■ Kelley Fick is tearing up the California Collegiate League. Stats as of July 8:
4-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG, 28 IP, 18 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 22 SO, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, Opp BA .180■ In the better late than never category, I happened upon this month-old article in The Wall Street Journal: America's Best Baseball Schools
To ascertain which schools have done the best in recent years at producing players who make an impact in the majors, The Wall Street Journal analyzed each draft from 1996 through 2008. Each school that has produced at least four major-league players from those drafts was ranked by adding its total "runs above replacement" for hitters and pitchers.
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California schools make up four of the top five—USC, No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Pepperdine, with Miami in between. But more than anything, the analysis shows how difficult it is for even top colleges to produce top-flight major-league players. Mr. Pujols has single-handedly been more valuable statistically than the offensive alumni of every college during the past dozen years, save Miami and UCLA.