continues a trend in the other direction, though.

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State Report: New York

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

A pair of high-upside lefthanders headline an otherwise average New York crop. Steve Matz and James Jones could both be drafted in the top three rounds, and righthanders Kyle Hansen, Robert Whitenack and Kyle Morrison give the Empire State three more top-10-rounds talents.

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State Report: Lower New England

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

It was a banner year for the University of Rhode Island, which won 37 games but was left out of regionals after losing in the finals of the Atlantic-10 Conference tournament. The Rams also lead the draft crop in lower New England; righthander Eric Smith headlines a group of five Rams with a chance to be drafted.

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