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State Report: Lower New England

Matt Forman -Premium Content

Connecticut's 2008 high school class was arguably the best in recent history, and two remaining pieces from that class, UConn's George Springer and Matt Barnes, highlight a loaded UConn team that could make it a historically good year for this two-state area, even though Rhode Island has little to contribute.

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State Report: Texas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Though its two best prospects have had injury-plagued springs, Texas still will produce its usual share of talent. Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon is still the top position player in the draft and a potential No. 1 overall pick even though a shoulder strain has hampered his swing and kept him at DH for much of the season. Texas Christian lefthander Matt Purke missed a month with shoulder bursitis before returning in the final week of the regular season, and his draft status remains murky heading into the postseason. Plenty of other Lone Star State prospects have stepped forward. Taylor Jungmann (Texas) and John Stilson (Texas A&M) have been two of the most dominant pitchers in college baseball, while Dallas Jesuit HS outfielder Josh Bell is one of the most dangerous prep bats available.

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State Report: Louisiana

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Louisiana State righthander Anthony Ranaudo and prep third baseman Garin Cecchini are the state's top two prospects, as expected, but both had their springs marred by injury. They set the tone for what's shaping up as a decent year in the Bayou State, but nothing special.

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State Report: Missouri

Jim Callis -Premium Content

In a down year for lefthanders, the Show-Me State has three of the better ones in the draft in Missouri State's Mike Kickham and Aaron Meade, and South Harrison High's (Bethany) Jordan Shipers. The state also has decent position-player depth in Missouri teammates Brett Nicholas and Aaron Senne and outfielders Chuckie Jones (Boonville High) and Les Smith (Meramec CC).<br/>

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State Report: Oklahoma

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If not for the emergence of a pair of junior college players, Oklahoma would be in danger of getting shut out of the first five rounds—something that never has happened in the previous 45 drafts. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons arrived at Western Oklahoma State JC from Curacao, while outfielder Marcus Knecht transferred to Connors State JC after spending last season on Oklahoma State's bench.<br/>

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State Report: Arkansas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The state of Arkansas produced only one first-round pick in the last decade (Nick Schmidt in 2007), yet could have two this year in Arkansas teammates Zack Cox and Brett Eibner. Another Razorback, Drew Smyly, is one of the top lefthanders available, and Southern Arkansas righty Hayden Simpson is one of the best small-college prospects in the draft. The high school crop was nondescript until righthanders Ben Wells and Richie Tate popped up late in the spring.<br/>

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State Report: Kansas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Blue Valley High righthander Ryne Stanek reached his projection earlier than anyone expected, and he towers over the rest of the state's prospects. He passed Blue Valley Northwest High righty Jason Adam, who might have joined Stanek in the first three rounds if not for a final-month fade. A year after all three of the state's Division I programs made the NCAA playoffs, only Kansas State returned to the regionals, symbolic of a lackluster college crop headline by polished Wichita State righthander Jordan Cooper.<br/>

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State Report: Oregon

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

Baseball remains on the rise in Oregon, thanks to the huge strides made by the state's two major-college programs. Oregon State is making its fifth regional appearance in the last six years, a run that also happens to include three straight trips to Omaha (2005-07) and back-to-back national titles in 2006 and '07. Oregon has also made swift progress since the return of its baseball program last season, reaching regionals this year for the first time since 1964. It's no surprise that those two programs dominate the state's talent list. Most of the top high school and junior college players will probably head to four-year colleges rather than pro ball.<br/>

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State Report: Canada

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

Scouts aren't always sure how to judge Canadian high school prospects when they play local competition, so the Canadian junior national team is an important crucible for most of the best prospects in the country. Baseball Canada does a great job sending the junior team south during the spring, playing quality junior-college and professional competition with wood bats. British Columbia, which has produced the likes of Jason Bay, Jeff Francis and Justin Morneau, is typically the hottest province for Canadian talent, but this year it looks like it's Ontario.<br/>

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State Report: Pacific Rim

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

Hawaii rarely produces Top 200-caliber players. The state hasn't had one since 2006, when the Indians selected lefthander Steven Wright in the second round, but could have another this year. The addition of a couple of interesting high school players makes it a solid year for the islands. As usual, there aren't any players in Alaska.<br/>

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State Report: Nevada

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

Scouts struck gold in the Silver State this spring. Nevada has never produced a No. 1 overall pick—nor has the first overall pick ever come from a junior college—but that should change this year with Bryce Harper. The growth of Las Vegas in recent years has made Nevada's high schools more productive, and Harper brought the spotlight on a lot of other players in the area—particularly his teammates. Nevada could have as many as 10 players drafted in single-digit rounds.<br/>

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State Report: Alabama

John Manuel -Premium Content

With four players in Baseball America's Top 200, Alabama has one fewer than last year. But the state has depth behind its top players, and two or three other members of the college class could break into the top 200 selections. This shouldn't be a surprise, though, because both Alabama and especially Auburn have strong junior classes that were well regarded in the fall of 2007, when they first arrived on campus. Both programs are winning despite the state's modest high school talent, and even though Jacksonville State has produced a player who could be the state's top draft pick for the second straight year.<br/>

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State Report: Mississippi

John Manuel -Premium Content

Mississippi hasn't produced a first-round pick since Paul Maholm went eighth overall back in 2003 out of Mississippi State. Lefthander Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss figures to end that streak this year and could be the first four-year college player selected. The state had an eventful draft season with Pomeranz, a better-than-average high school crop and one of the South's best pop-up stories of late in Copiah High catcher/outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

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State Report: Arizona

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

It's not a good year in the Four Corners, especially for scouts who don't also have Las Vegas as part of their territory (which meant getting to see Bryce Harper). Most who scout Arizona also have Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, and while the Grand Canyon State usually supplies the bulk of the talent, this season the pickings are slim.<br/>

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State Report: Utah

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

After the top two players in Utah, scouts didn't find much to get excited about. Talent evaluators are skeptical of players from the Beehive State, which is understandable. College players are often older than average after serving Mormon missions, thin air can distort statistics and the track record for high school players just isn't that great. Since 1980, just five players who signed out of Utah high schools have made it to the big leagues.<br/>

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State Report: Indiana

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Indiana had just two first-rounders and no sandwich picks in the previous six drafts before producing two of each in 2009. The Hoosier State has a chance to match that this year, with scouts streaming into Muncie to see Cowan High catcher Justin O'Conner and Ball State teammates Kolbrin Vitek and Perci Garner. Indiana State righthander Jacob Petricka also turned heads when he started popping 98 mph fastballs in mid-April. Petricka and Garner faded a bit at the end of the season, but O'Conner and Vitek firmly established themselves as first-rounders.<br/>

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State Report: Tennessee

John Manuel -Premium Content

The Volunteer State hasn't had a draft class this weak since 2003, when the state's top picks were second-rounders Javier Herrera, a catcher out of Tennessee, and Memphis prep righty Stuart Pomeranz. The state's best contribution to this year's draft will be indirect, as Pomeranz's younger brother Drew attends Mississippi. Even without Pomeranz, Tennessee could extend its streak of drafts with a player picked in the top 10 overall if someone bites on Middle Tennessee State outfielder Bryce Brentz. Vanderbilt should pick the streak back up next year when sophomore righthanders Sonny Gray and Jack Armstrong and third baseman Jason Esposito become draft eligible. All three are potential first-round selections.

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