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Desperately seeking another Porcello

Updated: April 11, 2010, 3:45 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill
One of the advantages to drafting a college player over a prep player is the timetable in which he moves through the minors to the big leagues  unless you're Mike Leake, a first-round pick by the Cincinnati Reds this past June. Leake will not make a minor league appearance at all, and he's making his MLB debut for the Cincinnati Reds as I type this. It's true, college players simply are closer to the majors, but that doesn't mean a high school player can't be considered a candidate to race through the minor leagues.

Detroit's Rick Porcello was a first-round pick in 2007 (No. 27 overall) and made his big league debut a year ago this month after just 24 starts in advanced Class A. Although Porcello is generally considered an exception to the rule, he's not an anomaly.

"If you get the right kind of high school arm, they can get there in two, two and a half years," said one scout, a former big league pitcher and prep draftee himself. "But it sets stuff aside, really. He has to be able to throw strikes consistently, and there are a lot of mental makeup questions that have to be answered. Porcello had it all -- stuff, too."

Are there any from last year's class who could be one of those 20- or 21-year-old rookies in a couple of years?

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