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Academies' impact on display at Dawson Classic

February 17, 2020

NEW ORLEANS -- Over the past 15 years, Major League Baseball has built youth academies all over the country, and, the majority of the attention is directed toward the many baseball and softball events that are held at these facilities throughout the year. But that's not the sole purpose of

Cal Poly walks off Vandy to cap MLB4 tourney

February 16, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Of the four participants in this year’s MLB4 Tournament, Cal Poly was the only one that didn’t make the NCAA tournament a season ago. In fact, two of the three teams the Mustangs faced this weekend were in last year’s College World Series finals. That didn’t affect

Vandy's latest mound star dazzles at MLB4

February 16, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kumar Rocker strolled out of the bullpen and walked down the warning track at Salt River Fields. He then retreated into the first-base dugout to watch his Vanderbilt teammates bat in the top of the first inning. It wasn’t quite time for the imposing, 6-foot-4 right-hander to

Michigan downs Vandy in national title rematch

February 15, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The ball pinged off the aluminum bat of Matthew Schmidt and soared through the brisk night air, before landing well over the left-field wall at Salt River Fields. Michigan players spilled out of the dugout onto the field, erupting in cheers for the redshirt senior first baseman.

MLB4 tourney features College WS rematch

February 13, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Last year, Vanderbilt began its baseball season at the inaugural MLB4 Tournament. Its season ended with a win over Michigan at the College World Series to clinch the second national championship in program history. This year, the Commodores are back in Scottsdale to open the season. And

Examining impact of Houston’s lost Draft picks

January 13, 2020

Major League Baseball doled out the penalties for the Houston Astros on Monday as a result of the team’s illegal sign-stealing. Some of them will be felt immediately, like the suspension of manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, which led to their dismissal by the organization. But the

Potential Top 10 pick Bitsko to be Draft eligible in '20

January 7, 2020

The 2020 Draft class just got a little deeper. Nick Bitsko was thought to be one of the most talented high school arms for 2021. But the Bucks County East High School (Doylestown, Pa.) product will graduate early. That will make the 17-year-old eligible for the 2020 Draft.

10 fun facts about top 2020 Draft prospects

December 16, 2019

The 2020 Draft doesn’t come until June, but there’s already so much to talk about. There’s the Competitive Balance Rounds being announced, the Draft order changing with free-agent signings and, of course, the exciting move to Omaha.

Competitive Balance rounds set for 2020 Draft

December 9, 2019

In late September, the Detroit Tigers clinched the worst record in baseball, so they have the first pick in the upcoming Draft for the second time in three seasons. The rest of the 2020 Draft order took shape, decided by reverse order of standings. The Orioles, who picked first in

Here is every club's best value Draft pick ever

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
December 5, 2019

Not every high-profile MLB Draft prospect will become a star in the Major Leagues, and a player doesn't have to be picked in the first round to become a Hall of Famer. In fact, a look back at the history of the Draft suggests that some of the sport’s greatest

Every No. 1 overall Draft pick in MLB history

List of former top picks shows the inexact science of drafting
December 5, 2019

With great power comes great responsibility, and that old adage holds true in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. A team has the pick of thousands of talented high school and collegiate ballplayers when it holds the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft, and the player it eventually chooses

Podcast: Breaking down the top Draft prospects

December 5, 2019

On the latest MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jordan Shusterman of Cespedes Family BBQ break down the recently released Top 100 Draft Prospects list. The guys look at some of the elite players set to be selected near the top of next summer's Draft, including top-tier college

Projecting the top 10 picks in the 2020 Draft

December 4, 2019

The Tigers own the No. 1 overall pick for the second time in three Drafts, and just like in 2018, MLB Pipeline's top-rated prospect is a Southeastern Conference right-hander who combines premium stuff and polish. However, in this six-months-in-advance prediction for the top 10 selections, we're thinking that Detroit won't

These are 2020's Top 100 Draft prospects

December 4, 2019

If college pitching is what you want, then the 2020 Draft class is for you. That’s at least what the consensus seems to be as the scouting industry looks at next year’s crop as MLB Pipeline released its new Draft Top 100 Prospects list. “I think it’s one of the

'20 Draft order set: Here's where each club picks

September 29, 2019

For the second time in three years, the Tigers own the No. 1 pick in the Draft. After taking right-hander Casey Mize with the first selection in 2018, Detroit is on the clock for 2020. Detroit lost a Major League-high 114 games, the second-most in the franchise's 119-season history, to

These are the best college 2020 Draft prospects

August 22, 2019

Scouts attacked the high-end college pitching in the 2019 Draft, with some veterans calling it the worst group they had seen in decades. Texas Christian left-hander Nick Lodolo was the lone college arm selected in the top 10 picks, and West Virginia right-hander Alek Manoah was the only other taken

These are the best high school 2020 Draft prospects

August 20, 2019

The 2020 Draft is still 10 months away, but the player pool already has scouts getting excited. It could be the most talented since 2011, when Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez and George Springer went in the first 11 picks and Mookie Betts and Kyle

USA's 18U World Cup roster loaded with Draft prospects

Team will begin pool play in Gijang, South Korea on August 30
August 18, 2019

USA Baseball announced the 2019 18U National Team on Saturday, following the conclusion of the 2019 18U National Team Trials. The final 20-man roster will compete in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, August 30-September 8.

Perfect Game All-American Classic

August 11, 2019

Some of the top high school players in the country will be on display during the 17th annual Perfect Game All-American Classic on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego. The game, which will be televised on MLB Network and streamed online at, will feature several players projected to

Stowers tours 'beautiful' Camden Yards 

July 17, 2019

BALTIMORE -- The bleached blond hair stuck out from his cap, standing out against the brick backdrop of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles hope to see it in black and orange a whole lot more going forward. The locks belong to Kyle Stowers, the Orioles' Competitive Balance Round

NCAA champs, runners-up headline 2020 MLB4

July 15, 2019

The second edition of the MLB4 tournament will feature both the reigning College World Series champion and the runner-up, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. The showcase, which pits four of the best programs in the nation to celebrate the traditional opening weekend of the college baseball season, will take

Top prospects Salas, Lewis, Misner visit Miami

July 13, 2019

MIAMI -- Miguel Rojas was seeing double on Saturday afternoon at Marlins Park, as two of the Marlins’ top international signings took the field wearing his No. 19. Jose Salas Jr. from Venezuela and Ian Lewis from the Bahamas each wore No. 19, reflecting the year of their international signing

Bleday, Marlins' top Draft pick, signs deal

Outfielder Misner and pitcher Mokma also in the fold before deadline
July 12, 2019

MIAMI -- Freshly clean-shaven, JJ Bleday spent his first day of professional baseball officially signing with the Marlins and then going through batting practice with the Major League club. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Bleday showed a glimpse of his huge upside as a power

Draft signing deadline: Who signed, who didn't?

July 12, 2019

This was the quietest Draft signing deadline day ever. Only four players in the first 10 rounds remained unsigned headed into Friday, and the two prominent picks -- first-rounder J.J. Bleday and supplemental first-rounder Kameron Misner -- both signed with the Marlins. It was a sharp contrast to the last

Source: Marlins have deal with top pick Bleday

Negotiations progressing with Competitive Balance Round A pick Misner
July 12, 2019

MIAMI -- The Marlins have reached agreement with Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft, according to a source. His bonus will be $6,670,000, $6,000 over the slot value,'s Jim Callis reported. Negotiations also are progressing with Missouri outfielder Kameron Misner, the