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Swimming In Sophomores

Jim Callis -Premium Content

A year after college baseball boasted its best draft crop of position players this decade, scouts have lamented the dropoff among 2009 candidates after Southern California shortstop Grant Green and North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley. If not for an unusually strong group of draft-eligible sophomores, the pickings would be even slimmer.

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Have To Adapt

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

On Feb. 19, on a very comfortable 70-degree night in Ocala, Fla., righthander Keyvius Sampson took the mound for Forest High's first game of the season. About 930 miles north, another one of Baseball America's top 100 high school prospects, Neuqua Valley High lefthander Ian Krol, was preparing for his high school season indoors. The high temperature in Krol's hometown of Naperville, Ill., that day? A bitter 24 degrees and windy. Such is life for amateur pitchers in cold climates.

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Draft Tracker Returns!

A Southern California righthander is following in his father's footsteps, a Texas A&M two-way player is impressing scouts and a pair of Gauchos are moving up draft boards.

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DraftTracker Template

CATCHERS Player College/H.S. Update Bailey, Luke Troup County HS, LaGrange, Ga. Top prep catcher in a great year for prep catchers Stassi, Max Yuba City (Calif.) HS Hit three home [...]

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Overall Draft Top 33

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Thanks to the Nationals and Yankees' inability to sign their 2008 first-round picks, the 2009 first round is already the longest in baseball history, and if the Mariners can't sign Joshua Fields, it will extend to 33 picks. But there's no debate as to who is at the top of everyone's list heading into the 2009 college and high school seasons, as Stephen Strasburg is the clear No. 1.

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Mining For Talent

Lorraine Cwelich -Premium Content

As director of the Major League Scouting Bureau, Frank Marcos is quietly one of the most influential people in baseball. While the 30 major league franchises all have their own scouting staffs, the scouting bureau serves as an independent, nationwide scouting network that evaluates prospects and reports its assessments to all the teams. Freelance writer Lorraine Cwelich, on assignment for Baseball America, sat down with Marcos for a look at exactly what scouts consider when rating prospects—and how a young player can access the scouting system. The conversation with Marcos revealed (among many other things) what scouts observe that is unrelated to results, as well as how the mission of the scouting bureau differs from that of individual teams.

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Early 2009 Draft Top 25 Prospects

Matt Blood, Aaron Fitt, John Manuel and Jim Callis -Premium Content

September marks the end of the summer scouting circuit, as high schools and colleges begin classes. Scouts used the three months in between the draft and the starting of school as an opportunity to get a jump on evaluating the talent in the 2009 class. BA was out on the road as well, and after covering college summer leagues, Team USA and the high school showcase circuit, we have compiled top 25 lists for both college and high school prospects eligible for next year's draft.

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