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Scouting Notes: Trea Turner, Brett Austin, Terp Sophs

For those that missed it, I was in College Park to see Carlos Rodon on Friday night and stayed the weekend to catch the entire series. You can find the report on Rodon here. The other high-profile prospect on the field this weekend was North Carolina State shortstop, Trea Turner. Another projected first round pick, Turner had a rough Friday night against Maryland’s Jake Stinnett before doing some damage on Saturday and Sunday when he was a combined 3-7 with two walks and two homers. While the results are good…

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Carlos Rodon, Jake Stinnett and a Northeast sleeper

If you’ve been listening, you’ll know the baseball industry isn’t as helplessly infatuated with North Carolina State lefty, Carlos Rodon, as they were leading up to this season, when he was the clear favorite to go #1 overall in this year’s draft. The way Rodon has pitched this spring has left much to be desired and has opened the door for others to enter the conversation at 1-1. On Friday I was able to observe his struggles first hand as the Wolfpack clashed with the University of Maryland in College…

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Draft Prospect Watch: Hoffman vs. Fisher

Entering the D-1 season’s second week it seems most of the country came away wanting more from the top prospects. While it’s obviously far too early to make any assessments, the anticipation still runs wild and that’s not bound to change this weekend. The weather generally plays a significant role for half the season, depending on what part of the country your’re in, and it wiped out a lot of what North Carolina State had scheduled. That didn’t stop shortstop Trea Turner from putting up numbers nor southpaw Carlos Rodon…

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Draft Prospect Watch: Aces draw soft landings

It’s opening weekend of college baseball and that means the “draft season,” if there really is such a thing, is under way, too. And yes, there really is such a thing. D-1 schools generally play four games per week — occasionally five — with three coming over the weekend and one coming mid-week. You’ll hear the term “Friday starter” a lot in college ball, which is another word for an ace. That pitcher isn’t always the best draft prospect, but he is the anchor of the staff and usually the…

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2014 All-American Teams and Top 25

Over the past few days I’ve rolled out season previews of the four major conferences in college baseball. SEC Big-12 Pac-12 ACC After a long winter, it is definitely exciting to see actual baseball being played again. But  unfortunately with so many conferences it is really hard to get to every team. Below is a preview of all the conferences combined and it includes this year’s All-Americans, a top 25 poll, award predictions, and some insight on college baseball’s best team. First Team Position Player School                           Class BA OBP  SLG…

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2014 ACC Preview

In 1955 Eisenhower was still in his first term in office. The Dodgers were still in Brooklyn. Perez Prado’s “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” topped the charts. Elvis Presley was a rising star. This was also the last time that a team from Atlantic Coast Conference won a national championship in baseball. Since Wake Forest’s title in 1955, the ACC has sent 43 teams to Omaha. But every single one has come up short. It is mind-boggling to think that one of the elite conferences in the sport has…

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Rodon could match Strasburg, Price

You know you are a big deal when you are college pitcher and you are being talked about in the live broadcast of the World Series. Carlos Rodon, the early front-runner to go first overall in next year’s amateur draft, got a shout out from the Fox booth in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. And while there is no such thing as a slam dunk in any Draft, especially under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Rodon is just about as close as it gets. Rodon’s trek to this point,…

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