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Top of draft remains unsettled

As soon as last June’s draft ended — perhaps even well before — the conversation about the class of 2014 started and ended with North Carolina State southpaw Carlos Rodon. He was the clear pre-season No. 1 and entered the season with the best chance to be taken off the board first when the Houston Astros select first for the third straight year. We’re about beyond the halfway point of the amateur season and only one thing is clear and that’s that the top of the draft is far from...
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Draft Watch: Rodon Dazzles, Bukauskas turns heads

After an enigmatic spring in which Carlos Rodon has seen his ups and downs, the NC State southpaw bounced back in a big way last Friday. From the box score you could tell it was a good outing, Rodon fanned 12 and allowed just one earned run, but the stuff he flashed in the game was really encouraging. After seeing a dip in his velocity most of this Spring, Rodon has been sitting in the 89-92 MPH range mostly, but he worked between 93-96 in his last start against Duke,...
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Draft Watch: Freeland and Other Arms Heating Up

Heading into last weekend, Jeff Hoffman had seen his stock slip steadily after a run of several consecutive sub-par outings. The ECU right-hander turned that around in a big way last weekend with arguably his best start of the year against one of the better lineups he has faced all season. Hoffman went eight frames against Rice, allowing just one walk and yielding a single run. But perhaps most importantly, Hoffman snapped off some of the best curveballs he has thrown since his breakout summer on the Cape. Hoffman also...
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Draft Watch: Arms Race Week 6

It has been all about pitching this spring at both the college and prep levels. The BBCOR bats are certainly having ramifications on the game, as offense among the amateur ranks is at an all-time low. There are two storylines in particular to keep an eye on this weekend; first the arms race between left-handers battling for spots on team’s draft boards, and also the prep pitchers who are lighting up radar guns in the early goings. TCU Southpaw Brandon Finnegan has been piling up strikeouts at a ridiculous rate...
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