The MLB Signing Deadline is fast approaching as all teams have until midnight tonight to sign their draft picks or they will head to college for the 2012 season. Here is the latest news and notes from around the country from the weekend. We will have a new thread article up starting around noon on Monday with the latest news and notes from our team of reporters. Continue reading
Jose Bautista single handily won my fantasy roto league. I never would have known who he was if Pablo Sandoval weren’t underachieving so badly, but in May I became all too familiar with the Homerun Champ.
Bautista is using his elevated celebrity in a great way by recruiting Dominican players to come play college baseball in the states. Bautista who was recruited out of the Dominican Republic by his high school coach to play at Chipola in 2000, and ended up being drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round that June. Bautista was recruited due to the fact that he not only excelled on the field but in the classroom, and the new program he is setting up hopes to target the same type of student athletes not only from the Dominican Republic, but it also has hopes of expanding to other countries. He is currently working with the NCAA to place players with schools. Continue reading
Baseball America recently put out their Top 25 College Baseball and High School Prospects for the 2010 MLB Draft. The college rankings are led by Bryce Harper who has received national attention for skipping his final two years of high school to play college baseball with Community College of Southern Nevada. The rest of the top five is Anthony Ranaudo from LSU, Deck McGuire from Ga Tech, Levon Washington from Chipola JC, and Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. The rest of the top 25 is available below.