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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Virginia

Will Kimmey -Premium Content

The talent has been building in Virginia in recent years, and this year caps off the state's steady surge toward amateur prominence. First and foremost is Justin Upton, the consensus top talent in the draft, and he's closely followed by Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman is the exception this year, however, as the only college player among the state's best prospects. Of the top 12 players in the state, 11 come from the high school ranks.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: West Virginia

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

West Virginia enjoyed some success on the national stage this spring when West Virginia State advanced to the Division II World Series and Potomac State made its second straight appearance at the Junior College World Series. Winthrop outfielder Daniel Carte, a West Virginia native who is the state's high school career home run leader, is a potential first-round pick. But that's as close as it will get in the draft as the state won't have any other players with West Virginia connections go in the first 10 rounds.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Pennsylvannia

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

This has not been a vintage year for Pennsylvania, especially in the western half of the state. After producing premium first-rounders Chris Lubanski (Royals, 11th overall) in 2003 and Neil Walker (Pirates, 11th) in 2004, there may not be a Pennsylvania player among the draft's top 100 picks this year.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Ohio

Jim Callis -Premium Content

In a change from recent years, high schools have produced more of Ohio's best draft prospects than the colleges in 2005. Slugging outfielder Nolan Reimold is one of the few position players and collegians of note, and his late surge could carry him into the fifth round or earlier.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: New York

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

Led by the dynamic pitching duo of Craig Hansen and Anthony Varvaro at St. John's, New York has an unusually deep crop of college pitchers this year. If he goes in the first round, as expected, Hansen would be the first player drafted in the first round out of a New York college or high school since 1996.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: New Jersey

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

New Jersey has been a tough state for scouts to get a read on this spring. There were three premium high school arms all along, but the pecking order changed continually until righthander Vince Mazzaro, the most signable of the trio, made a late charge. Some scouts saw Princeton multisport star Will Venable as a better athlete and better baseball prospect than B.J. Szymanski, Princeton's two-sport star from 2004 who went in the second round to the Reds, while others see him as no better than the surprise 15th-rounder he was a year ago.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Upper New England

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

A year after Maine high school righthander Mark Rogers, selected fifth overall by the Brewers, became the highest pick in draft history from this three-state region's prep ranks, things have returned to normal. With the possibility of one or two players slipping into the first 10 rounds, crosscheckers had little reason to trek to the northeast corner of the country this spring.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Lower New England

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

Connecticut high school righthander Josh Zeid is the only player with a shot of being drafted in the first 10 rounds, but he could just as easily slide a long way because he has not had a dominant season and his commitment to Vanderbilt has raised issues about his signability. By winning the Atlantic-10 Conference title, Rhode Island qualified for its first-ever NCAA regional appearance and should also make its greatest imprint on the draft, with three pitchers expected to be selected.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Mid-Atlantic

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

Maryland had hopes of producing two first-round picks this year, but those hopes evaporated when outfielder Justin Maxwell was felled by his third season-ending injury in two years early in the season and righthander Brandon Erbe couldn't produce even a .500 record at the high school level.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Massachucetts

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

Massachusetts did not shape up as an even average state at the start of the year, but UMass righthander Matt Torra made more strides this spring than possibly any college pitcher in the country. Boston College pitchers Mike Wlodarczyk and Joe Martinez also showed significant improvement, raising the entire profile of the state.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Michigan

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Zach Putnam looked like he would become the state's first first-round pick since the Yankees reached up for David Parrish 28th overall in 2000. But Putnam has leveled off as a pitcher, and now teams project him as a third-round talent as a third baseman. After Putnam and Chris Getz, the state's most attractive prospects are pitchers. Sophomore-eligibles Paul Phillips and Jayson Ruhlman could be premium picks in 2006 if they return to school and show more consistency.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Kentucky

John Manuel -Premium Content

While the college programs at Kentucky and Louisville are improving, neither is in position yet to consistently feed talent to the draft. Kentucky figures to have a premium selection next year in infielder John Shelby Jr., the son of the former big league outfielder, but doesn't figure to have recruit Chaz Roe join him on the roster. Roe, whose father played football for the Wildcats, figures to be drafted in the first 50 picks.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Indiana

Jim Callis -Premium Content

High school righthanders are Indiana's strength, after being in short supply a year ago. Josh Lindblom has an outside chance of going in the supplemental first round, and the state's next three best prospects are three more prep righties. The state's colleges have been a disappointment, as several players failed to build on the momentum from strong summer performances.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Canada

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

Canada's impact on the draft may never again approach 2002, when lefthanders Adam Loewen (Orioles, fourth overall pick) and Jeff Francis (Rockies, ninth) were both among the first 10 players drafted. But the country continues to produce 40-45 picks a year, and the prospects for Canadians brightened in mid-May when Congress voted to increase the supply of visas used by minor league baseball players, which will allow Canadians to begin playing immediately.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Florida

John Manuel -Premium Content

Veterans of the Florida scene can't remember a worse year for the state in recent draft history. Yes, the Sunshine State should still see four players go in the first 50 picks, but that's below-average for the state. Since 2000 Florida has averaged five first-rounders a year, including the sandwich round. Worse than the top-of-the-line talent is the depth, particularly at the state's major colleges. Florida State might not produce a draft pick in the first 10 rounds, and scouts considered Miami's talent ordinary by its lofty standards. The state's high school ranks also were having a down year, with few players other than lanky lefthander Michael Kirkman stepping forward this spring to improve their draft stock.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Tennessee

John Manuel -Premium Content

The story in Tennessee last year was a high school class that produced first-round pick Kyle Waldrop and several top freshmen in the Southeastern Conference, such as Alabama shortstop Cale Iorg, Tennessee pitcher James Adkins and Vanderbilt pitcher David Price. This year, the story is the much-improved Tennessee Volunteers roster, which should produce three draft picks in the first five rounds. Vanderbilt's impact in the draft will outstrip its disappointing season, which kept the Commodores from making back-to-back regional trips.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: South Carolina

John Manuel -Premium Content

South Carolina is sending six teams into NCAA regional play, a testament to the fervor for baseball in the state, and the talent beyond the flagship programs of Clemson and South Carolina shows why so many teams have been successful. The high school crop does not measure up, with the exception of good friends Justin Smoak and Reese Havens, both of whom are committed to South Carolina if they don't start their pro careers.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: North Carolina

John Manuel -Premium Content

Cameron Maybin made a run at giving North Carolina its third-ever No. 1 overall draft pick from its high school ranks. He's not likely to make that happen, but he figures to go in the first 10 picks. Perhaps it's best that he avoid the No. 1 tag, which didn't seem to help Brien Taylor (1991) or Josh Hamilton (1999). Scouts say that while Maybin and Hamilton are different, Hamilton's bat was more ready for pro ball than Maybin's. Maybin should be the only prep player from the state drafted in the first 10 rounds, if not the first day. The state's colleges aren't fertile this year, either, and figure to be much stronger next year.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Mississippi

John Manuel -Premium Content

Crosscheckers and scouting directors have checked out Mississippi more than usual this year, and the state could provide a pair of first-round picks in Ole Miss first baseman/lefthander Stephen Head and a righthander from Head's alma mater, Hillcrest Christian's Cody Satterwhite. Just as importantly, Ole Miss offered scouts several other reasons to make repeat visits to the state and could have three players drafted in the first five rounds.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Georgia

John Manuel -Premium Content

Typically a major factor toward the top of the draft, Georgia figures to be less prominent this time around, as most of the high-profile players in the territory regressed or merely held their place, rather than improving significantly in the spring. Pitchers particularly struggled this spring in Georgia, from college talents such as Jason Neighborgall and Will Startup to preps like Miers Quigley and Buster Posey.

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