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Thank you Beinfest, Jennings, and the whole scouting dept. After passing up on Kazmir I happy they took Jeff Allison "the best HS pitcher since Beckett" To go a whole season allowing only 5H's and no runs with 50 something innings and 150k's is sick and in one game go 98mph and 101mph on the gun is Burnett like NOW GET HIM SIGNED:w00t

*One AL executive said the Mets would be crazy to pass on Allison with the No. 12 pick.(well there crazy)

*Jeff Allison, RHP, HS -- Peabody, Mass.
Rated as the best high school pitcher in the draft by most experts, Allison combines a mid-90s fastball and good command into an attractive package. He also doesn't have as much mileage on his arm as most top high school prospects, but that also means he has a bit less polish. Risky as all high school pitchers go, but has a very high upside.

quotes from Gammons article:

*The consensus among scouting directors and general managers is that the best pitching prospect in the entire draft is right-hander Jeff Allison from Peabody (Mass.) High School. "He is every bit as good a prospect as Josh Beckett (in 1999)," one GM said. "But we won't take him because of the high school right-hander risk. Beckett may well be great, but we're in the fifth season since he was picked and he has 10 big-league wins."

"High school pitchers are a huge risk," said Pirates GM Dave Littlefield, who was with Florida when Beckett was selected and now is wrestling with the Allison question with the eighth pick. "If this were 1999," said one GM, "Allison would be 1-2-3. But he could slip to the Mets (12th pick) or Reds (14th) simply because of the adage that 18-year-old kids who throw 95 usually are throwing 85 at 23." Like everything else, there are no absolutes -- the Phillies have had unrivaled success drafting high school pitchers thanks to Mike Arbuckle.
 

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ESPN's John Sickels on Allison:

Jeff Allison, RHP, HS -- Peabody, Mass.

"Rated as the best high school pitcher in the draft by most experts, Allison combines a mid-90s fastball and good command into an attractive package. He also doesn't have as much mileage on his arm as most top high school prospects, but that also means he has a bit less polish. Risky as all high school pitchers go, but has a very high upside."

Wow, falling to #16 for the best high school pitcher in the draft??? I'll take it!
 

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More news on Marlins picks:

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft...3draftblog.html

Jeff Allison Falling Due to Bonus Demands?
Early rumblings coming out of draft war rooms this morning are that Massachusetts righthander Jeff Allison's contract demands could cause him to slide into the mid-first round. The Mets, who benefitted from Scott Kazmir's slide last year, would likely decide between Allison and Florida high school outfielder Lastings Milledge. One AL executive said the Mets would be crazy to pass on Allison with the No. 12 pick.
-- Josh Boyd


Cole Siefrig
The Marlins (who nabbed him) and White Sox were the only two teams who did their homework on Heritage Hills HS (Lincoln City, Indiana) shortstop Cole Siefrig, and it could pay big dividends. A 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, Siefrig is a two-sport standout, but he has a polished high school bat. He has signed with Purdue to play wide receiver, and he was the fastest player at an Alabama football workout this spring. His arm is just fringy, but he projects to hit for above-average power and average.
-- Josh Boyd


Mutli-Sport Star Jai Miller
Marlins fourth-rounder Jai Miller (announced as Randall Miller) has signed with Stanford as a wide receiver was also a basketball and baseball standout at Selma (Ala.) HS. They expect to sign him swiftly.

-- Josh Boyd

Another surprise was RHP Logan Kensing from Texas A&M,
Kensing looked like a top-15 overall pick early in the season but an injury slowed him down. Part of a prospect-laden Texas A&M staff.
 

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The marlins did a great job in the draft, I hope Jai Miller sticks with baseball
 

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