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Perfect Game All-American Classic Recap

The Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego last Sunday was a high scoring game, but didn't have a lot of offense. It ended at 8-6 with the West on top but it was a sloppy game and was much more showcase than game. Many of the better players played showcase games to show off what they had, tools wise, than a baseball game to show their ability.

That is typical of these games and of many of the games that I see. I don't get the chance to sit on a lot of games in season for these guys as I am in the north and most of the best players are in Cali, Florida, Georgia and Texas. For that reason, many times, it's hard for me to get a grasp on the level of polish that a player actually has.

The way I approach these games is watching to see what level of tools and ability a player has and what he could do with them if it works out right and less on how likely a guy is to work a count, hit the cut off man or make a productive out. This is finding how much "clay" a p…

Perfect Game All-American Classic Recap

The Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego last Sunday was a high scoring game, but didn't have a lot of offense. It ended at 8-6 with the West on top but it was a sloppy game and was much more showcase than game. Many of the better players played showcase games to show off what they had, tools wise, than a baseball game to show their ability.

That is typical of these games and of many of the games that I see. I don't get the chance to sit on a lot of games in season for these guys as I am in the north and most of the best players are in Cali, Florida, Georgia and Texas. For that reason, many times, it's hard for me to get a grasp on the level of polish that a player actually has.

The way I approach these games is watching to see what level of tools and ability a player has and what he could do with them if it works out right and less on how likely a guy is to work a count, hit the cut off man or make a productive out. This is finding how much "clay" a play…

2013 Shadow Draft

Clint Frazier may have been a stretch at #1 overall but that was my choice for a few reasons. His power is immense and I just like the guy. It's hard not to cheer for him. He would also sign for under slot and I could use that extra money to add talent. Justin Williams is a player that I expect very little out of, especially quickly. That may sound unusual, but he is a lotto ticket for me. He has 70 power and also mechanical issues he may or may not be able to figure out. Either way, he is worth the pick and patience. Next spring there are two very good hitters that I have seen. Jacob Gatewood and Greg Deichmann. Gatewood is just one month younger than Williams and Deichmann is three months older. That means Williams basically gets a free year in pro ball. He should be a 2014 pick due to his age, so that has to be factored in. The competition he would have got in Louisiana doesn't compare to what he will get in pro ball, so it should accelerate his development. Denney has the…