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Astros 2012 Top 15 Prospects & Discussion

Jeff Reese and I took a look at the Astros farm system over at Bullpen Banter. There's some video the BB staff has taken this year and links to more. With our lists you get two top 15s and two perspectives and we're happy to answer any further questions or listen to comments you have. Thanks for reading.

Five drafted Hokie baseball players still unsigned

From Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times: Austin Wates, Mathew Price, Buddy Sosnoskie, Jesse Hahn and Tim Smalling still haven't signed after being taken in June's MLB Draft. Hahn intends to sign, Smalling is coming back and the other three have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday to make up their minds.

7 Virginia Tech Baseball Players Selected in Day 2 of MLB Draft

Seven Hokies, including Austin Wates and Jesse Hahn, were selected on day two of the MLB Draft.

Virginia Tech's NCAA Baseball Regional Run Ends Against Gamecocks

The Hokies' terrific baseball season came to an end Sunday with a 10-2 loss to South Carolina in the Columbia regional.

Virginia Tech Falls in NCAA Baseball Regional Opener

The Hokies have to win four games in three days to win the Columbia regional after losing 7-2 to The Citadel Friday afternoon.

Hokies Eliminated from ACC Baseball Tournament by NC State

Virginia Tech fell in extra innings to NC State Saturday night at the ACC baseball tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

Wright's 15 Ks Lead Hokies to 1st ACC Tournament Win

The Hokies are 1-0 in the ACC Baseball Tournament after beating Georgia Tech 6-2 Thursday night in Greensboro.

"Wates doesn't fit a particular profile well because he's a college outfielder with tools and...

"Wates doesn't fit a particular profile well because he's a college outfielder with tools and because it's not totally clear what position he should play. What he does consistently well is hit and run, though he doesn't project to have power. He could be an everyday left fielder or maybe play center, but he hasn't done that at Tech. He could be a fine pick for a team in the supplemental first round or the top of the second round when all is said and done."

MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo looks at the top outfielders in this year's MLB Draft, which will be held June 7-9.

Wates is an advanced college bat without a position. He's got a slight leak because he taps his...

Wates is an advanced college bat without a position. He's got a slight leak because he taps his front foot rather than striding, but otherwise has a great swing -- short to the ball with some loft and very good bat speed. He's a disciplined hitter and an above-average runner who shows good feel for the offensive side of the game. Wates has the speed and build to play centerfield, but has spent most of the spring playing first base and the rest playing left, leading to serious doubts as to whether he could play center in pro ball -- he lacks experience and hasn't shown good instincts at all when he has played the outfield. He can hit, and that makes him worth a gamble, but he's going to have to find a better spot than first base to be a big-league regular.

ESPN.com's Keith Law on Austin Wates' pro prospects. Law rates the Hokie utility player as the 24th best prospect for next month's MLB draft.

SB Nation Mock MLB Draft Includes 2 Hokies

A recent MLB mock draft has Virginia Tech players Jesse Hahn and Austin Wates going in the first round and first supplemental round.

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