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Beavers prospects draw crowd

Updated: February 20, 2007, 6:30 PM ET
Arizona State hosted the fifth annual Coca-Cola Classic tournament at the Rangers and Royals' stadium in Surprise, Ariz. Defending national champion Oregon State was the big draw for scouts, with Gonzaga and Missouri there to round out the four teams.

Oregon State brought several names who've appeared high on lists of prospects for the 2007 draft, and the top two names didn't disappoint. Catcher Mitch Canham, a left-handed hitter who finished second among Cape Cod League catchers in OBP and slugging last summer (behind possible No. 1 overall pick Matt Wieters), came in hitting and continued to do so all weekend. He's got a simple swing, very fluid with just a short step forward, and keeps his weight back well, making lots of solid contact, especially on stuff middle-in. The one thing he didn't show was power; it's a swing designed for contact, and coupled with very good plate discipline, it makes him a very attractive offensive catcher.

He's a little stiff behind the plate, but he was 2.1 seconds to second base and nailed a runner on Saturday with a perfect throw. His release isn't great, with a little extra movement early and a tendency to short-arm the ball; he was reportedly feeling some arm soreness, which could explain the short-arming.

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