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Midseason Top 50 College Prospects

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

The top 50 college prospects for the 2007 draft, compiled by Baseball America through discussions with scouts. Rankings are based on overall future potential without regard to signability or where players will be drafted in 2007, and no players under control to other clubs (i.e., drafts-and-follows) were included.

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Plenty Of Picks

Tom Haudricourt -

The 2008 draft is unusual and exciting for scouting director Jack Zduriencik and the Brewers. Because Class A free-agent relievers Francisco Cordero (Reds) and Scott Linebrink (White Sox) signed with other clubs last winter, the Brewers picked up four extra picks before the end of the second round. A team that usually lacks picks has plenty of choices this year.

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Two Sports, One Choice

Matt Blood -Premium Content

Quarterback in the NFL or shortstop in the major leagues—dream question right? "I think I could play either," was the answer from Florida prep baseball and football standout Casey Kelly. The thing is, he might be right.

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Still Standing

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Not even a major injury to college baseball's best hitter could change the status quo at the top of the draft. Two months before the draft, the four best prospects remained the same as they were at the start of the season: Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez, San Diego lefthander Brian Matusz, Missouri righthander Aaron Crow and Griffin (Ga.) High shortstop Tim Beckham.

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Making An Impression

Matt Blood and John Manuel -Premium Content

According to the Major League Scouting Bureau, the first three things a scout looks for when evaluating a pitching prospect are strength, stamina and aggression in the strike zone. On a Friday night in early March, top third base and hitting prospect Ethan Martin took the mound against highly ranked American Heritage High and forced scouts to also consider him a pitching prospect.

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Unsigned First-Rounders Forced To Play Waiting Game

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Thirteen first-rounders had yet to sign, though most of them appeared to be situations where the player and his adviser are resisting MLB's reduction of bonus slots by 10 percent. Most of those talks figure to be resolved with the draftee receiving a bonus between the 2006 and 2007 guidelines for his choice before the Aug. 15 deadline.

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No Can’t-miss Power Prospects, But Plenty Of Interesting Guys In This Year’s Crop

Alan Matthews -Premium Content

Given the scarcity of frontline college position players in this year's draft class, finding power hitters isn't going to be easy. The class is deep and well rounded in many categories, but there are few players that can grade out as above-average power hitters, especially among college players, which is the source many teams rely on for finding power bats.

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With Power In Short Supply, ’07 Draft Could Feature Promise From Back Of The Pack

Alan Matthews -Premium Content

Given the scarcity of front-line college position players in this year's draft class, finding power hitters isn't going to be easy. The class is deep and well rounded in many categories, but there are very few hitters that can legitimately grade out as above-average power hitters at present, especially among college players, which is the source many teams rely on for acquiring the coveted tool via the draft.

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’07 Pitching Selection Requires Close Inspection

John Manuel -Premium Content

Tim Bascom doesn't appear on Baseball America's list of the Top 50 seniors for the 2007 draft, because he's not playing college baseball as a senior. He is taking 15 credit hours at Central Florida this semester, though, and he is hoping that when he starts pitching every weekend, as he was scheduled to do, scouts will be watching.

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