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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.

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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.

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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.

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National Exposure

Premium Content

The National Classic and Anaheim Lions tournaments exposed some teams, good and bad. Long Beach's Wilson HS is struggling to play consistent baseball while Calvert Hall squeezed out just one win in Southern California against West Lynn (Ore.) HS. Tampa's Plant HS made the biggest jump to No. 13 after being unranked. They were No. 37 in the preseason poll. Calvert Hall dropped from No. 1 to No. 25 and six teams exited. American Heritage HS (Plantation, Fla.) takes over at the top spot as they continue to destroy opponents with a potent offense.

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Growing Together

Matt Blood -Premium Content

Heading up the Heritage baseball program, head coach Todd Fitz-Gerald is doing his job. Producing college players such as Stephen Clyne (Clemson), Kevin Davidson (Rollins), Dylan Gonzalez (Pepperdine), Ryan Akel (Boston College) and Matt Mansilla (College of Charleston), Fitz-Gerald has developed players and prepared them for college in a high school program that is anything but traditional.

High School | #2008#High Heat

There’s A New No. 1

There's a new team at the top of the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25. Baltimore's Calvert Hall took over the top spot after Long Beach's Wilson High suffered its first loss of the season.

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Talent Grows Deep In Warm Weather Regions

Matt Blood -Premium Content

The sun is shining, it's 65 degrees outside with a nice breeze and the grass, freshly cut, couldn't be greener—just another beautiful day for a baseball game. Oh, and one more thing: it's December. the 300th-plus day of the baseball season. This scene is a familiar one across the landscapes of the prospect fertile states of California, Florida and Texas.

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High School Top 25: March 4

With several teams still waiting to start their season, there isn't a lot of movement in the first regular season edition of the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Preseason High School Top 25. But those with good weather already have several games under their belts.

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Preseason High School Top 50

Nathan Rode and John Manuel -

In 2007, it looked as if New Jersey's Seton Hall Prep would hold the No. 1 spot for the entire season. But the Pirates stumbled in mid-May, as one loss allowed Long Beach's Wilson High to finish the season as the nation's No. 1 team. Wilson returns to the top spot for the 2008 Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Preseason High School Top 50.

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WWBA Fall Championship Top 10, Best Tools

Alan Matthews -

Here's a look at the top 10 seniors at this year's WWBA tournament, as judged by national writer Alan Matthews in consultation with scouts in attendance. Rankings reflect the player's ceiling and likelihood of reaching that ceiling, with some consideration to performance at the event.

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