Jim Callis is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been covering the Draft and prospects since 1988.
|From a scout's perspective, games don't get much better than North Carolina State vs. Florida State on Friday night. The Wolfpack boast the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft -- left-hander Carlos Rodon -- and likely the first college position player who will be selected -- shortstop Trea Turner.
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|Two of college baseball's best and hottest pitchers will square off when Louisiana State visits Vanderbilt on Friday night. Commodores right-hander Tyler Beede has allowed a total of just four runs (three earned) while winning each of his first four starts, but that pales in comparison to what Tigers righty Aaron Nola has done.
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|Though scouts weren't ready to put Michael Chavis in their class as a prospect last August, that's changing now. Three different scouting directors cited the Clemson recruit as a high schooler who has significantly improved his Draft status this year.
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|Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is the choice to outhomer everyone in the Minor Leagues this season. He's the best college power-hitting prospect to come along in years, and he's just getting started in terrorizing pro pitchers.
More»Mayo, Callis debate who'll lead Minors in home runs|
|Jim Callis comes up with a list of seven Minor League clubs which could be loaded with talent this season, and tackles much more in the Pipeline Inbox.
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|After Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, the Astros' George Springer might have as much upside as any prospect in baseball. There isn't another player who can match his considerable power potential and all-around tools, all of which are solid or better.
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|Michael Gettys may have better all-around tools than any prospect in the 2014 Draft. Ranked 10th on MLBPipeline.com's preseason Draft Top 50, the Gainesville (Ga.) High outfielder has bat speed and raw power, can run the 60-yard dash in 6.43 seconds and has been clocked at 100 mph on a throw from the outfield.
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|Jordan Brink didn't throw a single pitch as a Fresno State freshman in 2012, and he split time between the outfield and the mound last season as a sophomore. Now he's a full-time pitcher, and he's working his way up the 2014 First-Year Player Draft boards with a dazzling beginning to his junior year.
|Orangewood Christian School (Maitland, Fla.) second baseman Forrest Wall, one of the best high school hitters in the Draft, separated his left shoulder Saturday night.
|It's more of a coincidence than anything, but many of baseball's very best position prospects could be headed for changes in defensive addresses. Twins slugger Miguel Sano is huge and not done adding strength, which could push him from third base to first base or an outfield corner position.
More»Mayo, Callis on positions for Sano and Baez|
|Beavers outfielders Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis never really got untracked, combining to go 4-for-20, though Davis did homer against Michigan State. Neither made as strong an impression as Hoosiers catcher Kyle Schwarber, who could be the best all-around college bat available.
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|East Carolina right-hander Jeff Hoffman, the No. 2 prospect on MLBPipeline.com's First-Year Player Draft board, took the mound against what is likely the best lineup he'll face all season. It was a mixed bag; he threw hard, but allowed two homers to Virginia's Brandon Downes.
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|Texas high schooler Tyler Kolek opened the game with a 97-mph fastball that hit the backstop, and threw 97 mph again in the sixth. Kolek didn't allow a hit in six innings, striking out 11 with one walk and two hit batters.
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|Right-hander Aaron Nola finished 2013 on a roll, pitching Louisiana State to the College World Series and ending his sophomore season without giving up an earned run in his final 26 2/3 innings. He has extended that streak to 40 2/3 innings after a pair of scoreless seven-inning starts this year, further establishing his reputation as the most refined college pitching prospect in this year's Draft.
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|After a long winter of terrible weather -- especially in my part of the country on the North Side of Chicago -- it's hard to believe that our first honest-to-goodness Spring Training games are less than a week away. Opening Day beckons a little more than a month in the future, and the First-Year Player Draft is only two months after that, and you guys have plenty of questions on both. Let's get to them.
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|If second baseman Mookie Betts keeps producing like he did in 2013, the Red Sox will find a way to get him into their lineup. With his tools, there's no reason he can't.
More»Mayo, Callis debate top second base prospects|
|Fortunately for the Twins, their future is considerably brighter than their recent past because they have one of the game's strongest farm systems. No organization has a better trio of prospects than Minnesota does in outfielder Byron Buxton, third baseman Miguel Sano and right-hander Alex Meyer.
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|Jon Gray and Eddie Butler of the Rockies are the best two pitching prospects in the same organization, but with Mark Appel and Carlos Rodon, should the latter be this year's No. 1 Draft pick, the Astros would move ahead of Colorado in that regard.
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|In right-handers Jon Gray and Eddie Butler, the Rockies have the best pair of pitching prospects in baseball. And no tandem is as crucial to its club's future success.
More»Mayo, Callis debate Minors' best pitching duo|
|Not only are Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and right-hander Mark Appel the two most recent No. 1 overall Draft picks, they also form the best hitter/pitcher prospect tandem in baseball, edging out Minnesota's combo of Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer.
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