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T.O.S. Report: Taking a Liking

Matt Blood -

A common phrase heard in conversation amongst scouts and college coaches is the simple question, "Who do you like?" It is always interesting to hear an evaluator’s response to the […]

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Final High School Top 50

American Heritage high claims this year's national championship after their 3-A title. Joining the list of state champions are No. 3 Plano (Texas) West (Texas 5-A), No. 5 Brookwood (Georgia 5-A) and No. 6 Don Bosco (New Jersey, Non-Public A). Simi Valley (Calif.) High is the newest member to the top 25, winning the CIF Division I Southern Section title over No. 14 Wilson High (Long Beach, Calif.).

High School | #2008#Team Rankings

High School Team Of The Year

Nathan Rode -

With the attention that American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) has been given this season, readers can relate to the bludgeoning that the Patriots put on opponents this season. They stormed through the regular season, knocking off just about every 6-A Florida school they faced, capturing the school's first 3-A state baseball title as well as a national championship. The Patriots can add one more title to their resume: Baseball America Team of the Year.

High School | #2008#Awards#Team Of The Year

Hewitt Letting It All Sink In

Nathan Rode -

Anthony Hewitt, selected 24th overall by the Phillies, hasn’t moved from his seat quite yet. "I’m sitting here in the same spot with the same face," the young shortstop said. […]

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High School Top 25: May 27

Nathan Rode -

American Heritage High held onto the No. 1 spot after capturing the 3-A title in Florida. Knoxville's Farragut High catapulted to No. 13 after being unranked and taking out now No. 16 Bartlett High (Memphis, Tenn.) in the state finals. Other state champions include Bishop Gorman (Nevada 4-A), Owasso (Oklahoma 6-A) and Lake Brantley (Florida 6-A).

High School | #2008#Team Rankings

Plenty Of Questions

Nathan Rode -Premium Content

Anthony Hewitt may be the definition of an enigma, a term used loosely in baseball. The spectrum on his draft projection is so wide that some think he's a first-round supplemental pick, while others don't think he is even on the board.

High School | #2008#High Heat

More West Tidbits

John Manuel -

 Two huge high school playoff matchups with draft implications happened Thursday night. In Nevada, the state’s top two prep pitchers, righthanders Joe Weiland of Reno’s Bishop Manogue and Donn Roach […]

College

High School Top 25: May 13

American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) held on to the top spot, but Sarasota (Fla.) High and Moody High (Corpus Christi, Texas) took the biggest falls from No. 2 and 5 respectively after they were bounced from the postseason without making it out of the regional tournaments. Sunrise Mountain High (Peoria, Ariz.) fell to Horizon High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the state championship, bumping them from No. 9 to 16. Barbe High (Lake Charles, La.) returns to the top 25 after winning the Louisiana 5-A state tournament.

High School | #2008#Team Rankings

Tropical Trip

Nathan Rode -

Once the high school season concludes toward the end of the spring, the summer showcase circuit will kick into gear. Underclassmen from all over the country will make their stops at camps in an effort to hone their skills and get noticed by college recruiters or professional scouts. However, some high school players will bypass the circuit and head to the beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic to play on the diamonds and experience the culture of the baseball-rich Caribbean island.

High School | #2008#High Heat

Decker Decks Pitchers

Nathan Rode -Premium Content

With the draft just around the corner, news and information on the top prospects isn't hard to find. Guys like Pedro Alvarez, Brian Matusz and Eric Hosmer will be all over headlines and covers until they're picked. There are plenty of guys flying under the radar, however, that could be marquee picks in the early rounds of the draft on June 5. Outfielder Jaff Decker has simply dominated his competition in Peoria, Ariz., while righthander Tyler Sample has bounced back from Tommy John surgery to be a legitimate option coming out of Colorado.

High School | #2008#High Heat

American Heritage Returns To The Top

The curse of No. 1 continues as Tupelo (Miss.) High dropped three games after taking over the top spot. American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) returns to the spotlight with their team that has been compared with a junior college lineup. Plano (Texas) West High made another big jump to No. 6 from No. 15.

High School | #2008#Team Rankings

Baseball For The Ages

Alan Simpson -

Two years ago, Baseball America embarked on a project called Baseball For The Ages, which recognized the best baseball players in America from 12 to 60. It was an ambitious undertaking that we expected to be a one-shot deal, but it proved so popular that it has become an annual fixture. Our third edition, like the second, identifies only the game's up-and-coming players, from 12 to 25.

High School | #2005#For The Ages

Shreve Update; Rocky Mountain Riser

John Manuel -

CC of Southern Nevada righthander Colby Shreve got good news after seeking a second opinion on his injured right elbow. BA’s preseason No. 2 junior college prospect visited Angels medical […]

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Tupelo’s Time

Tupelo (Miss.) takes over the top spot as American Heritage fell to Palm Beach Central. James River (Midlothian, Va.) took the biggest hit, falling out of the Top 25 from No. 14. The Rapids were beat by Midlothian rival Cosby High, who was No. 36 in the preseason. Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) vaulted into the rankings after tearing through the Southeastern Baseball Classic in South Carolina and beating St. John's High (Washington, D.C.) on the road.

High School | #2008#Team Rankings