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State Report: Missouri

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Missouri didn't have a player selected in the top five rounds last year, the first time that had happened since 1995. The Show-Me State's talent isn't much better in 2011, with high school outfielder Johnny Eierman the only prospect assured of getting tabbed that early. The high school talent outshone the college prospects this spring, especially in terms of position players. Missouri State second baseman Kevin Medrano had a disappointing junior season that could drop him out of the first 10 rounds.

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State Report: Ohio

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If it weren't for Kent State, scouts wouldn't have had much reason to travel to Ohio this spring. The Golden Flashes won the Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament championships, featuring the three best prospects in the state: lefthander Andrew Chafin, righthander Kyle McMillen and third baseman Travis Shaw. Chafin and McMillen should go in the top three rounds, but the quality drops off quickly after them. There may not be a signable high school player worthy of going in the first 15 rounds.

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State Report: Kentucky

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Kentucky righthander Alex Meyer will be the state's first first-round pick since Eastern Kentucky's Christian Friedrich three years ago. Louisville righthander Tony Zych and Western Kentucky outfielder Kes Carter could go in the sandwich round, and the Bluegrass State never has had three players selected that high in one draft. Louisville infielder Ryan Wright could go in the second round as well, but the high school crop is not nearly as strong.

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State Report: Tennessee

John Manuel -Premium Content

Vanderbilt's rise as a national college program will be evident in this draft, as seven Commodores made it into BA's Top 200 Prospects. Ace righty Sonny Gray is a surefire first-rounder, and five other Commodores—righthanders Jack Armstrong and Navery Moore, lefthander Grayson Garvin, third baseman Jason Esposito and first baseman Aaron Westlake—all are likely to go in the first five rounds. Nicky Delmonico entered the year as a potential first-rounder and finished strong. He led Knoxville's Farragut High to its fourth straight 3-A championship, getting help from lefthander Philip Pfeifer, Vanderbilt's top in-state signee. His bout of shoulder tendinitis kept him from pitching in an April matchup with Tennessee's top prep talent, lefthander Daniel Norris. A Clemson signee, Norris dropped a bit as the season wore on due to inconsistency, though he wasn't expected to slip out of the first 33 selections.

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Experts Draft 2.0

Will Lingo -

With the draft coming up on Monday, we wanted to take yet another look at how the first round might unfold, this time if four of our draft experts were making the calls. This isn't a projection of how the first round will play out, but rather who editor John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and assistant editors Conor Glassey and Nathan Rode would prefer for picks 1-33. We changed the order up from our original experts draft, and the four experts alternated choices throughout the first round while taking into account each club's needs and financial situation.

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State Report: Arkansas

John Manuel -Premium Content

Arkansas has some high-end talent this year, but not tremendous depth. The state has two players likely to go in the first three rounds and five players who could go in the first 10 rounds this year. The University of Arkansas is the top baseball institution in the Natural State and has more talent among its underclassmen, chiefly sophomore righthander D.J. Baxendale and freshman corner infielder Dominic Ficociello (both of whom were invited to Team USA's college national team trials), and freshman righthander Ryne Stanek, one of college baseball's hardest throwers.

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State Report: Nevada

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

The biggest baseball news in Nevada this year didn't involve players; it involved coaches. On the field, while shortstop Jake Hager is the state's top prospect, the biggest story is lefthander Amir Garrett, who was better known as a basketball player coming into the spring but was rising fast up draft boards in spite of minimal experience on the mound. It's also worth noting that this year's high school class could have included Nationals phenom Bryce Harper, had he stayed on a traditional path to the draft. Instead, Harper was hitting .346/.432/.623 for low Class A Hagerstown with 13 home runs.

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State Report: Canada

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

While this year is just average for the country that gave rise to Baseball America (born in British Columbia in 1981) and Justin Bieber, a nice group of pitchers has shown promise for next year, and the junior team already has a promising member of the 2014 draft class in outfielder Gareth Morgan.

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State Report: Mississippi

John Manuel -Premium Content

In most years, Mississippi and Mississippi State provide the state with its best baseball and its best talent. In 2011, that was not the case. Southern Mississippi was clearly the best college team in the state most of the season, and has the state's top prospect in B.A. Vollmuth. And while Ole Miss has draft prospects in bulk, it doesn't have a likely player for the first three rounds, after producing 11 such players dating back to 2004. Instead, the state's high school ranks look to be quite productive. Teams had significant interest in hitters such as Connor Barron, Senquez Golson and Mason Robbins, as well as righthanders Hawtin Buchanan and Brandon Woodruff.

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State Report: Caribbean

John Manuel -Premium Content

Puerto Rico has produced plenty of talent for the 2011 draft. It's just that the two top Puerto Rican prospects, shortstops Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez, both moved to Florida and will be drafted as the Sunshine State's top prospects. Righthander Jorge Lopez is left behind as the island's top draft prospect, with outfielder Gabriel Rosa moving into consideration for the first three or four rounds.

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State Report: New Mexico

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

Just five players have ever been first-round picks out of New Mexico, and it hasn't happened since high school third baseman Shane Andrews went 11th overall to the Expos in 1990. The state has another legitimate first-round talent in catcher Blake Swihart this year, though signability could push him out of a crowded first round.

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State Report: Arizona

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

While Arizona junior colleges are always loaded with talent, it's not often that the top player in the state comes from a two-year school. The last time the first player off the board in Arizona was a juco product was in 1995, when the Tigers picked righthander Rosario Ortiz in the fifth round out of Arizona Western JC. The four-year schools offer depth but no stars, and it's another disappointing year for high school talent in the state.

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State Report: Pacific Rim

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

The theme in the West this year is the abundance of first-round talent coming out of places that haven't produced first-rounders for years, such as Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah. You can add Hawaii to the list, as the state has two players that will be picked in the first five rounds. Second baseman Kolten Wong could be the highest-drafted player from the state since University of Hawaii righthander Mark Johnson was taken 19th overall in 1996. As usual, Alaska probably won't have anyone drafted.

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State Report: Kansas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

As the best athlete in the entire draft, Bubba Starling has drawn the most of the attention in Kansas this spring. But the Sunflower State has a lot more talent where that came from, including an exceptionally deep group of arms. Starting with Wichita State lefthander Charlie Lowell, as many as seven four-year college pitchers could get selected in the first 10 rounds, as could Johnson County CC fireballer Jeff Soptic and projectable high school lefty Cody Kukuk.

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State Report: Oklahoma

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Oklahoma has a historically good high school pitching crop this year, starting with the two best prep arms in the entire draft in Owasso's Dylan Bundy and Broken Arrow's Archie Bradley. Their dominance tended to overshadow fellow righthanders Michael Fulmer (Deer Creek), Mason Hope (Broken Arrow) and Adrian Houser (Locust Grove), but that trio also could go in the first five rounds. The Sooner State's best college prospects all turned down 2010 draft offers: Oklahoma righthander Burch Smith and Oklahoma State righty Chris Marlowe were selected out of Texas junior colleges, while Oklahoma third baseman Garrett Buechele was a sophomore-eligible.

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State Report: Alabama

John Manuel -Premium Content

As the state's flagship program, the University of Alabama is expected to have the state's best talent year-in and year-out. In lefthander Adam Morgan, the Tide has this year's top prospect again. But the biggest story in the state was an Auburn recruit, Clay Holmes, who was challenging Morgan for the top draft spot.

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State Report: Utah

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

The last time a player from Utah was taken in the first round was in 2005, when the Cubs took lefhander Mark Pawelek. The last time a college player had that distinction was back in 1984—four years before C.J. Cron was born—when the Indians selected shortstop Cory Snyder out of Brigham Young. Cron crushed the Mountain West Conference in baseball like Jimmer Fredette did in basketball, hitting .434/.517/.803 with 26 doubles and 15 home runs. He has one of the most exciting bats in this year's draft class, and his presence alone makes it an above-average year for The Beehive State.

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State Report: Washington

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

Washington produced half as many players in the Top 200 last year, but it was quality over quantity, as outfielders Josh Sale and Drew Vettleson ranked 10th and 45th on BA's Top 200. The state has a good depth of pitchers this year, with Washington State's Adam Conley leading the way, but none are threats to go in the first round.

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State Report: Northern California

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

It's usually Southern California that produces the best high school talent in the state. The best players from the northern part of the state typically go to college before entering the professional ranks. This year, the tables have turned. It's a bit of a down year for Southern California talent, but Northern California is booming, particularly in the high schools.<br/>

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State Report: Southern California

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Even in a down year, Southern California has a greater sheer volume of legitimate draft prospects than just about any other region, as well as two of the nation's top prospects in UCLA righthanders Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. But make no mistake—the region is down in 2011.

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