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Cool, Calm And Collected

Jesse Burkhart -Premium Content

Sports psychologists don't have to look beyond La Verne, Calif., for a walking case study of how to perform well under pressure. With the draft approaching and the anxiety that comes along with wanting to end a high school career on a high note, it would be understandable if Jiovanni Mier was pressing. But halfway through the season, Mier was hitting .444/.536/.889.

High School | #2009#High Heat

Can Tate Wait?

Todd Holcomb -Premium Content

To measure pitchers, scouts use a radar gun. For Donavan Tate, they could use a deer rifle. The story of the longest ball ever hit by Tate—Baseball America's No. 1 prep position prospect for the June draft—dates to his junior season at Cartersville High in northwest Georgia.

High School | #2009#High Heat

Fully Loaded

Todd Willis -Premium Content

Chad Kettler says he can't pick the best player on the Coppell High baseball team. Not even his best friend, catcher Jonathan Walsh, whom he's played with for almost a decade. "I can't really pick out a best player because we all play different positions," said Kettler, an Oklahoma signee. "That would be pretty hard to do." Selecting the best player is even more difficult when you consider there are six Division I signees on the Cowboys' 16-player roster.

High School | #2009#High Heat

Urban Academy Gives Players A Chance

Lorraine Cwelich -Premium Content

It is very difficult to soar as a fledgling baseball player when you've never been taught that batting practice isn't synonymous with hacking, or when the coach at your inner city public high school doesn't respond to invitations from scouts to recommend players for tryouts. It is even harder when you're lucky enough to somehow land a scholarship to a prestigious prep school, only to find that every black player is benched, every single game, and only white players start. It is nearly impossible when showcases such as Perfect Game can cost up to $600—before travel expenses. But during the week of July 21, angels of both the guardian and Anaheim persuasion intervened and in the city of Compton, a handful of miles away from the rubble of South Central L.A., a minor miracle occurred.

High School | #2008#High Heat

Keeping Them Guessing

Austin Maloney -Premium Content

The pearl white balls being thrown on the manicured fields of the USA Baseball National Training Complex are a far cry from the old matchbox cars in Tyler Matzek's childhood home, but it's still the same game. One person is throwing, while the other guy tries to hit it. These days the roles are reversed from the backyard games he played with his father as a 4-year-old: Matzek is the one throwing pitches that have left some of the nation's top hitters confused all summer.<br/>

High School | #2009#High Heat

Brotherly Encouragement

Anthony Tynan -Premium Content

When Matthew Purke made the U.S. 16-and-Under Team two years ago, he did what many would do. Purke bought a U.S. Baseball hat and brought it home, proud of his achievement. When his older brother, Jason, saw the hat, he made sure that it would not gather any dust on the family mantle. "I told him he would train in that hat," Jason said.

High School | #2009#High Heat