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Veteran Big Leaguer Takes Helm At Don Bosco

Everett Merrill -Premium Content

In a career that spanned 19 seasons and included 1,178 games, Mike Stanton became accustomed to tossing the ball to one of the many managers he played for upon leaving the mound. Now, as the first-year head coach for Don Bosco Prep, a traditional New Jersey power, the former lefthanded set-up man with three World Series rings, has changed roles.

High School | #2010#High Heat

Balancing Books And Baseball

Nathan Rode -Premium Content

Austin Wilson faces a familiar dilemma, one many intelligent, academic-minded high school baseball players—who happen to have first-round talent—have encountered. Major league franchises and Wilson will have tough decisions to make this summer. The outfielder for Harvard-Westlake High (North Hollywood, Calif.) will likely have to decide between signing a pro contract and attending classes at Stanford. Scouts for major league teams will have to decide whether or not to draft Wilson high enough to try to buy him out of school, or if that's even worth trying.

High School | #2010#High Heat

Boosting Popularity

Walter Villa -Premium Content

Puerto Rico hasn't generated the same kind of talent since starts like Ivan Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran made the major leagues. The Puerto Rico Baseball Academy is working to bring relevance back to the island.

High School | #2010#High Heat

North Carolina’s Prep Talent Looks Stacked For 2011

Nathan Rode -Premium Content

North Carolina's impact on the draft has grown in the last decade as the state has grown. It will be hard for the state to surpass the level of talent it produced in 2006—when the college ranks produced first-rounders Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard, while the prep ranks included Dustin Ackley, Alex White and Lonnie Chisenhall. The 2010 draft class in the state appears strong, with three players—outfielder Ty Linton, infielder Connor Narron and catcher Matt Roberts—ranked among the High School Top 100. However, 2011 is shaping up as the best prep class in the state since '06 and '07, a year when a half-dozen Tar Heel State prep products got popped in the first 10 rounds.

High School | #2010#High Heat

Long Way From Home

Steve Fryer -Premium Content

The young man from the land where it is dark all winter has a bright future. On Day One of the draft, Bryan Berglund became the first Swedish-born player to be selected in the MLB draft when the the Marlins took him in the second round. If Berglund makes it to the big leagues he will be the first native Swede to play major league ball since 1922.

High School | #2009#High Heat

Four For Four

Nathan Rode -Premium Content

The goal of any high school baseball player is to ultimately win a state championship. A small percentage of participants get the chance to play in one and even fewer get that sweet taste of victory. The luckiest get to experience it more than once. Zack Von Rosenberg has

High School | #2009#High Heat

Living It Up

Powell Lattimer -Premium Content

Wil Myers can't help but live the good life. His sizeable 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame is constantly topped off with an ear-splitting grin—and for good reason. He's inked a letter of intent to play baseball at South Carolina. He's projected as one of the top high school prospects in the 2009 amateur draft.

High School | #2009#High Heat