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07-30

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Scouting the Draft: The Cape League All-Star Game
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Al Skorupa

06-11

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft Favorites By Round
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Nick J. Faleris

06-03

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Left-Handers to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

06-02

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Right-Handers to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-30

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Corner Outfielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-30

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Center Fielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-29

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Corner Infielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-28

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Catchers to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-28

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Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Middle Infielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

01-30

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Scouting the Draft: Positional Preview: High School Corner Infielders
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Nick J. Faleris

01-29

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Scouting the Draft: Positional Preview: High School Middle Infielders
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Nick J. Faleris

01-27

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Scouting the Draft: Positional Preview: High School Catchers
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Nick J. Faleris

08-16

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Scouting the Draft: Summer Circuit: PG All-American Classic
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Jason Parks, Nick J. Faleris and Chris Rodriguez

06-25

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Scouting the Draft: Summer Circuit: PG National Showcase, Part II
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Nick J. Faleris

06-21

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Scouting the Draft: Summer Circuit: PG National Showcase, Part I
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Nick J. Faleris

06-05

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Scouting the Draft: Pitchers to Know (Part 2)
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Nick J. Faleris

06-03

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Scouting the Draft: Pitchers to Know (Part 1)
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Nick J. Faleris

05-22

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Scouting the Draft: Center Fielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-21

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Scouting the Draft: Corner Outfielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-14

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Scouting the Draft: Middle Infielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-07

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Scouting the Draft: Corner Infielders to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

05-01

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Scouting the Draft: Catchers to Know
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Nick J. Faleris

04-10

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Scouting the Draft: The Red-River Rivalry
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Jason Cole

03-06

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Scouting the Draft: Baseball Prospectus At the Coca Cola Classic
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Nick J. Faleris, Jason Parks and Jason Cole

12-17

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Scouting the Draft: College Left-Handed Pitchers
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Nick J. Faleris

12-07

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Scouting the Draft: College Right-Handed Pitchers
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Nick J. Faleris

12-04

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Scouting the Draft: College Infielders
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Nick J. Faleris

11-15

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Scouting the Draft: College Outfielders
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Nick J. Faleris

11-01

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Scouting the Draft: High School Left-Handed Pitchers
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Nick J. Faleris

10-26

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Scouting the Draft: High School Right-Handed Pitchers
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Nick J. Faleris

10-15

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Scouting the Draft: High School Infielders and Catchers
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Nick J. Faleris

10-10

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Scouting the Draft: High School Outfielders
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Nick J. Faleris

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July 30, 2014 6:00 am

Scouting the Draft: The Cape League All-Star Game

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Al Skorupa

Writeups on Cody Ponce, a Cape League surprise who continued to shine in the All-Star game, and other prospects.

This year’s Cape League All Star Game was interesting from both a scouting and talking point perspective. The league and managers did a great job picking the best prospects, which hasn’t always been the case in previous years. The biggest name that scouts were excited to see was Kentucky’s Kyle Cody. Cody has been brilliant for Wareham and seems to be the consensus best arm on the Cape this summer. He showed some overpowering mid-90s heat on Sunday night.

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For fun, Nick picks his favorite selection in each of the first 10 rounds of the 2014 First Year Player Draft.

During my Draft Wrap Chat here at Baseball Prospectus, a reader asked me for my favorite draft picks by round. I thought that was a fun question, but wanted to answer in a manner that offered a little more explanation for my selections. That's what you see below---my favorite picks for the first ten rounds (with the first and second rounds, which were larger in scope, broken down into two sections each). Hope you have as much fun reading as I did putting it together!

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June 3, 2014 2:35 pm

Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Left-Handers to Know

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Nick J. Faleris

Finishing off our draft preview of every name to know: Left-handed pitchers.

Series Links: Catcher | Middle Infield | Corner Infield | Center Field | Corner Outfielder | Right-Handed Pitcher

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June 2, 2014 1:20 pm

Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Right-Handers to Know

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Nick J. Faleris

A look at the RHPs that will be coming off the board in the first two days of a draft that is very deep in RHPs.

Series Links: Catcher | Middle Infield | Corner Infield | Center Field | Corner Outfielder | Left-Handed Pitcher

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The corner outfielders whose names will likely be called in the first two days of this year's draft.

Series Links: Catcher | Middle Infield | Corner Infield | Center Field | Right-Handed Pitcher | Left-Handed Pitcher

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May 30, 2014 6:00 am

Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Center Fielders to Know

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Nick J. Faleris

The center fielders who are likely to be popped in the first two days of the MLB draft.

Series Links: Catcher | Middle Infield | Corner Infield | Corner Outfield | Right-Handed Pitcher | Left-Handed Pitcher

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A closer look at the first and third basemen who could be going in the draft's first two days.

Series Links: Catcher | Middle Infield | Center Field | Corner Outfield | Right-Handed Pitcher | Left-Handed Pitcher

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May 28, 2014 6:11 pm

Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Catchers to Know

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Nick J. Faleris

A look at the catchers who will go near the top of the draft, as well as the names you'll hear on day 2.

Series Links: Middle Infield | Corner Infield | Center Field | Corner Outfield | Right-Handed Pitcher | Left-Handed Pitcher

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May 28, 2014 12:09 pm

Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft: Middle Infielders to Know

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Nick J. Faleris

The second basemen and shortstops who will be going on the first two days this year.

Series Links: Catcher | Corner Infield | Center Field | Corner Outfield | Right-Handed Pitcher | Left-Handed Pitcher

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In-depth looks at the prep corner infielders you'll be paying attention to this June.

Previous Positional Previews:

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In-depth looks at the prep middle infielders you'll be paying attention to this June.

Previous Positional Previews: High School Catchers

Position at a Glance
This is one of the most important cross-sections of talent in any draft class. The top players, and certainly the top athletes, in high school programs tend to gravitate towards shortstop, where they can more regularly impact the game. Because of the difficulty associated with the position at the Major League level, it is not uncommon for these high school standouts to shift to a less demanding defensive home at some point during their pro development, making the high school middle infield group the incubator for a wide variety of Major League talent types. It is no wonder pro teams have gotten more aggressive in signing up-the-middle defenders out of high school over the last decade, and this year appears to offer MLB organizations a wide and varied collection through which to shop.


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In-depth looks at the prep catchers you'll be paying attention to this June.

Position at a Glance
Evaluating and projecting out high school catchers is a difficult task, with high developmental attrition rates stemming from the fact that the hit tool and catcher defense are two of the most difficult skills to grow and refine at the professional level. The most sought-after talents within this cross section are those players who have elite present ability with either the hit tool or defense, with the holy grail being that unique player capable of stepping into a minor-league system and thriving defensively while also projecting out with the bat. This year’s crop boasts an elite talent in Alex Jackson, as well as a number of players who could step into that top tier with a little further growth this spring.

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