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Second-Day Candidates

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—Understandably, the majority of attention and publicity for the draft is focused on the top prospects. In Southern California in 2009, that list would include Stephen Strasburg, Grant Green, […]

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Can Tate Wait?

Todd Holcomb -Premium Content

To measure pitchers, scouts use a radar gun. For Donavan Tate, they could use a deer rifle. The story of the longest ball ever hit by Tate—Baseball America's No. 1 prep position prospect for the June draft—dates to his junior season at Cartersville High in northwest Georgia.

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March Matchups

Dave Perkin -

Every scout in any portion of the country yearns to see games where upper echelon prospects match up against each other. Southern California scouts have been treated to an unusually […]

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Channeling The Clipper

Dave Perkin -

Back around 1990, I was rummaging through the discount bin in a video store when I spotted an unexpected gem. Hidden under several random cassettes was a tape encased in […]

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Fully Loaded

Todd Willis -Premium Content

Chad Kettler says he can't pick the best player on the Coppell High baseball team. Not even his best friend, catcher Jonathan Walsh, whom he's played with for almost a decade. "I can't really pick out a best player because we all play different positions," said Kettler, an Oklahoma signee. "That would be pretty hard to do." Selecting the best player is even more difficult when you consider there are six Division I signees on the Cowboys' 16-player roster.

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Thompson Quiets Doubters

Dave Perkin -

On Saturday, Feb. 28, a highly-anticipated preseason pitching matchup featured two top prospects for the June 2009 draft: Righthander Chad Thompson of El Toro High and lefthander Tyler Matzek of […]

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Preseason High School Top 50

Nathan Rode -

A familiar face sits atop the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Preseason Top 50. Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, a three-time state champion in Nevada, earns the preseason top spot. The Gaels have five Division I signees on the roster and won an American Legion national title as a unit in addition to their domination of the Silver State.

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Cuckoo For Cuckovich

Dave Perkin -

BA’s own bird dog, Dave Perkin, checks in from the inaugural Big 3 of the West college showcase. LONG BEACH—The dream, rarely fulfilled, of every baseball scout and recruiter is […]

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Tate Commits To North Carolina

John Manuel -

Coming off three straight trips to the College World Series—plus an 8-4 season in football—North Carolina has landed the nation’s No. 2 player in the 2009 prep class. Sources have […]

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