With O’Fallon beating Off in the Corner 3-2, Whitesides stepped to the plate in the fifth inning and lined an 0-2 pitch over the right-field fence to put his team in front for good. Wes Fewell (99-02), a Hickman teammate of Whitesides who played at MU, scored on the blast that made the score 4-3.
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Former MU pitcher Ryan Gargano (07-09) struck out 11 and allowed only five hits through six innings to help Columbia take a 10-3 lead into the seventh. When O’Fallon scored five runs in the top of the seventh off reliever Justin Jones to close to within two, Haskell called on former MU ace Danny Hill (03-04) to get the final out. Hill, a third-round draft choice of Toronto in 2004 who advanced to the Blue Jays’ AA affiliate before being released following the ’06 season, escaped the bases-loaded jam with a strikeout on a 3-2 pitch.
■ I stumbled across some great photos of Mizzou Baseball recruit Blake Brown at PhotoShelter.com
■ Procuring the '09 All-Stars (PGCrosschecker.com)
25 of the 72 players that were selected to participate in the All-Star Game were former first-round picks. Four of those first-rounders were the first overall picks in their respective drafts (Josh Hamilton, Adrian Gonzalez, Joe Mauer and Justin Upton).
Eight more all-stars were taken in the second round, two in the third, four in the fourth, two in the fifth, five in the sixth and two in the eighth. Five players were taken in the 11th and 13th rounds, and eight players were taken in the 20th round and beyond. There are always later round gems to be unearthed, but I think it’s clear teams are much more likely to land a potential and perennial all-star with their first-round picks.
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