Washington Nationals: 2010 Draft Watch: Anthony Ranaudo Returns, Bryce Harper Hits 4 HR's.

Washington Nationals: 2010 Draft Watch:

• In a four-game sweep of the College of Eastern Utah this weekend, College of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper was a combined 7 for 14 with 7 runs scored, 4 walks, 4 HR's and 8 RBI's as the CSN Coyotes improved to 27-5 on the season, while Harper, the 17-year-old presumptive top pick in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, ended the weekend with a .431 AVG (44 for 102), 39 R, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 12 HR's and 35 RBI's in 31 games over which he's K'd 21 times and drawn 22 walks with a .528 OBP, a .931 SLG and .987 fld%, with 2 errors this season...How can the Nationals not pick Bryce Harper?

• But if not Bryce Harper? Maybe...DECK MCGUIRE???!!!!


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• Georgia Tech's Deck McGuire Stomps Tarheels.

• LSU's Anthony Ranaudo Returns. 

• Georgia Tech right-hander Deck McGuire improved to (4-1) on the season with 7.0 dominant IP in a 2-1 win against the North Carolina Tar Heels this past Friday night, in which the 6'6'', 218 lb, Richmond, Virginia-born 20-year-old right-hander gave up 6 hits, 3 walks and 1 ER while recording 10 K's. McGuire threw 109 pitches, 69 for strikes against the Heels, and on the season, the '09 ACC Pitcher of the Year ends his sixth start (4-1) with a 1.17 ERA, 6 ER allowed in 46.0 IP this season, over which he's K'd 49 (9.58 K/9) and walked 11 (2.15 BB/9) while holding opposing hitters to a .213 AVG. 

• LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, considered one of the top starters in the country before an elbow injury kept him out of action the last few weeks, has no doubt been harmed some, having suffered the injury during his draft year, but the 6'7'', 230lb Jackson, New Jersey-born pitcher threw 2.0 scoreless and hitless innings in his return to the mound Saturday night in a 10-6 win over Tennessee. On the year, Ranaudo's made just 2 starts, throwing 7.0 IP. 

• In case you missed it: It's not too easy to get reports out Texas' The Woodlands High School, where the top prep school pitcher in the country is pitching this season, but Jameson Taillon demanded attention last week with a no-hitter that had both Baseball America and ESPN's writers doing feature articles. Check Out the FANSHOT I posted with links to the articles..

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