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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Minnesota

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The Gopher State has produced recent first-round picks in Joe Mauer (2001) and Glen Perkins (2004), but doesn't have that kind of talent this year. While the University of Minnesota usually produces most of the state's draft picks, shortstop Matt Fornasiere is the only Gopher certain to be selected this time around. The state's high schools could get entirely shut out, though righthander Ryan Lindgren probably will go as a draft-and-follow.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Louisiana

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If you're looking for lefthanders, come to Louisiana. Starting with likely first-rounder Brian Bogusevic, the state could have six southpaws taken in the top five rounds. The Bayou State also boasts a trio of hard-throwing righthanders, but not much in the way of position players. The best long-term bat in the state may belong to Bogusevic, but most clubs like him better on the mound.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Kansas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

After the top pitching prospect in the draft (Mike Pelfrey) and the second-best high school catcher available (Brent Milleville), Kansas has a significant dropoff. The state's high schools haven't offered much depth all decade, though Milleville is Kansas' best prep prospect since Pelfrey and Pirates second-round pick Blair Johnson three years ago. The junior colleges pick up some of the slack, offering several interesting players.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Iowa

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Righthander Jeremy Hellickson is the latest prospect to make a run at becoming Iowa's first high school first-rounder ever, but he'll probably come up a round short. Beyond Hellickson, Iowa is as barren as it was a year ago, when the state's top picks were 20th-round righties Jose Garcia and Nathan Johnson.

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2005 Draft Scouting Report: Illinois

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For the third straight year, pitching again dominates the Illinois scene. Righthander Michael Bowden should be the state's highest-drafted player since Kris Honel went in the first round to the White Sox in 2001. Catcher Chris Robinson has lived up to his billing and should go by the fifth round, but it could be another five or 10 rounds before the next position player is selected.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Dakotas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Righthander Neil Wagner was supposed to be North Dakota's best prospect in years, but his junior season didn't go as planned, allowing high schoolers Kyle Carr and Andrew Gudmunson to pass him as potential draft picks. Scouts didn't have a reason to trek to South Dakota this spring.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Arkansas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Outside of Bryant High lefthander Travis Wood, it's a down year in Arkansas. There might not be another player drafted in the first 10 rounds, and the colleges are much thinner than usual. Auburn righthander Josh Sullivan, an Arkansas native, might be selected before Wood, and his younger brother Jake is the state's second-best prospect.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Texas

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Texas has its usual deep stock of talent. It's not quite up to last year's standard, when the Lone Star State produced eight of the top 40 picks, but Texas has five potential first-rounders and five more prospects who could be supplemental first-rounders. As usual, there's plenty of pitching (led by 2004 first-round pick Wade Townsend), and also several multitooled outfielders (starting with fast-rising Jay Bruce), the draft's best defensive catcher (Taylor Teagarden) and one of the top gamers around (Cliff Pennington).

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Utah

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

Utah may have only one player drafted in the first 10 rounds, but it's a special player who has attracted almost every important scout in the industry to Utah this spring. Mark Pawelek, possibly the best lefthander in the country, could become the second Utah high school player ever drafted in the first round.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Rocky Mountains

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

Idaho has been on the travel itinerary of a lot of Pacific Northwest scouts this year who usually pay just passing interest. Not only has NAIA power Lewis-Clark State produced its usual assortment of mid- to late-round picks, but the Idaho prep ranks are also the deepest in years, with at least four legitimate draft picks. Montana has just one legitimate prospect, while Wyoming has no one who will be drafted.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Pacific Rim

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

Just a few years ago, Hawaii produced a succession of early-round picks, ranging from Jerome Williams (Giants) in 1999, to Justin Wayne (Expos) and Dane Sardinha (Reds) in 2000, to Bronson Sardinha (Yankees) and Brandon League (Blue Jays) in 2001. But that well has gone dry the last two or three years and no one is likely to be picked in the first 10-12 rounds this year. The top Hawaiian pick will be Yavapai (Ariz.) Junior College draft-and-follow Milton Loo, a 17th-round pick of the Reds out of a Hawaii high school in 2004. Alaska is a non-entity, with Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC pitcher Ryan Shaver the player with an Alaska connection likely to be selected.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Oregon

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

It's just an average year for talent that will come straight out of the state, but in reality it has been a season for the ages in the Oregon amateur baseball ranks. Not only has No. 3-ranked Oregon State enjoyed its best season ever, but three former Oregon high school players also should go at the top of this year's draft. Only Beaver Jacoby Ellsbury elected to stay close to home for college ball, as Jed Lowrie went to Stanford and Trevor Crowe went to Arizona.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: New Mexico

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

New Mexico baseball has drawn some national attention this year, most notably Albuquerque's La Cueva High, which broke a nearly 40-year-old national high school record with 68 consecutive wins on its way to a third straight 5-A state title. For all the team and individual accomplishments, though, the state should have a minimal impact on the draft, with no picks in the first eight to 10 rounds.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Nevada

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

The Community College of Southern Nevada had nine players under control from the 2004 draft—more than any junior college program in the country. The talent at CCSN made the trip to Las Vegas a worthwhile one for many of the Southern California scouts who have coverage in that area—as if the new Celine Dion show weren't enough. The normally rich Las Vegas high school ranks, by contrast, probably won't produce a single pick in the first 12 or 15 rounds.

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2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Arizona

Allan Simpson -Premium Content

With 11 players in our top 200, Arizona's influence on the draft will be significant—particularly the University of Arizona's. But it could have been greater had the state's three best high school talents at the start of the year—Brett Jacobson, Ike Davis and Matt Hall—not backed up a bit.

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