Draft season gets underway

Updated: February 19, 2010, 2:18 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

Last spring it was all about the great Stephen Strasburg and the ensuing mix of prep and college arms, and we saw that come to fruition in June, when the San Diego State right-hander went No. 1 overall and seven high school pitchers landed in Round 1. This time around, as amateur baseball season gets into full swing, there is no ace college pitcher that stands out far above the rest, and the Class of 2010 should produce more bats in the top half of the first round.

But lest we forget, the early favorite to be the top pick has been playing for nearly three weeks and is hitting .360/.431/.700 with 10 extra-base hits in 13 games. Seventeen-year-old Bryce Harper of the College of Southern Nevada has been impressive against more experienced junior college competition, and scouts are getting a good look at him with the wood bat.(The Scenic West Athletic Conference is one of the only leagues in college baseball to play with wood bats.)

We'll have the initial Top 50 coming soon, but lets take a look at who is in action Friday, as the Division I season gets under way.