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Baranik Ready For Fall Finale

Mike Lemaire -Premium Content

Perfect Game's World Wood Bat Association Championship tournament kicks off Oct. 21 in Jupiter, Fla. Thousands of players come from all over the country, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico to play in front of hundreds of scouts and college coaches. In most cases, this is the last big look at players until their high schools begin playing this spring. One player hoping to make a lasting impression is Louisiana righthander Carson Baranik, who Baseball America intern Mike Lemaire profiled this summer. . .<br/>

High School | #2010#Events#Perfect Game World Wood-Bat Association Championships

Lindor Grows Into An Impressive Leader

Tyler Jett -

Growing up, Francisco Lindor played a "3-2 game" during which his father, Miguel, pitched to him while both pretended the count was full. Whatever you do, Francisco was told, don't strike out. Strike outs meant running sprints. So with the 16U National Team trailing Cuba by one in the top of the 9th at the World Youth Championship in Taiwan, Lindor wasn't about to take a third strike, even if the ball looked outside.<br/>

High School | #2010#Aflac All-American Classic#Events

Bird, Brickhouse Follow Teammates’ Footsteps

For the third consecutive year, the Under Armour All-America Game powered by Baseball Factory will be played at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The 2010 event is loaded with promising high school players once again and two in particular already have a connection to the game. Catcher Greg Bird and righthander Bryan Brickhouse were teammates of 2009 participants. Bird was a batterymate of Kevin Gausman while Brickhouse's best friend was Jameson Taillon. Like Taillon and Gausman, Bird and Brickhouse are no strangers to playing in front of scouts and will perform on a national stage on Aug. 14.

High School | #2010#Events#Under Armour Preseason All-America Tournament

Jacquez’s Small Frame Generates Electric Stuff

Bubba Brown -Premium Content

Although he lived in El Paso, Texas, on the American side of the border, Ricky Jacquez spent most of his youth in Mexico. That's where he played baseball. Believing the youth talent level to be greater on the southern side of the border, Jacquez, who holds dual American-Mexican citizenship, played on Mexican Little League teams as a youngster.

High School | #2010#Events#Team USA

Hedges’ Arm Shines at PG National

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

While many children fall in love with baseball at an early age, Austin Hedges was drawn to a specific part of the game. Beginning when he was only three years old, Hedges said he always loved catchers because the gear they wore looked cool. Fourteen years after the game drew him in, Hedges was the one looking cool and was one of many standout players at the Perfect Game National Showcase June 17-20 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

High School | #2010#Events#Perfect Game National Showcase