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State Report: Texas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Though its two best prospects have had injury-plagued springs, Texas still will produce its usual share of talent. Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon is still the top position player in the draft and a potential No. 1 overall pick even though a shoulder strain has hampered his swing and kept him at DH for much of the season. Texas Christian lefthander Matt Purke missed a month with shoulder bursitis before returning in the final week of the regular season, and his draft status remains murky heading into the postseason. Plenty of other Lone Star State prospects have stepped forward. Taylor Jungmann (Texas) and John Stilson (Texas A&M) have been two of the most dominant pitchers in college baseball, while Dallas Jesuit HS outfielder Josh Bell is one of the most dangerous prep bats available.

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2011 Draft Overview

Conor Glassey -

The past two drafts have been defined by one player, and the Nationals' scouting director held the first pick both times. Two years ago, righthander Stephen Strasburg captured the country's attention as one of the most dominating college pitchers ever. Last year it was all about Las Vegas phenom Bryce Harper, who graduated high school two years early to become draft eligible. This year, after a 57-105 2010 campaign, the Pirates hold the first pick, and with less than a month before draft day, no Strasburg or Harper has emerged as an obvious No. 1 overall talent.

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State Report: Louisiana

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Louisiana State righthander Anthony Ranaudo and prep third baseman Garin Cecchini are the state's top two prospects, as expected, but both had their springs marred by injury. They set the tone for what's shaping up as a decent year in the Bayou State, but nothing special.

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State Report: Missouri

Jim Callis -Premium Content

In a down year for lefthanders, the Show-Me State has three of the better ones in the draft in Missouri State's Mike Kickham and Aaron Meade, and South Harrison High's (Bethany) Jordan Shipers. The state also has decent position-player depth in Missouri teammates Brett Nicholas and Aaron Senne and outfielders Chuckie Jones (Boonville High) and Les Smith (Meramec CC).<br/>

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State Report: Oklahoma

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If not for the emergence of a pair of junior college players, Oklahoma would be in danger of getting shut out of the first five rounds—something that never has happened in the previous 45 drafts. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons arrived at Western Oklahoma State JC from Curacao, while outfielder Marcus Knecht transferred to Connors State JC after spending last season on Oklahoma State's bench.<br/>

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State Report: Arkansas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The state of Arkansas produced only one first-round pick in the last decade (Nick Schmidt in 2007), yet could have two this year in Arkansas teammates Zack Cox and Brett Eibner. Another Razorback, Drew Smyly, is one of the top lefthanders available, and Southern Arkansas righty Hayden Simpson is one of the best small-college prospects in the draft. The high school crop was nondescript until righthanders Ben Wells and Richie Tate popped up late in the spring.<br/>

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State Report: Kansas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Blue Valley High righthander Ryne Stanek reached his projection earlier than anyone expected, and he towers over the rest of the state's prospects. He passed Blue Valley Northwest High righty Jason Adam, who might have joined Stanek in the first three rounds if not for a final-month fade. A year after all three of the state's Division I programs made the NCAA playoffs, only Kansas State returned to the regionals, symbolic of a lackluster college crop headline by polished Wichita State righthander Jordan Cooper.<br/>

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State Report: Oregon

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

Baseball remains on the rise in Oregon, thanks to the huge strides made by the state's two major-college programs. Oregon State is making its fifth regional appearance in the last six years, a run that also happens to include three straight trips to Omaha (2005-07) and back-to-back national titles in 2006 and '07. Oregon has also made swift progress since the return of its baseball program last season, reaching regionals this year for the first time since 1964. It's no surprise that those two programs dominate the state's talent list. Most of the top high school and junior college players will probably head to four-year colleges rather than pro ball.<br/>

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