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Interview with 2012 1st Round Pick Deven Marrero

Here is an interview with Boston Red Sox 2012 first round pick Deven Marrero who talks about the draft process, being Arizona State Sun Devils brothers with Dustin Pedroia, and more.

Looking ahead, 2013 MLB Draft

Now that the 2012 draft is over, we can begin looking ahead to the 2013 draft (unless you're a Mayan :D ) Mayo has a good starter list of players to look out for in both the college and high school classes. He also has a schedule of all the important events where you can see a bunch of these players live.

Boras dislikes the new draft mechanism

"There was all forms of artificial behavior in the draft,'' Boras told USA TODAY Sports. "The purpose of the draft is that it's supposed to create parity in the game. You want teams with the greatest needs to get the best available talent. "That has not been achieved in this draft. "It's created a mockery.'' Boras believes Appel was the best player available this past Monday but the Astros refused to take him. I'd much rather have Correa than Appel. But that's just me -- and the Astros, the Twins, the Mariners, etc. UPDATE from David: I looked at this article as generally being a positive for the Pirates. It suggests that Boras doesn't have any crazy negotiating ploy up his sleeve and understands the reality that the money he wants just isn't going to be there for Appel.

Picking winners

From an instructive FanGraphs article: "Out lesson for today is that it doesn’t matter how many picks you have or where you pick, there’s value to be found throughout the draft and there’s no substitute for good scouting."

2012 draft pool, 2011 draft spending

Jim Callis (Baseball America) has compiled an up-to-date list of draft pool money available to each team in this year's draft, as well as what teams spent last season on the draft. Lots of good stuff that I'll likely write more on later.

One that got away

"Add middle infielder and Texas commitment C.J. Hinojosa to the suddenly growing list of Perfect Game All Americans and top class of 2012 recruits who have chosen to spurn the 2012 MLB draft to enroll in college. ... Despite the interesting timing of Hinojosa's announcement after Harvey and Gushue, his plan to enroll early at Texas has been in the works for some time. Hinojosa began talking to the Longhorns about the possibility of doing so over a year ago, and he and the UT coaching staff had kept in contact about it since that point. Hinojosa's final decision was put on hold so he could compete in the PG All-American Classic. Hinojosa made his final decision regarding the matter upon returning from the All-American Classic, and it's one that he's comfortable with, and certainly not shying away from at the last second. Hinojosa, 17, certainly feels like he has plenty of work to do and goals to accomplish before he's ready to embark on a professional baseball career." I wonder if Hinojosa will be sophomore eligible in two years?

On Spending In The Draft

"Whupped dogs oughta stay whupped." - Seligula UPDATE by Charlie: Just noticed this. This is a great article. I wrote a little response over at SB Nation Pittsburgh.

Michael Wacha Team USA video

Saw Michael Wacha of Team USA/ Texas A&M take on the Newport Gulls. Reactions & video.

College Baseball Notes: Weekend #14

This week, I have notes on: Kent Emanuel, Danny Hultzen, Taylor Jungmann, Michael Morin, Andrew Smith, John Stilson

College Baseball Notes: Weekend #13

Thinner week, but I have notes on: Cody Asche, Logan Ehlers, Brandon Pierce, Geoffrey Thomas, BA Vollmuth, Michael Wacha

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