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Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL East
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Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

02-10

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Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL Central
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Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

01-23

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Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL West
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Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

01-07

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Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: AL East
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Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

12-03

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Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: AL Central
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Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

11-14

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Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: AL West
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Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and David Rawnsley

08-06

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Perfect Game Presents: East Coast Pro Top Prospects
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David Rawnsley

06-14

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Perfect Game Presents: College World Series Preview
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Kendall Rogers

06-13

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Perfect Game Presents: NL Draft Wrap
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Patrick Ebert

06-12

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Perfect Game Presents: AL Draft Recap
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Frankie Piliere

06-06

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Perfect Game Presents: MLB Mock Draft
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Patrick Ebert

06-06

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Perfect Game Presents: MLB Draft Prospect Reports 1-25
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Allan Simpson

06-05

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Perfect Game Presents: MLB Draft Prospect Reports 26-50
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Allan Simpson

06-04

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Perfect Game Presents: MLB Draft Prospect Reports 51-100
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Allan Simpson

05-13

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Perfect Game Presents: PG Pre-Draft to be Live-Streamed
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Jeff Dahn

04-18

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Perfect Game Presents: Updated 2013 Top 100 Draft Rankings
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Allan Simpson

03-29

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Perfect Game Presents: 2013 Rookie of the Year Candidates
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David Rawnsley

02-21

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Perfect Game Presents: An Ace Showcase
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Kendall Rogers

02-08

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Perfect Game Presents: UNC Building a Championship Team
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Kendall Rogers

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A look at the high school and college days of Lucas Giolito, Andrew Heaney, Lucas Sims, and other prospects.

AL West | AL Central | AL East | NL West | NL Central

As part of Perfect Game's partnership with Baseball Prospectus, David Rawnsley, Todd Gold and Patrick Ebert will be conducting a “Before They Were Pros” series, providing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in baseball from when they were in high school attending PG events. This six-part series (one for each division in MLB) will appear once Baseball Prospectus has provided their own detailed scouting reports of the top prospects, team-by-team, as part of their “Prospects Will Break Your Heart” series.

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A look back at the high school and college days of top prospects like Javier Baez and Robert Stephenson.

As part of Perfect Game's partnership with Baseball Prospectus, David Rawnsley, Todd Gold and Patrick Ebert will be conducting a “Before They Were Pros” series, providing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in baseball from when they were in high school attending PG events. This six-part series (one for each division in MLB) will appear once Baseball Prospectus has provided their own detailed scouting reports of the top prospects, team-by-team, as part of their “Prospects Will Break Your Heart” series.

We continue by looking at select top prospects from National League Central teams. Be sure to read Baseball Prospectus' features on each of these five teams:

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A flashback to the high-school and college days of Archie Bradley, Eddie Butler, Austin Hedges, and many more top prospects.

As part of Perfect Game's partnership with Baseball Prospectus, David Rawnsley, Todd Gold, and Patrick Ebert will be conducting a “Before They Were Pros” series, providing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in baseball from when they were in high school attending PG events. This six-part series (one for each division in MLB) will appear once Baseball Prospectus has provided their own detailed scouting reports of the top prospects, team-by-team, as part of their “Prospects Will Break Your Heart” series.

We continue by looking at select top prospects from National League West teams. Be sure to read Baseball Prospectus' features on each of these five teams:

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A look back at the teenage and college years of top prospects including Dylan Bundy, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Aaron Sanchez.

As part of Perfect Game's partnership with Baseball Prospectus, David Rawnsley, Todd Gold and Patrick Ebert will be conducting a “Before They Were Pros” series, providing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in baseball from when they were in high school attending PG events. This six-part series (one for each division in MLB) will appear once Baseball Prospectus has provided their own detailed scouting reports of the top prospects, team-by-team, as part of their “Prospects Will Break Your Heart” series.

With the AL West and AL Central behind us, we continue by looking at select top prospects from American League East teams. Be sure to read Baseball Prospectus' features on each of these five teams:
Blue Jays | Orioles | Yankees | Rays | Red Sox


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A look back at the teenage years of Byron Buxton, Courtney Hawkins, Francisco, Lindor, and other prospects in the division.

As part of Perfect Game's partnership with Baseball Prospectus, David Rawnsley, Todd Gold and Patrick Ebert will be conducting a “Before They Were Pros” series, providing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in baseball from when they were in high school attending PG events. This six-part series (one for each division in MLB) will appear once Baseball Prospectus has provided their own detailed scouting reports of the top prospects, team-by-team, as part of their “Prospects Will Break Your Heart” series.


We continue by looking at select top prospects from American League Central teams. Be sure to read Baseball Prospectus' features on each of these five teams:
White Sox | Twins | Royals | Indians | Tigers



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What did today's top prospects from AL West teams looks like as amateurs?

As part of Perfect Game's partnership with Baseball Prospectus, David Rawnsley, Todd Gold and Patrick Ebert will be conducting a “Before They Were Pros” series, providing select scouting reports on some of the top prospects in baseball from when they were in high school attending PG events. This six-part series (one for each division in MLB) will appear once Baseball Prospectus has provided their own detailed scouting reports of the top prospects, team-by-team, as part of their “Prospects Will Break Your Heart” series.

We start with a look at the American League West. Be sure to read Baseball Prospectus' features on each of the five teams:

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August 6, 2013 6:00 am

Perfect Game Presents: East Coast Pro Top Prospects

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David Rawnsley

Reports on the best high schoolers on the diamond at last week's showcase.

On December 5, 2012, Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game announced a partnership to help promote and cover the game at both the amateur and professional levels. As a result of this partnership, Baseball Prospectus subscribers will now get the opportunity to read some of the great premium content being published by Perfect Game for its members. Today, courtesy of Perfect Game, we bring you this special report by David Rawnsley.

These rankings are only a snapshot of the 2013 East Coast Professional Showcase, a four-day event, and do not reflect this scout’s or Perfect Game’s opinion on the overall rankings of the players in the big picture.

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June 14, 2013 5:00 am

Perfect Game Presents: College World Series Preview

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Kendall Rogers

Taking a look at which teams heading to Omaha have the best hitters and pitchers.

Top Five Hitters
1. 3B Colin Moran, North Carolina: Moran was one of the top picks in the MLB draft for a good reason. Moran has improved his defensive skills, but his offensive abilities are what sets him apart from a lot of guys. Moran has the ability to go opposite field with power, and is an extremely pure overall hitter. He enters the CWS hitting .345 with 13 homers and 87 RBIs. He also has 11 doubles, two triples, and has walked 61 times as opposed to striking out on 22 occasions.

2. OF Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi State: As much as his bat, it's what he can do once on base that terrifies opposing teams the most. Renfroe has a great frame and bat, along with elite speed. Renfroe enters the CWS hitting .362 with 15 doubles, three triples, 15 homers and 61 RBIs. He also has struck out 39 times as opposed to 34 walks. Renfroe has nine stolen bases and a .448 OBP.


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June 13, 2013 5:00 am

Perfect Game Presents: NL Draft Wrap

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Patrick Ebert

A look at some of the notable draft choices in the senior circuit.

Another draft is in the books, and while we're only a day removed from the process, it is time to take an early look as to how the teams fared. As part of a two-part series (American/National League) I'm going to provide a quick synopsis of six National League teams that at first glance look to have done a good job in the 2013 MLB draft.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Rumors leading right up until the draft itself indicated that the Diamondbacks may have been leaning toward Fresno State slugger Aaron Judge after he put on an impressive display of power in front of Arizona's brass as part of a pre-draft workout. However, when Nevada right-hander Braden Shipley fell in their lap, they couldn't resist taking the emerging fire-baller.


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June 12, 2013 5:00 am

Perfect Game Presents: AL Draft Recap

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Frankie Piliere

Highlighting six drafts that stood out among American League clubs.

Another draft is in the books, and while we're only a day removed from the process, it is time to take an early look as to how the teams fared. As part of a two-part series (American/National League) I'm going to provide a quick synopsis of six American League teams that at first glance look to have done a good job in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Cleveland Indians
First and foremost, the Cleveland Indians took the right player in Clint Frazier with the fifth overall selection. There was safe, and tempting college talent to be had in players like Colin Moran, but Frazier gives Cleveland a chance at an impact player.


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Perfect Game presents the final 2013 mock draft

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June 6, 2013 5:00 am

Perfect Game Presents: MLB Draft Prospect Reports 1-25

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Allan Simpson

An in-depth look at the top prospects in Thursday's draft.

1. Jonathan Gray, RHP, University of Oklahoma (Jr.)
A combination of better conditioning and improving mechanics have vaulted Gray from a potential first round pick before the season to a potential first overall pick when the Houston Astros kick off the draft on June 6. Gray has been lighting up radar guns in the 95-100 range while peaking as high as 102 mph consistently all spring and maintaining his velocity deep into starts. His slider, which some scouts feel the Oklahoma coaching staff calls too frequently, is a second plus pitch in the mid- to upper 80s with a hard and deep late bite. Not only has Gray shown dominant stuff that has been compared to Justin Verlander, he’s shown the ability to use it as well, posting an 8-1, 1.20 record in 89 innings, with only 51 hits and 16 walks allowed to go with 104 strikeouts. Batters are hitting .166-1-15 against Gray this year. Gray was a well-known prospect out of Chandler, Okla. as a high schooler, topping out at 93 mph, but was only picked in the 13th round (Royals) and again in the 10th round (Pirates) after attending Eastern Oklahoma JC in 2011 before transferring to Oklahoma.

2. Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford University (Sr.)
After turning down the Pittsburgh Pirates, who made Appel the eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Appel returned to Stanford for his senior season. It's no secret that while Appel had the physical gifts to potential become the No. 1 overall pick last year, his signing bonus demands proved detrimental in the environment of the new CBA. A Boras Corp. client, signability is still going to be a major factor in where Appel actually comes off the board this year as well. While the perception is that he'll have less leverage this time around as a college senior, Appel has the kind of talent that should get him serious consideration to be a top two overall pick. Appel has the stuff, size, and track record to justify spending a major portion of a team's bonus pool to acquire his services and appears to be as close to big-league-ready as any prospect in this draft. The 6-foot-5 righty consistently works in the mid-90s and can run his fastball into the upper 90s on occasion. He combines that with a changeup that frequently flashes plus in the mid-80s, and he has a vicious knockout slider that has allowed him to continue to pile up the strikeouts this spring (84 through first 70-1/3 IP).



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