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The biggest draft questions

Updated: April 4, 2010, 4:06 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

Every amateur player on the planet has questions and concerns to address. Scouts want to see Jameson Taillon command his fastball from start to start. They want to see Bryce Harper continue to prove he can hit good velocity and handle left-handed pitching. In general, they want to see prospects address their shortcomings and either make them disappear, or significantly erase the doubts that they'll be able to do so in the long term.

Clubs would like things to be nice and neat come June -- though it never has been nor will it ever be -- but the clearer things are, the easier it is for them to set their draft boards.

Here are some other concerns and questions at least a few clubs are looking forward to getting answers to this spring:

Where does James Paxton fit this year?
Paxton was the No. 37 overall pick last June, but the Toronto Blue Jays failed to sign the left-hander, pushing Paxton back into this year's draft. But the NCAA and the University of Kentucky prevented Paxton from returning to the field for his senior year, and instead he will suit up for the Grand Prairies Air Hogs of the independent American Association in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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