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06-13

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Perfect Game Presents: College World Series Preview
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Kendall Rogers

06-09

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Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part Two
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Allan Simpson

06-05

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Perfect Game Presents: 2014 Mock Draft, Version Three
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Perfect Game

06-03

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Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part One
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Allan Simpson

05-30

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Perfect Game Presents: 2014 MLB Draft Rankings: Nos. 1-100
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Allan Simpson

05-29

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Perfect Game Presents: 2014 MLB Draft Rankings: Nos. 101-200
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Allan Simpson

05-28

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Perfect Game Presents: 2014 MLB Draft Rankings: Nos. 201-300
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Allan Simpson

05-27

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Perfect Game Presents: 2014 MLB Mock Draft, Version Two
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02-26

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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

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

11-14

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

08-06

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Perfect Game Presents: East Coast Pro Top Prospects
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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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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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December 3, 2013 6:38 am

Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: AL Central

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Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and

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:
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November 14, 2013 6:00 am

Perfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: AL West

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Patrick Ebert, Todd Gold and

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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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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June 5, 2013 5:00 am

Perfect Game Presents: MLB Draft Prospect Reports 26-50

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Allan Simpson

An in-depth look at 25 of the top prospects in Thursday's draft.

26. Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts (Jr.)
Gonzalez grew up in Boca Raton, Florida and was a mid- to upper 80s thrower with a pretty firm mid-70s curveball in high school. The Baltimore Orioles thought enough of him to draft him in the 11th round in the 2010 draft, but interestingly it seems as if the Florida schools did not recruit Gonzalez heavily, as his Oral Roberts bio states that Gonzalez “chose ORU over UNC Greensboro, College of Charleston and Western Kentucky.” That oversight has been a boon for Oral Roberts, as Gonzalez has been their top starter for each of his three college seasons, including posting a 7-4, 1.89 mark in 90 innings this spring, with 101 strikeouts and only 69 hits and 20 walks allowed. Gonzalez stuff has grown since high school, of course, and he has filled out to a solid 6-foot-3, 200-pounds. He now throws in the 90-93 mph range and will touch higher occasionally. More important than the velocity of his fastball is the frequent plus/plus cutting life he gets on the pitch and his ability to command that movement. Some scouts have even called it a “Mariano Rivera” type fastball that could make him a very effective closer by itself. Gonzalez has also gone from a hard curveball to a true slider in the low-80s that is a second potential plus pitch and resembles a slower and somewhat deeper version of his fastball. He also throws a steadily improving changeup that will become a bigger factor for him as a professional, especially as he learns to make it run and sink to differentiate it from his other two pitches. Gonzalez has been picking up huge momentum during the spring as more and more decision makers get in to see him, and is now frequently mentioned in late first-round conversations.

27. Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville University (Jr.)
Anderson was a virtual unknown coming out of a Minnesota high school in 2010 and hardly raised his profile during his first two years at Jacksonville. He began to attract scout’s attention last summer in the Cape Cod League and vaulted into first round status early this spring when his fastball was topping out at 96 mph to go with a present plus slider. Anderson’s past few starts have been a bit rough, taking a bit of the shine as a possible top half of the first round candidate off, but he seems like a secure bet to be the first Florida based player off the board.



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June 4, 2013 11:00 am

Perfect Game Presents: MLB Draft Prospect Reports 51-100

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Allan Simpson

The back half of the best hundred players available in this week's amateur draft.

Perfect Game's Draft Prospects 26-50 and 1-25 will be published on Wednesday, followed by a final mock draft on Thursday. You can find all of the amateur draft coverage available at BP through the central hub here.

51. DUSTIN PETERSON, ss, Gilbert HS (Ariz.)
Peterson is the younger brother of University of New Mexico third baseman D.J. Peterson, considered one of the 2-3 best hitting prospects in the 2013 draft class and a near-lock to go in the first round. Almost every Arizona scout whiffed on the elder Peterson’s potential with the bat in 2010 when he played at Gilbert High, and they appear determined not to make the same mistake on Dustin, who has many of his brother’s offensive skills and by all accounts is a more complete talent at comparable stages of their careers. He, too, has a strong, quick swing with plenty of thunder in his bat, can consistently square up balls to the gaps, and projects to hit for true home-run power as he fills out his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame.


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For the first time ever, the Perfect Game Pre-Draft Showcase will be streamed live online.

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.  

The Perfect Game Pre-Draft Showcase is one of PG’s longest-running programs, dating back to 1999 when young prospects such as Carl Crawford, Joel Hanrahan, and Jeff Clement were in attendance. Now, years later, the Pre-Draft has its foundation firmly planted in the 21st century while it welcomes the next generation of future major-leaguers to eastern Iowa.

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April 18, 2013 5:00 am

Perfect Game Presents: Updated 2013 Top 100 Draft Rankings

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Allan Simpson

Perfect Game's Allan Simpson updates his top 100 draft prospects.

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.  

It's mid-April, the midway point of the spring scouting season, and teams continue to align their draft boards. Some teams and players in the north have just begun playing, but baseball in the south is well underway.

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