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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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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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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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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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