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2013 Preseason High School All-America Team

Nathan Rode -

The 2013 draft class is receiving low marks overall, but the high school side is strong on lefthander pitching and catchers, as evidenced by the All-America Teams. The race for first-team first baseman was a landslide with Dominic Smith (Serra HS, Gardena, Calif.) being the unanimous pick. The only other players to be unanimous first-team selections were outfielders Clint Frazier (Loganville, Ga., High) and Austin Meadows (Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga.). Ballots were sent to all 30 Major League Baseball scouting directors. Lefthander Chris Kohler pitched in a spring league in 2012, but returns to the Los Osos High (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) varsity for his senior season. Lefthander/first baseman A.J. Puk is from Iowa, which has a high school season that runs over the summer rather than in the spring.

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2013 Great West Conference

John Manuel -

The Great West never got an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, officially because of its lack of stability and influx of reclassifying D-I teams such as Houston Baptist and Utah Valley. Those excuses are no longer true, but the NCAA has not given the Great West an automatic bid in any sport, making league members anxious to find leagues that do get automatic bids, and now realignment has torn the conference asunder.

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Stanford’s Ragira And Wilson Have Scouts Excited

Mike Lemaire -Premium Content

Stanford coach Mark Marquess has seen plenty of eligible college players let all the major league draft talk become a distraction and derail their seasons, so when he was told two of his most-important current draft-eligible players—junior outfielder Austin Wilson and first baseman Brian Ragira—seem unconcerned with their draft stock, Marquess sounded glad to hear it.

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