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Matzek Looks Sharp In Return From Blister

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—The 2009 Anaheim Lions Tournament wrapped up on Wednesday night at Old Glover Stadium in Anaheim, with Mission Viejo (Calif.) High edging Capistrano Valley High (Mission Viejo, Calif.), 3-1. Sixty […]

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National (Under)Classic

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—The National Classic continued apace on Tuesday, April 14, with two games generating substantial attention from both local and national scouts: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) vs. Notre Dame […]

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Big SoCal Tournaments Get Started

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—Scouting Directors, cross checkers, area scouts and sundry others have descended this week on Orange County to observe the action in both the Anaheim Lions and National Classic tournaments. […]

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High School Top 25

Just as Bellaire (Texas) High was lying in wait for Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas) to misstep, the Tigers of Tampa's Jesuit High pounced after Bellaire lost to Houston's Westside High 5-2. Jesuit is the new No. 1 in the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25. Read more about the Tigers in the latest Around The Nation.

High School | #2009#Team Rankings

Matzek Has Blister

Conor Glassey -

Baseball America has learned that Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) High lefthander Tyler Matzek, BA’s No. 1 high school prospect, has recently developed a blood blister on his left index […]

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Gaffney Steals Home . . . And Spotlight

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES—An annual highlight of the scouting calendar in Southern California is the San Diego Lions High School Easter tournament. The 2009 version began on Monday, April 6. Stockdale High […]

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Purke Shows Savvy, Stuff

Dave Perkin -

HOUSTON—Lefthander Matt Purke of Klein (Texas) High ranked as BA’s third-best high school prospect coming into the season.  A probable first-round selection in the June draft, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Texas […]

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High School Top 25: March 31

National tournaments have the tendency to expose weaknesses and Bishop Gorman High of Las Vegas was the latest victim. The preseason No. 1, the Gaels had narrowly hung on to the top spot after dropping their season opener in Nevada, but after going 2-2 at the Big League Dugout National Invitational, Bishop Gorman fell all the way to No. 11 in the new Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25.

High School | #2009#Team Rankings

A Second Look At Myers

Nathan Rode -

Just over two weeks ago, at the Impact Invitational in Cary, N.C., Wil Myers was one of several North Carolina prep prospects playing under the keen eyes of area scouts, […]

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Marisnick Faces Hobgood; Hobgood Wins

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LOS ANGELES—On a sunny and windy Tuesday afternoon in Riverside, 60 scouts watched intently as top prospects Matt Hobgood of Norco High faced Jake Marisnick of Riverside Poly High. A […]

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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.

High School | #2009#High Heat

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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