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College World Series 2012 Predictions: Future MLB Stars Who Will Shine

Published by on June 18, 2012

While some people say, and I certainly won't argue, that March Madness is one of the greatest spectacles in American sports, one phenomenon that I feel is overlooked every year is the College World Series. People dismiss it as kids who weren't good enough to be drafted, playing in a league that still lets them use metal bats, and that is about as far from true as can be.

Yes, they still use metal bats, and no, not all of these kids are drafted by major league squads, but consider this: One of the cornerstones of Moneyball, the strategy employed by Billy Beane to make the Oakland Athletics competitive with a small payroll, was to focus on drafting college players.

Why? Because while there are certainly cases (Bryce Harper, anyone?) of kids being good enough right out of high school to compete at the major league level, for every one of those success stories, there are about 50,000 failures.

College players are more polished. Instead of making the jump from facing high schoolers to facing professionals, they are given more time to adapt and grow their game so that they are more pro-ready when they...

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