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    2017 College Draft Profile: Jake Adams

    School: Iowa; Class: Junior Position: 1B; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 250 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: A one-and-done player at the Division I level, Adams, who transferred to the Hawkeyes from Des Moines Area Community College before 2017, put together a historic season. The bulky, hulking first baseman spent his first two seasons with JuCo Bears, slugging an impressive .390/.504/.764 with 13 doubles, a…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Drew Ellis

    School: Louisville; Class: Junior Position: 1B/3B; B/T: R/R Height: 6-3; Weight: 210 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: In a season in which so many supposed top picks have failed to take an expected step forward with their offensive production – Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie, TCU backstop Evan Skoug struggled out of the gate, Lipscomb outfielder Michael Gigliotii, and Florida State infielder Taylor Walls – Ellis,…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Clarke Schmidt

    School: University of South Carolina; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-1; Weight: 205 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: The South Carolina hurler got off to a stellar start in 2017. Through his first nine starts Schmidt was absolutely dominating, throwing 60.1 innings with an impeccable 70-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio en route to tallying a barely-there 1.34 ERA. Then his elbow gave out – an…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Keston Hiura

    School: University of California-Irvine; Class: Junior Position: 2B/CF; B/T: R/R Height: 5-11; Weight: 190 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Despite being a bit overlooked coming out of Valencia High School, Hiura, who was not drafted or as heavily recruited when compared to other top prospects, has earned a litany of awards and recognitions. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound infielder/outfielder started making waves as soon as he stepped…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Pavin Smith

    School: University of Virginia; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-2; Weight: 210 Previously Drafted: Colorado Rockies, 32nd round, 2014   Background: Just the latest bopper to come out of the University of Virginia, Smith’s following in the footsteps of Matt Thaiss, Mike Papi, and Derek Fisher as a saber-friendly (potential) first round selection. Smith, a well-built first baseman from Jupiter, Florida, is quickly…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Logan Warmoth

    School: University of North Carolina; Class: Junior Position: SS; B/T: R/R Height: 6-0; Weight: 190 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: After a lackluster freshman season in which he batted a paltry .246/.315/.282 with just five extra-base hits – four doubles and one homerun – the defensive-minded shortstop had a huge coming out party in 2016. In 53 games for the Tar Heels that year, Warmoth,…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Griffin Canning

    School: UCLA; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 180 Previously Drafted: Colorado Rockies, 38th round, 2014   Background: A late round pick of the Rockies following a dominant senior season Santa Margarita High School after he led the school to the 2014 CIF SS Division I Championship. Canning, a slight-framed 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-hander, is just the latest promising prospect to come out…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: David Peterson

    School: University of Oregon; Class: Junior Position: LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-6; Weight: 235 Previously Drafted: Boston Red Sox, 28th round, 2014   Background: The big lefty built in the same mold physical mold as San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner, Peterson, who stands a Bumgarner-esque 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, twirled one of the most dominant collegiate games in recent memory. In a late April contest…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Adam Haseley

    School: University of Virginia; Class: Junior Position: OF/LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-1; Weight: 195 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Tucked away in the shadows of another two-way player, Louisville’s Brendan McKay, Haseley – nonetheless – is forcing people to take note of his work on both sides of the ball for the Cavaliers in 2017. As a true freshman three years ago, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Seth Romero

    School: University of Houston; Class: Junior Position: LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-3; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: Call it immaturity – though stupidity likely should be applied – Romero’s spectacular, perhaps even once-in-a-generation, collegiate career has been repeatedly derailed by school-imposed suspensions: he was suspended at the start of the 2016 season, reportedly due to some questionable conditioning, then the hard-throwing southpaw out…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Alex Faedo

    School: University of Florida; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-5; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: Detroit Tigers, 40th round, 2014   Background: Florida’s done a remarkable job of churning out high caliber pitching prospects – especially last season when A.J. Puk (6th overall), Dane Dunning (29th), Logan Shore (47th), Shaun Anderson (88th), Scott Moss 108th) were all taken before the fifth round last year….

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Kyle Wright

    School: Vanderbilt University; Class: Junior Position: RHP; B/T: R/R Height: 6-4; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: In a friendly competition with teammate Jeren Kendall to see who will eventually hear their name called first on draft day. Wright, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander from Huntsville, Alabama, has been a consistent – often times dominant – contributor for one of the nation’s preeminent college powerhouses….

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Brent Rooker

    School: Mississippi State University; Class: Redshirt Junior Position: 1B/RF; B/T: R/R Height: 6-4; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: Minnesota Twins, 38th round, 2014   Background: It wasn’t too long ago that Padres rookie Hunter Renfroe was considered the pop-up guy in the MLB draft. Renfroe, the eventual 13th overall pick in 2013, made just 30 trips to the plate as a true freshman and then batted…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Brendan McKay

    2017 Draft Profile: Brendan McKay School: University of Louisville; Class: Junior Position: 1B/LHP; B/T: L/L Height: 6-2; Weight: 220 Previously Drafted: San Diego Padres, 34th round, 2014   Background: Easily the most intriguing talent in college baseball in 2017 – and quite possibly over the past several seasons – McKay is not only in the running for the best hitter in this year’s draft class,…

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    2017 College Draft Profile: Jake Burger

    School: Missouri State University; Class: Junior Position: 3B; B/T: R/R Height: 6-2; Weight: 210 Previously Drafted: N/A   Background: The preeminent power hitter in this year’s draft class, Burger, who went undrafted coming out of Christian Brothers College High School, burst onto the scene as a true freshman for the Bears in 2015. The 6-foot-2,…